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Phase 2:  Framing

With the foundation complete, and all necessary infrastructure in place, it was time to think about framing.  Because of the size of the building, coupled with a need for various tools, staging, and efficiency, I decided early on that I would not attempt the major construction myself, choosing instead to go with my trusted builder, Bob, for the major framing and making the building weather tight.  From there, I planned to finish off the structure myself.

Shop Home Page
Shop Planning
Phase 1:  Site Prep and Foundation
Phase 2:  Framing
Phase 3:  Finish Work
Phase 4:  Shop Setup

Bob had to finish up a job on which he was working before he could get over to the site to begin construction in earnest, but the first step basically occurred on October 10, 2005, when the roof trusses arrived on site.  Bob had ordered these nice and early so that there would be no delays when they were needed; we had run into some minor truss-related delays back in 2003 when building the shop in North Yarmouth, so this time would be different.

The weather didn't cooperate for the remainder of October, blessing us with three weeks of nearly unbroken rain, fog, and general misery.  Bob fell behind schedule, but finally on October 24, he was ready to begin, as materials had been delivered to the site.

Tuesday the 25th was another miserable washout, and Wednesday not much better, but on Thursday, framing began in earnest, with Bob ready to spend his first full day on the site.  I was onsite in the morning to discuss some of the window placements and other pre-framing details, but left before any framing had been truly begun.  My photos from the day show only the piles of framing materials waiting in rapt anticipation.


Things started to move on Halloween.  The weather was beautiful--abnormally warm, with sunny skies and light winds--and during the course of the first week of November, this pleasing weather held, with no rain or cold.  By the end of the week, Bob had framed and sheathed both long shop walls, and had framed the back shop wall.  With the major walls complete, it looked like the job was well on track for raising the walls within another week or so, as the only work required before that was sheathing the back wall, and sheathing and trimming the two end truss gables (to make the job easier with down hand work, and prevent the need for this difficult work to be performed high in the air on ladders or staging later).

The photos below show some of the various aspects of the framing as of Saturday, November 5, 2005.  Watch for additional framing details later, once the walls are stood up.

A view from the front right corner, looking back, showing the overall wall framing.

A distant view of the job site from the right side.

A distant view of the job site from the back right corner.

The back wall of the shop, looking towards the front of the building.

The righthand long wall, looking towards the front.  There are window openings framed into the upper portion of the wall, but you can't see them because of the sheathing.

The window openings framed into the back shop wall.

The two window types that will be installed in the new shop.  The basic, smaller size on the left will be used in both shop bays as well as the workshop, while the larger, hgiher-end window size will be used in the office. 

Another view of the back shop wall, from the back left corner of the building.

This shows one of the two LVL beams that will help support the back right corner of the shop where the office is "inserted" into the corner.  The beams allow the office to have clear space with no posts.

Here's another view of the LVL beam.
(Laminated Veneer Lumber)

Another view of the window openings in the back wall.  Sheathing still needs to be applied here.

The back wall, framed on top of the two side walls beneath.

This shows the lefthand long shop wall.  Window openings are framed into the upper portion of this wall, all along along the righthand side in the picture.

A view from the front left corner.

A view from the front right corner, showing the man door opening there.

A distant view from the front.

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This page was originally posted on October 12, 2005.
Updates 10/27/05