Posted 05-02-2003 at 12:50:06
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I'm trying to strategize on building a pole barn to store tractors and such in. I'm also considering walling off and insulating a section as a "clean" shop area for my electronics lab.
Our land is on a river, and technically in the 100 year flood plain. The site where I plan to build drains reasonably well, but I am planning of bringing in a bunch of large gravel to build the area up, after I get the poles in place. I figure it would be best to drive up into the barn.
I am considering pouring a floating slab in part or all of the barn. I can get a cement truck in for that, or I am considering doing it myself, as I recently acquired a cement mixer. I need to cost it out to see how much of a savings there would be. If I end up with a slab, I may move my metal working machines here, in order to get them out of my wood shop.
Another variable: I recently acquired a Mobile Dimension sawmill! This will cut a dimensioned board from a tree in one pass. I don't really need a sawmill, but I got it for a song at an estate sale. I may decide to sell it after I use it a while and see how much work it is moving logs!
So the obvious thing here is to mill my own lumber. The problem is getting trees, and moving them around.
I have a 1957 Ford 650 tractor with a boom pole. I also have, but have not tried to mount or use, an old Wagner tube front loader for this tractor. I also have a post hole digger, with a 10 or 12 inch auger (which is not really large enough, i know- but the holes can be widened).
More questions- how to set the poles. I wonder if the loader would be up to the task of pulling them vertical? I figure 6x6 pt pine, as i can no longer get utility poles.
I need to determine what the tallest pole is that I'll be able to handle, and weight that into my design. There are several large trees nearby- I thought about climbing up them and attaching block & tackles to assist in setting the poles.
Once poles are figured out, the next issue is trusses, or stick built roof? Or timber frame?
I think trusses are pretty much out of the question unless I get a company to come in with a crane and lift them into position. Also, they waste space in the attic.
I'm thinking that maybe I could hire a company to dig holes and set poles and I do the rest. I've not found such a company yet, though. They all wnat to sell me a completed building for $9k.
I should be able to mill up boards for siding, if nothing else. There are a couple dead poplars on my property, and they apparently do well for siding, as long as they dont stay wet.
Lotsa variables here...any advice welcome.