Earlier this year, I started making a new dining room table from some old barn beams that were left on my property by the previous owners. I’ve planned to do a post about the (backbreaking) process, but that will have to come at a later point.
Last weekend I hit a roadblock on that project. I am now at the point where I need to join and finish all my planks to create the table top. In order to do that, I needed a nice workbench with a large, flat, and level top. My workshop is great and it’s one of my favourite things about our new house – however it’s also 60 years old and very basic. Inside is a slowly rotting wood floor, raw studs, no insulation, and shoddy electrical wiring. Another thing that is missing, is a workbench!
When I starting designing my workbench, it quickly became apparent that once in place – I wouldn’t want to move it again. This meant that if I ever wanted to finish the inside of my shop, I’d have to do it now. So I paused making my workbench (which I had paused building the dining room table for), in order to finish the inside of the shed.
I spent the entire weekend working at it, and I’m happy to report there has been progress 🙂
This weekend I accomplished the following:
- Insulated all but 1 wall (need to buy more insulation to finish)
- Half of the shop is strapped and drywalled (need to get more straping before continuing)
- New subfloor is in
- Electrical work is cleaned up with new lines run
- New 250v electrical run, which now powers my….
- Heater! I installed a 4500BTU electric forced air heater, which does a wonderful job of heating the shop
Even though the shops not totally finished, I’ve completed enough that it is now a workable space. In an effort to get back to my dining room project, I’m stopping here for now and beginning the work on my new Workbench 🙂