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Discussion in 'Dave Budd' started by Dave Budd, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. Dave Budd

    Dave Budd Gold Trader
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    My workshop isn't big enough. Again :rolleyes: So I have started to build another extension, and a porch :D

    The new room (4.8m x 4.8m, or 15' in old money) is destined to have machines that don't like the toxic atmosphere of the forge, such as my welder and a metal lathe. The small room running along to the lean to that houses my generator will have my air compressors in it and the sand blasting cabinet to keep those out of the way as well.

    The porch is basically to keep me from getting wet when I move from one room to another. There will also be an outdoor workbench and a seat I think


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    As of today (20th july), I have got the oak supports (20 or so) sunk a foot in the ground and levelled off using a chainsaw and spirit level (the highest is less than 1cm above the lowest). I have also got the skeleton up, minus the gable and roof beams. The wooden parts of the porch only reach as far as the end of the old building so far. It's going to stall until next week now as I have to go and demonstrate at Corfe Castle for the rest of the week/weekend :rolleyes:

    more to follow. Drektly...
     

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  2. Clouston98

    Clouston98 Woodsman & Beekeeper

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    Great stuff Dave, it's looking good!

    Did you get my PM back? :)
     
  3. georann

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    Dave Budd- living proof a man cannot have too many sheds!
     
  4. RE8ELD0G

    RE8ELD0G Settler

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    Awesome, wish i could have a man cave that size.
    I spent 6 hours cleaning my small 8x8 outhouse on sunday.
    Cant believe how quickly they fill with unusable carp.
     
  5. crosslandkelly

    crosslandkelly A somewhat settled

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    Nice looking extension Dave, I like the wood piles.
     
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    Nice one Dave, great to have more room :)
     
  7. Dave Budd

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    Well, I got back from Corfe Castle on sunday night (not the most productive or profitable week of my summer) and had monday morning off. Went out to the woods for a spell in the afternoon, then again for the last couple of days to continue with The Build. All week I was stewing, wanting to get on with this whilst the weather is dry.

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    So by the end of today, I now have all of the timber frame finished and most of the feather edge boarding in place. I ran out of nails (a good couple or 3 kilos so far!!!), so will pick some more up tomorrow and finish the gable and short wall off. The walls have damp proof membrane behind the cladding and the inside of the room will also have 6mm ply, like my main workshop. Assuming that doesn't take all day tomorrow I will get on with roofing it too. The roof is corrugated steel and clear fibreglass...


    Also, despite ordering more wood than I needed according to my napkin/fagpacket design, I was short by a few lengths of 2x4". Just as well I had odd bits of timber left from things last year and have borrowed from another project to allow me to finish this one. I'll be ordering more building supplies soon, so I'll pay the tab off then ;) The lesson to this story is order more than you think you will need and then DON'T KEEP CHANGING YOUR DESIGN!!!! I think I changed bits 3 times between ordering the wood and getting it built. :rolleyes:
     
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    looking good there....would be good to visit again and see all your hard work and changes....hope ya neighbour didnt kick off too much at you carting half a timber yard across the field lol!

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  9. Dave Budd

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    here we are again, after another couple of days work :) I had to stop for a while due to the rain late last week, apparently wet clay covered shoes is not conducive to effective scrambling on a sheet metal roof!

    I forgot to factor in the timber for the doors when I ordered the wood before, so they will have to be built in a few weeks time when I'm able to get on again (after the moot and the Gathering). I also discovered that measuring the existing roofing sheets to gauge the correct size was a mistake, I needed an extra 6" or so, so I will have to get some a couple of bits of roofing made up to fudge it :rolleyes: Just as well the manufactures are only half a mile down the road! The rusty old sheet down where the steel racking is will be replaced with shiny new green when I get down there, drektly.

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    When I get it all done I'll climb a ladder and get a proper picture of the whole building, showing off the magnificent porch :) I replaced a couple of the Onduline sheets on the main roof with clear plastic whilst I was at it, just coz it was always a bit too dark at the back of the forge. It is now disconcertingly bright back there, I keep thinking that I've left a light on! I can actually find things in the cupboard!

    So, another delivery of wood to come later this week (I doubt I'll get to the moot before friday now :( ) and I can get doors on and a floor installed. Then I can start buying the machines that this whole thing has been about housing!
     
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    Clouston98 Woodsman & Beekeeper

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    Good stuff Dave!
     
  11. dwardo

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    That looks like a hell of a lot of work well done. No such thing as a fudge or bodge only "features"
     
  12. Steve27752

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    Apparently, I do not have permission to view?
     
  13. Dave Budd

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    it certainly is. Especially in the middle of my busy season and for the purpose of housing a new toy that I've gotta think up uses for and that I haven't bought yet! I think in this case fudge is appropriate, there are only so many features one man can make!
     
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    same here.....
     
  15. Dave Budd

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    dunno what that's about chaps. Maybe a Mod can have a look?
     
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    Very impressed - a self build shed is much more manly than a bought one :)
     
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    I'd take a guess at it being because we haven't contributed to the forum funds...
     
  18. Gooner

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    Can't see photos do not have permission?
     
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    A question comes to mind dave, did you have to apply for planning permission or are you coverd under the agricultural exception?
     
  20. Dave Budd

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    The building has a Prior Notification for an agricultural or forestry building. When I originally looked into building it I called the local planning dept and got a different answer from each person I spoke to, so I had the Head Planning Officer come out for a site visit. I was totally upfront about what the building would be for and he told me what to apply for :) Importantly, this level of permission is available for sheds/barns/etc in agricultural land of a minimum acreage (6 hectares?), but there is NO minimum size if it is forest or woodland.
     

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