How I built my shop contruction begins #4: The finishing touch

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My shop is now dried in and now it’s time to get the inside work done. I have installed all of the lighting, using 8’-2 tube fluorescents that I salvaged from a grocery store remodel and have put all the lights on motion sensors. All of the outlet circuits are in conduit run under the floor and are stubbed up where needed.The 200 amp service is installed and powered up with plenty of space for future needs. The lumber racks are done and the miter saw station is complete. I decided to install hardwood flooring in the work area and found oak flooring for a dollar a sq. ft. Not the best but the price was right.

Installing the floor—nothing hi-tech about this.

Once the floor was installed, I did have to fill in knot holes with a mixture of epoxy and sawdust.

I rented a floor sander to sand it down before applying the finish.

I built the railings for the loft and the stairway and was ready for my final building and electrical inspections.

I built this shop over a 3 year period at a cost of $10,000 for all materials, but there is still always work to be done in Mike’s One Man Shop.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 1952 days ago


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#2 posted 1952 days ago

Mike, adding a hardwood floor to your shop is a wonderful touch. You could have simply left the sheeting as the floor and the shop would have been just as functional but adding finished flooring markedly improves the look of the shop.

Nice job.

I put down over 2000 sq ft of flooring in my house with this same nailer. It does give you a workout and, if I had realized that I was going to end up “being commissioned” to do the entire main level in hardwood, I would have bought a pneumatic nailer.

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

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#4 posted 1952 days ago

Spectacular! Mike, I still wish I was there to help or stay out of the way!

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

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#5 posted 1952 days ago

Very impressive shop. Your shop is a true inspiration to a lot of us. In Burlington we are limited to the height we can build here. You have a shop to be proud of. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 1951 days ago

Wow, what a shop. I would love to build a timber frame structure like that some time. You have done a wonderful job and should be very proud.

-- Scott in Texas

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#7 posted 1950 days ago

Another great post Mike. It looks great. You did an awesome job.

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

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