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Old 12-19-2012, 12:10 AM   #16
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Would 3 or 4 yards of concrete cover a 12x20 garage?


CJ---I'm not a concrete guy--But I've helped a few times---you will want to cut your stakes down so the top of the form is clear----then use a 14 or 16 foot 2x6 as a screed board --

this will get you somewhat flat and smooth--

Rent a 'bull float' to get it smooth----you may be happy with that---for a good surface you will want a 'pool trowel'---that is a hand held trowel with round ends---waiting for the concrete to reach a trowel able firmness will make you nervous----do the pour on a cool day ,in the morning if possible,

Kneeling boards will be needed---

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Old 12-19-2012, 08:20 AM   #17
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The first shed I built for myself was a 12 X 16. Once it was built I added a work bench on one side and a radial arm saw on the other plus all my other tools.
It was less then useless, and ended up using it for nothing but storage.
Something as simple as trying to lay a door flat for sanding and painting was a nightmare. Just not enough room to work around it without bumping into it.
Everytime I wanted to plane, rip a sheet of plywood, cut some 2 X 's to length I ended up outside rough cutting it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:49 AM   #18
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Thanks Mike, I understand that Joe, my old shed is the sameway? Mike do I use 2x6's for form work?
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:55 PM   #19
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You will want 2X material for the forms-------wet concrete really pushed hard--so stake it well and have a few extra stakes waiting in case something moves while you are pouring--

I hope one of the finishers chimes in ---concrete needs to set up just a bit before the troweling begins if you want a smooth finish---it's hard to describe---the one finisher I knew sat next to the freshly floated stab and ate his lunch and tested the surface with his trowel--

when the cement was 'just right' lunch was over and he laid his board onto the wet concrete and started troweling.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:54 PM   #20
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I hear you have to let a slab sit before troweling.
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CJ---Remember---it's just a small out building----what could be a better place to learn a new skill---

Remember this,too.----you have termites and plenty of rain down there--so make sure the slab is high enough off the surface of the ground to keep your sill plate and siding safe from mother nature--
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Ok thanks Mike, I may give it a try.
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You will do well CJ --I look forward to seeing the new work shop----Big Jim (Jiju1943) has downsized to a small shop----you will figure out how to work--might be, doors front and back will let you rip long stock without having to move your big saw so often.
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You will do well CJ --I look forward to seeing the new work shop----Big Jim (Jiju1943) has downsized to a small shop----you will figure out how to work--might be, doors front and back will let you rip long stock without having to move your big saw so often.
Hey CJ, you will know me better as "fish" from the BOC, just look in Jim's Wood Working and you will remember me. It is good to see you again buddy. Mike is right, I have downsized from a 5,000 square foot building to a carport 12X18. I had to get rid of a lot of my big tools and am still in the process of trying to get organized. You have the opportunity to plan your shop and get organized from the start instead trying to fit a ton of tools in a very small space.

I have built complete kitchens and complete custom stairs and other things right out there in my little shop, it can be done. CJ, while you are still a young man, you might want to learn how to use hand planes and understand them, once learned, they can really be a big help in your line of work. There are many times I could have used hand planes and older tools do make my job much easier. I was too busy trying to earn a living to learn the old tools.

You will find you can do a lot of work in a much smaller place using hand tools. I wish I had discovered how useful the old tools were when I was in business. Using the old tools and power tools is a win win situation in a smaller shop. Sorry to be so long winded here.
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Thanks I like hand tools, I had a big collection but I sold some of them. I been looking at putting my 10'' Unisaw on wheels. So I can move it around if needed.
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I'm glad you started a thread---I wish you were closer--your love of wood and making do with what you can afford is so refreshing in this day of," I can not do that because I don;t have a----"

Keep up the good work---Mike----
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Mike do you do any woodworking?
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Yes I do---book cases--cabinets-- clocks --tables--miles of trim--doors--mantel pieces---trellis work--

My table saw is huge---three router tables---close to 200 router bits---And I buy my hardwood at the mill 200 to 300 BD foot a load---so ,Yes I do---I'm Mikeswoods over at CT.
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I am looking at doing bookcases, fireplace mantels, bathroom vanites, built-ins and carpentry projects for pay. Do I need to bring in fill for the slab?
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You want the top of the slab about 6 or 7 inches above the surrounding soil so your siding is safe from water and bugs----so some fill will be needed----3 or 4 inches worth---

Some of the fill can be from the excavation of the thickened part around the edge of the slab--but some will need to be brought in----

Book cases and other interior work is fun---I strongly suggest you start with some out door projects---Planter boxes ---deck benches---trellis work and (don't laugh) Mail box posts.

I firmly believe a person could make a nice modest living being "The Mail Box Guy"--
If you had a trailer or pickup truck set up with a variety of nice mail box posts (and mail boxes?)

Send out fliers a few days ahead--"The Mail Box Guy is coming on Saturday --Look for his truck and pick out a post----Special pricing if he can install it the same day!!!"

All you would need is a healthy set of muscles--a warm smile and a post hole digger---(and a receipt book.)

That would also lead to the sale of trellis work--log racks---planter boxes and other work---

How's that for an idea?

Next time you are out for a drive---take a look at the ugly mail box posts-----You would want to charge a good buck for the service----

work with a smile and make posts that are something to brag about----Mike---

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