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:
Just screwin' around...
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?
I'm wrestling with tweaks on injection mold tooling for vacuum containers and coffee mugs. The one shown is a two shot block and presented some significant design engineering challenges getting the finished moving parts to be leak free; but we got it licked after some tweaking. This one isn't delivering for a few weeks, but you can see another model on the Innate site called the Doppio Tumbler for spro with a sipping lid that was a no brainer in terms of the injection block. http://www.innate-gear.com/product-info/doppio/doppio-double-wall-insulated-tumbler
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
Credit: Jay Wood
Credit: Jay Wood
Credit: Jay Wood
(Not quite after- glass tile backsplash not installed yet)
Recent new house
Credit: Jay Wood
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
Credit: Jay Wood
Credit: Jay Wood
Credit: Jay Wood
Credit: Jay Wood
Credit: Jay Wood
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.
Long bolts-up to 40 inches
Main House interior
Beaucoup des poissons
An original Haan design-
Kris McDivitt and Joe Faint-RIP Joe
McClinsky, "up on the roof"..............
40 ft poles- the very early stage.
Love cherry wood for cabinets!
Hennek-we made the tub with leftovers from construction, could not afford a heater for years so it was a cold plunge indeed.
"All work and no play"......Guido drills Harper
Post boat building era we turned the back of the boat shop into an office and design studio.
Two houses we (Bone Csontruction) recetnly finshed building in Telluride. house on left is LEED Gold, almost made Platinum.
Interior of the LEED great room. Local climber/welder Jeff Skoloda did the metal beams and part of fireplace. SIPPS paenls are on top of beams. Various bone crew did other metal work.
Local climber Clay Wadman designed this house.
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...
Typical wiring in a stud wall, connecting switches to lights, especially 3-way switches to each other.
Upstairs in Kitchen where circuit breaker panel was. New pantry lights, plugs and switches...
Downstairs is the new location of the circuit breakers, and all the wires from the entire house needed to be routed to this new location.
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.
Masking the rosettes to save them. I masked off the rosettes leaving an inch of yellow to highlight them. I had to stretch the masking tape to make the turns around them.
This is the finished product.
Finished with this side.
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
Mystery Man or not
Credit: rich sims
Two 53' semi loads
Credit: rich sims
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.
Fermentor box, exterior
Fermentor box,interior, with 10 gallon keg
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.
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!
Working Replica of Noah's Ark opened In SCHAGEN, Netherlands .
Man Builds Noah's Ark to the exact scale given in the Bible.
The massive central door in the side of Noah's Ark was opened and the first crowd of curious townsfolk beheld the wonder. This replica of the biblical Ark was built by Dutch Creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.
The ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house.
Life-sized models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animalsgreet visitors as they arrive in the main hold.
A contractor by trade, Huibers built the ark of cedar and pine. Biblical scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been.
Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools and with occasional help from his son Roy. Construction began in May 2005. On the uncovered top deck .... not quite ready in time for the opening .... will come a petting zoo, with baby lambs and chickens, and goats, and one camel.
Visitors on the first day were stunned. 'It's beyond comprehension', said Mary Louise Starosciak, who happened to be bicycling by with her husband while on vacation when they saw the ark looming over the local landscape.
'I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big! ' There is enough space near the keel for a 50-seat film theater where kids can watch a video that tells the story of Noah and his ark. Huibers, a Christian man, said he hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands, where church going has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years.
Now that I am old and gray....give me the time to tell this new generation (and their children too) about all of Your mighty miracles.
In the midst of so much negative news here is a positive story about a devout Christian man wanting to share the story of Noah with this and the next generation hoping he will bring their faith alive. Amazing isn't it?
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!
That's the Big Hammer...
Here's a close-up of the creative 'wood graining' applied to the plaster
between the shelves! SUWEEET!
What were they thinking?
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.
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.
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.
HohMahn. . . I LOVED the way that stuff looked for guitar backs and sides. . . so I talked Blanchard into getting a few sets. . . and. . . well. . . it made us both sick. . . so we sold it before he even tried working with it.
Same thing with cocobolo. . . DANG. Did a guitar show one time, just across the aisle from one of our suppliers who was selling cocobolo backs and sides. . . OOOOOOOOOWWWWWWEEEEEEE. . . many people at that end of the showroom were effected.
The only time we had a reaction to Brazilian rosewood was during a re-saw project creating a thousand dollars worth of saw dust taking huge billets and cutting backs and sides. Just too much dust at one time.
All I have to do is be around cocobolo to get the reaction. . . like standing too close to a stack of backs and sides! Whoa. . . and if I touch it. . . step back. . . I'll be runnin' for the BendYerDrill!
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)
(mortise gauge for scale)
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.
Credit: John Morton
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.
Credit: John Morton
This is the assembled punch/die set.
Credit: John Morton
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.
Credit: John Morton
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.
Credit: John Morton
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.
Credit: John Morton
I have made a variety of fretted instruments over the years. Here is a concert ukulele before assembly:
Just got this whole mess done! Blanchard (that would be TheReal) built this "hint" of a console table for me. I found one I kinda liked online but it was $3,500.00 - RIGHT - I was born at night. . . but not LAST NIGHT! And he offered to build it for me. . . so. . . YAY!
The big photo is a John McDonald of Mesa Arch - the little one is a John Dittli of The White Horned Dancer pictograph at Heuco Tanks. The Santa Clara (carved/burnished) pottery was a gift from Blanchard's mom - she made them back in the 70s while studying ceramics at West Valley College. The beaded gourd is from a gal named Karen from Redding.
YAY. . . my little BaseCamp is starting to look like somebody actually lives here!
Here are the photos of the deck. I am changing my name to Art for sure now.
This is a true work of Art.
Cool little deck clips made by Simpson DBT1Z Deck-Tie® Connectors. Discontinued though. I got the last boxes.
No nails holes in the face of the deck. Really cool pattern. No splices. All clear runs of 2x6 cedar ProDeck. There are 2 2x8s under the 90 degree 2x6. The other 2x8 is to catch the ends of the 2x6 decking. Lots of framing to make this work.
Framing was a bit of a conundrum. I just decided to run the 2X8s straight off the ledger. It made it easier and stronger. All the joists are sitting on a 4x6 beam on 4x4 posted every 4 ft. The deck runs diagonal to the framing. Seems to be working fine.
The framing is bomb proof. The whole house could fall down and the deck would still be there.
The hardest piece was the first one. 16 feet long 45 degree cuts on both ends with this little detail around the conduit. Flashed the crap out of the area to keep the water out. It rains here in Portland Oregon a little sometimes. Mostly a lot.
Look at that Mitered 45. The whole deck has 4 mitered 45s. Then a 2x6 dividing the deck into two boxes with the deck boards running at a 45 to the framing. There are 2 2x8s under the 2x6 decking the 2x8 is next to it is for blocking.
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.
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:
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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!!??
My daughter's "big girl" bed.
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.