KC: We started attaching the footers to the slab in December 2004, and we finished in January 2005 with the sky lights and all bolted together tight. We did it while celebrating the holidays as well as being hit by two major storms. One hit a week after the building was delivered, and another small one hit when we had about three or four loose sections up. We usually had between four and six folks working and it took about nine days in order to get the SteelMaster up. Then it took Dylan and me about another week to get all the bolts in and tight. Another big reason we chose SteelMaster is because once it was up, we were covered and able to work in the dry to frame up the inside and exterior walls. Are you someone who like to do-everything-yourself? Well, woodworking is one area where you can certainly try your hand. You could work on it yourself, or you can make it a family working together on the project and helping each other, and this will certainly strengthen the family bond too. When it came time to build a woodworking shop and home for Dylan Cochran, part owner of Wood Studio, he and his brother Keith and father Randy chose an arched steel structure that fit their criteria as artisans.
KC: We chose a SteelMaster Building, and we did so because of the shape, durability, material, and cost. A big reason we chose our particular steel building was also because we could build it with minimal assistance. We lashed everything down and suffered no consequences. For us, the wood element was easy to work in, but we are all master woodworkers. The wood we used was mostly longleaf pine for the framing, which was salvaged and harvested from the two storms and sawed locally. This allows you to spend some quality time with the family, and woodworking will give you that excuse. There is really no need for you to be a pro. In fact, you could be a complete beginner at woodworking, and yet be hugely successful – you must just join one of the many woodworking courses. I even had the insurance inspector tell me I should stop building furniture and build these buildings. The reaction is always positive! So we use it as somewhat of a Wood Studio show house of sorts. KC: It is pretty much like I envisioned, but I did a lot of envisioning.
A course can definitely help you. You should certainly go for a woodwork course if you are a beginner, but these courses are good for expert woodworkers too. Really good woodworking courses offer detailed step-by-step instructions for each woodworking project. These plans include a detailed list of materials that you will need for the particular plan. Each step has been clearly described so that it is easy to understand it. Would you do anything differently if you had it to do over again? The window casings and interior and exterior frames are all cypress. The doors are walnut and white oak, the back decks are made of treated yellow pine, and the big door frames are salvaged heart pine beams. The exterior siding is eastern red cedar. BW: What is housed in your steel building? BW: What made you decide to purchase a steel building? It provides in-depth instructions. This training will naturally make you confident about picking up the tools and go for the project you want to work on. Only then can it help you – whether you are an expert woodworker or a starter. They will have an idea about what to build.
Woodwork courses help them know the type of wood that is required for the job (as not all woods may be right for all projects), and also the materials as well as tools which needs to be employed. But this is just the beginning. BW: Did the building turn out the way you envisioned? I hope in the very near future! Anything else you would have to frame up and roof all in the elements, which could have taken us a whole lot longer. You can make almost anything you wanted – a planter bench, picnic table, dog house, barbecue trolley, garden wheelbarrow, patio chair, trash can, a solar machine shop, gun cabinets, absolutely anything. This is because, these courses offer project plans in extreme details on thousands of projects. So, those who are experienced need nothing to worry about, even if you have never actually created a bookshelf, the garden bench, the sofa set, the wall system, or a computer desk earlier. And there are supporting videos as well that show how a professional does it. Good woodworking courses should be good for both beginners and experts. Naturally, the requirement of a beginner is always different than that of an expert. But a really good course should take all this into account and it should be prepared in such a way so that it offers value to everyone.