Episode 101 David and Goliath

Featuring the smallest, and largest Amana Tool router bits from Toolstoday.com (at least those that fit a standard 1/4″ and 1/2″ router).  Surfacing is done on a Torque Workcentre.

Music by Lis Viggers

Shed arrives, and is up already!

It’s Amazing
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It’s Astounding
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It’s slightly smaller than I expected
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Assembly was a breeze, except for the breeze
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But a shed is a shed- right?
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Just a week to go

Slab signoff

With the expansion joints now cut, the slab is complete.

And the shed is due to arrive a week on Monday!

I am rather tempted to get my daughter’s outdoor chalks out, and sketch out where each machine is going, but that is just a lack of patience and would have little other benefit.

Time to twiddle my thumbs some more.

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The slab becomes a reality

6am start, with the cement truck arriving at 7:30.  It may have been drizzling to start, but the day sure cleared up by the end.  Irrespective, a pump truck was used to get the 6.4 m3 of concrete on site. Made the job go very quickly.

So it is in and done.  The expansion joints will be added tomorrow (done by saw, rather than trowel).

It can be walked on tomorrow, and built upon in a week.  Given the shed is a week away on Monday, the timing was getting pretty tight in the end (although there will still have been a few days grace as the erectors won’t be on site the day the shed arrives!  I’ll soon be able to take delivery of the SawStop as well (finally!).

Timelines

I received the invoice today to pay to start the building permit process.  Probably the fastest bill I have ever paid.  The digital ink wasn’t even dry before the bill had been paid, and the receipt (as proof) sent back.

So time to break down the timeline and see what it may mean.

1 October – 13 October: Obtain building permit

14 October: Place order for concrete

14 October: Order placed for shed

14 October – 10 November: Shed manufacture (I am really hoping we can hit this window – this is the highest risk to the program)

19 October  – 20 October: Clear out current 3×3 shed and deconstruct

21 October: Order skip

28 October – 29 October: Block clearance including skip for waste removal

30 October – 31 October: Casting slab

11 November: Shed arrival

11 November – 24 November: Lead time for shed assembly.  Once construction starts, and the slab is in, I don’t see why the assembly can’t be booked in, so it happens only a few days after arrival, rather than a few weeks.  That would bring shed assembly forward to around 13 November through to 20 November.

25 November – 1 December: Shed assembly

It would be tempting to have the electrician in straight after and get the power sorted out as well, but going to take a more sensible approach and use the shed as is, with the Promac generator providing primary power (especially 15A), and some 10A being run from the house.  That will give the time over the Xmas break to get a reasonable idea about tool layout, and the corresponding power requirements.

I have the lights sitting in the garage, so they will be up very early on (light is one of those mandatory things!)  They currently have 10A plugs on each, so temporarily wiring them up will be easy.

I have to remember to run some piping under the slab for the dust extraction, and mid-floor power.

It feels like it is still going to be a long time – another 2 months!  But when I break it down like this, there is something happening almost every week so it will really feel like it is moving quickly.  It won’t take much to knock this program right however, and if it moves to the right much, it will clash with Christmas and that would be disastrous (as that would cause another month delay, and at a time when I would be on leave and actually able to make use of it.

Going to need new carpet after all this – have worn an absolute track over the last 6 months!

Shed Progress (sorta)

Bit more waiting required before things are locked in – perhaps Monday.

In the meantime, the Report and Consent is still with the council – they indicated they may have a response by today (which presumably means in the mail, so again early next week to hear how it is progressing, and if there is any further work required).  My phone call to them last week didn’t throw up too many issues, but I’ll know more when I get their official response.  I am hopeful.

Had a concreter out today for a quote – again they will put it together over the weekend.  Looks like the potential for a lot of news on Monday, but I’m not pinning too much on that likelihood!  One thing to say – this was the first concreter even willing to turn up to quote.  I equate it to standing at the side of the road, waving a cheque book (or cash) and no one interesting in taking my money.

At least these guys sound competent.  Will be interested to see their quote!

When I ask for a slab

I may be talking about a cool amber beverage, but I’d certainly settle for one of these!

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Photo taken by my old man on one of his overseas jaunts – will get more detail about where (and what). He neglected to bring it back for me – something about carry on baggage on the plane.

Can’t imagine what you could do with it to justify the timber – whatever it becomes, it would be impressive!

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