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Blog series by moshel updated 08-26-2010 06:56 AM 4 parts 9690 reads 22 comments total

Part 1: background

08-23-2010 09:14 AM by moshel | 10 comments »

As you all know, Steve (daltxguy) is hosting some LJ’s for the weekend and will be using us as cheap slave labour to help him move a 6 Ton log of red beech that managed to get itself in the most inappropriate place. as we can’t just cut the forest and we have no hydraulics, we need to go back in time and find how people did this kind of things 1000s of years ago. After ruling out some great ideas (enslaving Australia, Importing elephants, using horses), we resorted to leverage....

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Part 2: the pole

08-23-2010 10:21 AM by moshel | 6 comments »

I have to apologize for not taking pictures while building it – thought about it only later. there are some photos of the end of this stage at the bottom of the page. So, I looked at my timber rack and found that the only reasonably sound “beam” I had is 3×4. However, it was a wonderfully dense heart Rimu. So, I denailed it (hard work – its from recycled buildings and taking out these 3 3/4” nails out of it is really hard) milled it to just under 3×3...

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Part 3: holes and bottom frame

08-24-2010 05:56 AM by moshel | 6 comments »

First, I drilled the holes for the handles, here it is with one 3/4” pipe in place (I don’t have two…): I also added screws to help with the shearing force. not sure if it was wise: another addition was more screws to hold the parts of the circle together, as i was afraid the edge will catch: now I could set my mind on the frame… first comes denailing. For those of you who never worked with recycled timber, here is a photo if a relatively easy to d...

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Part 4: upper frame

08-26-2010 06:56 AM by moshel | 0 comments »

well, its time to make the upper frame. I have rounded the edges of the back brace (as the anchoring rope is going to go around it), screwed it to the lower support (the pull is toward the support, so no need for structural joints) and this is what i got: I figured the pole will have to rotate on some support from belo, so i used pocket screws to add a piece of timber below it: and now all the frame is together! I have used different joints for this: to reduce friction...

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