anvil
I thought I'd start a thread with pics here to show the evolution of my new shop. The thread title is appropriate.  😉

Oops, I have to edit my pics. The first pic is 3 years ago. I have siding. I then was offered a great situation surrounded by 1000 year old cedars. Took a lot of prep work, so I did not erect it. Next came an opportunity to buy the place where I am now. 
Assuming these pics are in some order, the second pic is where I'm building now. The view in the background is Mesa Verde.
And last is the dirt work. Its leveled, footers duv and filled with 3/4" roadbase. My equipment is "in" the building within a few feet of where they will live. Then came winter, so anxiously awaiting spring thaw, or any melt off between now and then. Lol, I even hauled the gravel in the first pic. Click image for larger version - Name: original shop1_small.jpg, Views: 16, Size: 100.39 KB Click image for larger version - Name: virgin ground.jpg, Views: 17, Size: 663.20 KB Click image for larger version - Name: shop excavation.jpg, Views: 16, Size: 568.12 KB
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jmccustomknives
Keep us posted.  😃

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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anvil
I will. 2' of snow right now.  First time in a long time that i want winter to end.
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jmccustomknives
You guys are getting snow, it's like spring here.  I'm afraid my trees are going to start budding.  That would be bad, way too early.  I fully expect another bad cold spell.  My figs get bit by a late frost every year, but the other trees can't.  Going to get some work here done.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Hank Rearden
I love the view. I just got a notification of township meeting on being taxed for how much square footage of  roof is on our property. Why I bring that up is relocation consideration before I build. Yeah, please keeps us posted. Nice tonka toy
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anvil
I had 8" of snow this last week. Typical springtime in the Rockies. At least it wasnt 40 below.

Waiting on the dirt boys to put in my waterline, then Katy bar the door!
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jmccustomknives
snow?  It's like 95 here.  lol.  

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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anvil
Ha, tomorrow it will be 80 here and we will be praying for snow!.
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jmccustomknives
It is just a brisk 93 today.  

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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bigphotog
Would like to see more of your build. I’m getting ready to build a forge/shop behind the garage. Wondering about the floor  to go packed decomposed granite  or pour cement... I have to replace my cement drive so a few more yards of cement won’t kill the budget but I like the traditional floor.
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anvil
Pics soon. Winter is, i think, done. We only got 8" of snow a few daze ago and a skiff yesterday morning. 

Im at the VA hospital in Albuquerque for a checkup and home tomorrow. I left yesterday and got a call from the dirt guy. I wasnt even out of Colorado. He wanted to start yesterday!  Life is normal.

Tomorrow or friday we will run  a waterline to the shop. Then i can do a little concrete work and be back at it.

Ive always been a dirt floor guy, so thats my suggestion. Its easy on the feet, fines etc add to the floor and a little mag chloride keeps it firm. My floor in my last shop(30+years) was decomposed granit. Cant beat it.
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anvil
The dirt guy will be here by noon!
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anvil
waterline is in. All my equipment is close to where it will live, just not permanent and no building. I checked the motors on my equipment and they all run. Survivors. I dont have many. A 25# lil giant, an old pedestal grinder, a camelback drill press, and my giant bandsaw.   Im going to build around my tools. So Im setting up my primary tools. forge, anvil,post vice, layout table etc. Then I can have a very crude working shop to build a shop,,, blacksmith style. And with the full realization that all these tools will be moved a bit as I progress. Primarily my layout table will be raised in elevation as I progress to final grade.  

So today I have a repair to do on my camelback drill. Then I can drill and tap the two holes I need to mount the twyer to the firepot. These are brand new, american made. Should last me my lifetime. Then I can drop it into my forge, hook up the blower and im back in action!
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Scrambler82
Good to hear things are progressing on the building.
Always good to be out of the weather, warm or cold just getting inside is a good thing.
Years back working on our own vehicles in the Northeast Winter, had a building, modified as needed for each job, no heat, but it held out the wind, that helped a lot.  Got an old Pot Bellied Stove, really threw some heat, like heaven... LoL !  Kids what did we know !

Anyway, the pictures posted above are great, incredible view, maybe this is where the house should be... !

Ltr, Luck on the project.
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GrevB
Location: SoCal, USA
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anvil
Thanks. Slow going, lol, getting into shape gets harder and harder. There is a cabin on the place just down the ridge. Its got the same view. Down the hill is a pond and a spring. Im also working on piping the spring water down to where my garden will be. Thats next summers project.

here's a pic of my cabin. the shop is behind  me and to the right. Click image for larger version - Name: 20190417_120515.jpg, Views: 4, Size: 430.44 KB
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Scrambler82
OK on the Cabin, where about are we ?
What are you doing next on the Shop, hat materials are you using for the sides ?

Ltr
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GrevB
Location: SoCal, USA
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anvil
You mean location? Im within spitting distance of Mesa Verde, Co.. A part of my view is just that. The La Platas and the San Juans are to the east. The closest towns are Cortez and Durango. 

As for the shop, Im doing something i rarely do. Letting it evolve as I progress. Usually I do design and layout down to the gnats rear end.  I got my place last October and I have an 18'x20' metal building with an 20x12' extension.'. Not big iron, just thin gage 2" square tubing skinned with pro panel. I decided to put this up for a permanent building and a temporary shop. Then build my "dream" shop. After the move I leveled my site and dug an 18" footer. Then filled this with 3/4" roadbase. Good enough for the structure. Then came a more normal winter and a great snow year and plenty of time to reconsider my shop. 

So truthfully, now Im winging it with just what Im going to do. And its driving me crazy. The first of the month is my "final design deadline". Ive got a half dozen options and the skills and tools to pull it off hopefully by the time the snow flies.  At least dried in. My options are to set up a good enough foundation for some rock work. Logs are cheap and close. Im pretty handy with logs and I have a well used alaskan mill for timbers and siding etc. I've set up my blacksmithing tools pretty close to where they will live. So all my iron will be forged. In June I put in my water line, and Im at the tail end of blacksmith equipment maintance and setup. I've picked up a generator so all thats left is the doing.  

Its actually kinda cool. I can see where my shop will be from a few places along the highway and decided I'm not going to add just another pro panel metal building on the skyline. 

My most likely design will be piers/ sauna tube added into my footer. Ill stub out horizontally rebar to tie in my stonework next year. Then set good sized logs horizontally on these piers.  Probably only one course. Then, perhaps ( haha) set my metal building on these logs. Then basically use 10"-12" timbers to frame my walls and side them with rough cut 1"x?". Lol, depends on the size of the logs I get!  I'll most likely inset these into the vertical timbers leaving a nice vertical reveal. I'll most likely use a parquet pattern with the siding.
The front and back of the shop will be a combo of logs, timbers and stone and will be built to add more space as well as a place to hand double doors framed in iron and hung with my hardware.  Perhaps extend the shop another "office" sized amount in the front. These will be next years additions.

So, I actually have a pretty good idea of what I'm going to do. If it works out, and ole Mr Murphy doesnt do his duty, I should have the best time of the year to do the work. Snow usually isnt an issue til December, altho November snows are normal, but light. Time will tell.
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Scrambler82
And I thought I did long postings !   All I can say is good luck on the projected route.
OK on the Shop on the Go... Timbers and Stone, should be a nice one.

Enjoy the Shop, the View, and the area !
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GrevB
Location: SoCal, USA
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anvil
Thanks. And, I have no real no deadline. The journey is,, bla, bla, bla

Yup a long post. I think I was putting my thoughts down for me to get another perspective.
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Scrambler82
anvil wrote:
Thanks. And, I have no real no deadline. The journey is,, bla, bla, bla

Yup a long post. I think I was putting my thoughts down for me to get another perspective.


Sometimes, I start projects like that and get carried away, "gotta get it done" take over and I have to complete it... but most of the time I have to take time just to think about it... !
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GrevB
Location: SoCal, USA
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