"It's a truly great thing to be able to produce functional art that itself produces art--beauty out of beauty. Pure reward."            ~Don Bredes

I've recently moved and a new shop is under construction.  Photos to come.

 

 

Bending sides for a soprano.

The Ryderwood Shop

 

 

Bending soprano sides in the new shop.

[click here to see the finished instrument]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard's Shop - 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 My Ryderwood original shop.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2014 Expansion

My Garage

My original, 250 square foot shop is in the back of my garage.  Right through this door by the blueberry bush.

The little greenhouse is now gone and the 196 square foot addition to the shop is finished.  The original shop is now a machine room and the 14' x 14' addition is an assembly room.  A few highlights from the project are shown below.

 

 

Shop Expansion Plan Links - Revision D

Title Sheet - 1

Plot Plan - 2

Plan View - 3Foundation Forms for shop addition

Cross Section - 4

Roof Truss -5

Cement Pad - 6

Electrical - 7

Wall Detail N-S - 8

Wall Detail E-W - 9

Thanks to Ed Northup for the design work and drawings!

 

 

February 10, 2014 - Applied for building permit.Slab Foundation
February 24, 2014 - Building permit approved.
May 21, 2014 - Foundation forms complete.

 

I contracted the foundation and the guy worked like a slave for not too much money.  So I've got a local referral for anyone who wants one.  His name is Todd Ekberg.  Highly recommended!

May 29, 2014 - Foundation complete.

Calculated weight - 30,000 pounds
"That'll hold 'er."

 

June 2, 2014 - Pick up trusses in Olympia

Wood for shop addition

June 3, 2014 - Wood delivered

 

 

My friend Ron Shroeder was a huge help with the framing and sheathing.  And his friend loaned us his utility trailer to pick up those trusses in Olympia.  Thanks Ron!

 

 

 

 

June 5, 2014 - Build West wall.
June 6, 2014 - Build East wall
June 7, 2014 - Build North wall
June 8, 2014 - Build South wall

Frame

June 9, 2014 - Frame mostly complete

 

 

 

The frame is pretty straight forward except for the top plate connections to the short wall.  Those were hard.

 

That's Ebi the dog checking it all out.  She didn't care for the nail guns.

 

Sheathing

 

June 13, 2014 - Sheathing complete, roof nailed.

 

We had some heavy rain at this stage that made a temporary mess inside.

 

 

 

 

 

June 26, 2014 - Roof on, windows in.Shop addition roof.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 13, 2014 - Interior complete.Shop addition interior

 

Half inch plywood interior so I could hang things without looking for studs.

You can't have too many electrical circuits or outlets.

 

 

 

 

 

July 27, 2014 - Exterior Siding in place.Exterior Siding

 

I contracted this work and it was expensive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dust Collection

October, 2014 - Dust collection installed in machine room.

 

The dust collector was a cinch.  The ducts took some doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assembly room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2014 - View of the addition through the South window showing a greatly expanded assembly area.

 

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