A Quick Shop Tour

Took some pics for someone to show off my equipment, so I figured I’d take you through the shop as it is today.

 Above the door I have my 1900 and LR-32 Festool rails.

 Right at the entrance to the right is my Delta 36-725 table saw,  Craftsman jointer, and Craftsman hollow chisel mortiser.

 Further anti-clockwise around the shop is my router table with a Triton TRA001 3.25HP router, the Ridgid oscillating spindle sander, Hitachi C12RSH miter saw, and underneath that is a Dewalt 735x planer.

 Here is the left side of the miter saw station housing all my Festools and other systainer storage. Up top are open cabinets for misc storage. The ladder is temporary access to the attic where my Harbor Freight dust collector and air compressor live on switched circuits.

 This is my Holtzapffel/Schwarz fir workbench with a little bit of storage, plus my hand tools and such.

 The MFT plays a big role in my shop, as does the CT Midi powering the Festools and other small power tools. The TV and computer also get heavy use.

The new clamp rack watches over my Harbor Freight bandsaw and Ridgid drill press. A fire extinguisher hides behind the tool box, and a first aid kit is always at the ready.

The New Shop – Little by Little

The first project in the shop is done – The Stacked Clamp Rack – and I can continue to do all the little tedious things that lead toward the shop being done.

The clamp rack being installed was an obvious step, because the parallel clamps were a big piece outstanding to move over. Plus, it allowed me to confirm the drill press and bandsaw would fit in their spots. Not only did the parallel clamps find a home, but the Bessey squeeze clamps, the cheap squeeze clamps, the 90 degree clamps all did as well. I also brought over the F-clamps and their rack to install under it. It’s actually a parallel clamp rack that I grew out of.

I also then had room for the first aid kit, which is always either near or on the door.

I decided I could bring over the remaining portion of the old chaos wall and if I raised it up, could attach to the other upper miter saw storage cabinets. It leaves room for my extra systainer, which is now a personal protection holder.

I’m pretty sure I will redo the entire miter saw station and storage at some point, but this should actually work for awhile, as long as I use the storage effectively.

I got the air cleaner up in about the spot I want, subject to change when the ceiling goes in. This left room for the air hose reel to go up in a spot where I could reach it without moving the table saw. To allow for the air compressor to go upstairs, I had to remove the stock drain valve and I’m using an air hose extension to come down to the first level. I have a ball valve on he end of the hose to easily drain the moisture.

The remaining things to bring over to the new shop is pretty low at this point, and it’s all little things. Hammers, pliers, stuff like that. Things I’m trying to nail down exactly where they should go before I start putting holes in the wall.

As far as the shop itself, there are some bigger things to do. Felt and shingle the roof, finish the exterior panels and trim. Insulate the ceiling and attic. We had another rain event on Monday; hard, heavy rain. The temporary drip edges I put in place did very well, but more rain is coming through the doors. I did discover a fix that I hope to have in place before it rains again.

I (at least temporarily) put up the finish cabinet above the workbench, and I can’t say I’m in love with where it is. I may put it above the miter saw instead, but there might be a clearance issue with the lights until the ceiling gets installed. I also hung the Festool rails above the door.

The Stacked Clamp Rack

A project absolutely vital to my new shop is a new clamp rack. The one I have now takes up way too much room along the wall in the old shop, and I can’t duplicate that. I have a space in my new shop next to the door that is approximately three feet wide, and would be a perfect spot.

Here is the current clamp rack, which has the clamps oriented in a single depth and a long distance across the wall.

Here is the plan for the new rack, which turns the clamps sideways, separates the clamp faces, and stacks them for saving space.

I’ll be able to store more clamps in three feet of space than I could in just under six, although they will stick out from the wall a bit more. Because of this, the construction needs to be stout.

I started by seeing if I had enough scrap to get this done. I have quite a bit of smaller pieces, but only two big pieces, one of which is being used on my wood rack. The big pieces don’t always match the construction of the little pieces, either being different grades of plywood or different ply. I wanted this project to not just be thrown together with mismatched materials if I could help it, probably being something I would have up on my wall for years to come.

I had a big piece of ply behind my band saw where the old shop is rotting, so it had some water damage, but I could get the piece I needed out of it. I used the table saw to rip it to 13″, and the MFT and Festool TS55 to cross cut it to 33″. This was the first time I had used these tools in the new shop, and made sure they were set up properly. The cuts were dead bang on both measurements, which made me very happy. I cut all the parts to size using these two tools.

With all the square parts cut, I moved on to the angled relief cuts on the ends and supports. I really just picked the middle of the parts on the render to cut the corner, so I had to give it a bit more thought in real life. I went with a six inch base for the triangle in both directions, and simply connected the points to make the hypotenuse. I set up my miter saw to 45 and made the cut on the line for all five supports and the two ends.

To give a little bit easier time inserting the clamps into the rack, I marked out a quarter circle on each of the supports and sanded to the line with the Ridgid oscillating spindle sander. With the dust extractor, I was able to capture much more dust than I have in the past. I simply set the sander up on the router table and did the task there. It was surprisingly hassle-free. I did get a little carried away and sanded a corner where I shouldn’t have, but that’s okay, and is on the far end where I won’t see it clearly.

I decided for simple screw and butt joint construction here, even though it’s going to be carrying quite a bit of weight. I used plenty of screws on all the weight-bearing loads, and nice long screws into the studs.

The old clamp racks were five feet long combined on the wall, and could hold 30 parallel clamps. This one is less than three feet long, and can handle 30-35 clamps, and fits in much better in the flow of this shop. This is a project that was crucial to the space I made available in the shop, and should serve me well. If for some reason I need to build another one, it would be a simple and cheap process. I’m very happy with this, and it was a good way to break in the new shop and test how everything is going to work.

The New Shop – The Big Addition, the little details, and everything in between

In the midst a trying time for our family, we are attempting to keep the other parts of our lives going. For me, that’s continuing to put work into the shop when feasible. So, steady on.

I was up early this morning and needed something quiet to do. So, I moved the chisel and rasp racks over and mounted on the wall under the hand plane till. This will work just fine until I get a hand tool cabinet going. I used the drill press to drill a new hole for the marking gauge. And yes, it’s quite remarkable that I can use a level in here. Never done it in the shop.

I also installed my straight edge on the wall, but honestly I don’t know if I’m that thrilled with the location.

Then, I put a new battery in my clock and hung it above the TV. Can’t have the shop up and running without that gift from my children.

It was about time to start making things for the new shop, but I had no dust extraction. I could have brought over my vac and separator, but that would eat into my floor space as I didn’t account for it in the new layout. I found a 20% off coupon for Harbor Freight, and decided I would make a purchase I’ve been waiting on for many years – the HF dust extractor.

This is something I’ve been planning on for years, and it factored heavily into the design of the workshop. While I will enjoy the storage capability of the attic, it was put in primarily to house the air compressor and extractor. It is the reason I put in switched outlets up there. It is the reason I went with a gambrel roof. It is the reason I will put in regular attic stairs.

So, I went ahead and bought it. I had been worried about if it would draw too many amps, but apparently at some point recently they changed specifications and the new motor (maybe) draws 15A vs 20A. It’s also now grey instead of green. To test if it would immediately trip the circuit, I took everything out of the box downstairs and hooked the motor up. The lights dimmed momentarily, but no issues. So, it went upstairs for assembly.

I knew when I built the shop that upstairs might not be quite tall enough, and I was right. Even when eliminating the wheels on the stock assembly. The filter bag is a bit squashed, but does work. It is fully controlled by the second light switch. I will at some point modify the assembly for better suction and better space.

I stopped at Rockler to get an expandable hose for temporary use. It expands all the way up to 14 feet, which is way more than I’ll ever need in my shop. I will probably keep it hooked up to use for vacuuming the floor instead of doing a floor sweep. Anyway, I didn’t get the right size adapter really, but was able to hook up to the table saw anyway. It’s plenty powerful for my use. I will have to set up lines coming down on each side of the shop to capture from all the machines and do it neatly. I’ll also have to purchase some adapters for tool use. I will probably use the expandable hose for the planer and jointer, considering they can both take the full 4″ inlet.

With the dust extractor installed (basically), I turned my attention to fabrication. I had tested the extraction on the table saw, and the offcut I made was pretty much perfect to use as a shelf for my computer. I crosscut it down to the right length, put a couple pocket holes in it, and screwed into the wall behind the monitor. Now the computer is hidden, and I just need to secure the cables and hide them.

(Which I did Monday afternoon while replacing the drilled outlet)

I also cleaned up some of the scrap T1-11 siding so I could finish the wall coverings. The dust collection here wasn’t quite as good, but then again I also have to get the above-table extraction going as well. Not quite sure how I’ll tackle that one. I also need to close in the bottom of the saw somehow.

On Sunday, I honestly didn’t get a lot done and I’m not entirely sure why. I did some testing with the dust extractor on the router table, and it’s great if the fence captures the bit. Will have to install a port in the router cavity and have a dual extraction like I need to on the table saw. Honestly, that might be something to have combined in some sort of way – one hose for the RT fence and saw guard, and the other for the back of the table saw (or under) and the RT base. No real need for four hoses here.

I did just remember that it was my mom’s birthday and we did visit some plus I made dinner, so that explains a lack of progress.

I had a few minutes out there Monday afternoon, so I got the wires and outlet taken care of, and started to work on on the clamp rack, which I’ll post later. I have now realized that I need adequate adapters for the tools, and perhaps to secure them better.

The New Shop – Initial Thoughts, Things to Do

A random scattering of impressions after only a day or so of all the tools being in the shop.

I wish I could have made it bigger, but know I couldn’t have. It was so much more spacious without the tools in, obviously. But my new layout should work pretty well with leaving the lathe, vacuum, and wood storage out. I can move the router table between the bench and systainer wall. I can access the full length of the workbench, including the tail vise.

The floor is level, which is so huge. None of the drawers I have fly open or closed. The router table doesn’t wander off. I should have room to move things around as needed as well. I love having more windows for light and breeze.

I do have some projects on my agenda now already though. The water entry at the door made it swell a little and I need to adjust the fit again, as I can’t use the deadbolt. The floor looks awful from the wet dirt, and will need another sand. I need to put in insulation and the ceiling so the lights can be raised and air cleaner installed. The roof still needs to be addressed of course. The attic stairs need to go in, and the attic insulated. The outside panels need to be installed.

The hand tool cabinet is now a thing again, as I have more height and width to work with. That’s a fairly involved project, and I’ll need to get my machines dialed in again. I’ll need to build a new miter saw station at some point, with more spots for systainers/drawers. I’ll want actual cabinets up on that wall to better store some things, plus a dust hood for the miter saw. Again, more room above to work with. I think I may switch to a conventional planer stand, but we’ll see. I’d like to make an MFT syscart. I’d like one day to upgrade my workbench to perhaps a shaker style.

I need better storage for little things, like my Incra rules, my tape measures, my hammers, and pliers.

I’m very happy so far though, and it will be fun trying new things out. I’ll also have some long term projects like to build a deck out front and a replacement shed – to hold the wood and outdoor tools.

The New Shop – Moving On Up

If you start a ball rolling down hill, it may start slowly, but it will continually pick up momentum and start travelling at great speed. Much like the shop move has been to this point.

With the drill press, band saw, and jointer moved over, it was time to start thinking about the big stuff. I thought for sure I was going to need to schedule a helping hand, but decided to start seeing what I could do regardless.

The left wall was the obvious place to start, as it needed to be done before the table saw and router table. I needed to clear out the upper part of storage first, so here is that done. I moved that piece over to the new shop and cleared out the counter and moved all the systainers over.

The bottom part of this is very heavy. I had my doubts I could get it done, but with some trial and error with the hand truck, I was able to get it done. I put one end of it on the lip of a standing hand truck, then went to the other side and leveraged the weight to tip the hand truck back slightly and use it like another walking human. Here it is tipped up and into the shop ready to come back horizontal.

Side note, there are a ton of spiders and spider egg sacs I’m finding underneath stuff, so I’m trying to be good and clean them off so I can be a bit more alone in the new shop. I got the bottom and top back in place, and at least the systainers in place. I’m filling the top back up as I go.

The whole thing needs to be rebuilt, but I’ll address that in a different post about all the things I’m finding. In that void above in the old shop, this is what was here, the mortiser and the miter saw vac.

The vac won’t be needed in the new shop (I don’t think) and the mortiser will find some sort of new home eventually. It may go back in that little space for the time being though.

The planer coming over was easy, thanks to two fixed wheels.

Then  it was time for the workbench. This was the one I was worried about, but some tests showed I could lift it adequately, so if I could put down scrap plywood or OSB across the dirt between the shops, I could at least get it to that point.

Here it is in the new shop, in its new layout. I finally gain unfettered access to the entire front and the tail vise. No more moving the router table out of the way to get a drawer open or access the socket case. Getting it lifted up into the shop was fairly easy all things considered. There would be tougher challenges to come.

The table saw joins the proceedings…

…however I’m stymied again by the very poor design of this jointer. It takes up room in all the wrong places. This means the table saw sticks out into the walkway about six inches or more than I planned.

I didn’t take any pictures of the router table or miter saw coming over, but the router table was a royal pain in the ass. If the band saw didn’t fall on me, it would have been the worst. The independent wheels made it move all over the place, and the drawers kept flying open on the sloped yard. Getting it up into the shop also required to make another ramp, but this time I didn’t get on it and it worked okay. The miter saw was brought over and I measured the heights at which the supports were attached to the wall. Unfortunately they were the exact height of the protective plates over the wires. Boo. But thanks to those plates, I didn’t screw into the wires within the studs or anywhere else at about that height.

About this time I took a picture of the old shop.

I can’t guarantee the camera here is perfectly level, but it does show just how bad things had gotten with the level. The shop is high at the door side and low at the back side as pictured. The left side of the shop is also lower than the right, so everything drifted toward that corner where the wood is right now. I’m so happy I have a level shop for the first time.

Here’s this pic again. Almost that entire back wall is open for storage use, and I will have to figure out ideas of what to put there. Because the wall wood rack isn’t being stored in here (at least on the ground floor), it opened up a little bit of room to work with. I did bring the plane till over tonight, and I already know I’ll be building a true hand tool cabinet at some point soon.

This is higher up on the wall than it was in the old shop, but I still have more room above to put something. Such is the advantage of eight foot ceilings vs seven foot. It’s 136 cubic feet more in the same footprint.

The next couple of days will see me bringing over more small things that can go in existing storage, plus probably the other half of the miter saw station. Up next on the site will be a first thoughts on the new shop thread, plus a sign-off list of things I think I’ll need to do or address in the first six months or so.




The New Shop – Walls in, transition begins

That escalated quickly.

Before I could even publish a post about a transition plan, I started the transition. Things are moving fast, and I have to be careful of not letting it go too fast, or I could get into trouble. Like I did tonight.

Over the last couple of days I worked when I could and got the remaining insulation in. Over the door was the last spot, and had to remove the panel on the left of the door to make sure I shoved some insulation in one little spot.

I also mixed in the remaining panel installation as well. For the most part, the panels weren’t that big of a deal. The holes for the outlets were a pain, and more than once I screwed up and made them too big. Particularly on the wall in the above pic, the switches and junction boxes. I had to buy oversize plates to cover my mistakes, and the double switch plate I bought barely does that.

The part here above the door is the last bit of wall to go up. On the panels with the windows, I drilled a hole big enough for the router bit to fit in, and used the OF1400 to flush trim it out Made a gigantic mess, but did the job very well.

The plan was to make a clamp rack before bringing anything over, but of course I got excited and jumped the gun a bit. I borrowed a hand truck and hooked up the drill press. I had a little bit of a scare at the end of the old shop ramp when it shifted a bit, but otherwise it wasn’t an issue. I made a temporary ramp out of dimensional lumber and 3/4″ OSB, and it came up that fine.  The bandsaw was a different story. More secure coming out of the old shop, disaster struck trying to come up the temp ramp. The OSB shifted and slipped with my weight, and I fell. The bandsaw started coming down on top of me, but somehow I was able to keep it off me. I am stronger than I look, which saved my butt big time. I was able to get the saw back up vertically and then stand up myself. I then ditched the ramp and used the leverage of the hand truck to get it into the entrance. I legitimately almost hurt myself very badly, and the only thing I came away with was a bit of a charley horse.

With the spacing pretty much set, I could bring over the MFT clamp rack.

The last thing for the evening was the jointer.

Before I started moving everything over I did do quite a lot of sweeping and picking up getting ready. Before I move anything else I’ll put the remaining insulation up for storage in the attic. I also do want to get on that clamp rack so I can see just how much room I have between the bandsaw and drill press and MFT. It was so nice just actually plugging these tools in vs trying to run extension cords and power strips. The time and money I spent putting the outlets in is going to pay off a thousand-fold. I’m so happy thus far.

Over the next little bit it is going to be a move-in process. Make a clamp rack, move the workbench and hand tools over, move the miter saw and systainer wall, move the router table and table saw. I’m so, so excited about the next few steps. I’ll have to rebuild the miter saw wall at some point, but not for a bit.

The old shop is already starting to look empty.

The Old Shop – Getting things tidy

The transition is coming, and sooner than I would have thought. When I had a need for a sander in the new shop, I knew I had to bring the Festool CT Midi over for good dust collection. I also thought I might as well bring the MFT over to give me a work surface. It was difficult to get it out of the old shop with how messy things were, particularly with the large amount of scrap under the MFT. I was able to take the legs down and eventually remove it over to the new shop.

The experience really reminded me that there are two ways to do this move: my usual way, a huge mess and disorganization, or to get things tidy and in order and do it logically. So, I started cleaning up the place to make the number two option a reality.

Really it’s just stuff that isn’t out of the norm and was long overdue. I took the two remaining 2×6 insulation bags over and put them in the attic until I have a use for them. Same thing with my bin of drawer slides and some miscellaneous stuff. That made a difference right there. Then I swapped all the plywood scrap that was under the MFT with the jointer. I figure that I’ll start swapping tools in the old shop with the Zip scrap in the new shop as I go along.

This is a real opportunity for me to make this transition as smooth as possible, and not to lose anything in the process. I put back together the socket case, did some sweeping, and some general organizing. This should continue over the next few weeks as the dynamic shifts between shops. It’s important to do this right, or important things will get lost. Maybe I’ll even find my missing pieces for the sander.

Getting the shop clean, which it is now, is also vital to the transition in another way: on the fly projects. One of the first things I’ll need to do is to build the new clamp rack to make sure I have enough room for all the other things in the shop. I’ll likely build it out of existing material to save money and space. As soon as the wall is up where it’s going, I’ll be building it.

The New Shop – Warm, Well lit…and dry?

Winter may be coming, but the rain is here. First though, the last week or so recap.

The only thing during the week that happened is that my permanent lights came, at least the first batch. These are ones I found on Amazon, 5000K, 4000 lumens each, 4′, LED, came in a pack of two. They aren’t exactly perfect, but I think they’ll work well. I have them temporarily installed on chains in the middle of the shop until I get a ceiling installed. Then I will mount directly and order either two or four more lights depending on how much light I think I need. Hopefully they will still be stocked when that happens. The two lights were $70 for the pair, and are rated for 50k hours. The temp light will likely go upstairs for a lack of a better spot, even though the lights in the old shop would work much better and be more appropriate. Hmm…

With the rain scheduled to be an all day affair on Sunday, I thought Saturday would be a good opportunity to grab the interior wall panels I needed to make moving in a reality. But first, I had to install insulation. I picked up three bags of batts, with 11 each inside. I need nine per full wall, and only about six on the door wall. That is the perfect amount.

I started by installing the full batt cavities to get my feet wet.

The height on the window cavities was such that the amount I cut off came right to where the wire would enter the cavity, so I put the extra in the next cavity and would fill them later.

Before I went any farther I had to coach a soccer match, and while I was out picked up protection for my wires, plus some extra T50 staples to secure the insulation.

My parents very nicely were available to help me get the interior wall panels from the store, and right before I left to meet them I got the left wall completed.

I’m taking a chance and going with 11/32″ plywood siding panels, as I like the look better than OSB, and the price is roughly the same although they are slightly thinner. While getting the insulation fit into the cavities around the outlet boxes was fairly easy, the panels were another story. While using the drill to mark out the edge of the holes I inadvertently drilled into the outlet.

Eventually though I did get all three of the holes on this first panel really nice. I then got the TV and monitor installed. Hmm, I wonder why I chose this panel first…

I left things Saturday night with about ten or so cavities to fill with insulation and just the one wall panel up.

Sunday morning I woke up to pouring rain. The last rain we got was Irma, now we get rain from Nate. It’s been a weird summer/fall. I went out to the shop to see what the rain had done so far. The first thing I noticed was that the entrance floor was wet. The water was coming in through the exterior panels I had put up. I have neglected to put in a Z-channel, so I should have expected that. The other thing I noticed was that the floor was wet near the windows. Oh no, I thought, a repeat of before. But no, the rain this time was coming in through the window itself. What it turned out to be was the rain wicking back along the roof rafters into the shop. A drip edge will solve this.

The real question was what about the roof. Well, I went upstairs and only found one spot where a few drops had come in. A great success. I marked that spot inside the shop to put a little more tape on when it stops raining. I’ll keep monitoring it for the next couple of days to see if there are any other spots, but I’m very pleased about that part. Later though a few more started dripping, but again a real roof will solve this problem. The amount of water upstairs wasn’t any real concern, the water coming through the windows was a bigger deal.

Unfortunately, my floor took a good bit of superficial damage. A few wet spots around the door and windows, plus a lot of dirt and mud being tracked in. I should be able to fix this fairly easily with the sander, but I have to come up with a long-term solution.

I did get some work done around worrying about the outside. I put up five panels (have to trim the last one), and several more batts into cavities. Trying to cut around the outlets is tedious, and I can’t fit new panels at night because I have to cut power to safely get them in. So I’ll likely try to get one or two panels in a day over the next couple during lunch breaks and etc. I have five panels and three cavities to go. Plus above the door, which might be several smaller pieces to save buying another full panel.

I may also, as it allows, bring more small things over to the new shop. A prime example would be my MFT clamp rack, as it does me no good to stay in the old shop. Once the other door-side panel is done I may build my new clamp rack too. These things aren’t in the path of any water, too. I could also bring the workbench over, but that will require a good bit of assistance.

Things are progressing pretty well, even with the waterworks.

The New Shop – Sore on the Floor

A little bit of a combination post tonight. I finished up the electrical completely Saturday morning. I got the last two outlets upstairs wired and covered, the junction box downstairs connected, and the outside outlet hooked up. The workshop is live and ready to go. Milestone accomplished.

I had been thinking about what to do for the floor since I had put down the subfloor. I wanted something nicer than what I’ve always had in the old shop, which is either MDF or hardboard on top of the subfloor. There’s also a big hole that wore down in probably the worst spot for it in front of the miter saw. I knew I wanted something over the subfloor, and had been thinking about laminate or vinyl. But with the expense of them, even with the cheapest option and underlayment, it would still be around $2 sqft or more.

I decided to try 1/2″ sanded plywood instead. I could cut it into planks just like other flooring, and get both the desired look and good functionality. So, I bought five sheets from Lowes, and with tax and a gallon of finish I’ll be right around $1 sqft. I cut them in half with the track saw, to make them more manageable. Then I ripped them on the table saw to 6″ wide. I think I ended up with 70 full size pieces, and 10 pieces that are just a bit more narrow. Those pieces can be used when I get to the outside edges.

I marked the center line of the shop from front to back, and started my first row to the right of this line – so the shadow of the light would not obscure it. I used my Incra rule to offset each row by 6″, and secured the planks with 1″ 18ga brads.

I started by going all the way to the right wall, with a gap that I’ll have to rip boards down to fill. I cut down boards on the miter saw to fill where full length boards wouldn’t fit. When I got to the end of the full width would work on the right, I shifted and did the same on the left side.

I did receive my loot from the Instagram giveaway I won, and it really is a fantastic light. Lights up the entire bottom floor, and will work excellently in the attic if I choose it for there. Or wherever I choose.

On Sunday I transferred my main extension cord over to the new shop, at least temporarily. I’ll have to switch it back occasionally for table saw use, etc.

I ripped down some spare pieces of the flooring to fill the gaps at either side of the shop and secured it with more brads. The floor was then complete. I brought the first tool into the shop, the MFT and the CT vac.

The reason for this was so that I could more easily sand the floor in preparation for a finish. I chose a matte poly that is quick drying. I covered the entire floor with one coat, and I may add another or two. I did hit the entrance with another coat right off the bat. My main goal here is to provide just a touch of protection, it doesn’t have to be a ton. This floor is meant to be replaceable if needed.

It was a good weekend. Might not be a lot of progress over the next week or so, but the next steps are probably going to be insulation and interior wall coverings of some sort. I’m really anxious to start moving more stuff in, but I’m also still worried about the roof.

I did some cleaning in the old shop in preparation of getting more things moved over. I think something I’ll end up doing is trading a tool or two for all the scrap Zip wall in the new shop.

V3 of the schedule had me completing the roof repairs on 9/15. That’s been long done. October 1 was windows and door or wiring started. That is today, and both are done when Oct 15 was the completion date for the balance of those. November 1 was roof felt started and the gap between the sides and roof., and November 15 was insulation.

Things are progressing well. Just some more steps to go.