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Re: Show us your workshops
Project ROTM #800737 03/11/20 1:17 pm
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(but it's a DRY heat)


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Re: Show us your workshops
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Another milestone on the new shop/hangar, the main frame is finished. A happy "plus", my math was off when ordering the longitudinal roof purlins, so we didn't have to cut and splice (2) 20 footers but instead left them full length and created a 10' roof overhang in the back; perfect for a boat storage/parking area. The crew will be back on Sunday with all the sheeting material and I SHOULD be "dried in" by mid-week!

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I sold the MX, and all the spare parts I bought that I'm not using for the MXII (2-seater) to a guy In Thailand; shipped them off last week. That funds the remainder of the build, all the way out to the electrical & plumbing fixtures.

That leaves only the 2-seater, for which I modified a JetSki trailer into a trike hauler...

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I can't wait to get the wings on it and TAKE OFF!!!


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"The Iron in your blood should be Vintage"
Re: Show us your workshops
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This should be the final floor plan, now including the canopy in the rear...

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"The Iron in your blood should be Vintage"
Re: Show us your workshops
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Roof was completed yesterday...

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Today they'll frame the interior walls & doors, then start hanging wall panels...

I've got PLENTY to do during this pandemic, the guys working are a father and two sons who really need the work and are very glad it is out in the country with no other people around.

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Re: Show us your workshops
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The guys ALMOST finished the wall construction yesterday; they WILL be done today.

Front is done, kinda hate that the previously used materials look so sorry, but they should clean up nicely with my power washer and a long brush.You can finally perceive the spot for the ultralight...

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I took a good while to sort the first garage door, they removed all the hinges instead of only one side, and I never installed these myself since the first time I had them on the previous 2 iterations. Oh, yes, add to that the fact that the welder spaced the rails incorrectly and I had to wait half an hour for him to re-orient them. Today he'll fix the second frame and I'll finish both (still need to install the springs and cables that equalize the weight of the doors).

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Re: Show us your workshops
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Have you ever been on https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=7 GrandPaul.... This site will keep you busy for hours looking at peoples garage builds and remodels..... Forget getting into their other discussions about tools and projects ect ..... If anyone gets heated or bored in this current situation , Garage Journal will certainly distract you ...

And its a great way to ensure that anyone building anything learns from other's mistakes and/or learns a few tips along the way.... Personally I love the old Gas Stations turned into personal garages...

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Re: Show us your workshops
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I don't need to refer to anyone else's garages/shops, I have more than enough to festoon the place, and a limited budget so I can't go crazy.

Since I'm no longer doing client work, and I long ago sold off all my rolling projects and basket cases, my "shop" doesn't need to be particularly well-outfitted any more. The only real work I'll be doing is "make-run" and "refresh" bikes that have been sitting, in preparation for sale. I'm headed down from 17 to SIX bikes. After this virus [email protected] is done, maybe take a bit for the market to rebound, then test the waters and start selling again.

Anyway, more pix coming up, the steel erectors got done and hit the road a couple of hours ago...


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Re: Show us your workshops
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Back/south side done, that garage door leads into the shop. Now I have a covered spot to park our boat (under the overhang). Eventually, I'll build a boat shed with materials I have left over, and park the RV under the canopy to stop it from getting any more sunburnt than it already is.

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East side done for now; I will replace that tan bit with a matching panel later this week, and install the remaining bit of corner trim at the bottom rear...

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Front/north side complete, will begin pressure washing the grotty panels soon...

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Too many bikes to list, mostly Triumph & Norton, a BSA, & some Japanese
"The Iron in your blood should be Vintage"
Re: Show us your workshops
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THIS is the main reason this whole building exists!

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Soon I can get back to work assembling and installing the wings; the tail feathers I've already sorted so that will go quickly. Then, it's just down to the seat(s), instrument cluster, prop, and a few odds and ends...


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Re: Show us your workshops
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The shop, ready to be outfitted-

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The garage will fit 6 bikes and lots of stuff up on shelves (skis, life jackets, rods & reels, etc)

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My office will get insulation and paneling, window A/C, and my reliable old office furniture

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A lot of work needs to happen beyond that little door, all the bathroom fixtures and electrical main panel...


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Man, if I keep watching this thread I'm gonna end up buying the vacant lot next door just to build a proper workshop.
But then I wouldn't have any money for bikes to put in it.


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Re: Show us your workshops
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Originally Posted by GrandPaul
This should be the final floor plan, now including the canopy in the rear...

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Well this thread has stepped up a notch from my single garage! grin

Re: Show us your workshops
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Of course, it couldn't have been the "final" plan, I decided the leftover materials will allow me to build a 2nd tier open canopy (not as tall), so I can park the RV under the tall one, and the boat under the shorter one. Another bonus (as we go to the lake often in the spring, summer, and fall), the latest addition will allow the boat to pull through on return parking, so only need to back up when we go to fetch it. Sally has always wanted this, as she can't back trailers very well (although better than the average woman, to be sure).

I'll weld a stringer across three of the existing canopy pipe columns at 10' above ground level, then set 3 more pipe columns 14' opposite with a stringer atop those columns; then run 3 intermediate purlins from column to column across the width, then 5 light top purlins from end to end along the length; lastly, I will have to buy 9 sheets of new roof panels (still have lots and lots of screws).

I get the feeling retirement will never get boring...


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"The Iron in your blood should be Vintage"
Re: Show us your workshops
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Pigtail from the breaker panel to the generator is done, just need to drive in a ground rod and start hanging light fixtures, switches and outlets...

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Load #1...

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Load #2...

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The boys are back in town!

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6 bikes still in the garage at home, 2 of those will get put in storage out here. The Triton is in the Hill Country Motorheads Museum in Burnet, TX nearby...


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