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Workshop Wall Surround, Part 2

I knew this project would be this way: slow. I have made some progress on my workshop wall surround, but the work is slow going because I am not following a predetermined plan for the steps I am taking. Even though I created a nice SketchUp model of what the wall surround will look like, the reality is that I am having to make the wall fit around a variety of ducts and pipes. Add the fact that I want a considerable part of the wall surround to be removable and you can see how the wall framing is not typical. So unique that I am having to work out a lot of details as I go. In my last post, I revealed my progress with what the bottom plate of the wall system. Here is a photo from that blog post… Basically, I am making a copy of this outline for the top plate which is attached to the ceiling. As I do, I am having to work around plumbing lines, ductwork and various …

Workshop Wall Surround, Part 1

I sometimes have trouble getting started on a project. I spend time getting my thoughts organized, but there is fear or worry that I’ll make a mistake as a project begins.  This worry can lead to inaction. In the case of the wall surround I am creating, the stumbling block was taking what I created in SketchUp and making it a reality. As I began to layout the position of the framing needed for the wall, I was worried since a mistake early on could lead to larger problems later. The only way to fix this condition is to simply get started; dive right in and do something even if it is just a small step. The Small Step The position of the whole wall surround is mostly driven by the location of the stairs. The first little step in this project was to make the outer edge of the stair stringers flat. The builder of my home added a long 2×4 to the outer edge of the stringers to take some bounce out of the …

Front Porch Renovation: Adding the Lattice

It is hard to believe that it is October. The fact that fall has arrived means that this project, which started in May, is yet another large and drawn out one. I knew it would be. My wife had hopes of this being simply replacing a few boards, but the board that was causing the problem was connected to another board, which was nailed to yet another board, etc. etc. All of the structure which supported the stairs had significant rot after only five years of use. One thing led to another and at least half of my front porch has been renovated. But, long and drawn out projects can be fun. This one has encompassed everything from manly demolition to working out compound angles in my head. It has tested the muscles in my brain as well as muscles in my back. Working outdoors has been enjoyable and I have used everything from my hand saw to my thickness planer with my cordless drill and my miter saw seeing heavy action. I even foresee …