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The She Shop #1: The beginning

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 07-15-2018 01:50 AM 619 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of The She Shop series Part 2: Soffiting,trim, and concrete observations »

It was decided that I was to move my shop out of the two car garage and into a structure in the yard. It was debated and discussed, and finally this past week it was built. It’s not large by any standard, just 12×16. I hired a local amish company to build it just short of siding it since I work a full time desk job and time is not on my side. I wanted to use Hardieplank (that’s another story). The walls are ~7’2” with 4’ lofts on either side.

I have batts of R-15 and 1/2” ply being delivered for the wall coverings on Thursday. Still debating about insulating the ceiling since it’s 2×4 ceiling supports

Finding an electrician that can be timely and decently priced seems to be the tough part. I’m beginning to think running it on top of the ply isn’t a half bad idea

Next weekend trim, soffits and siding should go on.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.



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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 07-15-2018 02:20 AM

A VERY NICE SHOP Beka :<))

i put an ad on craigs list for electrician …or better yet ask the amish guys they will know someone cheaper :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 07-15-2018 07:16 AM

There are no Amish electricians? (That’s me, being funny.)
Dust collection in the plans?
Oh. And those miniature skylight things are pretty terrific providers of natural light, minus the heat of normal skylights. I don’t have any, but my neighbor does. It’s wondrous how much diffuse light they give.
Look at me dreaming on your shed.

-- Mark

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rhybeka

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#3 posted 07-15-2018 01:47 PM

@Mark skylights may be in the future at some point :) I was wanting to do a clerestory roof but it wasn’t in the budget. :(

Amish electricians took me a minute – that’s funny :)

I may take Tony’s idea about putting an ad up on CR or even looking on Nextdoor. I’ve tried hiring two electricians that moonlight as electricians but their full time jobs are requiring weekend overtime so no moonlighting as of right now. I could probably run the shop wire with supervision/direction but I have to tap into the house and that is a no go for me.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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hjt

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#4 posted 07-15-2018 02:10 PM

Aw!! the She Shop Getaway! Very nice. Looking forward to see it progress.

-- Harold

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NormG

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#5 posted 07-15-2018 08:18 PM

Wonderful new shop, have a great time

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 07-16-2018 01:41 AM

Hi Beka, Call me sexist (LJ censors, please don’t kill me!), but nothing gets me more excited than a lady with a woodworking fetish.

Your blog picture got me pondering my namesake (Alex) FAIW and you may appreciate the name asscsiation.

Please keep posting more happy snaps…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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rhybeka

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#7 posted 07-16-2018 11:05 PM

Thanks guys :) I seriously dislike the term She Shed – even if it is fairly fitting in my case. Shed name is TBD – suggestions welcome, just nothing lewd.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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GR8HUNTER

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#8 posted 07-16-2018 11:14 PM

Beka’s Wood Hut :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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UncleBuck

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#9 posted 07-17-2018 04:46 PM

nice shop beka glad tosee it getting to the final stages , i have been reading about your progress on stumpy,s thread. good luck.

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 07-17-2018 05:43 PM

That will make a nice shop. You might build a couple of carts to move large projects around from the shop back to the garage. In other words you could store them in the garage when you are not working on any large pieces but roll them into the shop when needed. It’s also a good idea to have as much stuff as you can on carts so that you can set up your shop in different ways.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#11 posted 07-17-2018 06:51 PM

Building looks fine, congrats on the new space! Very exciting. It does look like there’s need for one more square of concrete in front of the door though (?)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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rhybeka

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#12 posted 07-18-2018 02:09 AM

@Smitty yeah it’s on my to-do list. the concrete guy was thinking the shed would be more centered than it was and i must not have understood when he said something about it. oh well!!

I was thinking The Doghouse since I have two dogs… but they aren’t really shop dogs XD

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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Woodketeer

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#13 posted 07-25-2018 05:49 PM

Congratulations on the shop space. I’ve found it easiest to pay an electrician to run a sub panel from the house into my shop and then I do the downstream electrical installation. My learning curve was pretty steep because I have 240v machines, 110 outlets, and a 440v three phase converter.

Using conduit and running wires is only nominally cheaper than using flexible metal cabling that’s pre-wired, and the flex cabling is a lot easier to layout.

Running my own surface mounted power has also been useful as this is our fourth “forever home.” I agree that wheels and mobility kits are very helpful working in a smaller shop. My Universal Mobility Kit is a pallet jack I bought off E-Bay. Being able to redirect power to different locations is a handy skill that complements that layout flexibility.

As to naming, my shop’s name is “Platform 9 3/4.” Yeah, I’m HPOCD, the “Harry Potter Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.” Thankfully my wife tolerates that along with more than a few other quirks.

All my best,

Glenn
“Reading instructions IS the shortcut!” ;-)

-- Glenn Simpson, Chico CA

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LittleBlackDuck

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#14 posted 07-25-2018 11:47 PM


..... wheels and mobility kits are very helpful working in a smaller shop…..
- Woodketeer

Partially agree W’keeter... just replace helpful with must.

Couple of suggestions if I may.

Go for as large a wheel as practical (some wheels may elevate working surfaces too much… being short 4’ 15” I know). They will go over most cables on the ground which always seem to get dropped just moments before you start wheeling things around.

Avoid the “butterfly” brakes, as they will be located under the base (unless it’s a proprietary mobile base) and will be more difficult to operate.

For heavy machinery, avoid rubber wheels as they tend to flatten (bottom out for a lack of better explanation) through sheer weight over time and may make the initial movement a tad more difficult and will “bounce” until they “remember” their original shape. Suggest nylon or plastic.

If you have mats, also consider the width of wheels. They’re less likely to sink in and glide smoother over the mats (if that’s their anticipated destination).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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rhybeka

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#15 posted 07-26-2018 01:51 PM

huh. Thanks guys :) lots to think on! Most of my stuff is on wheels except a few things I have dollies for. Neither of my benches fit me very well so I was hoping to have enough in the budget for some more construction lumber to give it another go. so far no go. will see though. might be able to return some of the exterior trim. I’m told I’m already 1k over budget :\

@WK that’s my plan. honestly I just need to get an electrician out to tell me how much either option will cost me. It’s commercial electric project season it appears and they’ve snatched up all the electricians in the metro area to get things done. I had to find a recommended company that only does residential to even get a call back. I knew it was busy season for contractors but this was even more than I expected!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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