Monday, December 13, 2010

Layout Progress - December 13, 2010

I didn't get as much done this week due to every member of the family being sick at one point during the week and myself this past weekend. I also still haven't done my Christmas shopping or put up lights. What I did get done is the last peninsula's free standing benchwork up.

I did have to modify some things to make sure I had at least 2" of clearance between the HVAC ducts and the top plate of the supports, mostly around re-nailing some of the frame holding up the duct. I may have to redo parts of this or not have a valence in this section, but we'll see. Obviously, you don't want the wood too close to the ducts and I'm afraid if I enclose the space around the ducts, anyone over about 6' 2" won't be able to go back there. I also got some front bracing up but didn't take a picture. Hopefully I can do some work over the course of the week to make up for what I didn't get done last week to keep with the "schedule" of starting subroadbed construction in January.

Also, anyone want free fire drywall scraps (plus 1 full sheet)? I've got a bunch just sitting in a space that is going to get closed off and I really want to get rid of it since I won't use it anywhere else in my house.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Layout Progress - December 5, 2010

This week was a pretty productive week. It wasn't as productive as I wanted, but I got pretty close to where I thought I would be. Last time I posted, I had a goal of getting the other 2 free standing sections up by this weekend. Well, I got one of two up, but have all the pieces cut for the other one. Earlier this week, I built the support bases for the two sections:

I used the same method I did on the first peninsula I put up, but this time I let the glue take more of a hold before unclamping the flange and web of the L-girders. I then spent the rest of the week building the 15 support posts I would need for the actual benchwork on each of these sections. Tonight, I managed to get one of the sections put together and up. Here's the obligatory photo:

Over the rest of this week, I'll attempt to get the last one up and start on the front bracings as I also cut the joiner pieces for them as well.


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