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Blog entry by patron posted 03-17-2011 10:56 PM 5002 reads 1 time favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hey gang

back again here on the shop floor
things were getting ‘wobbly’ out in the sun
so i reinforced it till the TGI floor joists go on

i started by stabilizing the outside beam ends with temp. braces
making sure they were the same distance from the end of the house

and with three blocks the same thickness
i screwed one to each inside end of the beam
and stretched a nylon string over them for 60’
(the wind was blowing so i did it inside where the beam shielded the string)

and using the third block as a gauge braced the subsequent posts
so that the block just touched the string

(it is important to do this as just laying the string to the beam and eyeballing it
can and does move the string slightly at each post
resulting in a curved line instead of a straight one

now i screwed 2×4x10’ flush to the outside beam edge
and to the middle of the next beam over
(my 2×4’s were all 10 ft so i lucked out
and didn’t have to mark them
and went up and down this way
till all the beams were straight too
off of the outside one that was braced
the last one attaches to the beam on the house
making everything stable and even

so here it is much more stable and ready for the floor joists
and pressure treated bracing throughout
everything to date is screwed together
as i can still move things lightly for final squaring and nailing
all the posts will have through bolts and corner metal straps
once it is satisfactory
but for now it wont wander around and stiffen up that way
making it hard to fix later

thanks for looking again
and have a great and safe time in the shops

not to bad for a single guy working alone

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 11:04 PM

It’s exciting to see the work progressing.

I hope that also mean the pain is subsiding.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 03-17-2011 11:10 PM


You’re really getting it done!

Back breaking work!

Take it easier…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 03-17-2011 11:10 PM

Dang it! I wish my wife would go along with this type of structure!
I appreciate your efforts to make your experiences available to the rest of us!
Keep up the good work!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 03-17-2011 11:31 PM

Looks good David
I’m suggesting Martin should have a contest where the first ten winners get a free trip to your place to help build your shop of course each winner to qualify has to bring $ 5000 to help with building supplies and there own packages of hot dogs ,one downfall is you have to furnish them hot dog buns and soda. LOL

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 03-17-2011 11:35 PM

As one might expect from you David, very accurate and precise work…not to mention HUGE! Looking good. Best wishes as you continue.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 03-17-2011 11:47 PM

Hey Patron, great update.

This will be one huge shop.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#7 posted 03-17-2011 11:51 PM

hey David good to see you still can stand on your feet :-) remember to take it easy
it´s start to look real good sofare , its easy to see the precision work continiued from the
box´s to the floor , if I had those kind of money I wuold have bett you wont bee more than
1mm off when the floor is finished :-)

I like this blogserie as a DIY person :-)

take care

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#8 posted 03-18-2011 12:08 AM

I can’t get my mind around the kind of weather you have there David i seem to remember snow don’t I ? yet it looks like desert & hot. Still that will be some shop when it’s done but take it easy & don’t knock yourself up, wish I lived closer I’d happily lend a hand, I’m renovating an old 1930’s house for a developer at the moment & it’s cold, dark & damp. I really like the look of that sunshine
Best regards

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#9 posted 03-18-2011 12:19 AM

It’s coming along well David. It is amazing how much a person can do with a methodical step by step approach. It’s fun to build because a large project like yours grows relatively fast and it’s size can be pretty satisfying, especially if it’s going to be a shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-18-2011 12:30 AM

Looking great David.
I wish I was closer so I could lend a hand, bring a few lasers and tell the wind where to
Keep up the good work and glad your feeling better, at least I hope you are.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#11 posted 03-18-2011 12:36 AM

ok nap over

thanks guys
nice to see your enthusiasm

long ways to go yet
but these first steps are important
sets the stage for the coming work

do or dawdle
those are my choices

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 03-18-2011 12:55 AM

It sure looks like a straight line to me,
it sure is one wonderful landscape,
you sure is one determent man.
So this is looking like a wonderful travel you take.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 03-18-2011 01:20 AM

snow still around
just up in the mountains now

. gary
i had a fancy laser
it fell of the roof
and never worked right again
i learn the ‘old ways’
that way i’m always ready to work somehow
it still amazes me
how many can’t do much without modern tools
and don’t even know how to use a handsaw
or chisel

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 03-18-2011 01:39 AM

I’m really enjoying watching you wrestle that lumber

Your photos are top notch , also

Wish you had a live webb cam here on LJs

It would be more enjoyable than wandering through all the

galleries in Santa Fe . But, that’s an old carpenter’s wishful thinking .

Can’t wait for the next ‘episode’ ! good luck

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#15 posted 03-18-2011 01:56 AM

Impressive job David. Your method really works. The joists are now straight as can be. Best of luck as you continue this project.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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