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Offline JBag09

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Finally have my own Workshop
« on: February 27, 2018, 09:41 PM »
  So after many years of talking, dreaming and planning, I finally have my own workshop built. I’ve been doing woodworking since I was a teenager in one way or another. Whether it was making picture frames or toy boxes, to roofing, home building. But it seemed everything I did, it always led me back to building some type of cabinet for somebody.
  When my wife and I first got married almost 25 years ago, our first home had no place for any type of shop, I ended up using my parents garage, since all my stuff was still stored there. It worked for the time being, but, eh.
  Then we took the plunge and built our current house about 15 years ago, with enough property, that I could build a garage for a workshop. And it’s worked great, but I’ve just gotten to the point where I’ve outgrown it, and it would be nice to have my truck parked back in the garage. I mean, I know a 26’ x 26’ garage is a dream for many people, but do to my love of machinery, and room to move around, and thanks to a huge snowstorm 2 years ago.  Where I tore down all my workbenches and jammed everything I had, so I had enough room to fit my truck in the garage. My wife then went out to her car, walked back into the house, and said I needed my own workshop....WHAT??!! Ya she actually said that, lol.
  That finally got me to seriously start planning what I wanted. I knew the type of building I wanted, because they are built very quickly, and very cost effective. Not sure what everyone else around the globe calls this style of building, but here in eastern Pennsylvania, we call them pole buildings. I kept kicking around idea after idea how and where I wanted this thing, and wasn’t sure how big I could go or wanted to go. So a couple phone calls to the municipal department, and my wife once again telling me just put up what I want, so I am not adding on again in a few years, she knows me to well. So I went for it and got everything rolling for a 40’ x 30’ with 12’ ceilings. Once I had all my permits and all that fun stuff it was December, and the way the winter started with the cold weather I figured I wouldn’t see this building started till spring time. But a sudden thaw in late January, the company called and said they’d be out the following week to start!
  Well it’s taken a month in real time, but actually only about 4 1/2 days to complete my shop, floor and all. Just have a final inspection to get through yet, then it’s time to start the inside. Here’s a few pictures to start with. More to come.



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Offline deepcreek

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2018, 11:18 PM »
Great shop!  Be sure to share photos when you get all your woodworking equipment in place.
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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2018, 11:26 PM »
Congratulations! I look forward to see it all come together. Keep posting pics.
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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2018, 11:31 PM »
 Awesome! Keep the build pics coming!  [thumbs up]

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Offline Rob Z

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2018, 11:52 PM »
Jealous here in VA !!  [big grin] That looks great.

I've been watching youtube videos by RR Buildings (He's based in Illinois) , showing how these types of buildings are constructed. It's very interesting for me because I have never seen one going in like this.

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2018, 11:55 PM »
What an awesome and amazing space!

Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2018, 12:38 AM »
Looks great. Be sure and keep it TIDY! [eek] [smile] [big grin]
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Offline Scorpion

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2018, 05:59 AM »
I’m so jealous!!  A shop like that is on my bucket list.

Curious...notice that the “studs” are much further apart and the exterior (siding) supports are horizontal.  Will you be drywalling/finishing the inside walls?  How do you hang cabinets?  Do you need to build out additional supports?

Please feel free to continue to share the progress, I’ll be living vicariously through you for a while now.


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Offline JBag09

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2018, 06:37 AM »
@Rob Z, check out Pioneer Pole Buildings, they are based here in PA but through talking to the people from there they do travel to VA, and they do great work, no complaints here.
 
I will have to stud out the walls and add additional insulation, wiring, drywall etc... Somewhere in the middle of this I have a kitchen to build for someone and a project I’m currently working on to finish up. Probably won’t be moving anything in until June/July.



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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2018, 07:07 AM »
“Probably won’t be moving anything in until June/July.”

 Bet you put stuff in way before summer.  [wink]

Offline RustE

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Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2018, 08:43 AM »
I’m surprised they set the poles in the dirt. Many of the builders in Ohio are setting the poles on top of concrete pilings or the slab.

Offline Redart

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2018, 10:21 AM »
Congratulations ! Awesome !!
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Offline Rob Z

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2018, 11:01 AM »
I just looked at their site.  Maybe I would hire them but there is no room for a building in the yard of our end  unit town house  [big grin]

Sounds like you're going to be busy for a few months !


@Rob Z, check out Pioneer Pole Buildings, they are based here in PA but through talking to the people from there they do travel to VA, and they do great work, no complaints here.
 
I will have to stud out the walls and add additional insulation, wiring, drywall etc... Somewhere in the middle of this I have a kitchen to build for someone and a project I’m currently working on to finish up. Probably won’t be moving anything in until June/July.



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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2018, 11:16 AM »
Man Im jealous. I use my 2 car garage which is fine but as most of us need more space and a dedicated shop.

Youre a very lucky guy. Good job.

Offline JBag09

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2018, 11:57 AM »
@RustE the posts are set on top of concrete. Depending on the township, some want a wet mix in the holes, others want the pilings.
  And this gives me a lot less yard to mow now [big grin]


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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2018, 12:56 PM »
Love it!  Congrats!

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2018, 06:20 PM »
Congrats!


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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2018, 06:57 PM »
That building looks great.  Looking forward to seeing interior shots as you finish the build and get it outfitted.

You'll love the space and flexibility I'm sure.

Offline JeremyH.

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2018, 09:02 PM »
Congratulations. That must feel amazing.

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2018, 01:31 PM »
Congratulations looking forward to the subsequent posts.  Bill

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2018, 11:01 PM »
look great. congratulation
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Offline JBag09

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2018, 08:58 PM »
Had the inspector out earlier today for my final inspection, and it passed! So now I can begin the inside work, at least around another snowstorm this week @@
First up is to get the electrical panel temporarily hung and get some power to it. More to come soon.


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Offline JBag09

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #22 on: March 11, 2018, 09:24 PM »
Had some time this weekend to get some more work done on the shop. A friend of mine dropped off the drill I needed to put the holes through the foundation for the electric, so having to put a 2-5/8” & 2-1/8” through was fairly easy. Got all the conduit put together and ready to run the wiring sometime soon.

Then my son and I went across the ceiling every 24” and snapped lines for my “faux” ceiling joists. With all the trusses spaces at 48” on center I had to come up with someway to be sure I wouldn’t get any sag in the plywood I’m going to put on the ceiling and to have a little more structure to hang the DC piping from. So I figured, run some joists the other direction which will give me plenty of support. I got 2 sections complete on each side today and have all the scaffolding moved around to do the rest hopefully throughout the week. Depending on my work schedule anyway.



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Offline JBag09

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Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #23 on: March 31, 2018, 09:40 PM »
Been awhile since I’ve posted anything, and I’m still missing a few pictures I keep forgetting to take.
I have everything with the ceiling finished, plywood on and even painted. I was checking out the big box stores for insulation, I wanted the blown in style since I felt it was the way to go for r-value and speed. I lucked out, here the orange box store will no longer be carrying Owens Corning insulation, so what I needed went down to half price so I jumped on it. I got a little more than I needed, but to much insulation...nah. Ended up putting in around r-60 in about 2 1/2 hrs. Turned out to be what I had hoped. I took care of the hard work in the attic and the kids just kept the machine filled up. Not much mess to clean up afterwards.
Have about 60% of the walls framed out, those are some of the pictures I’m missing. Hopefully I’ll have everything framed up early this week and figure out what to go onto next.
I do have a project to finish up for someone that will take precedence over the shop, will have to see when they are ready for me.



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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #24 on: March 31, 2018, 10:13 PM »
That's fantastic. I'm really jealous. We put a bid in on a house that sits on 61 acres. Our offer expires at 8p Sunday (tomorrow), and if it goes through, we'll be doing the same thing. They have a metal barn on a 30 x 60' slab. We'll tear it down and use the existing slab w/ electrical and plumbing. I can't wait to finally order the rest of the equipment I don't have room for in the garage. First up is table saw. Then bandsaw. Congrats!
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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2018, 11:42 AM »
That's fantastic. I'm really jealous. We put a bid in on a house that sits on 61 acres. Our offer expires at 8p Sunday (tomorrow), and if it goes through, we'll be doing the same thing. They have a metal barn on a 30 x 60' slab. We'll tear it down and use the existing slab w/ electrical and plumbing. I can't wait to finally order the rest of the equipment I don't have room for in the garage. First up is table saw. Then bandsaw. Congrats!

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Offline Ves

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2018, 12:43 PM »
Congrats, that looks awesome. I hope to have a workshop/spray booth in the future.

Offline JBag09

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #27 on: April 01, 2018, 08:23 PM »
Not sure what time zone your in @David but hopefully you’ll win your bid


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Offline Neal W

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2018, 11:09 AM »
Very cool.

Would love to have a pole barn to create a shop. 

I am seriously jealous.
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Offline RussellS

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Re: Finally have my own Workshop
« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2018, 06:16 PM »
Not to criticize too much.  But who the heck did the electrical wiring in the trusses, rafters?  The last set of pictures show the 12(yellow) and 10(orange) gauge wires just thrown here and there in wild fashion with no order at all.  A qualified electrician, someone who cares about his work, puts the cables in a neat orderly fashion.  He runs the cables in straight lines.  He does not throw them onto the roof and wind them around each other in knots.  With the insulation blown into the attic, its too late to fix the mistakes up there.  But have someone else, competent, wire the walls in the shop.