Sunday, May 18, 2008

It Stands

Had a very productive weekend. Most of bent number one is standing in the shop. Eventually, three of the four bents can stand up inside. It's pretty exciting to see it standing. Alan, thanks for the help, I couldn't have done it without you.

Above is the first piece of the second floor. Everything is ratchet-strapped to the green I-beams for support.

Above is the finished first floor. That was the easy part. There are two overhead cranes that run on three phase power that came in handy for the rest of the pieces. Too bad there's currently no three phase power to operate them. But that's OK; come-alongs worked well.

That's me using a come-along to get the first piece of the second floor into position.

The rafter above was a lot of work to get into position. We had a few come-alongs on the beam to make it tilt. I have no idea how much it weighs- but it's a lot.

With the rafter finally in place; there's me again for perspective as to how big the frame is. I was a little worried that the knee braces would be too low, and that tall people would hit their heads. I'm about 6'1", and have room to spare, so that was a relief. If by chance someone does whack their head, they're too tall anyway, so it'll serve them right.


Kathy D. said...


Its very exciting to see this project grow. There are a lot of things that feel good about your project: this creativity and love of working with wood has passed to the next generation, there is another banker in the family who loves to create with wood,and of course, it is wonderful to see the shop in use again.

Keep up the good work!


topper said...

Hi Kathy,

Thanks, I'm glad you like it. Next time you're around, stop by and check it out.