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Some nice shops, folks!

Here's a few of my meager shop. I'm just in the process of setting it up in an old lean-to on the side of my parent's barn. I have to build a hood to vent the forge out the window on the wall behind it and put some cladding on the wood walls and ceiling in the south end of the shop (don't want to burn down a 100 year old barn full of tools and equipment).

I also want to build a taller anvil stand (the large piston the Trenton is sitting on is about 4" too low, I'm just using it for a shop mock-up) and get the placement of all the equipment refined (anvil, tongs, hammers etc.)

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I will post some pics of the anvils in the 'Show Me Your Anvil' thread.

The problem is I don't have a lot of time to work on it (my kids are my priority). I hope to soon start using it occasionally this fall, with the plan to spend a lot more time hammerin' away when my kids get a little older.

Please feel free to give feedback.

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Looking good mark, is that on anvil sitting on a piston???

As for fire protection, keep in mind that the more wood is heat cycled the lower its kindling temperature gets. I work in a wood structure and at the end of a forging session will turn off the lights and take a quick scan for any small glowing bits of debris. On the wall nearest my forge I put in rock wool insulation, think its Roxul brand, its very fire resistant. Put a torch to it and it will melt a bit but not catch. Then on top of that I put a strip of that aluminized honey-comb type of insulation that comes in a roll, sometimes seen placed around water heaters, etc. It's worked for me.

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Thanks for the comments guys.

Stephan, yes that is a piston the anvil is sitting on. I bought a 150 pound Vulcan anvil off a local guy and he was using the piston for an anvil stand, so he threw it in with the deal. The piston weighs about 100 pounds, but it is about 4" too short, so I will have to build a taller stand, or build a base for the piston.

Re: the fireproofing the wood structure, thanks for the advice. I will be using the cladding because my dad has a few sheets lying in the barn that he is not using, so I don't have to lay out any cash (more to spend on tools!).

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Mark:

Cement board on 1/2" standoffs is industry standard for fire shields between stoves and wood walls. It's inexpensive can be finished as you wish and best of all there's no need to "come up with something" insurance Cos. already accept it.

Beautiful shop Jymm, very "old timey" and I love brick. Too bad I live in an earthquake zone, brick is a poor poor option for us.

Frosty

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It's coming along as well as can be expected with the restriction on my arm. Some friends of mine hung the roll up door for me a few weeks ago. I had the garage door guy out to tension the spring and discovered a couple mistakes I'd made installing the track two summers ago.

At least the pneumonia hole in the wall is closed so if I can't get the door working it'll still be a workable place this winter. On reasonably nice days anyway.

I'm in the process of building a heat exchanger for the barrel stove. I'd be out there right now but I dropped a stake on my foot and it's on ice. A little bruising but no swelling, popping or stiffness so I expect nothing worse than a little soreness. Hopefully not much of that, ice it soonest is bestest.

A couple weeks ago I scored 16' of commercial style double sided store shelving and have set up half of it. Even half full it's made huge inroads on the clutter I'm forever fighting. I also strung some temporary lighting and have some outlets and switches wired.

It's beyond sweet to open the door, flip a switch and have lights come on. :cool:

All in all it's coming along pretty well.

Thanks for asking. :)

Frosty

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Sweet any pictures of it, and what are the rough dimensions?


If this question is directed at me, it is approx. 20' X 11' (many years ago it was added on to the barn and used as a chicken coop).

I recently ran 20 amp receptacles and lighting.

If this question was not intended for me, then I apologize for butting in, my bad!

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I dropped a stake on my foot and it's on ice. A little bruising but no swelling, popping or stiffness so I expect nothing worse than a little soreness. Thanks for asking. :)
Frosty


Arn't you sposed to put steak on a black eye? :confused: Hope it's not that bad. I've had some owies lately too.

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Arn't you sposed to put steak on a black eye? :confused: Hope it's not that bad. I've had some owies lately too.


I didn't drop it on my eye! :o

I did something I know I shouldn't but do off and on anyway when I get in a hurry, distracted, etc. I leaned the anvil stake 50-60lbs. against the welding table a while back and forgot it was there. Then I needed to trim a little off a ring I'd bent up, clamped it in the post vise and took my recip saw to it. The vibration shook the anvil stake till it fell. fortunately I saw the motion and it caught me jumping clear.

The down side was when I was jumping clear I ran smack into the horn on my anvil. Now I have a small bruise on top of my left foot (instep so steel toes were useless) and a worse deep bruise on my right thigh.

Argh! . . . ARGH! anvil Stake . . . Steak, black eye! ARGH I am SO slow tonight!

Frosty

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Sweet any pictures of it, and what are the rough dimensions?


No rough dimensions John, Father was a machinist and I have several tape measures. :rolleyes: 30' x 40' x 14' to the eaves.

The satellite pic shows where the shop is approximately. The green rectangle was a friends close guess, the blue one is where it actually is.

Frosty

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Heh, heh, heh. We live about 3/4 mi. from Hollywood and Vine on Vine rd.

It'll be nice when I get it finished up. Right now there's no insulation nor elec, I'm using a long 10ga. extension cord for lights and light power tools.

Darned thing is filling up WAY too fast though, heck, I was having to make space before the roof was on!

Should last me till I'm ready to sit and whittle.

Frosty

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That is beautiful!

I'll bet it's hard to heat, stone walls and cold aren't my idea of efficient. Still, I love nice stone construction. Can't do it here, earthquake country and stone structures don't get along so well.

I'm hoping for a couple inches of urethane for mine but will settle for fiberglass.

As it sits it's a bare steel shell and I won't even try heating it on cold days.

Frosty

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I know it's fairly pricy, but in floor heat is a very efficient way of heating. It also requires proper insulation of the grade beam and slab to avoid losing the heat to the surrounding ground.

We are using this method more frequently for commercial applications in my area.

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