Workshop Build #9: The attic

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 03-06-2010 06:21 PM 1776 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Covering the outside Part 9 of Workshop Build series Part 10: The roof »

Now where were we?
Oh yes… we have to start the upper floor, I am going to call it the attic.

Let me remind you that my husband did all of this part completely on his own. I was recovering from carpal tunnel surgery and unable to carry anything or hammer or do much at all other than supervise! There were no stairs yet, so all the pieces had to be pulled up from the front or brought up on a ladder. It was a lot of heavy work for one person and a heck of a lot of pieces.

He started by making the upper front wall in two pieces:
upper front wall

He then made, similarly the back wall and put up a roof ridge and two 4’ tall knee walls.

roof ridge

A view from the attic of the roof ridge and knee walls:

roof going up

Rafters then had to be placed that met the ridge and were notched to be rested on the knee walls and again on the top edge of the side walls:

rafters from outside

Here is a view of the roof rafters taken from the floor of the shop where the stairs will go:

roof rafters

And a view from the attic:
roof from attic

From the front:
front view of rafters

And a view of the overhang:


Across the front and back, lookout rafters had to be added:
lookout rafters

It’s now Sept. 2008, can we get the roof on before the snow flies? be continued…

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 03-07-2010 02:41 AM

Looking great! Keep the pictures coming. I am looking forward to seeing the finished shop. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 03-07-2010 03:42 AM

A super build an interesting blog.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 03-07-2010 11:34 AM

I can see the progress photos are being posted and there must be many more. At first I forgot you were catching us up and not following as it goes. It must be a nice place by now. Looking forward to more.

-- Jim

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#4 posted 03-07-2010 04:48 PM

Yes,Jim, sorry about the confusing wording. I am trying to get up to date, but it’s taking time to get the photos figured out and uploaded and posted. I try to do some every few days and right now I am up to Sept. 2008 in the blog build, but it’s really March 2010 and I just made a lumber rack!

-- ~Julie~

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