Originally Posted by HopefulFred
Tim, your contributions to this forum have always been precise and insightful. I've been waiting for you to start this thread for a while now, because I knew it would be a good one. (No pressure
The plans and progress look great so far - how about a list of equipment?
Thanks for the kind words, Fred. I have a lot of photos of construction, but I'll be darned if I know where they are. I just realized the 16gb card from my Nikon is MIA, I suspect there are some photos on there. The mightiest of plans and ideas succumbed to the reality of budget. I had to make some compromises in design and material.
I had planned on a much more intricate (read:wood) ceiling, but in the end drywall and spackle is a lot cheaper.
My soffits were made from left over framing material, which wasn't the greatest (actually, it was as crooked as a rattlesnake, but it was free):
About 15mins with the power planer and a straightedge and I had a flat surface. It was interesting to see the deflection in the joists due to the dead load above. The ceiling actually dips down a bit, but I made the soffits straight.
Front soffit was a lot easier!
Some people don't like metal, but I love it. Always straight. However, I always use 20ga. I refuse to use 25ga for anything. In a pinch I will pick up one or two 25ga on a Sunday if I need them.. I always regret it.