Robert Morse

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    Puget Sound, WA
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    Cabinets, furniture and outdoor living.

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  1. Robert Morse

    makita cordless jig saw

    I'm interested in this as well - I've made a pretty significant investment in other Makita cordless tools. I've had a Ryobi jig saw for years, and I HATE it - hard to see, the base is flimsy, and the dust control sucks (or doesn't suck enough...). Definitely want to go cordless, but haven't heard too many reviews on jigsaws.
  2. Robert Morse

    Moving large machines...sanity check

    I did the ramp route getting my a3-41 down. It worked fine, other than I needed three tries to get the area around clear enough to get the thing off the pallet with the pallet jack. It was bigger than it looked. Your pallet looks way more beefy than mine... of course, UPS freight ripped one of the pallet skids off moving it, so the whole thing was sketchy anyway. Looking forward to the electricity thread.
  3. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Thanks, I'm really pleased with the final outcome. Full disclosure: We went WAY over budget... we got to the point we were spending money to pay people because I couldn't get the free time to finish, AND the shop build (and ticking permit clocks) started getting in the way of family time. I haven't listed out every cost below, just the main ones. We started the build process in July of 2017 with Septic reserve drainfield identification and permits. The final building inspection was in February of 2018, and the final electrical inspection was completed in September of this year. The building shell, including the concrete was $36k before tax. I suspect the building would be somewhat cheaper in other parts of the country - anything construction-related is CRAZY expensive around here. Also, this is the ONLY thing in this build that came in at the expected/budgeted price. The epoxy floor was around $2k once all the related costs were added in. There was a bit of a fiasco with the floor which I haven't and won't share here (working with friends isn't always a good thing...). It was still FAR cheaper than the flooring pros, but it ended up being a pretty big source of stress for a little while. Overall I'm happy with it though. Cheaper than expected. Drywall, electrical (everything after then panel), metal ceiling for the inside, framing for the interior walls, insulation, paint, in-floor dust pipe, etc. I haven't tallied the receipts, and I don't intend to. I do recall that Insulation was ~$900, as I bought it from a contractor who was going out of business and had advertised on Craigslist. The drywall was around $400, including mud and screws. The metal for the walls and ceiling was around $1200 give or take... the lumber and screws/nails around $400-600. The rest was bought piece-meal as I needed it. 2 month rental of the man-lift with delivery and pick up was around $1500 I think. This ended up being a MUST have - as there's no way I could have hung those panels from a ladder 16' up in the air. Not shown are: Site Prep, excavator and skid steer rentals (needed once each), electrical rough in, permits, the ductless mini-split ($2k), septic/drainfield reserve identification, and a whole metric ton of miscellaneous expenses which I'm afraid to add up. If i had it to do over, I would have the builder frame and insulate the interior, and hang the ceiling panels - it took me WAY too long and I had to enlist help every time I wanted to work on the ceiling. I still would have done the drywall and finish electrical. Also, I'm a convert on the metal ceiling. Given there was no paint or mud/tape needed, it was far easier overall than dealing with drywall panels, I'd do that again as well. I also severely underestimated how long it would take to get the final interior work done: In hind sight, I should have waited to order the 2 stationary tools. I ended up having to move them in their boxes repeatedly, as they were CONSTANTLY in the way, and the jointer sat wrapped on its pallet blocking half of my garage for 7 months... The only new tools stationary tools were procured from their respective manufacturers, Hammer/Felder and ClearVue, at "normal" prices. I sold smaller versions of both to help offset the costs. I separated those costs from the build, as they were not really part of the building process.
  4. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    We've been so busy, I forgot to update this log... Over the past month, we: Finished drywall, mud, sand and painting had the final electric inspection installed half of the vinyl baseboards Installed the clearvue cyclone and a side note: we have friends who are opening a winery, and he asked if he could store a dozen wine vats, 1100L - 2400L, he was importing for a few months. So we've had a few of those in the shop as well during that time. I wasn't looking forward to the drywall, but given there were no corners to deal with, and only one seam on most of the wall sections, it wasn't too bad. the 12' sheets were a bear to move around, but we managed OK. I had the kids help, my daughter loved putting mud over the screw holes. Painting went quick, I did the Behr "one coat prime and paint", and applied 2 coats of Euro Gray... it turned out really well. There are a few spots where I can see I missed sanding back around screws, but all in all, it looks great. One of the things we wanted was for the kids to feel like they have a place out in the shop too. So I decided to let each of them pick a color, and then they helped paint half a wall. The Girl loves puppy dogs, so she chose a tannish brown. The Boy chose Superman blue. From a "building the shop" perspective, I think we're about done: there's some more vinyl baseboard to install, and one 6" wide section of exposed wall in the corner next to the door, as well as casing the door, but that can all come later. This weekend, I rented a loader, and hauled all the big tools from the garage to the shop. Tablesaw, Jointer/planer, bandsaw, drill press, drum sander, old dust collector, etc. I was very pleased to see the CRC 3-36 I had sprayed on the table saw had mostly prevented rust, and the bandsaw and drill press were still in good shape as well. Last night, I unwrapped the Hammer A3-41, and started assembly. I should be able to get back out there on Wednesday, and get that finished up, and start getting stuff set up. Tonight, I'm going to hang the bottle opener, and my Wife and I will share a good beer to christen the shop. I've got a Belgian I've been aging carefully for a couple of years, I think we'll go with that. This build will be done. Project#1 is a rack for sheet goods... then we start on work benches for the kids. Once those are done, we'll start on the wife's Honey-do list, and other house projects. Thanks to everyone who followed along, and offered advice and/or support! I'll probably have a couple more updates as I add shop furniture, etc. but I'm looking forward to posting in the other categories.
  5. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Thanks all - the floor turned out well and I'm super pleased with it. There's a section where the repaired bubbles look like the little dark inclusions you see in maple burl... and there's chatoyance in the floor too, neither of which I have been able to capture in photos yet. I like it. After a day of boyscout popcorn sales, and kids birthday parties, I'm headed out to work on the drywall shortly. Only 10 sheets left!
  6. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Another quick update to share progress... the last few weeks have flown by, but we've started hanging drywall (12' sheets are not THAT bad...), and my Wife convinced me to stop doing drywall in order to put down epoxy on the floor. So instead of drywall, I spent last weekend acid etching the floor (and then rinsing and sweeping repeatedly. (after the acid etch) The change in plans was because I had an opportunity to get the product at a reduced price, as well as enlist the help of a friend who's a journeyman painter for a local city. He came over on Wednesday, and I took the day off to help out with the application. The "polycuramine" product was a 2 color blend of Copper Pot and Amaretto, and it looked GREAT right when we finished laying it down. Lots of swirls of color which looked almost like flames, and depth to give it visual interest. We went to lunch, then visited mutual friends, and when we came home and looked at it again, a whole mess of bubbles had risen up thru the coating while we were gone. The floor was clean before we started, but I think he used a roller with too thick of a nap, and laid the bubbles into the epoxy while rolling it out. After several hours of the painter on the phone with the supplier, evaluating fixes, and a fair bit of swearing, we came up with a plan to sand the whole floor, and then lay down another coat of epoxy to smooth it out. This time it would be clear, rather than pigmented. He spent Thursday sanding down the high spots, and touching up the bubbles, and at 11pm last night we laid down another coat over the entire floor. Based on how it looked 5 hours later (this morning), the second coat seems to have taken well, and I'm looking forward to getting home this afternoon to check it out. The plan is to let it sit until Saturday evening (2 full days, just to make sure) and then get the rest of the drywall back inside before the rain shows up again. I've started pricing the rental for a rough terrain forklift rental, so I can get the saw, jointer/planer and other heavy equipment from the house down to the shop... let's get this thing DONE!
  7. Robert Morse

    Once more unto the DW735

    LOL - the Pentax 67 was not exactly kind to your back either... I do miss those big old transparencies though. Opening the envelope with your developed "slides" on Velvia was always a treat. Its just not the same feeling on digital.
  8. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    I had a busy weekend: First: I installed and caulked the 3 window casings (1x6 finger jointed primed boards FTW)! Once that was done, I cut and installed some 1/4" plywood panels over the bottom of the beams to dress them up a little. I cut these about 1/2" wider than the beam and then hit them with a flush trim bit in the Trim Router to match them up to the sides. After taking the pictures below, I also applied just a bit of stain to darken the white-ish edge of the ply. I think it looks pretty sharp. Last night, I spent a couple of hours cleaning up the mountain of metal scraps and cut offs, and sweeping up all the chips from flush trimming the edges of the ply. The lift is ready to go back, and the shop is looking pretty good. The final project for last night was to tie all the outlets together on the north, west and south walls so I could test the circuits before I put up the wall coverings... Both circuits tested good, and I spent the evening in front of the TV adding pigtails to all the outlets so I can install them faster once the walls are done. On to drywall!
  9. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Good news! My Dad and I finished the ceiling this weekend, and I finished up the upper wall steel panels on Monday and Tuesday. We got the last of the main lights installed as well, and I spent some time last night shortening the cords and running them in cable keepers (second picture), so they look WAY less crappy. I love the way the steel looks on the walls and ceiling. I'm also pleased with the LED lights - they're plenty bright, and the 5000k color temp is quite nice when the garage door is open. The only metal left to install is a single strip to cover a gap between the garage door and the center post (see the red arrow in the image below). I also made a home depot run for materials to case the windows - pre-primed, finger jointed 1x6 pine boards to the rescue! I got a coat of white paint on them last night, and they'll get installed tonight. After that, I'm enclosing the bottom of the exposed beams with quarter inch ply (you can see insulation and framing thru them). I picked up 4 more lights so I can have separately switched lights over the center of the shop where the table saw is going, as well as over the bay just to the right of the garage door where I'm planning to do finish and hand tool work. It's going to be brighter than the sun in there when I'm done. The rented lift goes back a week from today, and it will be nice to work standing on the ground again.
  10. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    I picked up a pair of the offset Milwaukee snips - they're pretty nice, but were still getting stuck in the middle on long rips. If I ever do it again, I'll pick up the metal blade for the circ saw, but I've only got a few rips left... I should be able to make due at this point. Thanks again for the tips.
  11. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Thanks for the tips - I had been very careful about not letting the tips close, the issue I was having was some of the cuts were right next to the ribs, and the snips would get stuck. Getting them unstuck would put a little wrinkle in the cut edge, that was extra sharp. Also, reaching into the middle of the panel to do cuts was HARD.
  12. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Drywall... I had planned to do ply, but I like the look of clean, smooth drywall better. I will put a French cleat strip all the way around the top of the drywall for hanging stuff.
  13. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    I need a lift that will get the end up 15'... the ones at the rental place only go to 12. I've spent the last 2 nights getting ready for the final ceiling push. My dad is coming down for one last weekend, and we're going to hang all 16 remaining ceiling panels. I've had some prep work to get done before we start on that: * I installed steel and J-channel on the top 6' of the wall section near the garage door, which was necessary in order to... * Install a shortened, heavy duty shelf bracket to hold up the garage door rail on the wall side. The bracket the door installers used was perforated angle hanging from the ceiling. It blocked the window, and would have had to be moved/removed to install the ceiling panel anyway. This looks MUCH better, and is more secure and stable too! * Then I installed 2/3 of the j-channel needed for the last bay. Only 3 sticks left to finish up the ceiling, which I'll finish tonight. (no pictures of this...) I've been hand cutting the rip cuts near ribs because the harbor freight power shears don't work too close to a rib, but hand cutting was leaving a jagged edge. Because I got fed up with blood all over the panels last night, I went and bought a new best friend - this Milwaukee metal shear(s?) is FANTASTIC. Much lighter, far quieter, and far less effort is required to make the cuts. In related news, I can now make super cool metal noodles, and also the stock price of Band-Aids just took huge hit. I'm MORE than ready to be done with the metal work on this building... but the end is in sight.
  14. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Lots of progress yesterday: made a run to a different Lowes and bought all of their white J-Channel (I think I'll need another 7 sticks of this to finish up), and then get started on the first of the angled walls while I waited for my Dad to arrive. I decided to install the bottom j-Channel after all of the wall panels are installed, because the angles are tricky. Once my Dad arrived, we got started on the center bay... this one went WAY smoother than the first one, and it looks better as well! We finished 8 of the 12 panels before he had to take off in the late afternoon. Tonight, I'm hoping to have the wife come help hang the last 4 panels so this bay can be done too. There's just no way I can see to hang the ceiling panels by myself, so progress is dependent on the availability of reliable assistance.
  15. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Just a quick update - The boy's birthday was this week, and turning 7 is a BIG DEAL. So once the second party was finished (family only this time, the first party was for school friends last week), I ran to home depot for screws, and Cat6 connectors (gotta get set up for internet access too). Then I got started (AND FINISHED!) installing J-channel all around the second bay. I also spent a an hour cleaning up a HUGE pile of insulation scraps I've been moving out of my way for the past couple of weeks. My Dad is coming back tomorrow, and we'll see how far we get installing panels in the second bay... The end is ALMOST in sight, which means I can do some woodworking again finally. I'll post pictures of tomorrow's progress.