|Project by joeyinsouthaustin||posted 01-29-2013 11:59 PM||1195 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
This is a commissioned piece that I finished recently. There were a couple of posts regarding this piece, so thanks to the LJ’s who helped, even if you didn’t know it. Over all the piece is 18’ 1/4” long and 2’ to 5’8” wide. It is made of superior grade Alder trells 1 1/2” by 2 1/2” space 1 1/2” apart. The assembly is held together with two 1×2 alder runners, aluminum supports brackets and posts.
The project seems simple, but here is some of the hurdles that were over come. All in all, like all things simple, it took more of my, and others, wood working skill and knowledge base than expected. 1: Logistics. The logistics of planning, moving, and installing something this large were challenging. 2: Basic skills: My primary objective was that this be solid wood, and that it be stable enough that over time the trells would not warp out of shape. This took very careful wood selection, for grain and stability. All the proper milling techniques, re saw, jointing, planing, sawing, and resting between. When finished to final dimensions the trells were sticked and rested for 5 weeks. 4: Jig making, assembly. The pictures show how the pieces were staged, assembly, the little jig I built to lay it out and ensure it came out square, and perfectly spaced. 5: Construction skills: The metal parts were milled by others (thanks m&m machining) but I had to re-frame the soffit to ensure it could carry the load. 6: finishing, thank god this was done by others.
I don’t have the permission to post many of the projects I work on, but thank you to the owners of this one that they were happy to let me get a project up. I hope to post more, It is hard to find the time.
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