Earle Wright's Workshop #1: Workshop Progress

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Blog entry by Earle Wright posted 05-09-2008 02:36 AM 2994 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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#1 posted 05-09-2008 03:06 AM

That’s a nice stack and wall of wood you got there.

The shop looks nice. I really like the nice tall ceiling.

Keep us posted.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-09-2008 03:35 AM

What a great looking shop. Thanks for the post. I look forward to seeing the progress.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 05-09-2008 04:35 AM

Keep us posted. This is going to be awesome. Building a shop is exciting.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#4 posted 05-09-2008 05:38 AM

Very nice, please keep us posted.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 05-09-2008 11:34 AM

Thanks for the update. That is a serious wood stash you have there. It is just begging to be put into some projects. I like the cathedral ceiling and skylights that you have designed into your shop.

This is looking pretty good.

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

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#6 posted 05-09-2008 03:15 PM

OH MAN! This is SWEET!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 05-09-2008 03:17 PM

I’m jealous. You into adopting old farts by any chance?

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#8 posted 05-09-2008 03:23 PM

Really nice shop Earl! Gonna be interesting seeing what you’re gonna do with all that lumber! Keep us posted!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#9 posted 05-09-2008 03:53 PM

Great shop Earl! Look forward to future pictures.

-- Bill, Florida

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#10 posted 05-09-2008 06:30 PM

What a fantastic space :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#11 posted 05-09-2008 11:45 PM

Incredible! Great space and a fantastic stash of wood. Thanks for the post.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#12 posted 05-10-2008 12:59 AM

A great building with much forethought and design. How many sq.ft.? It looks immense. Are you going to heat or cool it with the seasons? Wish I had a space to build one of these. bbqKing

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#13 posted 05-10-2008 01:10 AM

The total area is around 1900 sq. ft. I will be conditioning the air with a 2 ton Mitsubishi Split Heat Pump that is ductless. It will have a very small wall mounted unit indoors for supply and return. Using the structural insulated panels will require very little in the way of heating or cooling. The construction is so air-tight that the temperature variation from ceiling to floor should vary no more than a half degree at any time.

My house is around 1800 sq. ft. As a single man, I am able to put the square footage where it’s most important …
in the shop.

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#14 posted 05-10-2008 02:27 AM

Looks almost good enough to live in Earl !.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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