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Jon Matcho

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  1. Jon Matcho
    I stumbled through a bunch of nights and weekends to get to what you see here -- a bit more than I initially set out to do for 'Step 1'.  However, it was good training for knowing exactly what needs to come next if this workshop is going to stay dry, warm, and cool depending on the month.  Lots of work to do and some money needs to be thrown at that house.
    Here it is, with a freeze-frame in the video showing the Rutan aircraft demonstration at EAA AirVenture 2019. 

  2. Jon Matcho
    I set out to finish just two walls so I could hang a pegboard so I could free some of my horizontal surface areas.  As I got into it I find that, in order to do it "right", the add-on work just keeps coming.  I had to include a third wall so I could deal with the one "outside" corner in the room.  I worked around the existing electrical box, and not too gracefully at that, but it's good enough for what I need.
    Here are the first three walls...

    This looks crowded but most everything is on wheels and can easily be moved...

    Here's the rest of the shop...

    I'd like to keep these updates coming more quickly, but looking back at the first few before this I bored myself!  I'll try to keep to the more significant updates.  In the meantime I'd appreciate any feedback!
  3. Jon Matcho
    I can see how writing about adding a pegboard might seem a bit ridiculous or trivial to some, but this was a big deal for me.  I haven't had a fully working shop in about 10 years, and this pegboard marks a major milestone for me.  I am getting back in business.  
    Note the lone hammer, which I feel I have to explain it is tongue-in-cheek since I once caught some flak for posting a similar first pegboard pick from my old shop.  Tell me that's not funny!  😉

    You can see the put-wheels-on-everything mantra is working for me as well. 

    I need to insulate and cover the left-side wall in insulation and plywood, and I'm going to extend the right-side section to use the same pegboard+plywood combination.  I'm going to spray foam the ceiling joists and then do the remainder of the walls by October at the latest.  I need to make room for my incoming Quickie TriQ-200 project, and this is all part of that plan.  Yikes I have sh'tuff to do!
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    The first one is always the hardest, but now I know the right measurements, have the right sized bits and tools, and know a few tricks. 
    The next wall will definitely be easier and go faster, but I am getting ahead of myself -- I still have to mount insulation on the right side behind the compressor.  I just need that pegboard up, and now!

  5. Jon Matcho
    Insulating this first section of wall is a priority in that it will allow me to finally hang my first pegboard in my "new" shop.  I have been surviving without a pegboard for years now, and it's really starting to cramp my style.  The issue has been that the garage is bare block and the temperatures sink below what is reasonable for working in the shop, and so insulation is required as part of this.
    After much debate before and during this first wall, and then successfully mounting the insulation and furring strips, I am confident this will work out well for the rest of the shop.  I would have made a wall using 2x4/studs, but I am specifically avoiding nailing anything to the ceiling joists so I can someday raise and replace the roof.
    Here's the work in progress.  I have 3 more furring strips to add, and then the space on the right behind the compressor.  I shouldn't have bothered with the strips below the electrical outlets, but seemed like a good suggestion at the time.  Notice too how the one on the lower left is not plumb.  There's no sense taking them out as that will do more harm than good with these walls.  If the screws come out I will be compelled to pump concrete into the holes they leave.

  6. Jon Matcho
    Hello everyone.  I need some motivation and so I thought to put my efforts up here for all to see, and to keep my momentum going.  I have been dancing around my shop for quite a few years now in my current home, having set a few stations up but not achieving what I would consider a functioning workshop.  I'm not talking about perfection, just the ability to know where everything is and have enough floor and table space to work.  It's also important here in the Northeast U.S. to have an insulated shop so that I can continue building year-round, and so this is the summer that I am committed to addressing that problem.
    I made a few posts on the forum about some steps I've taken along the way (I built 4 work tables, I managed to build a Cozy tub, I removed the insulation that was home of squirrels and mice in preparation for putting new material in, removed some junk from the walls and put a bunch of tools and carts on wheels).  After researching and googling how to insulate cinder block wall, I finally got started with prep and paint to seal up the wall for adding insulation. 
    Here's a picture of the worlds best painter and a picture of paint drying (which feels GREAT this morning -- dry to the touch)!

    I bought the air compressor from the previous homeowner, and figure this is where it may sit for all time -- until I may decide to move it and re-run all the plumbing (maybe Workshop 3.0).

  7. Jon Matcho
    Allow me a brief introduction to this post before I get into it.  The purpose of testing the blog feature is twofold:
    Determine whether the 'blog' feature here is a "keeper" so it can be offered to other builders (I already have concerns). Document my build, from re-setting up shop, to my repair and build progress. I am going to give this a few more posts along with some follow-up research for whether additional configuration and customization is necessary to bring things up to par before deciding whether to keep this feature available.  I am concerned, at present, whether the capabilities are sufficient to qualify as a valid blogging platform for members.  With this said, here we go...
    I have been over-analyzing the best approach for mounting insulation on my walls, and then on the ceiling, and whether to wait until I replace (or raise) the roof above the garage.  The garage roof is flat (well, maybe with a 0.5 degree pitch) and we have been discussing for some time now the possibility of building an addition to the house on top of it, which would allow me to raise the roof.  With this in mind a constraint is that I cannot setup wall studs that are mounted to the ceiling joists.  Instead I have opted for a simple setup where I attach the foam directly to the wall, and then put furring strips on the foam.

    I'm not thrilled to be drilling into these cinder walls, but expecting the roof to be pulled off from above someday leaves me with fewer options.
    Regardless of the approach I settle on, insulating the shop and getting fully setup before fall/winter is one of this summer's goals.

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