Getting Settled SLOWLY

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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 10-19-2012 05:26 PM 1025 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wheels to get around this 9 acre building. lol

Woodworking area within building

Start of 3rd classroom
I have gotten the job I came out here for. It is a great job ! working at a college , Label is educational Assistant !
Where I am located we teach, Welding, Millwright and Electrical. It is a dual credit program. All our students are 1 year apprentices.
The college has been set up in an unused Lumber mill (Total building is 9.2 acres, under 1 roof) The mill is going through temporary shutdown. Our classrooms have been built inside one of the COLD rooms that they used for storage. I took a few pictures of machinery and tools we have access to. Woodshop: 6” Belt Disc Sander, 2 table saws, one Delta unisaw, other Sawstop, suitcase planer, drill presses, etc, etc. This week we are building a third classroom. (12ftw x30ftl x 10ft h) on moveable skids. the design of these classrooms is to be portable and self contained anywhere in this province.
the initual contract is for 1 1/2 years, if attendence is good this can go longer, WE ARE HOPING .

On my personaL LEVEL, I have found a 28ft x 32 ft insulated, floor heat building. 12×30 is used for workshop, rest is living quarters (for now). Insulated, 2×6 partition wall in between 2 areas. Intention is to build Log cabin on the property. ONE DAY SOON. Then this entire building will be dedicated to woodworking shop.

Lots of work out here, I maybe should of come BACK to Alberta sooner !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#1 posted 10-19-2012 09:21 PM

A 9 acre workshop. Now that’s a workshop.

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#2 posted 10-19-2012 09:32 PM

Wow lot’s of cool things going on ,very cool.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-19-2012 09:49 PM

Great project. Hope everything goes well.

-- chris, north wales

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#4 posted 10-20-2012 01:04 AM

sounds great!i’d get lost in a shop that everything continues going well.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 10-20-2012 01:46 AM

Sounds like Paradise to me (and they pay you!)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 10-20-2012 03:58 PM

Your new job sounds great and the workshop might get crowded in 10 or 20 years, but it is a good start.
How many acres on your home site? Do you have enough trees for your log cabin, or are you going to have
to acquire some additional trees? Have fun and keep going.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 10-21-2012 12:59 AM

WOW, what a great job. Now you really can sleep in the shop. Congrats and good luck

-- Norman

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#9 posted 10-22-2012 02:52 PM

Thankspeople. My lot is only 60×150 ft. I have space but no trees. This area has LOTS of forest and trees. Thinking I might be just as cheap to find a small mill and let them peel and shape logs for rough exterior. I did have a contact that will do the walls ,roof. I would be responsible for cutting in doors and windows. This sounds appealing to me.(I would have to hire help for walls and roof anyway)
gfadvm…..I think I am in paradise…..(Not used to SNOW, but I grew up out here, so its NO NEWS flash when it falls, kind of nice at first )

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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