Shop porch and a few projects

I have been standing in the summer sun and it has been beating me down. For the last few weeks I have been gathering parts and pieces to place some shade on the front of my shop.

The frame is inch and a quarter angle iron with a h channel back bone. Frame is 8′ by 10′ with the covering being 10′ by 12′. I wanted to keep it as light and airy as possible. The poles are adjustable by the inch. This allowed me to conform to the terrain and level the top to an inch.
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I welded a piece of inch and a half angle iron to 8 foot of h channel. Then attached that to the front of the shop. The wife came out and held her steady while I hung it and got it centered. After tacking the poles I tacked it to the shop. There will not be a problem if I need to remove it.

There have been some questions from folks about snow. Well I have been on the top squirming around and it is steady as a rock. It doesn’t weight that much and we never get more than an inch of snow down here.
This allowed me to forge comfortably as I could in 100 degree weather. I can also see the colors a lot better to tell the temperature. Welding is a lot easier to now that I can see what I am welding.
shop fan
I had made a real good friend a shop knife and would like to show it. It was made from a Fuller one inch chisel.
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I have been asked by Hammerthumb (friend from Vegas) to make some drawer pulls. This is what I spent half the day working on. They are 3/8 and faceted on the ends with a hammer. I then drilled and taped them 4 -40. He hasn’t approved them yet and I do hope he likes them. If not I will try a different style.
Forged drawer pulls
I do thank each and every one of you for your time reading my blog. Please leave a comment and come again.

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The first post of this broke my website. I had to delete it and re post. Sorry for all the confusion.

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

12 Responses to Shop porch and a few projects

  1. roger says:

    Youda IronMan, IronMan. 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    shop porch is a needed thing down here as the summer heat isnt any thing to be in working with a forge , it looks great keep you dry too you got it going on Dave

    • David Bardin says:

      You know when I was a kid I helped roof house. What was I thinking?
      And at my age the heat stroke can sneak in a little faster.
      Thanks for the comment.
      Please stop by again.

  3. Thomas Tieffenbacher aka?DocSavage45 says:

    Damn you’ve been busy! I was going to ask about snow load. LOL! Have a similar project in mind for outside my Cau Haus. Trees are helping during most of the day.

    Like to see what the drawer pulls will be part of?

    Broke your website. That sucks. 🙂

    • David Bardin says:

      Doc I am not scared of a little snow. Its those spiny things that come up out of the gulf that scare the crap out of me.
      Paul has made a beautiful box I think its cherry for his shop. A mini chest of drawers. He is an accomplished woodworker. Look him up on LJ’s, he goes by Hammerthumb.
      I did and managed to fix it. Why cant things just go as planned?
      I parked my bike under it. Yet another added benefit.

  4. JL7 says:

    Cool stuff Dave….the porch is just a great idea and the price is right!

    Love the drawer pulls..very unique.

    • David Bardin says:

      Thanks Jeff. Now I need to get my act together and merge a wood – forging project. Something nice and my idea. I just cant seem to get caught up. That means I will never get board.

  5. DIYaholic says:

    I can’t see your friend not liking those drawer pulls! They look great!!! You do realize that you will now be inundated with orders for thousands upon thousands or them. Oh yeah, cabinet door handles will need to be added to the “collection”. Good thing ya gotz some shade to work under!!!

    I have got to learn me howz ta weld. There are plenty of times when it would have come in handy. One of these daze….

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you Randy. Its Hammerthumb over on LJ’s.
      I hope so. I have them down pat now. The only part I hate is the drilling and tapping.
      I agree. But I broke my site and had to flounder my way out of it. Thge site is up and working and I am making a good valid back up of it now.
      Shade is GOOD 😉
      Randy start with the little dc inverter from HF. It si small and will handle all small jobs and a lot of medium ones. A great starter. All under a hundred bucks.
      You will. Its a tool and I know you and tools.

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