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capt_slogcapt_slog Posts: 3,288
As suggested elsewhere, we're a bunch of mamils, how many of us have a shed?

This is mine,



I took a photo of it because I'd spent a few days trying to clean it out. yes, this is the 'after' shot, you can see bench tops now. In there I make all sorts of stuff. You can see a lathe on the left, there's also a drill press, and a welder under the right-hand bench.

The mass of electrics on the back wall is the control for my renewable energy set-up, home made windmill in the garden and solar panel on the shed roof.

I use my Trax rollers in here, a TV is just above my head in this shot.


The older I get, the better I was.

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  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 5,998
    That's nice. Said in a Mrs Brown sort of way 😉
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 17,217
    A lathe, a drill press and a welder. Can't deny I'm a bit envious. Mine needs significant tidying before being shown to the world.
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  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 4,686
    Also needs a tidy up. Despite oodles of space, I don't have enough actual storage things. Need more drawers. Also need a welder, something a rank amateur can learn to use easily. MIG?

  • capt_slogcapt_slog Posts: 3,288

    Also needs a tidy up. Despite oodles of space, I don't have enough actual storage things. Need more drawers. Also need a welder, something a rank amateur can learn to use easily. MIG?

    Wow!

    I wish i had that space. Storage? Look for people chucking out kitchens or offices.

    My welder is gasless MIG, (AKA flux core welding). It's not hard to use, but also not easy to get reliable results, and thin metals (car bodywork for instance) you just blow through without massive care and practice. After 3 months and one reel of wire, I'm getting there. Purchase a lowest power unit rather than high if you want to weld thin stuff.


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  • lesfirthlesfirth Posts: 1,010
    5 minutes tuition by someone who has used a MIG welder and you will be OK at it. That is all it took with my 12 year old daughter. Youtube and trial and error will take a bit longer.
    I have only used a gas MIG, does anyone know if a flux cored wire and no gas work OK.

    Wheelspinner, that is one big shed. I would not like the heating bills in winter!
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 7,504
    Gas mig is easier as the flux doesn't seem to be as consistent as with gas. Tig is the way to go, if you can gas weld or braze then you can tig. The secret with tig is the metals your welding must be clean, doesn't like scabby paint or galv coatings etc. And yes WS,s shed is legendary as is his recently built work bench.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 17,217
    Yeah, that's definitely a barn, not a shed :).
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  • ProssPross Posts: 22,323
    rjsterry said:

    Yeah, that's definitely a barn, not a shed :).

    If it was in the UK they'd be kitting it out as a Nightingale Hospital!

    I won't post my she'd, it's too embarrassing and just a storage space without any bench tools.
  • capt_slogcapt_slog Posts: 3,288
    TIG would have been my choice too, it's lovely to use, but I couldn't justify the cost of the unit or the outlay on gas.


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  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 4,686
    lesfirth said:

    5 minutes tuition by someone who has used a MIG welder and you will be OK at it. That is all it took with my 12 year old daughter. Youtube and trial and error will take a bit longer.
    I have only used a gas MIG, does anyone know if a flux cored wire and no gas work OK.

    Wheelspinner, that is one big shed. I would not like the heating bills in winter!

    Should have paid attention when my late father tried to teach me as a kid - he was trade qualified welder and fitter...oops.

    No way I’d ever heat this! It’s about 270 m2 floor area.

    Winter here not that serious anyway, days average about 10 deg C max so not an issue.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 9,534
    What are people welding? This is a different world for me.
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 40,040

    Also needs a tidy up. Despite oodles of space, I don't have enough actual storage things. Need more drawers. Also need a welder, something a rank amateur can learn to use easily. MIG?

    We have a winner. Stop the thread now :)

    WS, ever considered buying a light aircraft?
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  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 4,686
    Stevo_666 said:



    We have a winner. Stop the thread now :)

    WS, ever considered buying a light aircraft?

    God no, I hate the sodding things... :smile:

    We live in an area zoned for light aircraft training flights, and they drone about here on a regular basis. More than once I've googled how-to-make-your-own-surface-to-air-missile...

    The guy who owned/built this place was a (professional) abalone diver / fisherman. That's a licence to print money, the licences alone are worth millions these days. The actual season is only about 20 weeks long or something and the rest of the year they do whatever. Most of them have "hobbies"... boats, jet skis, camper vans, motorbikes, cars... stuff.

    In this shed he had a Winnebago, two (small) tractors, a truck and trailer, a forklift (!), a half-cabin boat, and a bunch of other stuff. Just beyond the bike in the foreground you can see the mechanics pit in the floor - it's a metre wide and about 6 metres long, about 1.5 metres deep. Did his own maintenance on vehicles for fun. The dodgy steel frame and beam above the bike is what he used to lift motors out of the boat with.

    Way way back in the early 90s I had a mate who was an ab diver, owned a license. For the season he worked 20 weeks solid, not a day off. Had a BIG boat with a crew of about 5 I think. They would go out for 3 days at a time, dive and catch the abalone till the boat freezer was full, come back and offload it all, refuel and provision up and go straight back out. The abalone was on a plane out of here the same day, mostly to Japan and Asia.

    After he'd paid ALL bills, the boat repayments, the crew wages, the freight bills, the whole lot, every 3 days he still cleared $32,000 on average. So they would do roughly 45 round trips a season, and he'd have made a clear 1.4 million bucks, and have 30 weeks to spend it.

    That was 30 years ago. Abalone now was wholesaling at about $100 a kilo (until CV hit!). That and lobster (crayfish) are two of the biggest export revenue earners for Tasmania.


  • ProssPross Posts: 22,323
    Had to look up Abalone divers. I think they earn the time off, who'd have thought it could justify the cost or risk to get a few shellfish?
  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 4,686
    Oh its hard work alright, and has long term health impacts for most of them, but they sure do make a pile of money at it.

    Thing is, the stuff is bl00dy awful. Seriously, you could take the rear mudflap off your car, chuck it in a deep fryer and be hard pressed to tell the difference. 🤢

    I was in a posh hotel in Seoul once at the breakfast buffet. There was a dish of stuff that looked like wet concrete in colour and consistency and smelled like a sewerage plant. It was abalone porridge. Locals love it apparently.


  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 40,040

    Stevo_666 said:



    We have a winner. Stop the thread now :)

    WS, ever considered buying a light aircraft?

    God no, I hate the sodding things... :smile:

    We live in an area zoned for light aircraft training flights, and they drone about here on a regular basis. More than once I've googled how-to-make-your-own-surface-to-air-missile...

    The guy who owned/built this place was a (professional) abalone diver / fisherman. That's a licence to print money, the licences alone are worth millions these days. The actual season is only about 20 weeks long or something and the rest of the year they do whatever. Most of them have "hobbies"... boats, jet skis, camper vans, motorbikes, cars... stuff.

    In this shed he had a Winnebago, two (small) tractors, a truck and trailer, a forklift (!), a half-cabin boat, and a bunch of other stuff. Just beyond the bike in the foreground you can see the mechanics pit in the floor - it's a metre wide and about 6 metres long, about 1.5 metres deep. Did his own maintenance on vehicles for fun. The dodgy steel frame and beam above the bike is what he used to lift motors out of the boat with.

    Way way back in the early 90s I had a mate who was an ab diver, owned a license. For the season he worked 20 weeks solid, not a day off. Had a BIG boat with a crew of about 5 I think. They would go out for 3 days at a time, dive and catch the abalone till the boat freezer was full, come back and offload it all, refuel and provision up and go straight back out. The abalone was on a plane out of here the same day, mostly to Japan and Asia.

    After he'd paid ALL bills, the boat repayments, the crew wages, the freight bills, the whole lot, every 3 days he still cleared $32,000 on average. So they would do roughly 45 round trips a season, and he'd have made a clear 1.4 million bucks, and have 30 weeks to spend it.

    That was 30 years ago. Abalone now was wholesaling at about $100 a kilo (until CV hit!). That and lobster (crayfish) are two of the biggest export revenue earners for Tasmania.


    You learn something new every day WS - had to google Abalone to remind myself what it was!
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  • ProssPross Posts: 22,323
    Mine. Just about functional but overcrowded storage space.
  • ProssPross Posts: 22,323
    The wife and daughters - boutique bar!




    I think I got the short straw. The wife hardly ever drinks so it seems like a waste, I could have my turbo in there.
  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 4,686
    ^^Whoa!

    Just.... how?
  • ProssPross Posts: 22,323
    It's so much tidier than it was two weeks ago. That narrow gap up the centre didn't exist then. I had to move an 8' surfboard (that is now hidden on the right hand side), a bike and a pressure washer to reach the shelves at the back where I keep the specialist tools I keep at the back (hammer, screwdrivers, saw and drills) - luckily I don't use them much.
  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 4,686
    Pross said:



    I think I got the short straw.

    Crikey, I'm not sure you did. That colour scheme would make me run screaming for the exit every time I opened the door.. :smiley:
  • ProssPross Posts: 22,323

    Pross said:



    I think I got the short straw.

    Crikey, I'm not sure you did. That colour scheme would make me run screaming for the exit every time I opened the door.. :smiley:
    The outside is like it too. It brightens up the garden that's for sure!
  • TashmanTashman Posts: 2,738
    edited 14 April

    All those boxes are the new kitchen awaiting a post lockdown fitting
  • step83step83 Posts: 3,726
    My slow fight with stacks of censored that need binning. This was just before my hospital visit



    I did finish the bench an oil an wax, it's not amazing an needs a bit of bracing but it works.


  • eric_draveneric_draven Posts: 1,182


    From a couple of years back,the VW Splitty is a friends,we had bit of a labour trade,I replaced pretty much all the bottom 4" of the side panels on it,and he rewired the house,Wheelspinner I would love somewhere the size of your shed
  • mr_goomr_goo Posts: 3,753
    edited 14 April




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  • capt_slogcapt_slog Posts: 3,288
    Nice shed Mr Goo, loving the finish inside, just needs a bit more clutter :smile:

    @step83 Nice bit of bench, is that homemade?


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  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 17,217
    edited 15 April
    capt_slog said:

    Nice shed Mr Goo, loving the finish inside, just needs a bit more clutter :smile:

    @step83 Nice bit of bench, is that homemade?

    So much space! Nice bit of blossom, too. With all that knotty pine I half expected to see someone in a towel with a bunch of birch twigs 😁. Definitely needs some jam jars full of rusty screws.
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    Pinnacle Monzonite

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  • ProssPross Posts: 22,323
    Too many people seem to be posting a garage instead of a shed (I'm just jealous as I have nowhere I can leave my turbo set up which means I don't bother using it as much as I should).
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 17,217


    Needs a good tidy and my next two projects are building a fixed bench to replace the wobbly Workmate and a leg vise as the little engineer's vise is no good for woodwork.

    I may update later when progress has been made.
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    Pinnacle Monzonite

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