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Re: Sawmill shed
« Reply #40 on: February 02, 2020, 07:55:40 PM »
My sawmill house is a bit smaller than what you are looking for and it was initially built fully open with no walls.  Side openings are 22' so I can bring in 20' logs and take out 20' lumber.  Ends are 20' wide.  Overall size is 20' x 40' and 12' high.



 

My drying house and sawmill houses are the duplicates.  Used shiplap for the roof and then R9 metal panels.


 

( I built scaffolding on both sides of the sawmill house so I could safely work on the roof because I am vertically challenged :) ).
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« Reply #41 on: February 02, 2020, 10:26:57 PM »
 I built scaffolding on both sides of the sawmill house so I could safely work on the roof because I am vertically challenged


Wow, nice job, I'm going to borrow that from you. Are you done yet? :D

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« Reply #42 on: February 02, 2020, 11:05:38 PM »
I built scaffolding on both sides of the sawmill house so I could safely work on the roof because I am vertically challenged (Image hidden from quote, click to view.)


Wow, nice job, I'm going to borrow that from you. Are you done yet? :D
The scaffolding was actually pretty easy to build and allowed me to overcome that fear of heights I've had all my life.  Basically it is 2" x 4" s on 4' centers with handrails and sturdy foot boards.  The foot boards were sawn from a couple of dead standing SYP's as 5/4" material.  I used structural screws to hold everything together which also made it easier to take down once it was completed.

I had an old pair of Skecher's Shape Ups tennis shoes that were absolutely non-slip on the metal roof and "no cry" knee pads I found on Amazon.  It really made the job anxiety free.

Assembly was straight forward, screwing the columns to the floorboard supports and then screwing that assembly to the horizontal holding member.  Then as I laid 12' floorboards, I also added the hand rails. (My wife even helped with the assembly).



 



 






 


 

I was then able to lay the shiplap on the roof.



 

We laid an underlayment of tar paper just to keep the boards dry until we were able to add the metal roofing.





 



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« Reply #43 on: February 03, 2020, 04:00:28 AM »
I have an intermittent fear of heights.  If it is something I am or have built, I do better.  I have to be a little psyched.  but in the right frame of mind, I can work and play at 40 to 50 feet.  



 

me at Philmont 2016, at 42 feet.   :o :o :o



 

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« Reply #44 on: February 03, 2020, 12:59:43 PM »
The US Army Airborne school thinks the scariest altitude/height is 34 ft. above the ground.

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« Reply #45 on: February 03, 2020, 01:07:18 PM »
Very nice building.
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« Reply #46 on: February 03, 2020, 01:26:59 PM »
@eote that is a sturdy building and will be around for a hundred years.  keep us posted on your progress.
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« Reply #47 on: February 03, 2020, 02:17:17 PM »
I have some serious shed envy.
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« Reply #48 on: February 03, 2020, 07:31:29 PM »
@eote that is a sturdy building and will be around for a hundred years.  keep us posted on your progress.
You know, that's what my neighbor said too.   ;D
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Re: Sawmill shed
« Reply #49 on: February 03, 2020, 07:43:19 PM »
I built new houses for a living, with scaffolding very similar to that, for I forget how many years until I accumulated enough real scaffolding to do a whole side of a house. Now I have enough to do a whole house, and Alum-A-Pole will almost spoil you, since you're always working at a comfortable height.

The first couple of years, before impact screwdrivers, the wooden scaffolding was put together with double headed nails.

While I had the scaffolding up, since I did everything myself, I'd completely finish one side,and then take the scaffolding down to do another side.  People would say that it looked really strange to see a house with one finished side, and the others still had solid plywood sheathing.

Your buildings look great!

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« Reply #50 on: February 03, 2020, 08:01:56 PM »
I built new houses for a living, with scaffolding very similar to that, for I forget how many years until I accumulated enough real scaffolding to do a whole side of a house. Now I have enough to do a whole house, and Alum-A-Pole will almost spoil you, since you're always working at a comfortable height.

The first couple of years, before impact screwdrivers, the wooden scaffolding was put together with double headed nails.

While I had the scaffolding up, since I did everything myself, I'd completely finish one side,and then take the scaffolding down to do another side.  People would say that it looked really strange to see a house with one finished side, and the others still had solid plywood sheathing.

Your buildings look great!
Tom King, thank you for the encouragement.  I have a thread going on building my retirement home at Building our Dream Home a.k.a. Delusions of Retirement.  I just started site prep today after spending the last 2 years sawing lumber for the home, building a sawmill house and drying house, and putting up an awning for my work area in front of our barn.
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« Reply #51 on: February 03, 2020, 08:34:56 PM »
@EOTE I have been following your posts from the very beginning and I finally have to tell you I have a heck of a lot of respect for your planning, your execution, your patience, and your steady follow through. I have done similar, but no where near the scale and the commitment you are showing. Nor do I have the skills you exhibit. My admiration is hard to describe.
 I just looked up your location to see if I could wangle a visit and maybe give you a days labor in the bargain but sadly you are about 8 hours fast drive from my family seat in Texas (and I live in NY). I used to travel (fly/drive) to Waco every year or two to one of our plants, but since I got a new boss 8 years ago, he would rather send a newbie/weenie that won't make waves. ;D I visit family on the gulf coast south of Houston every couple of years and we are due for that trip soon. But it's gotta be a full day of driving and there is now way I can talk the wife into that. The only way is if we drive to Texas and stop along the way. I guess I will have to start working on that plan. ;D
 Anyway, just now some of us are really enjoying and admiring what you are doing and how you are doing it. Good on ya mate!
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« Reply #52 on: February 03, 2020, 09:00:54 PM »
@EOTE I have been following your posts from the very beginning and I finally have to tell you I have a heck of a lot of respect for your planning, your execution, your patience, and your steady follow through. I have done similar, but no where near the scale and the commitment you are showing. Nor do I have the skills you exhibit. My admiration is hard to describe.
 I just looked up your location to see if I could wangle a visit and maybe give you a days labor in the bargain but sadly you are about 8 hours fast drive from my family seat in Texas (and I live in NY). I used to travel (fly/drive) to Waco every year or two to one of our plants, but since I got a new boss 8 years ago, he would rather send a newbie/weenie that won't make waves. ;D I visit family on the gulf coast south of Houston every couple of years and we are due for that trip soon. But it's gotta be a full day of driving and there is now way I can talk the wife into that. The only way is if we drive to Texas and stop along the way. I guess I will have to start working on that plan. ;D
 Anyway, just now some of us are really enjoying and admiring what you are doing and how you are doing it. Good on ya mate!
Old Greenhorn, you have absolutely humbled me with your praise.  I really don't know where to begin but maybe start by telling my wife all those nice things. ;D ;D :D  No, really, she appreciates what I am doing and supports it 110%.  She still works full time but she comes over (200 miles one way) on the weekend to help me.  
You are always be welcome to come by to visit.  Jacksonville is about 4 hours east of Waco and I think its about 3 hours from the north side of Houston so Galveston is probably another hour and a half if you have to drive through Houston.  Either way, if you decide to, just give me a holler.
As far as my skills and patience and other traits, I have to say I am my own worst critic.  I always review what I have done and try to learn how to improve on it; even if I did a great job.  I always see the things I could have done better.  I am also curious and have never been afraid to learn a new skill.  I also value input from others because they see things in a different perspective than I do and often times can offer their experiences or knowledge.  The more I learn the less I know...I guess that is my addiction.
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Indeed, I have suspected for a while that we are of like minds, but you seem to learn much better from all those 'lessons' than I do. :D
 You are closer than I had thought. My cousins I visit are in Angleton, Lake Jackson (my Uncle Gus designed the city of Lake Jackson as a side job in the evenings), and Freeport on the coast. I don't expect to ever get back to Waco since I will retire (hopefully) in a few months. Sounds like you are about 5 hours north. I just have to wait for the opportunity and I am patient. Of course, that may mean we are sitting on the porch of your finished home by the time I make it. ;D
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« Reply #54 on: February 10, 2020, 01:59:25 PM »
Nice sheds you all have! Great inspiration. 
Don't wanna highjack this topic but need some advice as well. Just bought a 'new to me' mill, a Mebor. We can pick it up next week together with an old edger. I was thinking of building a back drag feature on the machine, with a roller table and a kind of sorting/storing table next to the edger. Big and heavy beams I would like to take of the mill with the chain turners back on the loader forks. 
But in this topic I also see edgers parallel to the mill instead of in line, is that a better solution than in line? I have the feeling I might miss something  :) 
I want to start milling some silverpine for building a simple shed, and I'm figuring out or it's better to make it long and narrow, or short and wide. 

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« Reply #55 on: March 22, 2020, 05:50:15 PM »
Eote's shed is nice enough to live in.  Mine was built on the cheap and we added a little on to it today.  Last Saturday we bought some used roofing metal that was about 9' long for $1 a foot to provide some much needed shade from the afternoon sun.  Ever since Hurricane Irma took our huge live oak that used to provide shade, the afternoon sawing has been uncomfortable and the mill has been subjected to the paint fading UV rays.

We cantilevered some 4" pipe out about 6' and bolted together two purlin pieces to span the width and started mounting the used roofing.  The shade is very welcome.  Snow load is not an issue and leaf load should be manageable as long as I sweep or blow off the roof once or twice a year.

John slid the "new" panels under the old ones and I screwed them down.


 

 

 

 We may still drape a few feet of shade cloth off of the end to help later in the day.  
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« Reply #56 on: March 23, 2020, 07:43:24 AM »
That will make a huge difference.  Some like it hot, some not.
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« Reply #57 on: March 23, 2020, 09:16:05 AM »
Mine is a little smaller than the op was looking for, but this works for me. I can get a bobcat in and 16 foot logs. Its 20x22

 

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« Reply #58 on: March 24, 2020, 09:28:09 PM »
Does anybody know of a quick reference for beam load calcs on these massive 20 to 30 foot spans? Or other potential joists to use for this purpose?

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I believe there is a calculator in the FF tool box under "Extras".


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