1. Retaining wall to level out an area for a garden.
2. Building a double portaledge from scratch (found some stainless steel marine grade elbows to solve the lack of machine shop issue).
3. 6 more fence posts are rotted off and are on the docket for replacing.
Bad timing for me to contribute to this thread. Picture-wise, that is...
I just finished redoing all wooden parts on our canoe, then made a base/stand for an antique lap desk; the base was made of mahogany and dyed to match the original. For the same client, I made a flame finial for an antique European table.
I also just finished an entire kitchen, although it was painted poplar and birch; yechhh!
I am off to Acadia for a week starting tomorrow, and then I will start an Art Nouveau curio cabinet. I am very excited about that!
Watched a friend build this dingy in New Zealand using the stitch technique, a cardboard model he built as a "template" and in the short time of 6 working days. Kiwis are excellent at jury rigging anything.
You're fully into that New Mexico lifestyle! And they wonder why the
Anasazi died off. They worked themselves to death with that mondo heavy adobe!
If they'd waited they coulda just gone down to Homie Dopie for cheap labor.
Re-doin' the b-room:
The trouble is that when ya only got one bathroom it means=
I'm happy to report the Green Death is gone.
Just finishing up the woodwork...
(You can see the old painted med cab and window trim in first pic)
Gluing the casing to the jamb as the casing is pre-stained and
has 6 coats of varnish (front and back) to protect it from the shower.
Rancho Bizarro West-just finished deck and outdoor shower for our little hideaway in the Santa Cruz Mnts. Luxury to have running hot water, flushing head and all that deck to play on. Can't get too spoiled.
I knew all you people would have some interesting projects going on!
Reilly, nice work pal. Yes, I'm fully into the New Mexico thing. I go into immersion programs no matter where I am. But it will be awhile before I can actually start on my wall I want to build. I have a lot of mud to stir first!!
Guido, awesome hideout bro! Does that cover for all non-boat time?
Most of my spare timer not spent climbing is spent building something or remodeling. Yes I am a bit terrified of power tools, the sort with sharp stuff spinning at thousands of RPM, but that just means I am very very careful when I use them. So far, no injury worse than the occasional whacked finger with the hammer. (I did cut off my toe once when matting a piece of artwork but that doesn't count as building or construction, does it?)
My sister has a 70's era condo and whenever I visit there, there is some project. It's amazing the wierd things people will do to a house, that you find when you remodel. Most of my work there has involved very tedious stripping of layers of hideous wallpaper and tons of wall prep and painting work. Replacing crappy old moulding is always satisfying. The most recent project, a few weeks ago, involved finally stripping out the 35 year old carpet from her bedroom, and rebuilding one of the walls which was almost 1/2 inch out from the electric outlets. Turns out the former owner had put some hideous 1/4 inch faux wood paneling on that wall, which he then covered over at some point with not one, but two layers of different plasticized contact paper, which was finally overpainted. It was very satisfying to gut that and turn it back into a normal wall with electrical outlets you could actually use.
thanks again, eKat, but i'm getting even with you on the reflections thread.
phylp, sounds like you love your sister way beyond the call of duty.
yea, survival, that chinese elm was a discovery. i have to thank a windstorm that knocked a branch off. if you've got some fresh deadwood, i'd be happy to tell you how i dealt with it.
i heard that the american elm is one of the most expensive hardwoods. its chinese relative has this wonderful luster. i hate to put any varnish on it, because it isn't quite so pretty as when it's just freshly sanded.
the organs is where i got into rockclimbing--27 peaks of red granite and 1 of white. most of it is trad and requires at least an hour's approach. i befriended dick ingraham, the fellow who developed the whole range--a great mentor.
This was a pole house we built back in 1978, 32 years ago. It was nearly 3,000 sq feet. It was for an English Silicon Valley executive who was also quite an impressive photographer and who along with his wife had done a great deal of bluewater sailing, living on their gaff-headed yacht for years before they settled down on land. They were friends of Joe McKeown actually; that is how I met them. Interestingly, my main co-worker on this project was Russ McLean with whom I did actually quite a lot of building over the years in different periods of our respective lives. This project was particularly tough for a variety of reasons. We had started in Fall and that winter was particularly wet; access to the site was at times only possible by glissading down the all-too-steep driveway which was at that point only heavy clay. The inexperienced but exuberant designer friend of mind had set the truss plan to require really precise line-up of the pole tops which after 40 feet was somewhat bitchy and of course they varied greatly in diameter at that! And the trusses had to built in the air.
Here is a recent project--- 2008/9. The scope involved the entire interior of a smaller 1950‘s house in Palo Alto as well as an extensive trellis structure outside. The home had not seen any work for more than 50 years...ugh. The client felt he needed to remain living in the house the whole period of construction though this meant incredible cost to him, keeping the work elements small enough the home still worked all the time. Anyway rough photos shot without any staging or primping. We were working with a Bougainvillea pallette also. It was really a wonderful home in the end.
Our very own David Wilson---builder and architect--- has been busy over the last 20 years or so, Pilgrims. Today in the Chronicle, one of his many interesting projects showed up; it's in Stinson Beach. He also built Galen Rowell's house in the Oakland Hills, btw.
Hey Survival- those are some wide thin'Dobes !? I made a more "brick' size 6x10x4 so i could lift them ! I'll get some pix of our cordwood/strawbale/ timber place that is almost done.
Adobe floors are WAY to much work but cool
Ok one and all here's what we're building down under the bridge. The new wippy pocket area is shaping up.
There will be a bank and like a flat top roll over. Check out the jersy barrier ride in the back we built about 3 months ago.
So if you haven't been following the progress of Marginal Way skatepark in Seattle, Planet Earth has just released a 6 part series on the creation of MW. Very professional. Thake a look here's the link.
Hardly Visible--your place is looking great! Nice work, as always.
I just finished this entry door for my partner's new music studio. Made it out of maple planks milled from our property, and added a few personal touches like the sun/moon glass and some purpleheart trim--the "tree" represents one of her favorites here which is reminds us of a bonsai and stands alone in a field alongside Hwy 101 near Blyn, WA.
Really wonderful posts from everyone... great cross-pollination of visions and ideas. There's nothing better than creating something (well, OK, there's climbing, skiing, etc.). Thanks....
I might add that the only reason I'm posting right now is that it's extremely hot here (high 90's, and 50%+ humidity)... I have a lot to do, but can only do it in the morning and evening, working outside in the sun.
Here's some random recent.
Small house kitchen- before, during, after
(Not quite after- glass tile backsplash not installed yet)
Recent new house
This was a tear-down and build new. After the tear-down, no dumpster for entire project. Sheetrockers hauled their own scrap, free bin for wood scrap- firewood and reuse, recycle, and a few van loads to dump.
Just finishing this one- after pic later
Fence boards reused from a garage that I took down.
Fish pond from cut-down water tank.
The following is a compilation of 30 years of work on our place in Santa Cruz. We sold the property 4 years ago when we moved to New Zealand, but the memories are still vivid and wonderful. Many many friends worked with us over the years: Hennek, Haan, Bard brothers, Harper, Tom Carter, Rick Barker, Russ the McClinsky McLean, Joe Faint, Bobbo Locke..........................
Have had a difficult time loading these photos so I added the old promo brochure that we put together-LOL with the copy!
All the structures are built in the traditional pole and beam style of construction.
It has been awhile since we built "shelter" except in volunteer housing projects. Even now in a down economy, we build tend to build house size art projects. Times have changed from living NPS housing and a VW van.
Yikes - this attempt is my first time trying to do photos on Super Topo - hope it works.
Not what, but the house I just started will be the first SCIP system home built in Denver. Structural Concrete Insulated Panel,
250 mile wind load, 8.3 earthquake and R40.
The cost came in less than stick framing, 5/8 drywall and stucco exterior.
Also installing the first Amasond geo exchange system in the US,,, Fun times
Earthquake for me is not such a big deal; unless we have a good shake then most of Denver will drop. R value is the big deal the rest is a bonus including the cost savings paid for the Geo exchange system.
Figure 50 to 70% reduction in heating cost. Electricity and oil are so cheap right?
This is a window cut out I was doing in Colorado. The problem was the guy who set the home left all the lags in the window area! I was sharpening my saw about 10 times a day and went through 5 chains before the homeowner bought a Metal Detector!
I was living in Idaho Falls, ID at the time and working out of the big city of Rigby! I was working for Yellowstone Log Homes and we built the house and shipped it down on faltbeds 5 or 6 if I remember correctly! Our former dipstick assistant foreman set it with ALL the lags in the window and door openings and chainsaws don't like to cut steel, it was a disaster!Then I was sent down to cut out the doors and windows with a Stihl 760 36" bar, big logs! I spent two weeks in a hotel room in Canon City Colorado!
The guy set up a Trust since he is a cancer surviver and the 9300 square foot home with therapeutic swimming pool and elevator will be donated to the Cancer Foundation and he paid taxes and utilities for 50 years in the Trust!
Glad you're enjoying spending time using the sailboat. The designer of my boat refers to many folks as boat rubbers. They'd rather rub their finish than use their boats.
I'm getting old enough to fully appreciate that addage, I'd rather use stuff than dink around with it. Speaking of which, in the vein of rebuilding stuff my wifes car needs a new front wheel bearing. As the vehicle is AWD it's a bit more involved than a typical bearing replacement, and will keep me busy for the better part of a day this weekend.
These past few weeks, I've been helping a friend with his re-model by doing the electrical wiring. It began with moving the entire electrical panel for this 5-bedroom house from the upstairs kitchen down into the basement. It's not very artsy work, but it's kinda fun since most folks are intimidated by electric juice. And most of the work gets covered up, so it's not always appreciated...
Thanks one and all for posting on this thread and especially to Survival who started it...
Have any of you ever built a kid's sandbox?
If so, did you build a top? Beta is if you don't you end up with a giant litter box.
If you built a top, how did you do it, and did it prove to be practical - I mean, both effective and easy to take on and off?
Working on a 6'7" round-tail fish inspired by the Rusty 'Dwart' on the back cover of the most recent Surfer's Journal, without the wings. And it's bigger. This was built from an original Clark Foam 6'9" A blank purchased two weeks before 'Black Monday', or whatever day that was that Clark packed it in. And that's not me in the picture. That's 'Action Boy', my 8 year-old.
I'll try to post up a more recent image or two. It's only waiting for the gloss coat, but the temps are near 100 deg F right now and gloss resin does not like hot temps and I have no time to sand a bad gloss coat off and re-do. Going to the beach for two weeks, six days from now. And I have a very busy work week coming up.
Wednesday, I start on my first BIG project as a GC. Two bathrooms remodeled, an addition, a kitchen remodel, a structural wall removed, and a three season deck to be built, amongst other small projects.
Jo, Sammie is no ordinary deermouse. You'd love her especially since she hails from Cascade Falls. Born beneath Knob Job and raised in the Trough of Justice. We got her outa there before she became a Crimson Cringe. LOL!
i have a giant hole in my roof where i was attacked by an ornery oak...autumn is approaching and the squirrels are moving in.. but i put that aside and build this little guardian gnome throne over my two sleeping beauties.
i figgur he'll protect them from any other tree attacks.
the gaps in the wall are there if you want them to be.
passing thru our space, the beyond comes and goes according to it's own whims.
all of mine barriers have cracks and breaches, for a respiring soul shuns expiration.
im losing my cone ect ivity in 2 days and i've been wanting to scan / share this journey...
10 months, 12 hours a day, 6-7 days a week, me an my hammer (which i stole from my wife who purchased it in a san franciso hardware store so's she could hang a picture of her and i with no distance between our lips.)
...a whole lot of learning,
and more personal digging than i've ever known:
i hand dug my foundation cause i don't need no stinkeen tractors and anyway i've tractor in my bloodline.
that's my pops. i've all the respect in the world for him.
hand dug the shitter, as we all should to have.
we have a stage and feet that yearn.
let us dance?
...gives whole new meaning to the term 'wall hauler', which i dutifully employed with a 2:1 reduction and NO f*#king manpower save my riches.
the divisions are beginning to take form, im building a cage system promoting privacy though stymying the fluid dynamics of the home.
40' long 4x16 ridge beam no hydraulics necessary. just a high lift jack, a wall hauler, and more pulley reductions.
go away sky.
i pre-fabricated my eave soffits on the ground, then hauled them up in one piece, installed with some arduous overhanging screwing.
elements be damned
Being up on the ladder is the worst part. I would feel more comfortable 2000 ft. off the deck on El Cap.
At least I wouldn't have skateboarders, bicyclists, and pedestrians waltzing under my ladder. Totally unaware as they walk around the caution tape I set up.
Sorry, but flicker has totally screw up how to copy & paste photos.
anyways Thanks Steve & Mimi & Kat
We add the outside circle and 4 arched doorways that can be skated over. Looks like some kind of sacred circle or a landing pad for the mother ship. Stay tuned.
"where was the high water mark for the 1976 flood?"
The Big Thomson flood came down the north fork of the river below Glen Haven, which flows into the main branch of the river at Drake. That's about 8 miles down river from me. All the death and destruction of the flood occurred from Drake and below. The upper main branch where I live didn't flood at all. My house was built in 1968 and the detached garage -- the orginal summer cabin on the property was built in the 30's. Still going strong.
Someday I'm going to build a treehouse on the upper end of my lot. You can see the Diamond from there. It's also about 200 feet above the river.
Fun and inspiring looking at what you are building.
Short story The company I ordered the foam shot crete work from can not deliver.
It took some time but the last order of material arrives friday and I will start building the panels to build the first SCIP house in Denver.
It may take some imagination to see a house out of the loads of foam and wire that will withstand an 8.3 earthquakes and 250 mile an hour winds.
Probably never be put to the test in Denver but the R40 walls and R80 roof will do just fine.
There is no artistry in my construction, nor is it epic in scale or wondrous to behold. On the other hand, it allows me to make epic beer. And that is worth something.
This is a 2 x 2 x 3 ft box, lined with some kind of Owens Corning insulation. It sits in my cold basement, and inside it my little tiny yeasts live at exactly the temperature they like (and different yeasts like different temperatures). The heating power is pretty sophisticated (a 40-watt bulb in a $2.95 base), as is the system I devised to ensure that the temp is the same in every part of the box (a $5 computer fan duct-taped into a 2-foot length of pvc tubing).
It looks like a reject from a fifth-grade woodworking competition, but it will maintain the temp of fifteen gallons of beer within 1 degree, indefinitely, while consuming almost no power. The only thing more sophisticated than bits of wood and styro is the controller. But even that is not exactly space-age technology.
And, like I said, you all may be orders of magnitude ahead of me in terms of your sophistication at building houses, and decks, and skateparks, but when you're done with the day's labor, I'm the guy that can offer you a beer.
I am going on what the Denver building Department said as for first in City of Denver not metro. hmm they could be wrong.
I know of a few in metro Denver, Lakewood & Avarada. Who designed yours and what system is yours? K, W,
Tri D, Green Sandwich, Met rock to name a few. I am sure you know the difference from sip to scip some do not.
Ed, beautiful wall! When I lived in NH I once watched two guys in their 80's build what would become a 10'x150' drylaid wall with big rocks. They used two backhoes, one with a very small bucket and the other with a medium one. It was like watching a tango they were so smooth and in sync. Seemed like they were reading each other's minds as I didn't see them talk and I'm pretty sure they couldn't hear each other even if they tried to.
at some point it is meditative, and working together with someone happens in a lot of silence as you are selecting rock for a particular section... I have a very good three-dimensional visualization going so I can somehow choose the right rock... and also judge rock weight, that got me into a little trouble with Debbie. She was going to lift a rock and I said, abruptly with no diplomacy at all "don't lift that rock, it's too heavy" and she gave me a wilting stare, hefted the rock up about 6", put it down and went in the house. The lack of sensitivity on my part cost me my rock laying partner for a month or so as she recovered from a pulled lower back...
...you've got to leave your ego behind to do this sort of work or else you just destroy your body. The rock was "hand loaded" but those guys at the quarry were doing this all summer, all day, and got stronger and stronger... at least faster than I did only working on the weekends. By the end of summer some of those "hand loaded" stones were pretty damn large.
Stephanie reminded me that we rolled some of the larger rocks for the foundation on logs, like the Egyptians... rigging is an ancient technique, little is new I think, except that we have machines that take the place of lots of people. Amazing what can be accomplished, though, by people, just laying a stone atop another.
HellYeah, I would sure like to see how you framed this, was it dimensional lumber? I married a 30 degree to a 40 degree with a "pie" shaped piece, which is cool but it took me and my guitar maker friend to figure out the how.
I used to build museum quality furniture and cabinetry,now I replace toilet seals and broken tiles to pay my mortgage.
Life is an interesting event isn't it? Life is what happens while your planning something else.........I can show you pictures of sleigh bed couches, Lathe turn pillars on $15k tables, but it doesn't matter anymore does it? That game is over and we need to diversify our skill set and recreate a Job for ourselves........,
We have a 1927 California bungalow. I'd rather not admit how long we've
lived with the bookshelves which flank the Batchelder tiled fireplace.
You've heard about the cobbler's children, right?
Suffice it to say that this lovely faux antique job wasn't original. One
bonus for my long-suffering wife to the collapse of the economy has been a
little more time for me to chip away at the honeydo list. Hence, the Big
Hammer came out!
Here's a close-up of the creative 'wood graining' applied to the plaster
between the shelves! SUWEEET!
Here's the loverly fireplace sans mantle. Just under the right hand wire
I finally found the treasure I've long sought while remodeling many houses.
I found this photo, about 2" x 3", which looks older than the 60's to 70's
era faux antiqueing. I think she looks like a 20's or 30's little girl and
the photo is, obviously, quite deteriorated. It must have slipped between
the back of the mantle and the wall although it was fit pretty tightly.
I was rather hoping for something a little more lucrative but it was still a fun find. A MYSTERY!
There is a lot of fun stuff on this thread. I've been enjoying it so I thought I would do my part to keep it rolling.
My family has a log cabin built in the late 50s from a kit. It is starting to show its age. I knew there was a little rot in one of the corners and thought I could just replace a couple of logs but it didn't work out that way. Wendy ended up documenting the whole thing.
More than just a few logs were rotten.
I decided to cut out the whole corner...
and cap it with a vertical post.
Here’s a pic of the drawing of the planned post section.
A few pics of making the post.
The post in place temporarily...
with some help from the car jack.
Part two, skinning the wall, still to come.
Part two of fixing the cabin corner.
The right wall had a lot of rot so we decided to skin it with siding that looked like logs.
It was starting to rain so we put up the tarp. My brother, Turtle, friend Alice and I spent the day working on it.
Here they’ve foamed and caulked the wall.
Then we put up tarpaper and vertical strips of wood.
Then we ran the siding.
Can't even have the stuff in the same room with me.
Yeah, I don't seem to have any sensitivity to any of the tropical woods.
The worst for me is when I was teaching and had to work with alot of Eastern white pine. Maybe because of the resinous nature, or because of the sheer volume that I used to work with in my early days, but it can make me sneeze occasionally. Of course it helps that most of my work produces shavings rather than dust by the nature of the tools and techniques employed.
I had a student once who I gave a small piece of Honduran mahogany to for a tiny box with lid. He ended up breaking out in hives.
Personally, I have done whole rooms in the stuff with 10' tall raised panel walls that required a week straight at the shaper. Even with dust collection I would be so covered in dust at the end of the day that I could write on my bare arms in the dust and blow heinous goo out of my nose. It turned the shower floor red for a while. Still, no reaction.
Quite a few softwoods and hardwoods are toxic to one degree or another and varying in how individuals react to them. The Dalbergia spp (so-called rosewoods) are for sure pretty nasty but many others are too. Another is the pterocarpus spp such as African Padauk. I remember when a whole cabinet shop crew was hospitalized here in the Bay Area back in the eighties with pulmonary edema from working a padauk project, according to my Higgins LBR rep back then. And some woods will develop hypersensitivity in subjects also, workers becoming more and more responsive to the toxins. Perhaps one of the least recognized problems is plicosis and sequiosis, from Western Red Cedar and Redwood respectively. There is quite a bit online about it if anyone is interested; it centers around sawmills with men exposed over long periods of time. Of course this comment is apart from the separate issue of wood dust in general and the assorted efficacies of particle sizes vis a vis lung tissue.
I developed an allergy to Port Orford Cedar and Yellow Cedar (really a Cyprus) and can no longer work with them in any situation where we are milling. Insane how much milling we did back then without any respirators or vacuum systems.
The basic building blocks of wood (cellulose, lignin, polyoses), aren’t hard on the respiratory system as far as chemistry is concerned. What is a problem for our bodies and usually other animals/pets is certain toxins that some woods possess along with a very separate issue of certain particle size ranges of ANY wood. The size issue relates on a mechanical level to the foreign matter being able to involve itself with lung and mucous tissues adversely and certain sizes harder to expel than other sizes. Apparently there is a mid-range that is the nastiest. This may be “organic dust toxic syndrome”. And unsurprisingly what makes wood exactly toxic to us often seems correlated to that wood being highly resistant to insect and fungal attack.
But back to the main point and for instance, often the “sweet floral quality” of rosewood at first seems fabulous while huddled over it with tools and machines. . However as the hours and days mount up, usually that smell becomes a huge issue in the workplace. Soon everyone there is absolutely hating that smell and feels that it is now a giant irritant. And this situation develops even with good dust collection as we are there dealing with chemicals which are now aerosol. So other common aromas that start out fun but become horrid within hours are from: Western Red Cedar, Port Orford Cedar, Tennessee Red Aromatic Cedar--- actually ALL of the Cedars; Spruce; Redwood; Teak; all the Cypresses; Douglas Fir; Teak; “African Teak”/Iroko, the Walnuts; Anegre; the Ebonies; All the Rosewoods especially Cocobolo; Mansonia.
And woods that you can work with day and day out and not become hypersentized to are ones like Birch, Maple, Cherry, the Pines, Pecan/Hickory; Basswood; Balsa; and so on. The Oaks (red and white spp) are kind of borderline for most and often are mildly irritating. The Pines can also tip the scales to annoying also.
Interestingly there are a few woods that actually outright stink. Australian Walnut is the worst I have experienced; it smells like cat sh*t or worse.
In sum, toxicity is not only shared by many hardwoods but is also a problem in many softwoods. And part of the mechanism is ever increasing hypersensitivity during exposure. There is also some evidence of nasal cancers among species and uses.
Products derived from woods such as Cedar Oil and Pine Oil as well as their chips and shavings are also effective in knocking out insects, nematodes. It turns out that the livers of many pets actually cannot “do” these substances. Even horses will sometimes break out in papules all over their bodies or in contact areas as a result of exposure to cedar or redwood bedding.
And lastly, one other problem encountered is the presence of moulds in damper climate sawmills and related facilities. Another large discussion obviously.
Good reading (inc references) on effects of wood on human physiology:
Quizz time - guess what this is (answer to follow)
Give up? OK, it is a full scale mockup of a stainless steel escutcheon for a thermometer to be mounted on a BBQ hood. It will be spray-painted to look like stainless for a marketing presentation.
The guitar: I was mistaken in saying that it was made entirely in my shop. The top and coverplate openings were done on laser cutters, which leave no burr. I mostly work in brass, and cut those same patterns here on a milling machine. In stainless the edge tools leave me with a monumental deburring job, something I can do without.
week #3 of cj3a ownership, i feel like i've gotten allot done. rebuilt the ross box and the rest of the steering, changed all of the fluids, fixed the clutch linkage, sanded, repaired and primed the body, repainted the wheelwells, headers and bumpers and got it a temp tag, so its gotten a dozen or so short drives around town. next up is adding some harnesses, taking care of an oil leek and other minor stuff with the 225 and then getting it up to the hills before the weather turns.
No Fuz, although somewhat similar in appearance, it was much more unusual: it was Pernambuco. Pernambuco is and has been for 250 years the preferred wood for violin and similar bows. It was an inappropriate use of the species obviously but for some reason it was actually cheap and served the purpose. http://www.ipci-usa.org/
Hard as hell while not brittle at all and capable of maintaining bending loads consistently without stress failure. Deep red to almost purple-red, incredibly fine-grained diffuse-porous. It came from Macbeath Hardwoods from whom I still buy most of my hardwood, now 38 years later. It seemed not to be quite as toxic as Cocobolo although we weren't working with it for very long.
Looking back over the last 40 years of woodworking, I am just amazed to remember all the nasty species we did work with without adequate (or any) protection. I remember resawing Western Red Cedar for about a month without dust collection while we moved my company from Soquel to Santa Cruz and had to keep up production for a big job that needed that material immediately. Another time, someone brought in a giant Cocobolo cant (large slab from a log) that he wanted resawn into guitar sides and there we were sawing away without respirators, without dust collection in my very first shop back in 1974. StOOpid. We also had a client that would bring in Monterey Cypress cants regularly that we would remanufacture to 1/4" paneling for him; the whole crew just hated it, it was so irritating and would go on for many hours. The mere whiff of it became repulsive to us in short order. We had collection but the chemistry permeated the entire air volume in the plant. Like most wood aromas in commercial woodworking, they start out fabulous and become within an hour disgusting and aggressive.
5.38" Diameter x 8' rocket with home brewed propellant [81% solids loading]. Total Newton-Seconds is approximately 3800, all burned in 2.2 seconds. Flew last week in Maryland to 7176' AGL with full recovery. Gonna make more propellant this weekend.
Anybody remember Kelly McDonald and Dave Judaci(sic) two El Cerrito boys and Yosem climbers that ended up with a front cover spread in Life Magazine and a visit to the Ed Sullivan, "really good show", around 1962? The lads launched a rocket that surprised even the military rocketheads of that era. Believe Kelly went into medicine.
426 says: would love to see a TR on that guitar there, John...
I may get around to doing that sometime, but I find it hard to stop and take photos. But for now ... I put a bunch of stuff from past jobs out on the bench. Here goes, I'll splain the photos for you:
This is the underside of the top of a guitar like the one in the previous photos. The flat piece has had the grills recessed, the edge turned down, and a tray (spun brass) soldered behind the circular recess. I make the perimeter of the guitar from one piece, which is then held within a wooden form while the top and back are inserted and soldered.
Here is a punch and die set I made to recess the grills. From L to R you'll see the 2 blocks used to press the 2 punches; the clamp plate (to keep the metal from creasing when pressed); the die; the L and R punches; a brass test piece. The punches are doweled with the die, and the clamp plate, die and test piece are all doweled with the same pattern.
This is the assembled punch/die set.
These instruments use an amplification scheme invented in the 1920's, which was really stolen from the idea for the "reproducers" in the old Victrola wind-up record and cylinder players. A thin aluminum cone is excited by the string vibrations, much the way a speaker cone is driven by an electromagnet. The cones are spun on a lathe. Here you see several cone sizes. Four of them are next to the forms used to spin them. The embossed spirals are added afterward to stiffen the cones.
My instruments use the original National designs: the single cone models have one large cone, the tricone models use 3 small cones and a T-shaped piece to distribute the downward pressure of the strings. Here are the cone assemblies for 2 sizes of tricone. A dispute amongst the original partners at National led to an acrimonious split. The defectors came up with the Dobro style, which was different to avoid infringement. Dobros have a sort of volcano-shaped cone supporting a lattice gizmo. I don't make those.
Here is a tricone which uses the smaller set. On the left is the brass tray which is soldered beneath the triangular opening, and a coverplate similar to what is on the finished guitar (which is nickel plated). Lower right is another die set: this one is used to form the S-curve in the tailpiece, which anchors the string ends.
I have made a variety of fretted instruments over the years. Here is a concert ukulele before assembly:
Here are the photos of the deck. I am changing my name to Art for sure now.
This is a true work of Art.
The pattern runs with all the lines fanning out from the house. I told the home owner that it would be like the rays of the sun. It sure makes me wet.
I love this kinda stuff.
Not done yet. More to come. The handrail is going to be off the hook. Custom wrought iron.
noice! i'm going to need to dive in and learn hows those things work myself. despite having intimate knowledge of computerized fuel injection, i've never owned a carb, and have never messed with one, till now... the willys has a buick 225 with a carb, and right now its running fine so i haven't touched it, but over the winter the motor will get pulled and i'll go through it top to bottom.
i dig seeing all of the wood work, but its nice to see somebody else turning wrenches.
thus far i've been mostly focused on cleanup, minor fixup and body work. got the interior repainted, trying to decide on what color blue for the body.
I have failed to reach the top of three walls. Along the way I came to see that the hauling was a lot of work. Who knew! In a supertaco thread many years ago big wall veterans said a 4” pulley would be better than the Protraction’s 2 3/8” so I decided to try it out. The four inch CMI pulley I bought is rated to 16,000 lbs! Maybe a little overkill there. When I showed it around to local bigwall people they all said it was just too heavy. I thought this was pretty amusing since you are hauling 100 lbs or more and an extra pound is no big deal if it really helps do the job. So does it really do the job? I made a three bolt anchor on my 14 foot crack wall and compared hauling a 70lb. load with the Protraction and the 4” pulley with a Petzl basic ascender. The four inch pulley works a lot better.
Of course there is no reason not to go as light as possible. I decided to lighten the pulley by removing metal from the sheaves on either side.
My son, Peter, who is a mechanical engineer offered to run calcs for me to make sure the reduced sheaves would still be strong and, therefore, safe enough.
Here’s the calcs. I’m putting all three ways he ran the program so that those of you who do this stuff can see it.
The red parts are actually a function of the way the program is written so the simulations show the pulley will be fine. This is no surprise really because one has only to compare the carabiner holes on the pulley to the protraction carabiner holes to see you don’t need that much metal to support hauling.
Here are a few pics of cutting down the first sheaf. I still have the second side to go.
Have a great Thanksgiving y'all!
Our upstairs bathroom has always been a sore spot as it had no shower, only a tub that didn't drain, and so we have never bathed in it during the entire 17 years that we have lived here. Our one and only shower was downstairs, located off the kitchen. Not ideal, but it worked for the whole time we raised our family here. My daughter is now graduated college and teaching math in Connecticut, and my son is a sophomore at U Mass Amherst.
We had no reason to remedy the shower situation now with both of them out of the house, but there was that crack in the ceiling...
The entry to the room was halfway blocked with a poorly placed sink.
The tub was inside the door and to the right, taking up precious space and collecting dust.
Left of the tub was wall space that was only useful for hanging pictures. Here you can see the crack in the ceiling that started this whole mess.
My wife is a sly one, and I suspect she knew full well what would happen next. I went in to fix the crack and 6 hours later the room was gutted back through the horsehair plaster and lathe to the old posts and beams.
It took me two weeks of working in the smallish space to re-plumb, re-wire, add insulation, sheetrock, flooring, a 48" shower stall, a pedestal sink, repaint, and re-accessorize, but finally we have a new favorite place to wash away the day.
The new entrance to the room. The toilet was the only fixture that we re-used.
The right, back corner where the tub used to reside.
And finally the left, back corner, which is the same view that showed the cracked ceiling in the photo above.
Man, there are some craftsmen on this site! Nice work people!
Here is my humble addition. Finally the kids will have a place to play now that it gets dark at 4pm and it's wet outside most days. It has darts, ping pong, basket ball hoop (PIG anyone?), climbing wall, and a dry erase board :) for my 2.5 year old. So far it's a hit.
I just finished this today for a dear friend who facilitates Native American healing circles and sacred fires. The rattle is made of turtle shell with a deer bone handle and decorated with coyote fur, deer tail, leather, wood and bone beads, and partridge, blue jay, and woodpecker feathers (all found.) The inside contains dried corn from a sacred place, small stones that were collected from the roots of an upturned pine, and the beak and jaw bones of a songbird whose body I found in a field and buried. May the small bird continue to sing in ceremony!
A few months ago I had noticed that my friend was missing the eagle fetish that she placed in the direction of the East at her healing circles. During a visit to a sacred "grandfather" tree that she had shown me, I noticed a fallen branch on the ground and asked the tree's permission to use it. With permission granted, I sculpted the pine wood into an eagle and presented it to her, coincidentally (and unknown to me) on her birthday.
Later she found the original stone eagle fetish, and gifted that one during a pow wow to a friend who is a healer. Her friend, it turned out, was looking for an eagle fetish to use in her work and my small gift ripples out to the greater good.
THE PEACE TREE
Great branches of the White Pine shaded the ground below as Woodpecker gave the Peace Tree a good cleaning. Woodpecker was eating the little insects that had come to feast on the inner bark. It felt good to be cleansed of the creepy-crawlers that had gotten underneath the Peace Trees skin. From time to time, it was necessary for White Pine to call on Woodpecker to perform this act of service. Even the Peace tree had experiences that were a bother.
Woodpecker found joy in eating the juicy bugs that had plagued his friend, White Pine. He realized that his mission of service was to protect the peace by ridding White Pine, who was the peacekeeper of the forest, of unwanted distractions. To this day the feathers of Flicker, the Woodpecker, are highly prized for the strength of their cleansing of negativity and for their protection.
Storyteller, the Clan Mother of the Sixth Moon Cycle, shows us that anything we allow to get under our skin detracts from our ability to find inner peace. The judgmental words of others can reflect our need for outside approval. We can protect ourselves from the unjust opinions of others through cleansing the negativity, adjusting our focus, and allowing the Peace Tree to be our teacher. Is something bothering you that should be cleansed in order for you to rediscover and to protect your inner peace?
FWI, Chris and Maureen and their kids will be down from Alaska for Christmas. It's been several years since we have all been together and am looking forward to it. It's not like the old days when i could cruise up to June and crash at their place.
The company that was to supply the panels and complete the erection folded.
So I set up my own shop to build SCIP panels.
Shot/Blast crete is applied after the panels are set.
The system is R40 walls, R80 roof, 250 mile wind load, 8.3 earth quake, and 4 hr fire rating with a heating and cooling savings of 70%
With all the set backs having to find the materials, tools, warehouse, teach crews to build the panels ……..so on I am looking forward to the next house as the learning curve has been steep. No SCIP home building guide for Dummies…….
I saw a vid of a SCIP wall that took a four pound hit with C4. The wall was not breached tuff stuff ..stucco or EIFS on alien steroids
Beautiful projects! Some of you have inspired me to plan my mountain cabin in new and interesting ways. If the wife will go for it!
Here's a little change of pace from the amazing woodwork...
My 1974 Dart Swinger. My Grandfather bought it brand new off the lot in 73/74 and it only had 40,000 original miles. Unfortunately it sat outside its entire life and was in really bad shape.
Here's where it started:
Here's where it ended up:
And pretty much finished it this September but I still have a few little details to take care of. Too bad I've reached the limit of my talent and my money at exactly the same time.
You must NOT have young kids! LOL Seriuosly beautiful finish on those cabinets!
This thread just keeps gettin better, eh Skully!!??
I have to refinish this bed for my daughter, it was her mothers bed and grandma's bed. Grandma is 80 now, so it an old bed. They painted it with an awful off-white antique paint when my wife was a little girl. It has knott been easy getting that paint off. Soaked it for five days! People used to be shorter so I have to rebuild the side rails they are 73" and the new mattress is 75'! I bought 14' of 5 1/4 x 6" Hemlock should be interesting working out the details! P.P.S. I couldn't find my board stretcher!! LOL
I am almost finished with this interesting home in South Lake Tahoe. It is the second one we have done with this wall system called Tridi-panels, kind of an inside out ICF. A local engineer ran some tests on various other wall systems and found this to be the most energy efficient wall he has encountered. It is made from recycled polystyrene, steel mesh and then coated with 1.5" of concrete on each side elminating the need for sheetrock or siding on those areas. This house was modeled for maximum passive solar gain in winter and of course the opposite in summer. If you're curious I can share more details, just shoot me an email. Cheers! Cory
The Round Table Gym & Pub-
My climbing cave is now complete.
This burmese hardwood table was brought back from WWII by my dad's buddy (RIP Tag!) in 1945, who coincidentally also helped teach me to fish and took me on my first backpacking trip with my dad when I was 10 yrs old.
The room is 12'x24' and sports over 300 holds and a roof section that follows a 6/12 pitch up to 12' high.
I'm not a carpenter... just an English teach, but I did it all myself, including plumbing and electrical (with help from a buddy!).
Craggy....Marble is soft. It soaks things up. If ya like stains, go for marble. I'd rather wait until we do a nice granite one. We do one most every day, but I was waiting on a really nice one, just to keep up with the Artists, don't cha know.
Thanks! The red one is pretty trick; if you notice no levers on the handle bars it has all internal controls. A twist grip for the clutch on the left hand side and the front and rear brakes run off the rear foot peddle thru a proportioning value to give it that real clean look. Gotta do something in the winter. I think I’m going to show it this next month in Denver. And hopefully sell it.
put a new roof on an old step van. the previous owner had bolted a catwalk on top of the roof and it was rusting through and damaging the interior. with the help of my father-in-law, i pulled the catwalk off and installed a new skin to the roof. i had never done any sheet metal work before. one large piece of sheet aluminum and 300+ rivets later, the roof is ready to rock for many years. riveting stuff!
I like the glulam swap. My last project had me installing doors where there used to be windows, in balloon frame walls. It takes quite a bit of bracing and cribbing to keep that house from coming down(or cracking the horsehair plaster).
How long did that whole job take?
I noticed the soffit vents; there are a lot of them. Do they go all the way around the new addition? Are they necessary because there is an open beam ceiling and therefore no attic space? I have a little cabin and we plan to finish the upstairs attic into a bedroom, I wonder if I also need extensive venting.
Thanks in advance.
On second look I see there is not an open beam ceiling in the new room. But there is a finished upstairs space, which is similar to my plan.
I gave my family money that was earmarked for a stay in Vegas, since the hotels didn't do gift cards. I wanted to do something a little more personalized than cash, so I tucked it inside of a paper Parthenon, a paper Chinese temple, and a paper Eiffel Tower (not shown) with hotel logos on them. I actually flew across the country with them. I can't believe they survived mostly intact.
Alas, I couldn't get all the little paper columns on the Parthenon to stand up straight and even. It was one of those projects that sounded cute until I realized I was probably 20 hours in and they were looking kinda rough.
I'm finally getting around to building a good lap counter for our little 4-lane HO slot car track. I had enough spare parts to build this prototype and I'm in the process of ordering more parts for the other 3 lanes. It's built around a Microchip PIC16F88 microcontroller. It uses an IR emitter @ 940nm and a matched 940nm IR photo-transistor as the switch to signal a car pass. The rest of the parts are on the schematic. If anyone wants the schematic file [.sch] which works with ExpressPCB or the really well documented assembly code [.asm] I'll be happy to send it out.
So I'm walking by this building site in Ushuaia and I hear this sound
that I know I've heard before but it took me a few seconds before I
realized it was the sound of a guy using a hand saw!
Now that's being a green builder!
I'm in the middle of a small remodeling project that I'm doing for my dear friend(and hairdresser) Jeffery. He's been living in the same apt. for 20 years and the kitchen has had no updating of any kind in all that time.
It's a small area but there has been a lot of work. The walls and ceiling and hall moulding were all painted a semi-gloss in an awful color that looked like cafe-au-lait. I started by washing and priming everything, and then repainting the ceiling in a clean white and the walls in a soft bluish-grey, in a pearl finish.
The next step was to do something with the awful old cheap cabinets. The hinges were copper-coated steel 3/8" offset surface mount in a style I described as "Moorish". The cabinets themselves were plywoood with a thin veneer.
He hated the hinges but it was too expensive and/or too much work to replace them with something more contemporary. But luckily he has a friend who owns a plating shop, so he clipped the pointy ends off, rounded them down, bead-blasted the lacquer off, and had his friend put them in the nickel tank. They came out with a finish that went very nicely with some new stainless steel pulls. The cabinets we revitalized with more paint work: saning, priming, and 2 coats os a nice semi-gloss in a BM color called "gray Tint".
We're only half way done. Still have the bottom cabinets to do, but that will have to wait, as I'm off to Vegas for 2 weeks!
Pearl is just the name Benjamin Moore gives to a finish in their "regal" paint line that is between semi-gloss and eggshell, so the sheen is in between. They used to call it satin. It's typically used in kitchens or bathrooms, places where a flat paint or eggshell might not hold up as well, or on mouldings for people who don't like the sheen of a semi-gloss. The color is mixed right into the pearl base.
Overglazing is a whole different thing, but it does produce beautiful, often shimmery effects. I've done a lot of overglazing with my artwork, using acrylic glazes, or just very watered down paints. But I've never done any overglazing for interior housepainting. I'll bet it would be beautiful. In my artwork, I usually use a glaze in a pure semi-transparent or translucent hue over something lighter (often a tint of a similar hue), which makes the whole thing glow.
Kind of a smaller project for me, but I recently finished a built-in cabinet and bookcase for the realtor who we are trusting (praying for) to sell our house. I rarely work in red oak as it isn't appropriate for the furniture I make; probably 12-15 years since I worked with it?
The oddly shaped nook at her house. For some unexplained reason there was a 4" deep fin wall left of the fireplace that had to be considered and accomodated.
And the finished project. The upper bookcase tucked into the corner fine, but the lower cabinet was notched to fit the fin wall and the left end had a matching 45 degree to suit the high traffic area. That damned dog barked at me for 3 straight hours during the installation.
That thing does look like a beast! I'm sure it was fun, though. Having a blast with the little projects we've got on the go, and learning a ton. I may be getting paid, but I've put in over double those hours at home just schooling myself for the fun of it.
Here is a project T2 contracting just finished for Quiksilver in Huntington Beach. 3000 square feet with Ipe decking and fence boards. This was a huge project for me I thought would take 5 weeks and it ended up taking 7 (Sheesh one day i'll learn how to bid my time.) Anyway both Quiksilver and the primary contractor loved the work so they awarded me another very significant contract.
Glad you made a random connection like that, DMT. I find it's those encounters that raise my opinion of humanity every so often! XD
I'm far from an EE, and at 28 years old, tubes were basically finished before I was even conceived. As a guitar player with a love for old gear, I've picked up a bit of ability while keeping my ancient amps going, and slowly making progress on restoring a Hammond.
I've recently found some work that lets me go a little deeper into electronics with some great folks starting at the ground floor of a new very tiny company. Basically building everything from the boards to chassis to knobs in a garage, using a cnc milling machine, and whatever else we can get our hands on. Picking up textbooks, and such from the library to get my moronic ass up to speed, and loving every minute of it. It's a breath of fresh air, and mental stimulation among my other 2 jobs.
ay, Brandon. . . that's something. Did you heat/steam bend?
No steam box, I was fortunate to have some material that was blond, the rest of the ipe was much darker. So I just ripped it down to 1-1/4'' and clamped the strips one course at a time, ending up with the big radius. IMO, the alternating colors give it a cool look.
It folds onto the wall for easy storage. Next step is to build a new track out of MDF so there are no seams. That plastic track is annoying. Plus I want to upgrade the power supply (1A+/lane) and upgrade the controllers.
The teardrop trailer is AWESOME! I want to build one of those!
neebee, it's listing to port. first thing you want to do is straighten it out. you'll need some force to do that. a big truck might be enough. i recommend pushing, not pulling. otherwise, a house jack or a trained elephant. once you've got the front straightened up, put in a new crossbrace inside so's it doesn't go back. that'll be easy if the framing is exposed on the inside. a good frame carpenter will recess the crossbrace so it won't intrude on the interior wall. then you can drywall it, finish it and move in.
My house is a good example of that. I live in a 200+ year old post and beam colonial. No interior load bearing walls and the second floor is a bit trampoliney. I'm adding interior walls to carry the second floor this summer, but there's no way I'd try and return things to their original planes, it's an easy way to do more harm than good. Reinforcing without disturbing is probably a safer bet.
i was thinking to paint it, too, when i get my next finances..
the roof, though, i may have to do the tarp, until the end of summer... as i can't do it now... :(
say, i will see about the oil first, ...
1)but--if i cannot do it the "best" way, as to oil, which is way is
the cheaper, do to, for now?
that will still be good?
(i DID read this fast, as i was so happy too see the choices, but i will also go back to more fully understand all this) :)
then, yes, i would paint it soon after...
thanks so very very much everyone!!!!
***welllllllllllll, reilley, except perhaps for the big bad wolf, :))
i am really hoping NOT to go that route, ;)
will fill you all in, soon...
i should have scapped the paint off, first, but i HAD to get the pond in, and OUT of the old place's yard, as i promised the former landlady, there, that as soon as snow was gone and ground was dig-able, i'd do it...
so, i will have to cover pond, and THEN scrap...
*i near messed up then, lolli, as i was going to PAINT to save the wood, but did not know about the oil...
OOOOPS, ONE MORE THING:
2)*or---if i can only afford one thing to do now,
should it be paint, or oil???
will be back later...
thanks again, so very much...
hey there say, lolli.. wow, thanks... yep, it is part of the charm, and will have to be....
niether the owner, my ex-son-in-law, nor me, have the finances to do this... so i will use what i can when i can to just paint it, and put a tarp for the two roof ends, until hopefuly some miracle can help by next year.... things turn up, many times in life... :)
and--i really do want to salvage it, so painting, and making sure it is stable and wont' fall on us, is the best...
i can use it for garden tools or soil, and best of all, i can keep "woods" in there for my dreamcatcher, (a friend just reminded me of this) :)
wow, i am excited, i feel like a bit of family history has been entrusted to me... *memeories from the kids, when they used to play here, and the shed, too...
well, got to go and do leaves, now, i just had to check in...
fabbed and welded up a new harness bar, got the base of a new bumper on, building plates to reinforce the inside of the frame rails, if i can get over to the metal yard today i'll be starting on the winch plate.
its not all work though, we got out to play in Left Hand Canyon for a couple hours on sunday.
Matt, is that your gym? Looks like a great place to warm up for South Seas ;) Looks fantastic!
Great boat project. After my kids are all out of college and I can finally retire (@ ~age 167), I would love to refurbish an ocean going sailboat and tour around the Caribbean climbing & bouldering Virgin Gorda and surfing all those wonderful nooks and crannies that pepper those islands. The only real problem, aside from living that long, is my sea sickness prone wife.
That one was built by Rambeck in 1901 in Starnberg south of Munich, oak on oak Swedish iron fastened with a spruce deck and survived well until the 2nd war but went downhill after that, it got the fibergass treatment in the middle sixties and then rotted away inside like they do.
She is very much like an International 45m² class boat but too early for this rule, she´s a bit too big (10.4m long). Originally gaff rigged and converted in the 1930´s.
Owned by two guys who wanted to save her but there was no chance to restore her as original, nothing was worth saving so we went the conserve what we could and then wallpaper route.
We ripped out all the rotted stuff like the keel, deadwood, floors, deckbeams, 1/4 of the planking, 1/2 the frames and so on and all the metalwork. About 80% of the wood went in the fire.
Forced the hull back into shape which had hogged badly, she had about 9" of drop on the ends
Re-framed and floored with sawn-oak, re-fastened and replaced the missing planking and fitted a new laminated mahogany keel. Two diagonal layers of mahogany and one longitudinal following the original planking lines. New deck beams, ply deck and laid teak.
All custom metalwork including glued-in chainplates, NACA profile rudder and all the rest.
A lot of varnish and sanding! 2 years and about $45k.
Really fast in moderate winds, I´ve won regatta´s with her on the odd occasion I go sailing.
Not the biggest I´ve done but not the smallest either, it´s what I do when making climbing gear gets boring!
I'm still trying to figure out the upload software for my camera, but in the past three weeks we've gone from a foundation to an envelope on a 2k sf, two floor, walk out basement timberframe hybrid home. The hybrid is in the floor system. We platform framed all the exterior walls and added a timberframe for the floors so that the lumber is visible.All visible lumber was milled on site. It's really a cool idea even if it pisses off the dedicated timberframers. New construction is so much fun, everything fits, is square and plumb, and flows well.
Thanks, I think so too. I didn't fabricate them, my co-worker did, but installing all the timberframe stuff was way fun. Brute strength to carry the timbers and then finesse to drop them into their receivers. I'm so glad that I chose carpentry as a profession.
Yep, I agree: carpentry can be a great profession with the right jobs. I am starting a pretty fun job myself tomorrow. A woman who does fused and blown glass needs an entire workshop built for her to house all of her tools and materials. I will be starting with display shelving for almost 200 3" wide X 5" tall containers of powdered glass - and she wants to see every one of them. I am going to do them in VG fir and put plexiglass doors on the units to keep the dust out.
The house I'm working on has a framing detail I've never seen. We're 'crosshatching' all the exterior studs with 2x3's to give more depth to the walls. Essentially, we're strapping all the walls, but with larger material. Apparently, it adds seven R points when we insulate. We're using a mix of foam and hard-pack cellulose. It's great to implement these energy efficient designs.
An aside, has anyone worked on earthship designs? I'm thinking about building a home in the next couple of years, and an earthship seems like a viable option. That or cob.
Brandon, As a thirty five year veteran carpenter it is great to see something really cool getting built. I am really hoping for an exciting project to come my way real soon. Maui is still deeply depressed and doesn't show any signs of change. Here's an image of something I put together a while back.
Brandon, I have done earthship and straw-bale workshops in Washington and Oregon. Earth-ship is super labor-intensive to do a whole house with, but I saw one cool house that had an earthship foundation, and straw-bale construction on top. It worked well, because the straw bales sat nicely atop the foundation, both being rather wide.
The real issue with earthship, and the difficulty, lies in completely filling in the tires - because of the multiple rounded aspect, it becomes necessary to ram the dirt in at various angles all the way arsound to ensure the complete filling of the "side-walls" of the tires.
The cob looks like it would be a ton of work as well.
Nothing anywhere near as cool as those beautiful boats and houses -
This is the frame I am working on at the moment, my summer project is to turn it into a fixie.
Hand chopped, sanded and polished. Have to get a few nicks filled with weld and then I will start building it back up.
The frame after a couple minutes of sanding to look at the metal:
This is how it looks now, still working on polishing but getting there:
I wish I could tell you guy's about Pinocchio, but she's build by GAINES and I never heard of the builders name and the designer is unknown, soo I don't really know about the boat. But some old timer in the yard say's she looks like the Golden Hind, Van de stadt-Black soo or even a replica of Joshua Slocom's Spray and maybe a Dickerson also. All I know is that she tracks very well, I acquired her last october the previous owner flodded her and messed up all the wirings. He told me that she got flodded 3' throu the head for not having anti-siphon loop. But that didn't bother but it's gamble and soo far I'm very happy the way she sails. Latitude 38 qouted her a mystery boat from last months issue on their boatyard tour.
Guido or maybe you can start a salty monkey furom, Lol. Or a Taco regatta.
Built a podium for the vitamin aisle in the store I work at. The unit holds the reference material for the Wellness Department. Here's the crappy old cardboard one they had that was taped together and desintegrating at the base (sorry for the phone pic):
I got the materials yesterday and just finished this morning, platform is hinged for additional storage.
I also put a 20# block of concrete (foamed in) inside of the base for additional stability, as well as two locking wheels:
Some of you guys are real craftsmen and women and have a lot to be proud of. Not much craft work from me on this proejct but its big! I am the project manager for construction of everything in the picture but the two big concrete buildings that dont have roofs on the right. It is the worlds largest radiochemical processing facility, designed to cleanup 56 million gallons of radioactive waste at Hanford, WA leftover from the cold war.
This is one of the world's largest nuclear waste vitrification melters, I have two of them in my facility to turn radioactive waste into glass logs at the rate of 30 metric tons per day. This puppy is about the size of a big 2 car garage and when finally assembled will weigh 600,000 lbs without the glass.
I will be glad when we get this thing built (2015) and processing that waste.
the High Level Waste was slated for Yucca Mtn; however, that was stopped. A "Blue Ribbon Commission" will have a draft report out this fall with their recommendations then the gnashing of teeth can begin.
The Low Level Glass which the melter above will process is by far the largest quantity and will be stored at the Hanford Site in a specially constructed landfill. Once the waste is vitrified, the potential for leaching and or transport into the environment is almost non-existent.
Despite the politics of where the vitrified waste will be stored, it is way more desirable than having the 56 million gallons in liquid form as it currently sits.
Golsen, your project is amazing. There are some very large projects reported in this thread, but I think you might be the current leader!
Thanks, but its a dubious distinction as it is taxpayer $. But the intent is good. We do our best. I for one believe that we will be successful but not without many future challenges, including getting this large of a plant started.
Also, the craftsmanship I use is more along the lines of technical and contract knowledge, respect, politics and if all else fails, kickin some ass.
Golsen - For the walkway I used stones from the local landscape purveyor and set them one at a time in wet mortar. The next project I try will be using dry mortar/concrete, but here in the Portland area it's hard to get enough dry days to use that technique. The stones as photographed are their real color, Montana Rainbow river pebbles and Mexican beach blacks. No dying was done. One has to do a bit of sorting and washing of stones to segregate them by color. The edging is cheap leftover rock slices they sell in bits and pieces set vertically in concrete. The dividing lines are old tiles cut and embedded edge up in concrete. It follows the Chinese tradition of using what's available (and, therefore, cheap). It's a slow process.
I took the finished pictures today while it was raining, and the rain brings out the colors. It isn't cheating to do that, because here it seems to rain for months at a time so I get to see the rich colors alot. Been up here not even three years, still miss sunny Petaluma. Lots of fun playing with rocks on the patio in the rain.
I built the camper displayed with the following features. I am into rock climbing and I do need to go, and often do, into areas where 4 wheel drive would be nice but 99% of my travel is on high speed pavement so am happy with the 2WD and a winch, which has come in handy more than once) I wanted a dual purpose vehicle. So I built an aluminum flatbed for my truck. I made the flatbed sit at the same elevation as the original PU bed because I didn't want to lose the height required of a standard flatbed by sitting above the rear wheels so I made wheel wells that extend up into the flat bed so technically it isn't totally flat but works well. I made corresponding clearance areas in the camper to accommodate the wheel wells. When I put the camper on the truck, I have to not only slide it in but I also need to lift the camper about 5" to get it over the wheel wells. When I have the camper off I have stake sides which go on the flat bed. I can convert the truck from a flatbed pickup to a camper in less than 30 minutes. I have a cable hoist system I designed for my garage that lifts the camper off and on. I wanted solid sides not fabric and easily openable glass windows so designed the folding panels you can see in the erected position in the pictures. I also wanted a larger dinette so designed the slideout you can see in the pics. The slideout and the top all go up with electro/mechanical actuators. The unit is fully self contained with toilet (self contained), shower (The toilet and shower are in a 32" X 32" room and the toilet slides into the wall to make the shower very roomy) I have a stove and 3 way frig. I have one fresh water tank installed in the RV and another fresh water tank and a grey water tank installed under the flatbed. Total fresh water capacity is 60 gal and grey water is 15 gal. I have a solar panel on the top also. By building a camper that fits on a flatbed there is much more room for placing all the interior components. I completed the camper a few months ago and it has been operating nicely.
HaHaHa, it looks like we're gonna stay after class and write on the black
board for a while. Yes, mortise and tenon, though it can be tough on the tendons.
Look closely at the first two pics and you'll see all the details. :-)
Just a little "maintenance" on our Barient 35 primary winches on the old bateau. I cheat each time and keep a copy of the blown-up schematic on hand for reference. Have to strip these down every two years.
Nor am I. It's for one of my teenage daughters. And at that age, they just want to *look* cool. She's way more concerned about the color and art. She actually wants me to glass in a Roxy sticker (copy onto rice paper and lam it). Yikes.
As a fellow stair builder I gotta say - RADNESS! I love the
wrought iron inserts! I just noticed the separate metal handrail.
Obviously, this was permited although it looks like one could roll a 4"
ball between the bottom rail and the treads. Did the inspector cut you some slack?
Hey, Survival, did you permit your Domelands Wall? I'm not being snarky.
I bet it would be approved in NM. Wouldn't happen here in Bureaufornia.
They didn't want to give me a permit for my dome cause it didn't fit their
narrow view of life.
Finally got around to rebuilding my 1970 Cinelli Super Corsa Type A. Kept the original paint and decals, and in almost every aspect it is period correct. Full Campagnolo Nuovo Record with the important Cinelli bits where it counts.
After spending too, too much change on eBay (but having the greatest time doing it), the final result:
Even took the time to find vintage cotton tape (Italian) for the bars, finished with twine and 5 coats of clear shellac.
For those in reminiscence-mode—and especially for the Berkeley crowd—on eBay, I found a mint pair of Detto Pietro shoes in the original box (circa 1974) that fit like a glove. Italian leather for $59.
T2 and I Have been Building Changeable indoor Crack Towers. Its an Idea of mine that really worked out well. We have sold two so far they are in two gyms in SD. The crack segments can be taken out turned and reinstalled in any space so like the other walls in the gym the crack climbs get reset and don't stay the same. [photo[photoid=209302]id=209300]
More modest than a log house or that really cool modular crack structure. My brother and I, in our meandering way are involoved in framing in two new rooms in the basemtnof his 'Cabin' some ten miles east of Devil's tower.
Not carpenters, we a slow deliberate pace suits us.
note Wyoming high wind deck chair retention system,
Greenhorn- If you have to ask such a stupid question then I certainly have to laugh at your total lack of construction knowledge despite the spunky posturing. Keep scratching your head over this one and maybe, just maybe, you'll grow a beard someday.
If you are building something, show us...unless it's your first hard on then Weschrist is the only interested party.
Whew! Just finished three custom boards for my kids in six weeks (starting after little league season), with business travel for two of those weeks and a family vacation (Yosemite) for another week. Plus, I'm working full-time and was able to squeeze in a couple of days climbing somewhere in there. Had more than one early morning hot coating @ 5:00 am to take advantage of the stable temperatures.
On business travel this week, starting early tomorrow morning and getting back on the red-eye from Portland OR on Friday morning. Then leaving on a beach vacation a few hours later for two weeks. Yeah, just finished these boards with a few hours to spare.
I took a break from the large millwork project that I had been working on for the past 3 months (pics of that to come...) to build a gift for a friend who facilitates Native American Healing Circles. This Buffalo Horn Rattle is crafted from horn, walnut, bone, glass, and leather.
I don't get to build much any more with my own hands. I create a lot, but only on a conceptual basis, selecting the components and functional sketches and then someone else draws it up, and someone else builds it.
This was a tiny project, but I ended up doing the whole thing from TIG welding(after someone else screwed it up) the additional fittings, to the "razor blade origami" (Sheet metal)
It's a four thousand dollar bucket.
Who and what it's for I'm not at liberty to divulge. (but it's legal!)
Did this triangular hall cab recently. Odlly, there had been one there before
according to the shadow in the hardwood floor and a slight nick out of the
corner of the head casing. I still haven't figured out why they took the
corner off the casing bead unless the old one wasn't a 45 degree cab.
Yes, the triangular drawers were a PITA!
Oh yes, the leaded lites are by Justthemaid, of course! It's her last job
from me until she gets Erik back on here!
Are you kidding? The left wall wasn't even plumb either!
I am the Scribemaster! Actually, not in comparison to you log framers.
I also have to admit that the Project Manager was putting the heat on so I
went quick and dirty on the drawers. They're just butt jointed and nailed. ;-(
No. But it got me thinking that it's pretty easy. The folks I just finished building a house for had a solar kiln. They felled the trees from their site and other places, milled it, and dried it in a solar kiln, then I butchered it into what I call a house.
Sorry, no good advice, just reminded me of a good story.