Wow! It’s the end of July. Last week, when it was the 23rd of July, I thought, “July sure is taking it’s time.” Now, it’s yielding the floor to August and before long, leaves will be turning colors and we’ll be preparing for winter.
OK, maybe I’m rushing a few seasons a bit. We are still in the first half of summer.
But summer isn’t what the moon and the calendar say. Summer is the time between Memorial Day (last Monday in May in the States) and Labor Day (first Monday in September) and we’re way past half of that. I just heard over at Joey’s place that her kids are starting school on Thursday – this Thursday! That’s crazy, but that’s the kind of times we’re living in. Crazy times. So, as I write what will be my last blog post for July, I think I will answer two questions I said I wouldn’t answer.
Judy asked me to explain what my garage and workshop look like. I could just say “mess”, but I didn’t want to be honest. I told her that subject should wait until I finish the 3-part project, but that’s dumb. It’s D-I-Y season and D-I-Yers want to know. Others, here and at work, have been asking about my coffee table project. Again, I thought I should wait until it’s done but, what the heck, maybe some won’t mind another update. I’d say, “I’ll try to keep this short,” but I’ve used 250 words to get here.
Garage – We are updating the outside of the garage and preparing it for a good number of carefree years. Maybe that means years with less required care. This project starts with the roof, will continue with vinyl siding and will end with a little work inside.
The garage is 22′ (6.7m) wide and 28′(8.5m) long. Attached to the back of the garage, attached, as in the roof spans both structures, is what the previous owner used as a garden shed. I made it into a workshop. It’s 16’ wide and 12’ long.
When we bought this place, I realized that the garage was an elegant design that was poorly executed. There are two “bridge trusses” running the length of the garage, supporting an 8’ wide storage space, as well as the ceiling joists and the roof rafters. Actually, in some places, it’s hard to tell what’s supporting what. One thing for sure, the header across the garage door wasn’t adequate to carry its part of the combined load. I made that stronger.
Once we finish the outside, I plan to partition the inside of the garage about 10’ from where that back wall is. That will give me a workshop that is 22’ x 16’ with an extra 6’ in the 10’ section carved from the garage.
16’ isn’t enough room to process 8’ lumber over a tool like a table saw, jointer, planer, shaper (router table) or bandsaw. I don’t often work with 8’ lumber, but sometimes, I have to. That extra six feet will be essential. Since all of those tools are on wheels, I can maneuver them in and out of position when necessary. That partition wall will open into the rest of the garage with two large pocket doors.
The design has several benefits:
I can hang stuff on the wall on both sides of the partition.
I can insulate and isolate the shop. That way, if I heat it in the winter, I won’t lose the heat when a car goes in or out, and perhaps, I can keep sawdust out of the attic storage space.
I can position those rolling tools against the wall, when they are not in use.
It will reduce moisture carried in by the cars in winter, from rusting my tools.
The downside is that the two structures are not on the same level – I have to step up into the workshop. Then again, I’ve been doing that for 25 years, so…
Coffee Table – Fabrication of the table legs, stretcher “bar” and feet is complete. The leg sets have been painted. The table top has been sanded, the live edge (bark) has been cleaned and all wood parts have received a first coat of Waterlox Original Sealer Finish. The second and third coat will be applied Monday and Tuesday evening, respectively. The table will be assembled next weekend and will make its debut in my office on Monday, August 6th, otherwise known as “National Root Beer Float Day” and /or “Hiroshima Day” – your choice.
Below is a diagram of the garage now and in the future. The gallery includes some pictures of the progress on the coffee table (explanations are in the captions) and the current state of the garage.
Thanks for stopping by – see you in August!
You can click on any picture to see the full captions.