Life as an Amateur Woodworker #25: Main Project on hold!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 08-28-2014 02:10 PM 1492 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It appears that our beloved President Santos has given us duff information, a couple of months ago, we were warned to expect El NiƱo, nine months of dry arrid weather, the last week has seen the return of the rainy season, and that is not just the odd shower, so I think our second winter of the year has arrived, which is not what I need at the moment.

Unless the weather breaks and we have a decent spell, I am going to have to put the kiosko roof replacement on hold, I haven’t got sufficient space in the workshop to do all the work inside. :(

However this does mean that the other projects will all get done. I have finished constructing all the privacy screen fencing around the property.

This is just one section, I have used mahogany for the posts and pine construction lumber for the rails.

The problem in Colombia, is that they don’t sell the metal post bases, so I had to have them fabricated, which makes them comparatively expensive! they rather dig a hole and concrete the post in.

I am in the process of erecting a post and rail fence on the exterior staircase landing, both to make it safer when coming down from upstairs, and to stop the dog taking shortcuts across the flower border!

I have got to replace the wooden supports from the balcony, holding up the roof. When the second floor was built, for some reason the Builder used second hand scrap wood as the supports, I have bought a couple of second hand acrow-props to support the roof whilst I remove the old timber and insert the new, it is just getting around to doing it.

I have also promised to build a new bed and some other furniture, but what do I do with all the 4m timbers lined up down the middle of the workshop in the mean time, I did look at a pulley system and put them up high, but there are too many, it would be too much for the roof. I will probably have to totally reorganise the workshop to accomodate them, unless we get a break in the weather!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 08-28-2014 05:00 PM


I’m guessing you will eventually adjust to the weather? LOL! And to the way things may or may not get done.

Minnesota is also expecting rain for the next week. ( The grass has been shutting down it’s been dry here. )I’d rather rain than snow. Listening to a weather scientist yesterday was enlightening. Extreme ranges in temperature from 40 degrees below zero Fahrenheit to 120 degrees above last year. Icebergs on the northern lakes with pieces of them still floating in in August?

I have to look at the steps I achieve rather than the whole project. It helps me to be more energized. You’re doing well. Looks good!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 08-28-2014 08:18 PM

Ha! Ha! I’ll answer to any name Tom! after 30 years in the Police, Paul is fine :) only ribbing you…

I’ve accustomed to the weather here, we have similar temperatures all year round in this part of Colombia, the only way you know when the it is summer or winter, is the colour of the sky, and whether it is dry or wet! it is certainly different to what I was used to, only having two seasons twice a year on three month cycles is strange, but after nearly three years I have got used to it.

If I have to wait until November to get the kiosko roof done, then so be it!

Cheers Phil

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#3 posted 08-28-2014 09:38 PM

My apologies, I was reading Paul Sellers blog befoe I responded to your email notice. My reasons/excuses are O.L.D and ADHD.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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