This set of 26 pictures records the construction of the "Big Metal Shed" a workshop dream
that has just been a wish and a dream up until this point

Getting the Foundation defined November 2009

Another View of the foundation 30 ft wide X 42 ft long with 30 ft X 20 ft parking apron (left front)

The concrete truck with a pump to fill the block centers

Harold's son filling one of the blocks (footer rebar on 4 ft centers through the blocks)

Harold Plues (He is directing foundation construction operations)

Granite base is added and compacted for sub-flooring

Different view of granite sub-flooring

Rebar is bent over to connect walls to top floor concrete pour

Forms are installed to define top concrete pour

Top layer of concrete is poured Monday after Thanksgiving weekend 2009

Some of the sheet metal parts for the building

That's me, working on putting the baseplate attachments down (108 each, "red-head" anchors into the concrete 5" deep)
picture made by Herman Stephan (next door neighbor)

Assembly of arch panel sections.
21 arches consisting of 9 panels in each arch attached together with 12 (1/2") bolts at each overlap
That's just a lot of screwing around (and it's hard on the ole back too)

All of the arches have been assembled and ready to be "stood up"

Darryl (right), Ron (center) and me (left) getting the scaffold and ladders setup to start the "stand-up" for next day.

The first arch is up (a little over a year since the foundation was started)
Each arch is 16 ft to the top of the peak.

Another arch goes up using pull ropes, push boards and brute strength

The last arch attachment was completed 1-1/2 days of start

A side view of the building

We all enjoyed having a cold beer to celebrate the Shop "raising" after the work was done
(left to right)
Darryl Stewart (neighbor and fishing buddy), Steve Storms (long time friend), Jose Salcido (long time friend), Ron Werner (brother-n-law), Cullen (me in knee pads)

Rear end panels added to define rear door

Front panels added to define front door edges

Roll up doors (14 ft wide X 10 ft tall) on each end for summer time ventilation and access

Inside view of rear roll up door, two 2 ft X 9 ft fiberglass skylights let the sunshine into the "shop"
This is probably the cleanest the shop will ever be seen

View of the inside of the front doors
Everything about the building is rated for 150 mph wind loads and 80 lbs/sq ft snow loads
I know where I will be going during the next big storm

The floor now has 2 coats of epoxy, sanded off smooth and then top-coated with a urathane epoxy that is acid proof.