New Shop! #7: More progress.

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Blog entry by Ryan Haasen posted 09-16-2012 02:10 AM 2167 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a while since the last shop update, but I wanted to wait for a lot of progess before making this update. We have been working really hard every weekend to get thing done. So here are the main tasks we (my Dad, Brother and I) have completed since the last update:

- The outside shell is finished
- The asphalt was teared out from the heli-pad
- Put all the plumbing into the ground for the drains, toilet, sinks, and shower. I don’t have pictures of this, but it was the hardest task.
- The gravel was levelled inside the building
- Concrete was poured inside the building and on the helipad
- Brick-work was done on the front of the building to match our house
- Got a shower, toilet, and sink for the shop bathroom.
- Walls were put up for the bathroom and storage room
Here are some pictures of the process:

Front of the shop:

The garage door here is where the wood shop will be:

This is the back of the shop with the large bi-fold door:

This area behind the shop was previously asphalt. The problem was that on a hot day when the helicopter would land on the mobile cart (which was parked on this area) it would sink into the asphalt a little bit, making it tough to pull into the shop. So the solution to this was to tear out the asphalt and replace it with concrete. My dad operated the mini- excavator and teared out the asphalt and I operated the skid–steer to load up the chunks into the trailer.

The rebar laid and ready for concrete:

Concrete poured:

Today we built the wall frames that divide the woodshop from the storage room and bathroom. That sliding–mitre–saw really came in handy for this:

My Dad and I also went to Lowes and picked up a toilet for the shop and all the metal ducting for the dust collection. We were thinking about going with PVC pipe for the ducts, but with all of the talk about static build-up and dust explosions, we decided to play it safe and go with metal ducts. We hope to get the ducts installed tomorrow.

Thanks for taking a look, I hope to have another update tomorrow once the metal ducts are installed.

-- Ryan

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#1 posted 09-16-2012 02:17 AM

I noticed the typo in the title right after I posted it. I edited it but it hasn’t changed on the blog page. Strange…

Edit: Never mind, it’s all good now.

-- Ryan

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#2 posted 09-16-2012 02:18 AM

A helicopter how cool is that. I share my shop with a riding lawn mower no were near as cool.

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

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#3 posted 09-16-2012 04:56 AM


THAT’s going to be one fine shop.

...was just wishin’ I had a chopper, sure would cut down the 40 min. drive to my local Lowes’ Store. Do you have a lumber trailer for it? ...just kidding. ;-)

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 09-16-2012 10:07 AM

Getting close, and so is winter. Better get the heat installed.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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