Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Shop Update: It's Been a While

It's been quite a while since I've posted anything on my shop progress. Honestly, with the heat we've been having the last month or so, progress has been a little slow; but I'll show you where I'm at with it.

The electrical is all run on the  inside for the plugs, switches, and lights; just waiting to trench in the wire from the garage to the panel in the shop. All the walls are insulated with the interior sheathing up and three of the walls painted. Still unsure of whether or not I'm going to paint the wall that the stairs are on. I've trimmed the windows on the west and south walls, with the west wall window having gotten it's final coat of paint.

I'm half way across with the above stairs floor/below stairs ceiling. This has been rather slow going. I'm using T&G pine again from the Amish mill, but this time it's v-grooved on the side that is the main shop ceiling. I'm painting the ceiling side and to avoid the pain of painting between the rafters, I'm painting it after I cut a row to fit, but before I install it. It's slower going this way, but it sure makes for a nice look.

 There is one or two things I may have done differently in retrospect, but overall, I'm thrilled with the way it's looking. For me, the painted horizontal pine boards on the walls are just the look that I was hoping for.

Oh, and the big news this week is that yesterday morning I ordered a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim split ductless heat pump/air conditioning unit. I know, not exactly 18th century, but I am SO looking forward to having a nice, comfortable, conditioned space to work in year round. I have to think that all my hand tools will appreciate it too rather than having to endure the extreme heat and cold and damp of unconditioned space. Got an e-mail this afternoon saying that it's been shipped. :)


Anonymous said...

Jamie, everything is looking great, just as I expected:)


Shannon said...

Looks awesome Jamie! I love the wall treatment and the color contrast on the trim. Very 18th century. Do you have a plan for the space between the rafter that you didn't run a second course of T&G on the lower floor ceiling?

Jamie Bacon said...

Thanks Mom. It's coming together. Slowly but surely. :)

Jamie Bacon said...

Hey Shannon, thanks! I went back and forth on the paint color for quite a while and I'm really happy with my final choice. Glad I went with the solid pine board walls instead of sheetrock also; especially after I accidentally rammed a 2X10 into the wall while moving it around in there the other day.
On your question of the space between the rafters with no T&G; if your referring to the second picture, I'm filling in between the rafters with rough cut 2X10 blocking that will come out even with the wall. I have most of it istalled already, just happened to take a picture where I hadn't done yet. One unexpected benefit of doing the blocking like that was that it left a gap between the outter band board and the blocking that we were able to run wire out the top of the wall and upstairs while keeping it hidden.

Anonymous said...

Impressive shop Jamie! I can’t wait for the “open house”. One question I couldn’t find an answer for in this or the previous shop blogs is simply, how tall are the walls? I know in most power tool shops it seems that 10’ or higher is a desired height, but in a hand tool only shop, I’m guessing that is not as needful.



Jamie Bacon said...

Hi Dean! Glad you like the shop so far. It's 8' to the bottom of the beams. Then there's another 10" if you want to manuever between the beems. I don't forsee the 8' being a problem. At least I hope not. :)
As for the Open House, I'm hoping to be in around October time frame, but if you're ever in the area, feel free to stop by any time. Always love getting visits from fellow hand tool enthusiast. I'm going to try to refrain from moving in until I've got windows and doors trimmed and peg rails and shelves up.