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steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Jan 5, 2014 - 01:53pm PT
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Finally--looking into the kitchen from the sun-room area.
Finally--looking into the kitchen from the sun-room area.
Credit: steveA
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Never made a stairway before--pretty difficult and time consuming.
Never made a stairway before--pretty difficult and time consuming.
Credit: steveA
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Housed stringer stairway.
Housed stringer stairway.
Credit: steveA
Evel

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Jan 5, 2014 - 02:18pm PT
Dern. I guess you can safely add "craftsman" to your resume steveA.


Really nice work.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Jan 5, 2014 - 02:20pm PT
Wow SteveA, stunning work. What satisfaction you must gain from just waking up in that place every day. You've made your own heaven.

DMT
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Jan 5, 2014 - 02:47pm PT
SteveA - Your house is gorgeous, and an ode to "don't make 'em like they used to" work, except.... you did!
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Jan 5, 2014 - 02:58pm PT
happiegrrrl,

I sent you an email.
MisterE

climber
Jan 5, 2014 - 04:28pm PT
Love the extra touch of the dovetail in the floor joists, Steve.
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Jan 5, 2014 - 05:01pm PT
Thanks for the kind comments, everyone. Thirty Five years is a long time to stick with a project, but I was kind of committed.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Jan 5, 2014 - 05:03pm PT
Very nice and proper timber frame Steve A.
Paul Ross

Trad climber
colorado
Jan 5, 2014 - 06:02pm PT
Superb house Steve...But do you have to remove your boots ? Have a great 2014 All the Best ..from another Senior Citizen.
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Jan 5, 2014 - 06:10pm PT
Paul,

Same to you mate!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 5, 2014 - 06:21pm PT
Fabulous work Steve!

How much carpentry experience did you have to draw on before undertaking such a Labor of Love?

It is funny where being addicted to grappling with big challenges as an adventure climber will take you.

I have an old Victorian Four Square in Seattle that I have been working on steadily for a very long time. Folks that come by and visit with remodeling projects of their own usually leave mine feeling better about they have bitten off. LOL
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Jan 5, 2014 - 06:34pm PT
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Steve,

I've been working with my hands, making things since the age of seven.

I've made many pieces of 18th century style furniture, and this house is essentially one big piece of furniture.
That big red crane was all metalworking; welding etc.and quite useful on the project. The crane has a 200:1 Boston Gear Box, attached to a clutch, driven by a 1 HP electric motor. The boom is powered by a 25 ton hydraulic piston, also electric. It rolls around on 4 heavy casters, but one must be careful, because it weighs about as much as a small car. I made out-riggers for it, but never needed them, since it is so stable.

I agree with you about the climbing aspect, but also feel that you are also born with a certain character, and skills from day one. I taught "shop" type courses in High School for 35 years. Each year a small percentage of students
demonstrated a "natural" skill, very early in the course.
At the age of 20, I did perhaps some of my best work, where much more patience, and manipulative skills were required.

Here's an example I posted on the gun thread: A target pistol of my own design--about 1000 hours of work, made at 22 years old.
Credit: steveA

eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jan 5, 2014 - 06:44pm PT
steveA. . . my mind is blown.

TFPU!

FOR SURE!
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Jan 5, 2014 - 07:06pm PT
Detail
Detail
Credit: steveA
speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Jan 5, 2014 - 07:21pm PT
Credit: speelyei

On the opposite end of the spectrum...
Chicken coop and pen made from all recycled/found materials. Took longer to find the stuff then it did to throw it together.

Had to buy the birds though, $140, with waterers, feed, and garbage cans.
We get 5 eggs a day, probably more in the summer.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jan 6, 2014 - 08:31am PT
LOVE your chicken coop!

YAY!
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 6, 2014 - 12:40pm PT
Steve, now you have me kicking myownass that I didn't stop by your new place before I fled NH to check out your lovely handiwork. Great stuff!

As for me, there's something terribly rewarding about returning to the shop on a Monday morn to find the veneering bag still holding a vacuum after being turned off for 60 hours, prying it open to the same whooshing sound that a new bag of coffee makes, and unveiling a perfectly perfect headboard.

L-R:  plastic covered to sheet, curly cherry headboard, curved veneeri...
L-R: plastic covered to sheet, curly cherry headboard, curved veneering form.
Credit: Edge
speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Jan 6, 2014 - 12:51pm PT
Edge, would you post some pics of the process and vacuum that you use? I have seen some surfboards that were built using a vacuum veneer pocess, and a sailboat, too. I've always been curious about it. Thanks!
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 6, 2014 - 01:19pm PT
Speelyei, it's a great tool for my work, as I do a fair amount of veneering for Federal and Contemporary furniture.

The pump I have is from Vacuum Pressing Systems in Brunswick, ME. I sold my larger one prior to moving, but this slightly smaller one is sufficient for work up to about 3' x 6'. I'll re-buy the larger one when I need to veneer something 4' x 8'.

Vacuum pump.
Vacuum pump.
Credit: Edge

I made the bottom platen from birch ply sprayed with lacquer so squeezed out glue won't stick. I cut raceways for the air in a 6" grid, and the vacuum hose fits through a fitting on the bag and into the raceways.

Pump, bag, and platen.
Pump, bag, and platen.
Credit: Edge

They also sell Unibond 800, a two part glue & catalyst.

Unibond 800
Unibond 800
Credit: Edge

You mix it up and either brush or roll it on. Since it needs to cure at 70 degrees or more, I crank up the shop heat and then cover the entire bag with an electric blanket covered by a furniture blanket.

Bag & platen, vacuum drawn, and electric blanket.
Bag & platen, vacuum drawn, and electric blanket.
Credit: Edge

For the curved headboard, I made a form of bandsawn ribs, covered with bending ply, and then covered by sheet plastic. The headboard was built up of 4 layers of 1/4" birch ply. I could barely bend the stack with my hands and full body weight, but once you butter it up with glue, use masking tape to keep things from sliding, and pop it in the bag, the weight of the atmosphere sucks it down tight. Once the glue dries, it holds it's new shape with zero spring back.

Headboard structure.
Headboard structure.
Credit: Edge

I think I bought the pump and a small vinyl bag as a kit from Woodcraft(?). The bag in the pics is a second, larger one I picked up. Laying up the actual show veneers is a whole 'nuther beast; this project just involved straight joints between full veneer sheets, jointed to fit tight , then held temporarily with masking tape on the inside, followed by water activated veneer tape on the outside. Once that is on you take off the masking tape from the glue side. For detailed veneering, like detailed inlays (fans, shells, eagles, etc) it's kinda like piecing together potato chips; fragile, hard to handle, and an opportunity to work on your patience and self restraint.

Tambour Door Writing Desk in crotch mahogany veneer, Honduran mahogany...
Tambour Door Writing Desk in crotch mahogany veneer, Honduran mahogany, and satinwood with maple stringing and inlay.
Credit: Edge
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 6, 2014 - 01:33pm PT
So many beautiful pieces.
I have a small wood lathe that I love to turn things on but I'm such a novice.
Mainly some little boxes. Some pen bodies. I'm hoping to take a bowl making class. Last time I tried a bowl it flew across the room, up off the ceiling...great fun.
Chucked this up awhile ago and stil haven't figured what to turn it into.
Ummm...what DID I have in mind????
Ummm...what DID I have in mind????
Credit: SCseagoat

My partner has a machine shop in his garage and makes virtually all the stuff for his boat. I don't like the smell of machine oil nearly as much as rich sawdust.
Can't recall what we're welding up here.
Welding selfie with Mike on the hot end <br/>
Welding selfie with Mike on the hot end

Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
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