Alec.S

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Going for it. 

7 years saving, dreaming and working out of a broken down unsuited space for hot metal. Perseverance and patience. 

Ran out of time to pour slabs and retaining wall this fall. No sweat, it can settle over winter. Resuming in spring. More pics to come. 

16' x 24' when finished. 

 

 

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I love Upstate NY,  Such a beautiful place! So you tore down that building? Looked pretty nice from afar.

 

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Thanks,  marcusb & jlp. We moved here from Wisconsin 20 years ago for a job and we've been fortunate. We love it and trying to make the most of it. 

The previous structure housed my wife's car had like 10% grade to the floor and was asphalt, which I found if you spill molten aluminum on, is flammable. Science!

Too cluttered and full of our junk to make a safe place to form metal. The new place will be two buildings, one for car and seasonal junk and meat freezer, and the other a small but well appointed shop. I don't need a massive space, just some place to get it done and not set the car on fire.

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My old champion "RR forge" was a down draft model missing most of the parts and came to me with a Volkswagen hood as the hood back of the downdraft hole.

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17 hours ago, jlpservicesinc said:

Is the forge shop a completely different building? 

Hi! 

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Shop foundation excavation. Pouring footers friday. 

Getting there bit by bit.

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Wow that's an impressive amount of work!  Out here we don't have topsoil---the ground surface is rated as ok for concrete pours. Also no frost heave worries. Also no ground water worries. Building the first part of my shop was trivial compared to yours!  (Nice looking house in the background...)

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The beginning of my "shop".

I worked mostly out of my garage, but last summer I bought a new mid-life crisis toy, a fiat abarth 124 spider... so ohio winters aren't great for convertibles and it needed a place to live.

It's a crazy mess inside right now with me building my gas forge, and cramming my wood lathe, table saw, work bench and assorted life long collection of crap. Lol...

But eventually, the plan is one half forge, and the other half a gunsmithing/cerakoting area. The rest will fall in between somewhere.

It's a start, and needs insulating, power installation, air lines run, and fireproofing of some sort.

The thought is naming it the "fair-weather" forge...:D as right now, all hot work is done outside... and 10° winters aren't fun.

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45 minutes ago, ThomasPowers said:

As the smith; would that make you a "Fairweather Fiend?

??? Great question!!:D

I'm hoping my neighbors still consider me one when I get going good. Lol.

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On 3/15/2020 at 11:09 AM, Rojo Pedro said:

Dont know what you are building but that is a monster 

My dream space!  (Had to over engineer the footer to hold a bank in place upon backfill.  

 

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A concrete retaining shop eh?  Sure beats building a shop from gabians. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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