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Old 08-29-2011, 12:15 AM   #5386
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There needs to be something better than a couple of tenon inserts for this headboard. That's what the plans in the magazine called for. I have to wonder whether that was right or not...

My choice is 3 4" lag bolts in either side. With just one in and tightened up I would venture to say it is stronger than the original. Two it's immovable. Three, let's just say that's for cheap insurance.

If you have a set of Forstner bits (highly recommended) they make perfect bits for countersinking something like this. Sink the bit until it gets as far as shown in the pic. That's enough to bury the bolt head and washer. You do need a drill press to use a forstner bit, as it is guided by the edge, not the center of the bit.

Then run your clearance bit through.

To mark the end of the board to pre-drill for the bolt holes, I sat the vertical board in place, tapped a punch into the holes and there was my spot for drilling the holes.

For lag bolts, don't be afraid to drill deeper than the bolt itself. With hardwood like this, the threads hold like nobody's business.
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Here's what the top board looks like in mockup stage.
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I wish I had a fraction of your knowledge and skillz.
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Thanks my friend...these things come with time and practice, lots and lots of practice.

If you could see the number of ruined and incomplete projects I had from many years ago you would see I wasn't born with any special skills.

Race car drivers don't enter their first race and win the Indy 500. They have crashes along the way working their way to the top. It's no different with woodworking or any other trade.

Don't be intimidated by what others can do, take the time to study what you would like to learn, and go from there. After that, it is practice.

You may have noticed that I still don't get everything right the first time, but I don't mind letting you know. That way you can learn from my mistakes as well as the occasional success.
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I am thinking of building an off-grid home myself (more of a summer home actually)and then doing the same in South / Central America. I got your name from asking a question on how many amps a home uses over the course of a day and in a reply they said I should check out your blogs. You do have a number of them and I congratulate you on your amazing initiative. Great looking home!!! Are you using solar, wind and bio-mass for your system? Do you use any battery systems for power and charge them with renewables? And if so are they LI (lithium - ion)or lead-acid? I am considering using a LI battery bank system similar to those used in the new E cars and keeping them charged with renewables. Which system are you using and how is it working for you? Paul
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Thanks my friend...these things come with time and practice, lots and lots of practice.

If you could see the number of ruined and incomplete projects I had from many years ago you would see I wasn't born with any special skills.

Race car drivers don't enter their first race and win the Indy 500. They have crashes along the way working their way to the top. It's no different with woodworking or any other trade.

Don't be intimidated by what others can do, take the time to study what you would like to learn, and go from there. After that, it is practice.

You may have noticed that I still don't get everything right the first time, but I don't mind letting you know. That way you can learn from my mistakes as well as the occasional success.
I thought I had sealed up a spot on my front balcony that had occasionally leaked into my home. Irene proved me wrong, only a little though, but a little leak is a leak, and drives me nuts, especially after I "tackled the problem, and fixed it" . Anyhow, I guess it was an exception due to the abundance of rain, but still peeves me regardless. I really thought I had it sorted. Thanks for allowing me to rant.
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I am thinking of building an off-grid home myself (more of a summer home actually)and then doing the same in South / Central America. I got your name from asking a question on how many amps a home uses over the course of a day and in a reply they said I should check out your blogs. You do have a number of them and I congratulate you on your amazing initiative. Great looking home!!! Are you using solar, wind and bio-mass for your system? Do you use any battery systems for power and charge them with renewables? And if so are they LI (lithium - ion)or lead-acid? I am considering using a LI battery bank system similar to those used in the new E cars and keeping them charged with renewables. Which system are you using and how is it working for you? Paul
Good morning Paul:

Many thanks for your kind comments and welcome to the thread.

There is no right answer as to how many amp hours a solar home will use in any given day. That is always a function of what electrical items you have in the house, how much power they draw, how often you use them and whether or not you are extremely careful never to leave any phantom loads running.

Our battery bank currently is a set of sealed lead acid batteries.

I would think that a LI set would be quite a bit better, also more expensive. I don't know what LI batteries cost these days, but undoubtedly over a period of time the price will drop. It's always good advice to buy the best possible set that you can afford, and as large as possible. More battery storage is always better.

With the price of solar panels falling like ninepins today - Canadian Solar has some at $1.34 per watt - the cost of panels has plummeted since we got ours. We have only 500 watts of panels here, and much to everyone's surprise (including mine!) that has proven to be nearly adequate. Sufficient battery storage has always been our problem.

On my next house I will likely put up at least a 2,000 watt system and quite likely more. Simply because the price of panels is so low right now.

We did try a wind genny here for awhile, but our wind regime was totally inadequate. However, if you have some land with good steady wind, I would try a small wind generator as well. Ours was a 500 watt Southwest Windpower unit. It never did put out 500 watts, even when it was at full speed...around 420 was the maximum it ever reached if my memory serves me.

If you haven't yet discovered Homepower Magazine, that's where you need to go. I think you can get an annual subscription to their online magazine for less than 10 bucks a year. Absolutely worth every nickel and then some. They will keep you right up to date on all the latest in solar goodies.

Please keep us posted on your progress...thanks.
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I thought I had sealed up a spot on my front balcony that had occasionally leaked into my home. Irene proved me wrong, only a little though, but a little leak is a leak, and drives me nuts, especially after I "tackled the problem, and fixed it" . Anyhow, I guess it was an exception due to the abundance of rain, but still peeves me regardless. I really thought I had it sorted. Thanks for allowing me to rant.
Ouch, I didn't realise that Irene was going to reach where you are.

Quite often, leaks are caused by a lack of proper flashing. If you would like to put a photo on here as to where your leak is, we might be able to suggest a permanent fix. It definitely should be stoppable, Irene or no Irene.
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While I was outside staining some wood for the bed, I noticed that the missus' one and only bamboo has sprouted two new shoots. Kind of an unusual time of year for that...but I'm sure she'll be pleased when she gets out to have a look.

This one is hibano bambusa tranquillans.
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As you know, the bed is being put together from whatever it is I happen to have kicking around these parts. The two panels in the headboard call for either some sort of 1/4" solid wood panel (unlikely) or 1/4" plywood, much more likely.

All I have on hand is some Virola plywood which is left over from the stair facings. Just enough to make the panels from.

Because this headboard is considerably higher than the original, I needed panels which are 20 1/2" high and about 30" wide. Much of the panel will not be visible from the front, so the appearance will not be substantially different from the original design.

This plywood really isn't much to write home about, and so it needed a little help.

I used some filler on both sides to try and smooth it out. The filler in question goes on pink and dries white. This was very fast, because the filler was very thinly applied.

Prior to filling, I hand sanded the panels - both side - with worn out 100 grit sandpaper, followed by 180 grit.
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I always think that any plywood to be stained benefits from having conditioner applied. Once the conditioner is on, you have up to 2 hours to get the stain on. After that, the conditioner loses its' effectiveness. I waited about 15 minutes to let it get a good soaking.
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On one side of the Virola I tried an ebony stain...
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and on the other, red Mahogany.
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