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Finishing the inside

It’s been a couple of weeks and now the shop inside is complete. That includes work to dry wall, mud, paint, final electrical, and floors.

The drywall wasn’t too bad to install. I decided to place then sheets horizontally, and one vertically to minimize cuts and seams. The one challenge was to remove the mini split from the wall so we can slide drywall behind it.

Used a ladder to keep the mini split hanging off the wall.

Overall it took about 6 hours to do the whole thing.

All the drywall is in.

Then came the mudding. I’d never laid down mud before and it was a serious learning curve. I don’t know if I’d do it again. I had challenges with the tape bubbling because I didn’t have enough mud behind it, then when I had enough with it I switched to fiberglass tape and that went much faster.

Fixing tape bubble

Once I got the hang of the process I was able to get fairly well feathered sections which I then sanded and smoothed out with a damp sponge.

Cleaned up joints.

I waited a full 24 hours in between layers for a total of 3, lightly sanding in between.

After the mud comes the paint. I used premium latex paint for the base. It always surprises me how much paint a dry wall absorbs. For this 12×20 room it took 2.5 gallons of paint over two coats to provide a clean and smooth looking finish.

Base coat complete.

Then a friend of mine recommended a light yellow for the large wall. I wanted a color that was relaxing, happy, and instilled creativity. This particular yellow fit the bill, and it was on brand for YelloWax.

Baby yellow.

Finally after a good cleanup my electrician came back out to finish the electrical wiring. Every wall as at least one combination of 100/220 plugs. the 220 is European style and works with my bandsaw as well as my Hold Heet glue pot.


He did quite the clean job on the panel wiring too.

16 breakers for the whole shop

The main incoming is also protected by gfci, which is not only required by code but also a good idea given the lightning storms we get here.

Top is for hvac. Bottom feeds the walls.

Last but not least: The floors. I re-used the floors we had in our basement. They click together so are fairly easy to remove and install. Under the floors I added a moisture barrier that also served as a sound dampening layer. I also decided to use the floors as a baseboard. Why? Because why not. It saved me money and it looked pretty good.

Floors complete.

At this point I need to finish the trim around the door and add the baseboards under the windows. I am leaving the window trim for after my tools are in the shop. Some of the rip cuts I want to make need my bandsaw. I don’t have a table saw so I use my bandsaw to rip.

Next weekend I have a couple of mover guys coming to help me for two hours to move the biggest and heaviest stuff from the shop, starting with my Roubo bench and my bandsaw, followed by anything else they can move within the allotted time.