Construction of Addition to Workshop

Photo #1 — Picture taken today, 3-Jan-2011

Photo #2 — Picture taken today, 3-Jan-2011

My current primary woodworking project, is a 8 ft x 16 ft addition to my existing 12 ft x 16 ft workshop.

In my existing workshop there is not enough room for my 13″ Dewalt Thickness Planer and 12″ Bandsaw.

Therefore, the Thickness Planer & Bandsaw, currently reside in the garage. Going between the workshop & garage is not working out however, and that in a nutshell is why I am adding onto my workshop.

The construction method, I am using is Pole Barn construction with 2 x 4 wood framing between the 4 x 4 pressure treated wood columns.

The flooring is 2 x 6 pressure treated floor joists 12″ on center. The floor sheathing is 4 ft x 8 ft x 3/4 inch pressure treated plywood. The 2 x 6 floor joists are supported by three 4 x 4 pressure treated wood members, running perpendicular to the 2 x 6 floor joists. The three 4 x 4 pressure treated wood members are supported by concrete pillars.

This floor is solid, no floor movement when you walk across this floor.

The roof at present is 2 x 6 roof joists, spaced 16″ on center with 4 ft x 8 ft x 1/2 inch OSB roof sheathing. Still need to put down 30 lb roofing paper, roof shingles, & edge flashing.

The Pole Barn construction method is considered to be a very strong method of construction. I used a modified set of post hole diggers (subject for another post) to dig holes approximately 42″ deep, then I poured in a 6″ layer of pea gravel per hole, inserted 4 x 4 ‘s, & then poured 100 lbs of quick set concrete into each hole around each 4 x 4.

Still much more to do, its hard work, but also satisfying seeing the Addition starting to take shape.

Will keep you posted, regarding the Addition, and share more photos with you, on future posts.

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