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    I had an upstairs office and bathroom at the last place I rented. That sucked. My legs are in good shape and there were days when they were DONE from all the ups and downs.

    I have a 12x36 mezzanine in the middle of my shop now and it's useful for things I'm not ready to get rid of, but it's not workspace for sure.

    Build big if you can. Even if you just put the footings and roof up now you could always concrete/enclose it as you need it/can afford it down the road.

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    Regarding live-tooled lathes and lathes with a B-axis milling head:
    The prices quoted on live tools here seems quite high. I got my live tools from MT Marchetti and a 10.000 rpm axial holder with through coolant was less about $2000. They even had lot of stuff for Mori in stock.
    The Mazak Bartac (and Integrex) machines are made for bar-feeding and if you get one with a lower turret it will (almost) keep up with a normal live tooled lathe. Almost because they only have 9 stations in the lower turret. I guess you need a pretty firm and big order to invest in something like that, even used. Aluminium parts with B-axis work that could be run from a 100mm bar would be the right thing
    Good score on that table !

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelieking71 View Post
    Yea, the "small shop struggle" is real, huh!
    "Land o' Lincoln"? You mean Illinois? YEP! Only guy selling haas machines that I trust! LOL

    I got plans for at least an office off the back of the shop. I loose my desk spot when I rearrange. And, don't have a place for it.
    Not sure what I'm going to do until I get an office built?
    But, I am starting to consider going all the way across the back of the shop. The proposed office is only 10ft wide, 12ft deep.
    That stupid fucking window by the rear man-door (you can see it in the pic showing the coolant station) will become the entrance to the office.
    The door will large enough for me to get the big surface plate in there without having to tip the damn thing on its side like I had to in the old shop.
    That was a huge PITA! So that small addition will me a makeshift metrology room / office.
    But, I have also considered going 12ft deep, and full width (40ft outside). And, basically giving myself a garage out back off the corner of the big car-port.
    That will get all that kind of stuff out of the shop and free up that space I am trying to leave open. Then maybe the saw could live on the floor! LOL
    nice....the showroom your machine is coming from is quite the little gem for used Haas' they do one heck of a job on going through those spindles before they hit the road. I owe that place a plug for getting my old haas' kickin again.

    ya small spaces are challenging but unlike you i'm under 30k sq ft of roof just need to be able to justify and blow walls out as the machining portion of our biz grows....always give props to guys who really maximize what they have to work with. i'm about to add another spindle and its going to be venturing into the next bay gotta love old old mfg buildings and how many dam rooms/bays they have!

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    Our rainy season is about over. But, we actually had a pretty wet winter.
    Wet enough that I have been real tired of playing in the mud under the car-port. Kind of defeats the purpose a little.
    The grade under it was actually one of the lowest spots in the yard (did not know this until it was built).
    Now, every time it rains, all the runoff from both the east side of the shop and car-port roofs, rolls off the east side of the car-port.
    And, then right back under the car-port. This creates a swamp that takes forever to dry. Because there is a roof over it! DUH, LOL

    So, this is happening. Terrible timing. But, when is there ever good timing? Just git it done!
    Grade, form, and rebar yesterday:

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    They are out there pouring right now:

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    4" of 4500psi with fiber and #4 rebar on 24"

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    Nice lean-to!
    Showing your redneck roots!

    I have a chum that has built "Lean-To's" ... with nothing to lean them - to.
    But he's currently living in The UP, so - no-body would think anything about it up there...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ox View Post
    Nice lean-to!
    Showing your redneck roots!


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    Funny, I posted pics on IG earlier followed by the hashtags #concreterules #ihatemud #ihatedust and #stillahillbilly LOL
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    Time to close it in and put some machines out there...

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    Well, I still don't understand all that pound sign stuff...


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    Quote Originally Posted by JP Machining View Post
    Time to close it in and put some machines out there...
    I like the way you think! But, that roof exists for shaded parking (the travel trailer, and my trucks).
    And, I guess it is now my garage. Because, there is no room in the shop for me to have a garage in there anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ox View Post
    Well, I still don't understand all that pound sign stuff...


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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelieking71 View Post
    I like the way you think! But, that roof exists for shaded parking (the travel trailer, and my trucks).
    And, I guess it is now my garage. Because, there is no room in the shop for me to have a garage in there anymore.
    Any spot with flat concrete and a roof over it is a garage...

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    Was too green to cut the control joints last night. He'll be back to cut after he finishes another pour later today.
    But, it turned out excellent!

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    I see a desk parked in a small enclosure around that back door...

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    New slab looks great Wheelie!

    Typical concrete contractor though...looks as if they didn't do a very good job of lifting the rebar during the pour. (Defeats the purpose if it remains laying on the ground.)

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    What is going to be parked here? Is the red whatever on the wall to do with fire control?

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    No rat wall?

    Sure hope you don't have much trouble with frost heaves....


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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelieking71 View Post
    Was too green to cut the control joints last night. He'll be back to cut after he finishes another pour later today.
    But, it turned out excellent!

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    What control joints? I thought you said it was fiber reinforced, shouldnt need joints in that small of a slab with the fiber in it. Of course it is outdoors in a tough enviroment but still it shouldnt be needed.

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    Trust me, you need control joints even with fiber. My 20yo garage floor is cracked and it's got fiber in it (24x36). I didn't know about the fiber until I was putting in a new conduit to the electrical box and had to trim some of the spill, then I discovered fiber in the concrete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perry Harrington View Post
    Trust me, you need control joints even with fiber. My 20yo garage floor is cracked and it's got fiber in it (24x36). I didn't know about the fiber until I was putting in a new conduit to the electrical box and had to trim some of the spill, then I discovered fiber in the concrete.
    Thanks Perry, around here it is fashionable to have polished concrete floors in fancy houses. They use the fibers and no joints because people dont want the joints ruining the view of their monolithic floor. Guess they will have to enjoy the cracks later then. Ha Ha.

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