Building the Boatshop

Construction began in the summer of 2010 with clearing trees on the north side of the house and bringing in the appropriate fill to support the slab and make a driveway.





My wife and I laid out the Pex tubing for the in-floor radiant heat system just before the slab was poured. Hot water will circulate through these tubes which were divided into 5 separate zones to keep the concrete slab warm and thus produce radiant heat to keep the shop warm. There is a separate Pex tube leading to the middle of the slab in which to run a temperature sensor used for monitoring the slab temperature. The Pex tubes were laid out approximately 6" apart towards the outside perimeters, and 18" apart towards the middle and 12" in-between. The slab's form was lined with 2" of insulating foam.

Excavation contractor crew pouring the slab.






The garage building contractor has completed framing the walls.






The garage building contactor crew installing roof trusses.






Here is the completed shell as built by the garage contractor. From here I did the rest of the work with much appreciated help from my wife.





An endless pile of cedar shakes that my wife and I pre-stained before I nailed them up over tarpaper on the outside walls.  The walls were sheathed with ¾" exterior grade plywood (as recommended by the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau) instead of the typical ⅝" OCB to provide a good nailing medium for the cedar shakes.

Exterior is nearly complete, with exception of soffits.  My wife likes to refer to it as the "garage-mahal".  

Here's the shop's heating system. The radiant heat system and electric panels are mounted on the south wall. And the overhead Hot Daug propane heated mounted from the ceiling in the northwest corner of the shop. I purchased the radiant heat panel, manifold kit, and electric water heater from Menards and installed it. It's a pretty slick and compact system which was straight-forward to install, but expensive. It has been working well. The propane heater is setup with a sealed combustion chamber which draws outside air for combustion. I chose this setup so not to worry about combustible fumes exploding when painting or using epoxy.

The inside of the shop is divided into 3 distinct bays. The center bay, with its cathedral overhead ceiling is reserved for construction of the boats. The far right bay is for bench work, tool sharpening and tool storage. The left bay is for stationary woodworking machinery and lumber storage. The back wall has an exhaust fan and a long workbench for shaping boat planks and spars. There are overhead storage areas above the left and right bays. A 24" exhaust fan with exterior hood is mounted in the center of the back wall. It is well lit using economical florescent T8 bulbs (daylight temperature).