After my little foray into masonry, today was day one of the carpentry portion of my shop build. My cousin Troy, who was the brains behind my house build 12 years ago, showed up around 8 this morning to get started on laying out some floor joist. He's a plumber by trade but one hell of a carpenter. Seven hours later, with just him and I, we had built what he deemed "A nice box". I was really pleased with getting this much done on day one. You'll probably notice from the pictures the absence of windows. There WILL be windows, I'm just having a hard time locating the kind I'm looking for at a reasonable price. We'll come back and cut and frame the rough openings for them when I find something suitable. I decided to put the front and back door on the same end of the shop to keep the "wasted" wall space in one area. A stairway/loft ladder to the second story will be on that left hand wall between the doors.
Tomorrow, Jen and I are off to DC and Ford's Theater to see 1776. Should be a good show, and Ford's is always a nice place to see a play. If you haven't been there, I highly recommend it. On the way there, I plan to stop in the DC suburbs at a place called Community Forklift in hope of procuring some windows in the style I'm looking for. Supposedly they have lots of old doors and windows. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can find what I want.
We'll be back at it Sunday morning, weather permitting. Second story floor joist and roof rafters will be on the agenda. I'll be sure to eat my Wheaties that morning. The floor joist are Amish milled 2x10's of yellow pine. VERY HEAVY. I went with rough cut for these because I am going to forgo a finished ceiling on the first floor and leave it open with the pine beams and tongue and groove pine of the second story floor serving as the ceiling of the first. I think that'll be a good look. The first floor is getting that same tongue and groove pine also, after the shop is under roof. I just put down the 3/4 T&G OSB as a sub floor. Here's a few pics.