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Long Mont Velo Build

<h1>Long Mont Velo Build</h1>

Paul Andersen (my wife's cousin actually), is a pretty serious bike rider. What happens when you are serious about something? Well, at some point you open you're own shop/store.


Ultimately, this was the road that Paul and his wife Trudee would take in their lives together. That is where I come in. They asked me to do the build for their shop/store. I said yes without hesitation, of course. The build will include a fitting room, customer service counter area, storage shelves, workbenches, and whatever else Paul can think of. I will be doing the whole build for them which includes framing, drywall, texture, paint, work benches, custom floating bike shelves, and odd/ends.


This should be a fun project...


Framing

This project begins with some standard framing @ 16" on center. You'll notice that i did a small room (fitting room) with a 2' 0" door. This leads to a 5' high wall, which then goes into a customer service counter with wheelchair access.


I used a Hilti Gun to attach the bottom plates to the floor. I did this every 16" in an alternate pattern (in between them) from the studs. For the customer service counter, I did a 42" wall that drops into a 36" high wall. Part of the counter had to be wheel chair accessible which is 36" high.


The counter top is 32" wide x 16' long. On the right side I did a support mid way. The support is just 12", so not very big at all. That will keep the top from sagging out over time. This was a good day of work and counter top (which gets tile) is within a 1/16" square.


Below are framing pictures of todays job...


Drywall/Texture

Today's update is after the drywall is hung, finished, and textured. This took a little time. Hanging drywall for me is always pretty quick, its the finishing part that I wait on. It isn't difficult but I have to wait for it to dry. I can get all seams finished off with usually no more than 3 coats. So, thats three days of dry time. I did these 2 and a half coats in the mornings that way it had the remainder of the day and the night to dry.


I sand in between each coat. Normally, I sand by hand but this time I used my cordless sander to do the job. I went back doing it by hand for some the finer details. Things went faster naturally, but also put more dust in the air. If you have a mask and dont mind getting dust all over? Give it a try. The last step here was the texture. Paul elected to match the texture he already had which is a orange peel knock down texture.


These pictures span about 4/5 days of work. My next update will include paint aa that is our next step.


Below are pictures of todays work...


Paint

Today was an easy day. I like/enjoy painting. Set up time/Tear down time for this job almost took longer than the job did. I ended up doing three coats on this. All turned out pretty good with nice lines and a clean look.


Below are pictures of todays work...


Trim

Today was another easy day and one of my favorites. I installed the door trim and the counter top trim today. Paul is going with a rubber base around the perimeter, So, I didn't need to do that. Paul will be painting the trim himself that is why he didn't elect to pre paint it before install.


The better your framing is with regards to sqaure and plumb, the better your trim will turn out. You'll already be fighting litlle small details like a 32nd on an inch. Make it easier on yourself and take you're time framing and hanging/finishing drywall. You will be glad you did. Besides some 45's, this was a pretty straight forward job.


I used just plain common lumber (pine) from Home Depot. Naturally, you'll want to take you're router and round out the edges that way they aren't uncormfortablesharp. Painting would dull the edges out a tad but a rounded edge feels so much nicer to me. So, my last step was rounding out the edges to give a comfortable/finished looked to the trim. Before Paul paints he will caulk all the joints and fill nail holes.


Below are pictures of todays work...


Work Benches

Today was a break from the normal as far as a build goes. Being is how this is a bike shop, Paul needed two work benches built for working/repairing bikes. He asked me if I could build these for him and I said you bet.


I started by dado cutting four 4"x4" posts that were 32" high. In these dado cuts I installed the 2"x4"s I had cut. Once installed, this gives a nice solid feel, takes out any wobble you may have and keeps things nice and sqaure. The dado cuts take awhile to do if you are using a single blade, but they are well worth it in the long run.


I bolted everything together with 2 and a half inch lag bolts with washers. This helps keep it straight over time despite how much weight is sitting on it or one side. I finished these off with a 1" thick peice of finished plywood on top with a standard 1/2" OSB on the bottom.


Below are pictures of todays work...


Flooring

Yesterday was the most exhausting day I have ever had I think. I installed 1000sq' of laminate hard wood floor. I didn't plan on doing the floors as Paul was going to stain the floor. He decided to only stain the back work/storage area and then install hardwood flooring over the rest. I like doing hardwood floor, although I'm not excited about laminate flooring as I am a real hardwood floor guy. However, if done right, this floor always looks nice and is a lot cheaper than the real deal.


I didn't shoot to get this done in one day, but I did. It took me 12 hrs of going non stop (only stopped for lunch) to do it. Paul's shop is about a 30 min drive and I had things to do the next day and didn't want to leave it for basically 3 days as Paul was trying to get moved in. So, i sucked it up and got it done. What helped is not having any issues during install. Everything went great.


Here again having my framing nice and square made install around these areas simple and a breeze. What I installed was a Pergo floor, over concrete, with the vapor barrier already attached to the back. This made the process a lot easier and I would recommend getting that if you can part with the extra money. Remember to let you're new floor acclimate to the temperature of your space for 48-72/hrs before install.


Below are pictures of yesterdays work...


Bike Shelves

The very last part of the Long Mont Velo Build was to build some bike shelves for Paul. He wanted a couple of shelves to display some of his bikes. Instead of building something typical, I thought I'd try something a little different and if it didn't work our, I could always fall back on typical shelves.


First, I had to glue some 2"x12" pine boards together with dowel rods. A few days later they were ready to build upon. I came up with a pattern and traced that onto my boards and cut them out with a jig saw. I got out the router and cleaned up the edges and gave them a nice finish.


Next, I built the base of each shelf. These are just basic rectangular boxes with the side on the back missing. The idea was to mount a 2"x4" to the wall and then mount the shelf to that creating a floating design. After getting these done and caulked, I painted them flat black. While those were drying I gave the shelves themselves a couple of coats of ebony stain.


I wanted the finished look to be a stained top with a painted bottom. I have to say these turned out well and only took a week to do with build times and dry times.


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