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    Thanks for the kind words. The shed remains a...

    Thanks for the kind words.
    The shed remains a serious work in progress. Real work (ie the paying type) continues to get in the way and can only snatch a few hours here or there. But continue to...
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    Few more photos Plenty still to do but getting...

    Few more photos

    Plenty still to do but getting there slowly



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    More pictures 391379 391380 391378...

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    Think I might finally have worked out how to get...

    Think I might finally have worked out how to get photos up the right way (Thanks Baron J)

    Here are some pieces slowly being brought out



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    Can't believe another 5 months has passed. Seeing...

    Can't believe another 5 months has passed. Seeing as we are inside due to all the rain thought it was time for an update. Can do it in between emptying mice out of the traps. The shed is basically...
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    So the shed build continues between work and...

    So the shed build continues between work and family duties.

    The external shed is basically finished.

    Had to put a tank in. Ended up choosing a steel liner tank 110,000 L in size. Now all...
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    Lots of little jobs left now. 387437 Simple...

    Lots of little jobs left now.

    387437 Simple locking mechanism for main door. Guides for the doors have also been cemented in

    387438 Making and painting the sliding internal door that will go in...
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    387433 387434 387435 387436 Some of the...

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    Some of the machines in the shed. Partially unwrapped but not cleaned and still to be moved to their final positions.
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    387431 387432 And then the door went in....

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    387432 And then the door went in. Ended up slightly short (about 200mm) of corrugated iron but have ordered another piece so will fix it then.

    Getting close

    Mark
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    Wanted to move a few machines in before I closed...

    Wanted to move a few machines in before I closed in the end wall. Had to move the slotter and baby Kearns borer so I could get to the Churchill slideway grinder and Mitsui seiki jig borer first. A...
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    Time for a shed update. have been working hard...

    Time for a shed update. have been working hard trying to get the shed finished.

    387424 Finally got the roof over the last bay. Its a great feeling when you can finally get down off the roof!!
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    I can only second Peterís comments regarding Phil. He called a spade a spade and didnít suffer fools but he helped more people on this forum than most know. It was a tragedy to lose someone with his...
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    Hi Richard My thoughts exactly. But this will...

    Hi Richard
    My thoughts exactly. But this will have to do as I donít think I have another one in me.
    Look forward to seeing it full though.
    Will have to pick your brains when it comes time to set...
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    Hi Dave Not looking to start a business. This...

    Hi Dave

    Not looking to start a business. This will be my retirement hobby. Have some large stationary engines, tractors and vintage engineering equipment to restore over the coming years. Itís...
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    Thanks. Skated the planer into position today...

    Thanks.

    Skated the planer into position today and moved in the first SIP jig borer. Will hopefully finish the roof this week then will move in the slideway grinder and the mitsui seiki borer. I...
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    Thanks Dave Its been a long road but hopefully...

    Thanks Dave
    Its been a long road but hopefully worth it in the end
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    Thanks Kryn I have actually taken 2 weeks off...

    Thanks Kryn

    I have actually taken 2 weeks off to try and break the back of it. Once I move the planer can start on the last bay of the roof. Then the remaining side wall and walkway between the...
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    So the day had finally come. Time to put the...

    So the day had finally come. Time to put the crane into the shed. For the last few days have been straightening the crane rails and making sure they are parallel and exactly 10.970 m apart....
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    I have been thinking about and talking to people...

    I have been thinking about and talking to people about the floor for sometime. Eventually decided on a two pack epoxy coating in light grey.

    First had to clean the cement. After months of dust...
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    So now it was time to think about painting the...

    So now it was time to think about painting the shed floor before we started moving machines in. I had the crane booked for 25/5 to put the crane in the roof and move the big planer (16 tonne and too...
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    More photos 386633 386634 With the crane...

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    386634 With the crane welded up and painted it was time for all the other jobs. Cutting to length and rejoining the drive shaft for the wheels and a wire to hang the leads...
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    Continuing on. 386624 Yep its wet. This...

    Continuing on.

    386624 Yep its wet. This picture is from our front yard.


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    Time to continue with the pictures. 386616 ...

    Time to continue with the pictures.

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    386618 At this stage preparing the end I had cut off to be transplanted on to the end of this beam.

    386619 Leveling the railway line so...
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    I can't believe how the months have flown. A lot...

    I can't believe how the months have flown. A lot has happened since my last post.
    The drought ended with a serious flood and massive damage to fences and other infrastructure. Still fixing fences....
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    Hi Andre I would think hard if not impossible in...

    Hi Andre
    I would think hard if not impossible in Australia. There are some specialist shops in the USA that might have something but the cost would be significant. Will keep an eye out for your...
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    Haha But seriously once the shed is finished...

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    But seriously once the shed is finished Iíll hopefully show you what it is really used for. I have 4 granite and 2 cast iron surface plates to calibrate and some big machinery to level and...
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    Mainly brought it to calibrate my surface plates...

    Mainly brought it to calibrate my surface plates and to help set up the big planer and slideway grinder.

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    Precision measurement

    Its just too hot here to do anything outside, so I thought I'll bring some stuff down from the shed to play with in the house.

    Some years ago I brought a laser interferometer at the Broens...
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    Thanks for all the replies. The acid is...

    Thanks for all the replies.
    The acid is generally diluted 1 to 10 with water so if well washed off I can't imagine it would be too much of a problem. I not doing this till the shed is enclosed as...
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    Thanks guys for your suggestions. Iím thinking...

    Thanks guys for your suggestions. Iím thinking the 2 pack epoxy is the way to go. Sounds like an acid wash is important beforehand so any problems with getting that on the corrugated iron walls? Or...
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    Hi everyone, Looking for some advice. Some...

    Hi everyone,

    Looking for some advice. Some have mentioned I should seal/paint/epoxy the shed floor to help reduce dust and to help keep it clean. I have had a bit of a look at the various options...
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    Thanks Kryn, Everyone certainly has their...

    Thanks Kryn,
    Everyone certainly has their fingers crossed for rain. Its certainly getting pretty depressing out here.
    The forklift is great. Will help me move everything into the shed except the...
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    Hi all, Quick bit of heavy lifting before...

    Hi all,

    Quick bit of heavy lifting before Xmas. Needed to move the Hydroptic 6 SIP jig borer off the truck and into the shed. Weighs about 7-8 tonne so slowly and careful lifted off the truck and...
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    Hi Dave, 383754 This is the grout I have...

    Hi Dave,

    383754 This is the grout I have used. You just make it into a flowable mix and pour it under the post plate. The plate has about a 10mm gap to the cement floor. I did drill a 40mm hole...
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    Hi Andre Do you come up this way often. If you...

    Hi Andre
    Do you come up this way often. If you you are welcome to drop in. Send me a PM and we can sort out directions

    Mark
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    Thanks for that guys. Will look into the opaque...

    Thanks for that guys. Will look into the opaque polycarbonate. The window is on the southern wall so no direct sunlight.
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    The shed continues to take shape. 383483...

    The shed continues to take shape.

    383483 Because where I live is bloody hot for 4-5 months of the year I wanted to insulate the shed to make it easier to work in the summer. To that end I brought...
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    Hi Steve, Thanks for the picture. Luckily all...

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the picture. Luckily all my crane beams join at the knee where they are bolted together. Those welded plates are definitely the way to go if needed. As has been said no stress...
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    Hi Dave The welding has been never ending. So...

    Hi Dave

    The welding has been never ending. So far have used 135kg of mig welding wire and about $1500 worth of mig gas (argon/CO2 mix). Except for the crane most of the structural welding is done....
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    Definitely worse drought in my time and will take...

    Definitely worse drought in my time and will take some farmers out of the business and the rest will take years to recover. And itís not over yet. Fingers are crossed for a wet summer thatís for...
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    Hi Richard I didnít realise it was dry all the...

    Hi Richard
    I didnít realise it was dry all the way up there. This drought is really biting here. Worst in my time and all the old guys are saying worst in their memory as well. First time we...
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    Drought

    Be careful what you wish for. This shed has taken over my life and is emptying my bank account. Jokes aside it hopefully will do justice to the mechanical art I have collected over the years. And it...
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    Thought I would post a few pictures of picking up...

    Thought I would post a few pictures of picking up the crane a few years ago. I brought it on Ebay for $10 from a company ib Brisbane. They were re purposing their shed as a storage for containers and...
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    The drought rolls on but so does shed building....

    The drought rolls on but so does shed building. Have been putting up the crane rails that the crane will run on. The clamping bolts are all pretty rusty so need to wire brush and coat all 108 before...
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    [QUOTE=.RC.;1956758] Here is an idea for the...

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    Here is an idea for the crane rebuild.

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    Wow that's one of the craziest things I've ever seen. Would have liked to have been there when someone suggested "lets...
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    Putting the crane back together is the last big...

    Putting the crane back together is the last big hurdle in the whole shed build. Positioning the 11 meter by 2.2 meter crane so it can be welded back together will be a struggle. Need to fabricate...
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    382147 382148 So happy to have all the...

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    382148 So happy to have all the big crane rails finally up. They all fitted nicely which was a relief. Putting big beams like this in place can be a little bit scary so a good day when...
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    So the sorry saga continues. I must admit I have...

    So the sorry saga continues. I must admit I have not been much of a forum member later but I am committing every available minute to trying to finish the shed before summer. Promise to be more active...
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    Sticky: Certainly was keen but ended up too busy to make...

    Certainly was keen but ended up too busy to make a trip to Bendigo.
    Those profile projectors were cheap if working. I am still on the lookout for a SIP or Moore measuring machine if one ever comes...
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    Put up the first of the 8 crane rails today....

    Put up the first of the 8 crane rails today. These have had me a little concerned as the tolerances for the hold down bolts are quite small and the 24" I beam is very heavy and awkward to position....
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