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gearheadmb SuperDork
11/24/20 9:24 p.m.

It's been a while since I've posted an update. The project hasn't stalled, but I will admit that with the colder weather and early sunsets things have slowed down. The other reason is the things I have been doing haven't been very post worthy. Lots of cleaning, minor fixes and the like, but not really anything that would be considered interesting to an outside observer. But today I did something i felt was worth talking about. I found a good use for the money I've made from all the metal I have been scrapping out of the barn. 

It's a 60 gallon Dewalt compressor. I was going to wait until I had the building a little more ready for it, but tractor supply started their black friday sale and had them 25% off so I pulled the trigger. I'm pretty stoked about it. I have a lot of air tools that I haven't been able to use since I stopped working on cars for a living. For years now I have been doing all my automotive wrenching with hand tools, but now that I'm getting close to 40 years old I'm more than ready to get ugga dugga back. I need run power for it and plan my plumbing yet. Also I want remove the factory tank drain and replace it with some pipe and a valve to stick out the side to make it easier to access. I figure if I make draining the water easy I may actually, you know, do it once in a while.

chandler UltimaDork
11/25/20 5:16 a.m.

Buy an electric drain, it's a life saver

gearheadmb SuperDork
12/28/20 7:11 p.m.

I've been working on the upstairs future woodshop. I put my lighting up. It is eight 100w equivalent LEDs. The seem to light up the 30x30 space pretty well.

Then we tore off the boards that were used in the grain compartment dividers. There was about 50 oak boards, rough cut, 1-1.5" thick, 6-8" wide, and 4 feet long. I should be able to make something nice out of those. I still need to remove the logs that make up the framework of the compartments. 

I love some good antique swag to decorate the shop so I was super stoked to find some minty license plates that are closing in on a century old. There's just one little problem......

They cut them in half. That sucks. But it's a pretty clean cut, so I'm gonna try to put them back together good enough to be presentable.

preach Reader
12/28/20 7:15 p.m.

That 5/4 wood would make a great and beautiful workbench. 

gearheadmb SuperDork
12/28/20 11:34 p.m.

In reply to preach :

One of my first planned projects once the building is up and running is actually a nice woodworking bench, but it will be made from some hardwood 3x5's I salvaged from the big barn. I'm pretty excited about it. When i was using the house garage for woodworking i would use a slab door on some plastic sawhorses for a bench. It is a terrible way to try to plane a board.

That is going to be an amazing building when you get it done. Color me jealous. 


gearheadmb SuperDork
1/17/21 2:58 p.m.

I've been making slow and steady progress on the wood shop upstairs. I needed to remove the log framing through the middle of the space, but I was worried about how much structural support it provided. So I measured across the vertical posts, then removed the top center beams.

I let it set like that for about two weeks, and measured it every couple days. I figured that way if the walls started to spread I could pull them back together and put the top beam back in place. But luckily that wasn't necessary, after two weeks the building hadn't spread at all, so I carried on. I removed the rest of the logs, i even managed to sell a few logs to a coworker. 

It really made it look a lot bigger getting the logs out of the way. Since then I have just been working on fixing any holes in the floor and trying to visualize what I want floorplan to be.

Norma66-Brent Reader
1/17/21 4:27 p.m.

Been following along. Really like your project. Be way worth it when it's done!

gearheadmb SuperDork
1/17/21 7:02 p.m.

In reply to Norma66-Brent :

Thanks for following! It's been a big job but it's been a lot of fun too. I've really been enjoying turning it into what I envisioned when it was just a slowly decaying building on the other side of my driveway. 

gearheadmb SuperDork
4/8/21 8:45 a.m.

I found a local guy to tear down the big barn. He builds furniture and remodels houses, so he will take down barns for free if he can keep the materials.

I had to clean out the junk so the building is ready for him. Some of that junk was all the store shelves from when the local Kmart shut down about 30 years ago. There are a lot of shelves in a kmart. Roughly 12,000 pounds of shelves. Or two 16 ft bale wagons stacked five feet high. So far I have recouped roughly half the purchase price of the property just from hauling in the scrap they left. I count that as a win.

gearheadmb SuperDork
4/8/21 8:56 a.m.

I started walling off the lean to side of the shop. I am doing this for a couple reasons. The lean to is supposed to take the place of my storage shed, so lawn mower and go cart parking, lawn tools, just general junk. So the wall will hide that stuff from view of the shop. Also my compressor is going over there, so the wall should cut down the noise some. Third reason is to make the main shop easier to heat. 

To keep the "old barn aesthetic" intact, I decided to use siding boards and corrugated roofing from the big barn for the wall. I think its gonna look good.

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