From a 200 year old ruin to a workshop, a 3 year journey... #8: "Aut Viam Inveniam, Aut Faciam"

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Blog entry by Serradura posted 05-14-2013 12:01 PM 3285 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally we could order the roof plates. And yes, this was 90% of our budget. It seemed to make sense putting the money in the most important part. Now here in the middle of Portugal the temperature goes from 45 (or even more) degrees Celsius down to almost zero at a cold winter night (we never had frost up until now).
So a good isolating roof is one of the first priorities. It wasn’t that difficult to put the “half plates” up. With a little bit of help from my wife it just took a few hours.

The advantage by using these steel roof plates is that they come with a red (or other color) coat on the outside and a white coat on the inside. Painting ceilings is never been my biggest hobby.
The building itself decided what shape of roof it wanted to have, it’s just adapting the new construction to the old.

Now the first part of the roof was on, the amount of work and stones it would take to fill the gab in the back wall, became clear….

At least the street side of the project looked like a real building again.

Because of the many sun hours it’s important to seal the wood as good as possible. After three coats of bitumen paint it started to look good, although I realized that I had to repeat this process every year.
Now, this build is not done according to existing procedures, it’s a constant negotiation between the old ruin and my own wishes. An unknown road towards a future workshop. That’s why I decided to put some words on the side.

“Aut Viam Inveniam, Aut Faciam”

There’s always a road and if there is non, we will make one.

Next time; A door for the front.

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 01:00 PM

It’s really coming together! Love the old stone. Best quote I’ve heard in a long time too, very inspirational.

Keep up the great updates!

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 01:03 PM

It will be a wonderful place to work. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 02:54 PM

Very inspiring. Good choice for the motto.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 02:58 PM

Your going to have a totally unique shop.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 04:22 PM

Splendid! Wondering about the span for the metal roof supports? Seems a little too far between? In MN it would collapse under a snow load. LOL!

You both are artisans!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 05:49 PM

Answer to To DocSavage45;

with this self supporting plates I only need a support every 3 meters…. I did it 2 meters apart… When you live in an area where it snows…. it’s a totally different story. Than the roof needs to be much steeper to. Luckily…it doesn’t snow in our region of the country…. (up until now that is)

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#7 posted 05-14-2013 05:58 PM

I spent some time in Leiria back in 1985. I love that region of Portugal!
I’ve been following your progress with interest. You’ve certainly got your hands full with all that work.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#8 posted 05-14-2013 07:19 PM

Enjoying your blog and the shop is looking really good. I loved the terraced walls you made too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 05-14-2013 07:40 PM

Impressive to say the least! I also loved the quote as that is what life is all about.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 05-15-2013 02:36 AM

Looking good.

-- Todd

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