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Old 01-07-2009, 12:40 AM   #61
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When I was trying to design this beam, I wanted to have it unsupported from end to end. I hunted high and low for anything on curved wood beams, but came up with a total blank. I did not have access to the web at the time, as this was about '98 or so.
I thought maybe I could hang two stainless steel cables between the front and back walls in a couple of places to take the load.
You see, if the beam had been straight there would have been no problem.
Although you cannot see the construction, essentially it is a 2 by 6 wall with cross bracing along the entire length. I was not concerned about the strength of the beam, however, when the weight of the beam falls completely to one side of the supports, it needs help to stay in place.
Now, the rafters on the front side meet the beam in a long gentle arc. They
connect below the high windows.
The rafters on the back side of the room sit on top of the framing immediately above the windows.
Theoretically, it should be able to stay in place unassisted. But I never had the guts to try it.
There are two posts which split the load into thirds, and these posts are further supported down in the dining area below by even bigger posts.
Better safe than sorry I think.
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Front side of the same thing. I have just put the chimney through the roof. Woodstove soon!
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A fairly recent pic of the "War Zone" up in the master bedroom!
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See the hole in the floor?
Below that is what we call the solarium area. If and when I ever get all the pile of wood out of there, my wife will fill it up with plants. Then if the plants decide to grow too tall, they can carry on right through the floor.
At least, that is what my wife thinks.
In reality, it is a "divorce hole". Never heard of that before?
Here's how it works.
I will build a seat height curved bench all around the hole. Then when she annoys me too much one day I just have to give her a hip check into the hole. Instant divorce! Just kidding.
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In front of the bedroom is a narrow (4') deck, about 40' long. We have hummed and hah'd about what to cover it with for ages. If it ever sees any use at all, it will only be very sporadic. It is there more or less to provide the appropriate shade for the solarium in the summertime, and to give access to the windows for cleaning and any other maintenance.
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Still standing on the studio roof after having installed the window frame for the front entrance, this is looking down at the front decks.
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The window frame I made for the top of the barrel vault ceiling is about 7' wide. Finally got it installed this past summer. Here it is unglazed, except for the ever popular 6 mil poly. It has since been done with regular glass on the outside, and the tinted lexan on the inside. I hope this may provide some U.V. protection for whatever may be inside.
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wow. sounds like you have had a fun 12 years building this paradise. I just spent the last 30 minutes or so reading your thread and you do some amazing work. Keep the story going and good luck!
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Thanks ponch:
I'm not finished yet, but I am at least in the more or less finishing stages.
I am hoping to be done this year. But I have to wonder out loud whether or not one is ever truly finished with a project like this.
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I have a question for all you clever guys and gals out there.
In the kitchen, the island will be a fairly big curved unit. Here's the problem.
I have built the subframe for a matching valence, which (I hope) will hold 5 LED lights.
The valence is something like 150"+ in length, and the height of the curve is
about 4'. Not exactly sure on that one. You can judge from the pic.
I am going to have to figure out just exactly how to get this thing up in the air by myself. There is no help at all here. Wife is not able, and there is nobody else around at the moment. I can just lift the whole thing, but there is no way on this green earth that I could lift it in the air, never mind fix it exactly in the right place. I have put the requisite spacers on the top side of the valence, and the intent is that these will be screwed, using either 2 1/2 or 3" screws (as required) to keep the whole shebang in place.
Any brilliant ideas?
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This is what the valence assembly looks like. The sides will be finished with red cedar boards.
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I was just going through the pics on the computer, and ran across a few that I just have to tell you a story about.
We see the big hovercraft come past the island fairly often in the summertime, usually on its' way to help some poor soul who manages to get themselves into trouble on the water.
Anyway, it is a hot summer day, and the hovercraft comes by the head of our bay.
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The wife and I are busy down on the beach, and as usual I have the camera handy.
Without any warning or apparent reason, the hovercraft starts to turn around. So we figured they have a rescue to go to in the other direction.
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Not quite. They keep on turning until they are headed into the bay. Now this is most unusual, as this thing when it is going creates one almighty spray, and anything and everything within 30 yards gets instantly wet. They have come into the bay maybe twice since we have been here. Both times soaking our boat. Thanks, coast guard.
By this time, wife is getting extremely anxious and just doesn't know what is going on.
"They are coming to get us!" she yells.
"No." I say, "I don't think so, or at least I hope not."
You see, once a year, we have a massive bonfire down on the beach right at the head of the bay. We burn all the slash that has accumulated from the sawmill during the year. Only on this day, we had a two year supply of slash to burn. Any fool coming by the head of the bay in any boat, would have to be blind not to see this huge fire we have going. Even the coast guard aren't THAT blind.
When I tell you we have a massive fire, I am not joking. Many of the boards are 16' long, and the fire gets pretty high at the peak. And VERY hot.
We always do it when we know there will be a high enough tide that it will get put out completely when the next tide comes in.
So, wife number 2's concern may have had just a little bit of legitimacy.
However, on this day, there was not yet our normal summer burning ban in place, so I was not that worried. Or, at least that is what I told her.
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So, with the C.G. aiming squarely at us, we decided that it might be an excellent idea not to add any more fuel to the fire, as it were. After all, the flames were a good 30' in the air, and it wasn't exactly something you could stand in front of to hide.
So, our only option was to ride it out and see what happened.
Well, it turned out that the boys were just getting hungry and wanted to stop for a lunch break.
We have this lovely little island out at the head of the bay where the entrance marker is. At high tide it is covered, but at lower tides, there is a beautiful shell beach there. Very popular with swimmers and sunbathers - especially sunbathers - in the summertime.
They stayed for 2 1/2 hours, by which time our fire had burned down just enough that we could get at it again.
One of my hobbies is astronomy. As a result of this, I always keep at least one telescope on the back deck in case of something interesting to watch.
Just in case anything untoward was going to develop, I kept an eye on them while they were here.
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