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Wood Shop Construction #7: Building the Loft

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Blog entry by SemperSailor posted 11-30-2018 02:30 AM 467 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been busy building, but not posting…sorry.

My next phase was NOT going to be the loft, but my little “helpers” harassed me enough to change my priority of work. So, I told them I would design and supervise them.

We decided to run 16’ 2×6’s across on joist hangers.

Next we laid plywood across the 2×6’s for a loft platform

The “helpers” are planning to use the loft as their play space while I learn to build wooden boats.



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Lorin

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#1 posted 11-30-2018 02:47 AM

That’s a great team of builders and proving already to be a promising shop. Thanks for sharing.

-- Lorin

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#2 posted 11-30-2018 03:11 AM

Wonderful to have such dedicated assistance

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 11-30-2018 11:50 AM

Great way of teaching..

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#4 posted 12-01-2018 01:39 AM

Looks good, and help is always appreciated.

What is the size of the shop, in length? I see that it appears to be 16’ width.

What type of boats are you interested in building? That has been a dream of mine. I have been reading and collecting books about building small wooden craft. I am looking at sailboats, just cannot settle on a design. Would like to find the lines and offsets for something built in the early nineteen hundreds. And build it like it a classic craft.

Just need to get the shop built first, if all goes well I’ll be breaking ground in the spring.

Good luck

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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SemperSailor

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#5 posted 12-01-2018 12:11 PM

Hi Eric,

The building is 28’ long. Part 1 of this series is my plan, although I have modified quite a bit. I went with 16×28 to try to reduce waste with the 4×8 sheets, although it turned out not to be that big of a deal. I also moved away from concrete piers after digging one hole and hitting water. The plans were just PowerPoint drawings…sitting by the fireplace last winter.

I like your plan. I am also interested in learning how to make wooden sailboats. I started another blog series earlier (last year), and paused because I knew I was going to run out of space in my basement. So, I shifted gears and started building. It has been incredibly interesting, new and rewarding…as well as time-consuming.

I would like to resume boat-building this winter. My next step there is building the strong-back and setting up my forms for the 10’ dinghy I’m building.

Hope to see your blog soon,
Ray

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