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Old 10-25-2011, 07:49 PM   #5776
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The time has come for me to revive an accusation I made some time ago. You ain't foolin' me any longer Keith. I am now totally convinced you have an army of dwarfs and elves working constantly to make you look good.

Hell it's almost eight pm here and my bones still hurt just from getting out of bed this morning and walking to the bathroom.
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:21 PM   #5777
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The time has come for me to revive an accusation I made some time ago. You ain't foolin' me any longer Keith. I am now totally convinced you have an army of dwarfs and elves working constantly to make you look good.

Hell it's almost eight pm here and my bones still hurt just from getting out of bed this morning and walking to the bathroom.
Close, but no cigar.

It's actually a small army of gorgeous babes...uh yeah...I wish!
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Keith, I see what you mean, I may not be able to do that cutting but I will see if my neighbor is, thanks for the suggestion. It would be nice to get a 6 inch thick slab with a live edge on it, that would sure make a pretty table top. This wood is shaggy bark white oak and the strange part is the center of the tree is pink to red like red oak. I know it isn't red oak because it doesn't have the open pores.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:20 PM   #5779
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Working today on the customer's "Sea Deck" as he calls it.

They only had a single 2 x 8 around the perimeter, so I added a second layer to provide some beef to hold the posts.

There's quite a drop off in front of this deck, so it isn't possible to stand in front and hold a board in place while you nail it. About 25 feet down to the rocks below.

So I used the age old trick of using nails as my third hand to hold the boards in place.

Pre nail the board from end to end, then add two or three nails to the top of the board and bend them over just past 90. I added another nail to the back side of the board, as I needed it to overhang by 1 1/2"...that was my stop.
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On the sides there is room to stand, but it is actually easier to hold the board in place by hand from above and whack in a few nails to hold it.

Here's the porcupine.
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The posts were another battle due to the drop off in front. They were through bolted and lagged as well.

I put the through bolts on top, which meant drilling the 1" countersink hole first, then the 3/8" clearance hole through the post. The post is then held in place while at the same time reaching out in front of the post and drilling through the double 2 bys. Just don't look down while you're doing that.

Then the carriage bolt is driven in to the upper hole...then you go below the deck and add the washer and nut. The front 4 were a bit nerve wracking.

Then back up top again, plumb the post(s) and drill a hole for the lags which go on the bottom. Wind the lags up tight with a ratchet and hope things stayed plumb. If they don't...give the post a good pull and it will straighten. Once the top rails are in place they won't move.

Judging by the weather forecast that may not happen until next week.
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This guy came by this afternoon...nice schooner.
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On the sides there is room to stand, but it is actually easier to hold the board in place by hand from above and whack in a few nails to hold it.

Here's the porcupine.
Dang Keith, one things for sure, nobody can ever accuse you of short nailing.
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Dang Keith, one things for sure, nobody can ever accuse you of short nailing.
You have to remember that this is basically going to end up as a beam, so you need lots of steel in there. Besides, those nails have been sitting there in the box doing absolutely nothing for the last 6 years. I didn't want them to feel neglected any longer.
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That looks like a tough deck to get at to work on but it is sure nice and the scenery is breath taking. I can feel the rod and reel in my hand right now.
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Jim, there's a chap who has a cabin about half a dozen lots away from this one, and he's an avid fisherman.

Every year without fail he goes out fishing in this channel and lands some nice salmon.

The cod fishery is closed here, but you just have to go on to the other side of Valdez Island, which is the one you see in the pic above, to get to the open area for cod. Valdez is about ten miles long, so you have to go through either Porlier Pass which is really tricky if there is any tide running, or Gabriola Passage at the north end.

The cod fishery is closed on about half the local waters and open on the rest. Since cod are not migratory, I guess they are trying to allow the cod stocks to re-populate in the closed areas.
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Keith, a friend of mine who lived in Alaska told me the Salmon we get down here is garbage compared to what they eat up there. I have had smoked Salmon from Alaska and it was sooooo good but I do love Cod better, it sounds like everyone else does also. There aren't any of those fish down this way but Judy and I use to catch 65 and 70 pound catfish here on the Tennessee River. We just can't handle the big ones anymore, those bad boys will pull your boat around not to mention give you a shower when you land one.

It is so pretty up your way, I wouldn't care if I couldn't fish, I wonder if a person could get use to living in a place so pretty?
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Jim, the chap who has a cabin to our immediate east is one of the higher ups in our Ministry of Fisheries. He tells me that the fish are firmer and better tasting if they spend their lives in colder water.

I do know that when the salmon make their runs up the rivers every year to spawn, that they don't like to go up if the water is either too warm or too low.

When I lived in the Yukon, we used to travel up to Fox Lake several miles out of Whitehorse and catch the arctic grayling using black flies for lures. Very white flesh and very tasty!
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A few days ago our neighbour popped around to let us know he was about to fall a fir tree at his place and that is what the big bang would be.

So I grabbed my camera and went to take a pic or two of the action, but by the time I was there the tree was on the ground!
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The top of the tree had been broken off in the wind several years ago,which is usually a sign that the tree is not long for this world.

You can see how much rot was in the tree, and it was like that right to the top.
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