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    Building my Dream

    This thread will chronicle the land clearing and building of my first dedicated woodworking shop. I hope to get the picture links working and convey some of the interesting challenges that have, and will continue to occur. Gotta enjoy the journey as much as the destination...

    This is the only structure on the 50+ acre wooded lot. It is a little to small and out-of-plumb to use as a shop



    I will continue the thread as soon as I can figure out how to make attachments to the photos I uploaded to my familywoodworking album ??

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    Here ya go rick. Everything you need to know about posting pictures on the site.
    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ead.php?t=3082
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    Rick, I see a Bonfire in your future
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    Don, he's talking about linking to pics he's already uploaded to his photo album, not attaching them in the usual way.

    Let's see if this works...



    Yup...it works. Apparently more than the guy in the photo.

    Rick, here's how I did it:

    1. Open one of the pics in your album
    2. Highlight the URL in the Address bar of your browser, then right-click on the highlighted address and select Copy
    3. In the post when you want the picture to appear, click the Insert Image icon (looks like a little picture of a mountain in the toolbar of the text entry box)
    4. In the pop-up window displayed, right-click and select Paste
    5. Click OK and you should be good to go.

    Let me know if you need any other help. If I don't have the answers, I'll make something up that sounds pretty good.
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    I was able to link to a full size photo, but I was hoping to use attachments with the thumbnail size pics. I posted this question in the off topic area.

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    I'll see what I can figure out for that. You may need to upload the pics twice. Once for your album, and another time for the forum posts. (If that's the case, the tutorial Don linked to explains the process.) But before you resort to that, I'll see if I can find a way to do what you're trying to do.
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    Since the lot is heavily wooded, we needed to create some roads

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    Then cut some trees

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    Here is how it looks coming in the driveway to the shop area

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    and with just the stumps left

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    The shop is a 40x70 with a 12 ft overhang on the long side. I had to clear a 10 ft area around the building, so the total cleared site is 72 x 90. That's a lot of trees to cut and haul away !

    Next, will have to dig up the stumps and start leveling the site. There is a good slope here - will have about a 5 ft drop.

    Will post more later.

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    That work will keep you in shape!

    Great start, and I hear you on clearing trees, back in my youth, I helped a buddy finish up a contract he took from the government to clear cut trees for a new highway, I think is was about 200 yards wide 80 KM long (50 miles) but not all of that had trees on it. Everything between the surveyor's tape we cut down. I only did the job for a couple of weeks, as he was getting close to the deadline and needed help, but it was hard work!
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    sounds like yu could have a walk out basement in this ,, which would allow for a wood floor and DC under it ...if its not to late
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    Getting rid of a perfectly good building??? Man, shored up, cleaned up, at least would be a great place for wood storage! Me, I see a shop in that there building!!
    Jon

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