Saturday, September 19, 2009

Slowly but surely

There is not too much news to report today, but I did manage to cut the four top plates. A good friend stopped by and help oil the finished beams. Now I'm down to rafters and joists.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I'm not sure of the origin of the snake, but it has guarded the dust pile for the duration of the project.
...not well enough though; the cats still prefer it to the litter box.

Lots of planing

Today I made a mountain of wood chips. In the process, I squared and dimensioned the remaining pile of timbers. These will become joists, plates and purlins.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Change of plans

Tonight I was going to spend the night planing, but due to a band practice across the room, I opted for a quieter activity. I spent about four hours cleaning, sharpening and adjusting my tools.

One of these things is not like the others...

This was the second wrong cut so far. I think I'm doing pretty well. I was told a proverb by a German friend: Wo gehobelt wir, da fallen Spane. I found more than one English translation, but this one made the most sense "where wood is chopped, splinters must fall".  As far as I can tell it has come to mean mistakes don't happen when work isn't being done.

In any case, it was nothing that couldn't be fixed with a couple of decking screws. It will be hidden anyway. What did people do before drywall screws and duct tape? Were there fewer mistakes?
The  braces are cut, but I need to find a band saw to scallop the underside. They will look much better with a little bit of a curve to them.