..when I build the new shop…
This shop/carport has been in the planning/talking stage so long that even the moss it gathered grew old. Though plans changed drastically along the way, there’s finally something to see and appreciate. This reminds me so much of building our house 35 yrs ago in that you work and focus intently and it takes going back out an hour or two after quitting to enjoy and appreciate your day’s accomplishments.
After nearly four weeks of working alone, I finally called on a few friends for help on Beam Day. I bought a 30 ft glu-lam that simply demanded I get some help. The general thought was to build a “gallows” of sorts starting over the exact middle of the slab where the steel post support is located and running to the top of the 12 ft wall. I thought we’d fashion a sling and lift the beam using block and tackle. The second friend I called and pitched the idea to says” I’ve got a genie lift that I believe we can use”. JACKPOT! We were pretty sure the beam weighed in under the load limit for genie and decided to wait on building the gallows.
Here’s a couple of pics – one of the guys planning the lift after carrying the beam to it’s approximate location. (I did not realize I was kneeling in gratitude for the help). And a couple more pics showing the beam all locked and loaded. The lift worked like a charm and probably took less than 15 minutes to raise and tie off the beam. You talk about the right tool for the job.
Though I keep imagining myself in there building furniture and cabinets, I’m resigned to enjoying this build, taking my time with careful measuring, and having no hurried moments that cause a do-over. In the meantime, I’ll just build furniture and other woodworking projects vicariously through you fellow lumberjocks!
-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"