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Owen Hinsman

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We’re finally starting construction of my workshop, so I figured I’d start a thread about it. 

So here’s the half ton of concrete and the tubes for it in my garage. 

 

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Both of the holes are now dug and naturally, being in Maine, there are tons of rocks. But the concrete is in and the bolts are set. 

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Well, the wood arrived on Friday, so we’ve spent the last few days figuring out how to get it up. The posts are 6x6, the beams 4x12, and the rafters are 2x10s. As the beams weigh about 600# it’s a little difficult. There is also an electric winch rated for 3500# in play. 
 

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I feel your pain! i have been using green ash for parts of my shop build, fresh off the mill and compared to kiln dried pine that stuff is like moving STEEL around!

 

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So true, I set 2 laminated 18 foot  5x8's myself last fall, I am still feeling the effects of that!

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You don't get any extra points in life for messing up your back/shoulders trying to move too heavy items by brute force yourself!

I am a big fan of rollers, levers, come-alongs, chain hoists, block an tackle, shoot I've even had a neighbor use his 4WD manipulator  to lift telephone poles into place for my smithy addition.

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We actually had to use PVC rollers to move the beams. Plus about ten minutes ago the first beam went up! I'll put a video of the process up, but the computer doesn't like me at the moment...

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All three beams are now up, but it's dark now so I'll post a picture tomorrow morning. By the way, does anyone know how to put a picture into my profile picture? I can't seem to figure it out.

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32 minutes ago, Owen Hinsman said:

how to put a picture into my profile

Go up to the sign out on your name and click on profile. Once that page is up look over to the left where your avatar is and click on the little icon in the left bottom corner which brings up a box to download a avatar picture.

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There ya go. Always nice to add on instead of scratch build! More time forging and less time playing carpenter! If you expect much load I would set a couple jack studs in there.

 

 

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