Benchmark Kitchens: Going Up!

A SHOP AND SHOWROOM FROM SCRATCH: PART 2
Framing begins

by Bill Larson
LOCATION: Bemidji, MN

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second installment of Bill's shop construction saga. Bill will be updating us as construction progresses. Bookmark this page and check back for updates.]

    Finally, the framing crew is on hand to begin the process of framing my shop. The walls will be 12' high. The framing will be with standard 2 x 6 walls for a sheetrocked interior, for fire safety and noise reduction.
    
12-ft. Walls for the Shop Section

    I considered 10' high walls in the shop--which would mean less air volume to heat--but I felt that 12' was the necessary minimum for a woodworking shop. The cost of materials to increase to 12' high was minimal, and the high ceiling will make for a much nicer work enviornment. I'll always be thankful that I can store lumber vertically, which is my preferred method. The duct work for the dust collection system will be at the ceiling also, so the 12' height works well for that application. It keeps the ducts out of harms way.
     The showroom walls in the front of the building are 9' high. Part of the reason for the height difference will become apparent with subsequent pictures as we will be attempting a "cabover" roof. A 9' ceiling will also give a more homey feel to the showroom.

. . . Bill Larson


 

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