The New Shop – The Lull

As expected, there has been no activity on the workshop at all since my last update. I had been using a tarp to help protect it from the elements, but found that it was just allowing ponding water to seep through and keep the plywood wet. So, I’ve let it get wet and dry naturally. I haven’t noticed any ill effects yet, and hopefully it stays that way. The old shop is still filled with spare fiberglass, and I’ll have to sort that out soon and get back to being out there at times. I need to do a little bit of cleaning in preparation for when I get back at the build process.

In the next week or so I may start buying OSB and preparing it for use as gussets. I haven’t decided on thickness yet, thicker would actually help me use up more of these PT-compatible nails I bought for the gun. I may or may not rent a truck for this, depending on how things work out. I think I worked out I’ll need three full sheets, which would be a doddle with a bed. Not so much with my SUV. I’d need to rip them exactly in half, which means I can’t rely on the store’s panel saw for accuracy. Much better to do it at home with the track saw with rip cuts first using the parallel guides. Then I can use the table saw and miter gauge to slice them in half before I use the circular saw to make the final cuts. I need somewhere to stack them, so cleaning out the old shop is important in that respect.

For the roof rafters, I’m leaning towards borrowing another miter saw and stand so I can cut everything on the new shop platform. Would make things much easier as far as space goes than using the saw in the shop. I do have an alternate plan which I’ll explain in just a second. I’ve designed the gambrel roof to use equal length spans to make cutting easier, even though it means I’ll need 10′ 2x4s instead of 8′ lengths. This means all the pieces are the same length and so are the angles. Setting the saw up once means less errors, and another reason why I need to use the saw outside of the shop.

One small project tangentially related to this new shop is something I might take on in the next few days. I have had my old router table top (MDF) sitting on sawhorses outside for many months now serving as a bit of a work/staging area. I’d ideally like to have a semi-permanent work table between the two shops that is level and can serve as a track saw station cutting sheet goods. I like my Centipede, but it needs a pure level surface and not even my carport is that level. My patio is, but there isn’t enough room to set it up anymore. Additionally, the Centipede’s outer supports are wider than four feet, making full sheet goods use a bit dicey if I’m honest. particularly when it slides around so easy.

So, what I’ll be doing is designing a platform made from pressure treated lumber and has the ability to use high density foam to cut plywood, but also be able to support things like a miter saw or other movable tool to set up work outside. I’ve often wanted to sharpen blades such as my machete or lawnmower, but doing it inside with a bunch of flammable material isn’t a smart move. I’m still in the design phase, thinking about how best to support a removable section of foam, plus how big it needs to be to safely cut full sheets.

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