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06-13-2013 01:46 AM

Today my contractor started digging the excavation for the footings of my new woodworking shop. The new addition will be added onto my old garage giving me a total area of 2100 square feet. I am really excited its been quite a few years on my mind. It should be finished by September. The contractor is doing the foundation, framing, roof system, siding, soffits, facia, installing two garage doors, two man doors and two windows, he is also pouring and finishing the slab inside. All I have to do is the wiring, insulating, vapour barrier and whatever I decide to put on the inside walls. Not to sure if I should drywall them or use 1/2” OSB and paint it white.

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#1 posted 06-13-2013 01:53 AM

Congratulations! This must be a very exciting time for you. Keep the pix coming so the rest of us can drool as well. :D

-- Art

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#2 posted 06-13-2013 09:43 AM

Congrats! A project like that is just a distant pipe dream for me. Please keep the progress pics coming!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#3 posted 06-13-2013 10:55 AM

That’ll be a nice big shop!

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#4 posted 06-13-2013 12:05 PM

How exciting. I have finally reached that stage where I am purchasing a building for my shop/studio.. I am in the city, so constructing a building is impossible. I am jealous to make a studio from scratch. Congrats, have fun, and don’t forget to post as you build. :)

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#5 posted 06-13-2013 12:48 PM

congrats on a new shop

i just hit the same dilemma with the wall sheeting

normally 7/16” OSB goes for around $7.50 a sheet here
but in the tornado/hurricane season
can go as high as $18 – $20 a sheet
(seems during the building season too)

i just built a 40’ x 12’ shop wall and had to pay $16 apiece for 15 sheets ($240)

(i looked everywhere on the net first)
which stopped me cold to continues more walls
(one more 40’ and two 30’)
i will see if maybe it goes down during the winter months
as it seems to then
so if not then sheet rock will have to do for the interior
and french cleats in rows around the upper walls
(something learned here on LJ’s)
so i can have movable cabs and tool shelves there as the shop
configuration changes over time

my advise is to buy it by the bundle
when you get a decent price and just tarp it till needed

when the iraq war started the price jumped to $20 a sheet
and the manufacturers were storing millions
of BD FT of it waiting for the govt’ to buy it
for the (never did happen) ‘rebuilding’ there
they were all threatened to be taken to court for it
and lowered the price
it came back to $7.50 a sheet
and i and all the contractors were in lowes getting all we could afford
trailers everywhere in the parking lot
waiting to be loaded with forklifts that day

when i have the money now
i buy ahead even if i don’t need it right away
when the prices goes down again

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 06-13-2013 12:55 PM

That is going to be a great shop building. 2100 sq ft is quite a shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 06-13-2013 01:03 PM

Congrats on the new shop project. Please keep us posted. I will be anxious to see how its going.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 01:10 PM


as for the interior – I would go with whatever is cheaper. while OSB is easier to mount things on, you can always put french cleats on drywall and have more than enough holding power for heavier stuff like David also mentioned.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 04:56 PM

Wow, what a shop that will make. I went with pegboard and never regretted it. I insulated a lot behind it though..

-- Mike

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#10 posted 06-13-2013 05:06 PM

That’s going to be a great shop…I have always preferred drywall and french cleat system for the walls. Congrats….


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#11 posted 06-13-2013 06:40 PM

Wow… What a project! And what a great shop to be!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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