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Been a few weeks since I’ve been able to do anything in the shop which is unfortunate because the weather has been great... until this week.

 

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The outside temperature topped out at 22° but the shop rarely gets much below 40° since everything has been insulated and closed up. That’s about perfect for me when I’m moving around. Today was a bunch of ladder work with getting the majority of the nailers up for the top 2/3 of the walls.

 

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Stay tuned for something special I’ve got planned for this wall. The gable crown trim went up on the one end after the first ceiling panel on the south side went up.

 

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I was in a bit of a rush today to get enough material up so I could get some solid measurements for the rest of the panels. The local lumber supply place was having a “save the sales tax” day and I’ve been lucky enough to take advantage of this a few times before. Today was definitely the day to get the rest of the wall panels on order. It’ll be a couple weeks before I see them. I’ve got the rest of the other half of the ceiling to do before then. 

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The ceiling is officially done!... minus electrical. All that was left was the other half of the panels, the trim, and the access to the attic.

 

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With the panels up it seems as though my walls are bowed out by about 3/8” at their worst. I won’t tell if you don’t. Another stick of scrap lumber and some time on the table saw fixed this. 
 

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Besides the unexpected wow in the wall, things came out laser straight. 
 

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My white wall panels were ordered this week. Maybe I’ll see them by next weekend? Then it’s on to electrical. Suppose I ought to bring that truck of mine home too. 
 

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Had a real slow pitch kind of day hanging panels on the walls. The white I chose looked much brighter as a sample, but it’s not like I’m going to change it at this point. Kind of a creamy white?... I dig it anyhow. 
 

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I really like going this route with finishing walls because it’s so fast and doesn’t take much thought to do. Easy instant gratification!

 

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I need to finish trimming around the windows but these two walls are done. Suppose I should start thinking about how I’m going to finish the floor in the loft too. I’ve got some plans for the south wall without any windows and I can now build the permanent steps for getting up to the loft. Otherwise I could tell that it was a gloomy day in here. I need lights and power!

 

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just remember, there is no such thing as too much light!  :D  or for that matter, it can't come from too many angles either.  the stupid shadows in the barn drive me nuts! :fistshake2:  gotta gets some upgrades of my own in there...

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Place is looking great. I'm getting so many ideas for my own garage from you. I lay the concrete in late June early July. Hauling fill dirt right now. Love the loft. Gonna have to look more into that.

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27 minutes ago, tugboat95 said:

Place is looking great. I'm getting so many ideas for my own garage from you. I lay the concrete in late June early July. Hauling fill dirt right now. Love the loft. Gonna have to look more into that.


It’s never too early to start planning! I had almost two years of planning before I broke ground. Since before day one I already had it in my head what things would look like finished. This is huge for planning ahead, waiting for deals and sales, or even just making sure you know what kind of weather to expect for optimal building. I mostly work by myself and there’s a ton of figuring all the way down to getting material to the property. Can I unload this by myself? Can I frame or install this by myself? How do I do this in the most efficient way that I’m not wasting material or my time?

 

Good luck with your build! Never forget the six P’s... prior planning prevents piss poor performance. :L:

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I just got my permits last week. I looked for a year before I chose a size, type, and builder. I'm not a carpenter so I'm having a metal building erected but with plans for a lift and other gear. I just bought my new work bench and storage system this after noon. Stumbled across it on marketplace last night just down the road from me. Still new in the box for half what Home depot wanted for the same thing. My planning has been more into that, wiring, light placement, and ventilation (hot in the southeast), parts cleaner, vice work, welding station. Etc. And parts storage. I really like that loft for that. Gonna try and figure out how to make it work with a lift as I'm running out of space real quick. Due to metal price increase I had to lower my roof by 2 feet from my initial quote. In a month price increased 3k. Never Should've waited a month to think on it.

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1 hour ago, Pete M said:

just remember, there is no such thing as too much light!  :D  or for that matter, it can't come from too many angles either.  the stupid shadows in the barn drive me nuts! :fistshake2:  gotta gets some upgrades of my own in there...


Lighting is something I haven’t completely finalized. Over and under the loft is figured but the main area changes depending on the day. I’d like to keep things looking mostly “old-timey” but there’s not a whole lot of efficient fixtures by the standards of today that have the feel of something vintage. I really like old stuff. I won’t sacrifice looks for amazing lighting though. 

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why not both?  :D   get some impressive LED strip lighting that mounts flush-ish to the ceiling (maybe hidden in the ceiling grooves, or maybe run along the wood at the peak and the tops of the walls) and then hang some period-correct fixtures to compliment the style.  :L: 

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Not much looking like it got done today. I really need to finish the walls so I can get power and lights going. Kind of a rainy/gloomy day and it’s sometimes tough to see out there. Still...

 

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... another wall done. Started on the nailers along the front wall along with the permanent seal strip for along the top of the big door. The interior corners need a bead of caulk and they’ll be finished too. Few more 2x4s needed to wrap up the trim around the doors and windows.

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