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Steve_Wright17/07/2014 19:37:35
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6m x 5m "garage" which is really just my workshop & man cave. Slab was laid 2 years ago (!) and finally getting the brickwork started today. Important specs are a 3.5 metre workbench, roof storage for planes, space for my cider making, old sofa & TV May get a wood burning stove too.

Edited By Steve_Wright on 17/07/2014 19:39:42

Steve_Wright17/07/2014 19:40:29
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Steve_Wright17/07/2014 19:41:31
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Steve_Wright17/07/2014 19:52:21
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Hopefully get it up to window base height by the weekend

David Rothwell17/07/2014 20:02:48
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that is some serious man cave, you moving out ?winkand letting the missus, have the house!


Steve_Wright17/07/2014 20:07:49
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The sofa will be big enough to sleep on, you never know

GrahamWh17/07/2014 20:49:49
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Going to be great Steve! I love building. Flat roof or pitched?

Steve_Wright17/07/2014 21:48:35
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shallow pitched roof with tiles to match the house

Steve_Wright18/07/2014 20:56:31
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Hot weather slowing the job, can only do small mixes as the motar is going off so quick in the heat. 1 wall done to window sill height and all 4 corners built up.

Steve_Wright18/07/2014 21:02:44
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Right, first question about equiping the cave. Down the wall above is a 3.5m run door to back wall. Was planning to have it as my workbench and get the blacksmith to make me a bench to fit out of angle steel. How deep would you go on the bench, 600, 800 or 1000mm ?

And was planning to split the top so 2m is 75mm thick hardwood & the other 1.5m is steel but set so the entire top is flush. Means I can do hotwork 'n' hammering on 1 end of the bench & have an insulated none metalic base to work on at the other. Good idea on not?

Edited By Steve_Wright on 18/07/2014 21:04:24

cymaz18/07/2014 21:04:07
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Lovely brickwork, is that your trade?

Steve_Wright18/07/2014 21:05:28
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Not mine, wish I could!, a mate is doing the brick work

Josip Vrandecic -Mes18/07/2014 21:37:50
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Congratulations Steve, you'll be rich and happy man-modeler soon, and the owner of the new p

Best Regards


Steve_Wright18/07/2014 21:40:35
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rich is one thing i won't be by the time this is finished! LOL

David Rothwell18/07/2014 21:52:03
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vibration an issue?, I suppose its down to how much and what kind of "hot work n hammering" your doing, maybe split the bench and insulate the steel end and go 800 deep as a nice compromise.


Steve_Wright18/07/2014 21:58:27
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Will be just soldering & fixing car stuff to be honest Suppose I could do the whole bench in wood & plane off 2mm from 1/2 of the top & screw a steel top to it, less likely to bend the steel top that way.

Edited By Steve_Wright on 18/07/2014 21:59:05

Keith Simmons18/07/2014 22:10:02
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Looks wonderful. Are you planning a walk around bench as well as side benches?. If a walk around, 1000 to 1200mm wide is ideal. A fridge is a must as it's thirsty work.

Martyn K18/07/2014 22:46:37
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Any problems with planning permission/neighbours? Looks like it takes up a major chunk of your garden

Steve_Wright18/07/2014 22:49:19
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walk around won't be possible, do want space to work on my jeep!

Planning was a PITA, but the aera was already drive so okay on that point, it just has a v shallow pitch roof to get the height I wanted while keeping the overall height at the roof apex down.

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