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yedi

Trad climber
Stanwood,wa
Jun 19, 2010 - 12:07pm PT
Building a 1964 Jawa motocrosser to compete in AHRMA[photoid=160900]
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 19, 2010 - 12:23pm PT
my stuff links here. the fates decided i had to be a carpenter and i finally decided to stop fighting it. beware of what runs in the family.

http://www.bird-bilt.com/

my carpentry is the only photogenic thing about me. it actually looks better in pictures than it does in real life.

survival, have you climbed in the organs?
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Jun 19, 2010 - 12:59pm PT
I love this thread!

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.

Sorry, no photos!
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 19, 2010 - 01:05pm PT
Tony, that is some great stuff!

Do you like that Chinese Elm? There's a bazillion of them here. I've never used any.

Yes, I've climbed in the Organs, but only once so far. Only been back in NM a couple years.

eKat, I will definitely post updates on my project, but I think it will be slow going. So many other things to do here at Casa de Survival....
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 19, 2010 - 03:48pm PT
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.
Ricardo Cabeza

climber
All Over.
Jun 19, 2010 - 04:04pm PT
No pics yet, but I just finished swapping three doors, replacing all the soffit, fascia, and corner boards, as well as building a 500sf deck.

Good fun, it being my first job as a GC. Now I'm for some reason looking at being booked out for the summer and early fall!

Someone asked about Trex. I've been to the plant in Fallon. I worked building only decks for four years.

If anyone has any questions I'd be happy to help.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 19, 2010 - 04:10pm PT
Set the mesquite countertop for the vanity today but had to
test fly it first. Cosmic was available for a spotter/wingman...

Mike.

climber
Jun 19, 2010 - 04:35pm PT
Dang, nice projects!

Gabe should post up some of his stadium work shots. Big wall meets construction.
Josh Nash

Social climber
riverbank ca
Jun 19, 2010 - 04:47pm PT

I built my kids a play house that never got played in and the same kids got chicks for easter so I turned it into a chicken pen.....
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 19, 2010 - 07:23pm PT
Sorry, not building, but still creating.

Just finished a flagstone carving.

Glove for scale...










Edit: is it just my imagination or is the front page of ST slowing down a lot lately? More climbing, less posting I guess...
Wonder

climber
WA
Jun 19, 2010 - 08:41pm PT
Ok Kat, i'll get right on it... slowly...slowly
Wonder

climber
WA
Jun 19, 2010 - 08:53pm PT
I was working on my drink in Waikiki


but now I back & we are building a new pocket and bank @ the park. I need to take some new photos. Soon come.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jun 19, 2010 - 09:17pm PT
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 1950s 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.

















Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Aw, Pshaw, you wouldn't even understand....
Jun 19, 2010 - 10:17pm PT
Whole lotta craftsmanship, there, Peter.
Whoa.
yedi

Trad climber
Stanwood,wa
Jun 19, 2010 - 11:25pm PT
This is a 1966 CZ 250 twinpipe I built from a basket case a few years ago. won the AHRMA National in Chehalis Wa. on it a few years back.
MisterE

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Jun 19, 2010 - 11:49pm PT
Cool to see what people do - thanks!

Modified a GriGri today for Skip to solo slabs during her bicep surgery recovery.
I drilled the hole so it came out in the middle of the plastic casing, though:

http://ulrichprinz.de/alpin/equipment/selfmade/grigri-soloist-beckwith/index.html
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jun 21, 2010 - 09:14pm PT

Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Aw, Pshaw, you wouldn't even understand....
Jun 21, 2010 - 09:17pm PT
Uh oh, Todd.
Maybe dealin' with snakes & ghosts was easier?
Thorgon

Big Wall climber
Sedro Woolley, WA
Jun 21, 2010 - 11:50pm PT
A 9300 SQUARE FOOT LOG HOME, built by Yellowstone Log Homes and Thor, windows cut by Thor! It is near Canon City, CO.



Thor
MisterE

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Jun 22, 2010 - 12:14am PT
Nice Thor!

I did some trim work for Yukon/Alaska Log Homes when I lived in Juneau. The sliding joints are pretty cool.

Those guys that cut the channels for the interior walls with chainsaws amazed me.
They did it all day, and perfectly - I tried it once, and was gassed after 10 minutes!

Erik
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