I decided that I’m going to begin selling some of my creations on the side once I finish up a couple things that are currently on my plate. With that in mind, I need to start stockpiling some inventory. This weekend I spent some time creating some blanks for various cutting & serving boards. They are still all at a rough finish, so I need still spend some time giving them a bit of TLC.
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.
Here’s a little teaser. These are the beams that I am using to build the table. They have a lot of rot on the outside, but the inside of them is a nice hard Maple.
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!
My workshop still has a sound frame after 60 years, but that’s about all you can say for it.
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 🙂
Let the laminating begin! My workbench will be a butcher block style top, made from 2×4 pine that I had left from other projects.
My name is Phil Thompson. I'm a customer support enthusiast working at Automattic, currently with the Pressable support team.
I love customers, animals, people, video games, and technology (in no particular order).