Sunday, November 20, 2011

CO Workshop Update #2 - Take it EZ.

The day was filled with lots of heavy lifting…I’ll be feeling it later!  I picked up 10 sheets of half inch OSB at Home Depot to start hanging on the walls of the shop.  While it’s nice to have a walk-out basement, it’s a long trek all the way around the house and those things are heavy.  I also bought one of these handy, dandy Stanley Panel Carriers.  It made the sheets easier to carry, but not any lighter!

I hauled all of the panels around to the back patio and put them to the side so that I could set up a work area.

I was also able to bring the planer into the shop from outside.  You might remember that prior to having the double doors installed I wasn’t able to move the table saw or planer in through the sliding glass door.  The table saw will still remain outside until I can organize the shop to free up some floor space, so here it is, wrapped up again, all alone in the Colorado wilderness.

I made good use of the kindling box, just outside the shop doors, and one of my flip-top stands to lay out each sheet of OSB.  I needed to trim all of the sheets down to 88 inches to fit the height of the basement walls, so after measuring and marking each one I set up my EZ-Smart rail and clamps to trim all the pieces to size.

I’ve been using this system for several years now and it never fails.  I added a specialized base to my Ridgid circular saw that allows it to slide along the track, giving you a perfectly straight cut.

The base includes a removable insert that rides along the edge of track creating a zero-clearance cut.  I get no tear-out or chipping when using this system, even with unforgiving OSB.  Can you tell I’m a big fan?

As the daylight faded away, I pulled out the halogen work lights and kept up the cutting.  It was starting to get a little cold, but other than that, it was pretty nice working outside and the lights did a great job.

I hung three full sheets along one of the new walls and then needed to trim another down to 36 inches.  Fortunately I have two of the rails that can be joined together for longer cuts.

I was able to finish this section of the wall before having to pack it in for the evening.  You can see at the far end of the wall that it turns a corner to the left.  There is another nine feet of wall to be covered around that corner.  Back in this alcove are all the plumbing access points for the house and the sprinkler system.  There is also plenty of room to put up lumber racks and eventually position a dust collector and air compressor back there.

Along with covering the wall, I trimmed all the remaining sheets of OSB down to 88 inch lengths and brought them inside.

It would be nice to have the table saw set up to trim and fit these pieces as I work my way around the shop, but unfortunately I just don’t have the floor space available while I still have so many boxes left to unpack and organize.  I may have to temporarily commandeer some of the open, free space in the new laundry room…just while I’m rearranging though…really, I swear!
So, while this wasn’t what I would call actual woodworking, it sure was nice to put the brain, hands and tools together again to get some work done.  It’s been too long!


Ben said...

It's gonna be pretty great when it's all done.

Torch02 said...

You are going to love this work once you get setup. I'm about 75% of the way thru putting an OSB floor in my garage/shop and I already appreciate what that will do for me.

Pete said...

Thanks guys!

Hey Torch, how thick did you go on the OSB? I'm using half inch. I looked at 3/4 inch but the cost jumped up and it didn't look like I'd be giving up much with the half inch.