How I built my shop contruction begins #3: Construction begins

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 04-17-2009 02:39 PM 1183 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One of the challenges of building a timberframe structure was finding a reliable source for all of the timbers at a good price and having them cut on a schedule that suited my needs. I saw an ad in a local paper that advertised—lumber for sale for barns and sheds,custom cut,will deliver. I gave the man a call and told him what I was building and as it turned out he lived about 10 minutes from me and that he could mill everything I needed for the shop at a very reasonable price—.50bd ft for SYP,and .60 bd ft for oak. Wow what a deal. I ordered all of the girders for the floor system—6” x 8” x 8’and 10’ oak.

Unloading first shipment of oak timbers

After finishing all of the piers (21) each with a 1/2 “anchor bolt,termite flashing and PT sill plate I began fitting the girders with a 1/2 lap joint using my Trusty Jonsereds 49SP chain saw.

Setting girders with help from son #1

Making good progress

After getting all of the main girders in place I began to put in the 4” x 6” SYP floor joists using ledger strips and spikes

Nailing down the floor with help from FIL and son # 2

Stay tuned for more of Mike’s one man shop

-- Mike --

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-17-2009 03:06 PM

Mike, this looks pretty good. I really enjoy seeing construction posts like this. I know that what you are doing is a lot of work but it is nice to get some help from family and friends.

I am looking forward to the next installment.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-17-2009 03:18 PM

Looks like your going to have a nice shop, Why are you building it up so high? I was thinking maybe floods?
I bet it will hold tuns of weight. Looking forward to seeing the progress.
I bet your excited about it!

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#3 posted 04-17-2009 04:07 PM

Hi Jim

I built it up off of the ground to have a decent crawlspace to access the electrical, dust collection and heating system from under the floor. Plus to accommodate the slope of the land.

-- Mike --

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#4 posted 04-17-2009 06:19 PM

Looks Great! Let me know when its ready and do I need to bring my own wood or do you have plenty! lol

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#5 posted 04-18-2009 03:15 AM

Mike , it’s nice to see how you built your shop. I truelly like these posts. How long did it take you to complete the whole building?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 04-18-2009 03:34 AM

Hi Jerry

It took me 3 years to get it to the point that it was usable. I was still working full time in the electrical plus had to save money for materials,working out of town. But I did get er done—just took longer than I had planned.

-- Mike --

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