Monday, August 31, 2009

Posts and Ties

With only three solid days of work, I can finally see the raising happening in the near future. The posts and ties are all finished, which contained the most complicated joinery in the frame.
It has been a really enjoyable time, listening to music and audiobooks while making dust. I have had daily visits from the mail lady and UPS man to check on my progress. I also enjoy the baffled looks on the faces of the neighborhood kids as they try to imagine what I'm building.

Every time I sand and oil another piece, I get more excited. The oiled sticks look really great against the oak bunks, which is how they should look with the oak knee braces and floor.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

More Sketchup Models

This is my most recent model showing the siding that I'm going to use  and the actual window that I have. The bay window and door are just stock models, so they will be different on my house.
This should be a fairly accurate representation of the frame, although it is missing purlins.


I had a productive day finally! All of the difficult joinery on the posts is cut. The two internal posts are completely finished, sanded an oiled. It feels really good to have some pieces that are completely done, ready for raising day.
The next step is to cut the brace pockets in the posts and make the braces, ties and plates. After that, I can raise the frame! The rafters and joist can be cut and installed later.