My previous workshop entry showed the beginnings of my new shop, from construction of the foundation through assembly of the SIPS (structural insulated panels) wall panels. With the arrival of Spring in East Tennessee, I am eager to finish the shop construction and begin to move equipment in.
From the photo below you can see that the roof panels and skylights are installed as well as the shingles. Also, the front door and windows are installed. Though not clearly visible in this photo, vinyl siding installation has begun.
The next photo is taken inside the shop looking upward at the timber framing, skylights, and roof panels. The main room of the shop has been sprayed with two coats of off-white latex enamel paint. I have not installed the trimwork around the skylights, as it is not critical to getting moved in. That will come later, as will the cleanup of some overspray on the timber framing.
I bartered some labor for two laboratory cabinets, one of which is shown below. I’ve mounted them on either side of the front door inset, where they fit nicely.
Turning the camera slightly to the right, we are now looking at the area where I will place my bench. It will be naturally lighted from two large double corner windows. For whatever reason this photo appears a bit dark, but the room is actually brighter.
The lighting in the following photo is truer. We are looking at the lumber storage rack on the back wall of the main shop room. The principal woods in this rack are walnut, poplar, cherry, and mahogany.
This next photo is what I have left of 2000 BF of #2 common cherry that I purchased at auction for fifty cents a board foot. Note that the OSB walls in the smaller room are not yet painted.
Finally, this photo shows the outside pad from which I will unload equipment from my trailer by overhead manual chain hoist and trolley it inside the small room where I can lower it and handle it with a pallet jack. The hoist system should be built in the next three weeks or so, and I will cover it in a later installment.
Right now I am proceeding with the wiring, floor painting, hoist construction, and siding. At the speed we are going right now, I’ll probably provide an update on our progress in a couple of weeks. Thanks for looking in.
-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee