I live and work in Papua New Guinea with some of the world’s most remote people groups. Very soon, my family and I will be moving in with a tribal group called, Hewa. I first have to build our house, though. In order to do that I have to slab all of our lumber and just thought you guys would like to see some pictures of this process. These pictures are from a two week trip that I just returned from. It was really tough as we had quite a few set backs (our trees falling down the side of ...
Today at 7:00am the builders came and started on the shop. They began by laying out the additions with wood and rope. They then used a Skid- Steer to drill multiple holes for the main posts. They hit about every pipe in the ground the could have with the auger, but we had the water for those pipes turned off previous to the drilling just in case. The posts were then put into the holes and were suppose to be cemented in the ground today, but with the combination of a storm and a late cement mi...
One day this workbench may be done. It is made from construction lumber. 4×4s, 2×6s and 2×4s. Other than being a functional piece for my “shop”. I wanted this to be a learning process for joinery I have not attempted. The size is about 4’x2’x35”. The small size has been depicted by my small space, the front portion of a 1 car garage. My one goal was to complete the structure of this workbench using no hardware, i.e., nails, screws, bo...
As some here know, I enjoy entering my woodworking projects in the local Fair Competitions. This year is no exception. Last year I entered a Wooden geared clock at the Orange County Fair in Southern California. This year I will be entering the same clock in the Puyallup Fair in Western Washington (My new home). I learned a lot at the OC Fair about displaying my clocks and how the way it is judged makes a huge difference in how it is awarded. The clock was delivered to the OC Fair in pieces, s...
“All truths are easily understood once they are discovered, the point is to discover them.” Galileo Galilei ...Italian philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician…(1564-1642) The Santa Maria Fiore in Florence, Italy is an impressive sight. It is unlike anything that I have seen before because of its sheer size, its wonderful architecture, and its amazing detail. I first saw the Duomo (Cathedral Church) on a late afternoon in early April. The sky was pure blue and the l...
We have sheeted the roof, and put the shingles on. We used a rolled roof vent to allow the hot air to escape in the summer. We will put a metal grate with a screen in the soffits to allow the cooler air to come in to push out the hot air through the roof vent. The shingles were matched to the customer’s house, and we went to work fitting the doors into the opening. The doors are the siding that was cut out of the opening in front. We trimmed out the doors with 1×4’s and ...
We are trucking right along with the shed project. We sheeted the roof today. It wasn’t that tough, we just had to make sure we allowed the 1/2” OSB sheeting to overhang the proper amount on the front and rear. We are building a 6” soffit for a good appearance and it helps keep the rain away from the floor. We were able to make our materials work very efficiently since we stuck to 2’ on center with our rafters. We left about 1-1/2” of space down from the pea...
Lets just once again thank Mr. Albert J. Swanson for his wonderful invention of the Speed Square. I do not remember my Dad ever having these, he always used the traditional framing square. I have both in my woodshop, and both are great. The little book that comes with the Swanson speed square is awesome. Here is some info about the speed square. I have to give it some love, it makes laying out rafters so easy! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_square Once we laid out and stood up ...
Its day 3 here in the Wahoo Woodshop and we finished up the framing and began the siding. The siding we got was a primed plywood type of siding. Its 5/8” thick and is great to work with. It has an OSB backing, and is strong enough to go right on the studs without any need for plywood on the walls. The guys are doing great, we got the front, one side and the rear done today. We also cut out the opening for the door. This plywood will make up the door later. We need to gather up so...
On day 2, we got into laying out the walls. We went with 2 foot centers on this shed. Last year we did a shed that was 16” on center, framed just like a house and the thing ended up being referred to as an above ground bomb shelter. It was too expensive and was overkill. We also did not utilize a double top plate on top of the walls and we did not use a full header also. I must remind myself this is a simple shed, not a house! We got most of the way with the walls today, tomorrow ...
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