I encountered many challenges while building my shop. For one , I was still working full time at my electrical job and working out of town alot so I could only work on the shop during the weekends. Plus I was still processing orders for intarsia kits at the rental shop which meant that my building time was limited to night work. With very limited time it took many months to get anything done. Setting the 6×6 posts was no problem but hoisting the6×8 beams was a real challenge working by myself. So I fabricated a small crane from an old grocery cart, a couple of pulleys, a boat winch and a 15’ hickory tree. Now I was able to do all of the cutting and notching on the beams and hoist them into position without any help.
Using my boat winch crane to set a beam
After many months I managed to get the first floor framed up and with the watchful eye of my supervisor got the stairway installed to the second floor.
After putting down the deck for the second floor loft I began setting the posts for the roof.
Because of the way I built the first crane I had to make a more portable crane to do the lifting of the beams and rafters for the second floor.
Installing the roof supports
Done with the crane on the second floor.
To be continued
-- Mike --www.midlothianwoodworks.com