Building my dream shop #9: Guess I have branched off the main track...

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Blog entry by rep posted 09-09-2010 09:27 PM 3086 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Mobile home nightmare Part 9 of Building my dream shop series Part 10: Trailer progress »

since this was supposed to be about setting up a new shop, but I will get back on track eventually.

We seem to have gotten rid of the smell with gutting the kitchen and replacing some walls in the pantry. We were able to move in the last week of August (the hottest week of the year, I think). Just put a bed in the guest room and most everything else in the living room till the kitchen is ready. It is like living out of a small motel room. It is nice to be living in my own place, and able to take a stroll in the woods without having to drive anywhere. The pressure is off a bit, since I am no longer critical path. Still trying to get things done for convenience, but I can take a night off now and then without causing a problem.

Now, we are putting down a tile floor in the kitchen. Once the floor is done, I can move in the appliances and build a counter and sink. This is our first attempt at laying tile, and I have learned a lot – mainly that putting down a tile floor is a LOT of work. Everything is heavy, and working on my knees is tough on the back. Making progress though, and hope to finish this weekend.

Tile Floor

Once we get the kitchen serviceable, I can start on the MBR floor joist repairs, and then put in the laminate flooring. We are using the trailer renovation as a learning exercise to gain knowledge and skills for building the house. I should get some practice at building cabinets, plumbing, laminate flooring, more tile flooring, and probably a few other things along the way. Hoping to make all/most of my mistakes in the trailer so I can do better in the shop and house. (Also, gives me a reason to buy some additional tools sooner ;-))

Since we moved from a big house, to a small trailer, most of my stuff is stored in the shop. Not much room to walk around right now, so installing some shelves to put things away is on the list. Gotta make some room to get to the tools for renovation. Right now, I could set up a bigger living area in the shop than is in the trailer.

So, the next few posts will probably be related to trailer updates instead of shop stuff. I will get back to the shop and some real woodworking before …hmm…I guess I don’t really know at this time. Stay tuned.

-- rick

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