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Old 04-16-2010, 12:39 AM   #766
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Nearly didn't get the deck boards all cut out today. This afternoon the wind got up and it started to rain...grrr. Quickly put the tools inside and grabbed a coffee while I was stewing.

Fortunately, it didn't last long...more an annoyance than anything.

The process I used to determine the cut lines went something like this.

I would first measure the board length right on top of the framing,, then rough cut the board a bit long. Then I would lay the board in place and mark where I wanted the second side of the cut. Take it back to the work area, snap the line and cut.

Not difficult, just very time consuming. It wasn't something that you could just simply cut 20 boards at a time for. Be patient and do it one at a time.

You will see in these pics that neither the inside or outside edges are trimmed. I did get them done just as it was getting dark, but I figured I had better get a pic or two while it was still light enough to see OK. It was way too dark by the time I was done.

Next, I will run all the boards through the planer. Check to see that the tops of the joists are all on the same plane and fix any that aren't. Apply a coating of wood preservative, and finally nail the deck boards on.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:44 AM   #767
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Got a visit from my buddy at the other end of the island today. He had a brand new above ground swimming pool full of water for fire protection. Last week we had a major wind storm, and a big fir tree deposited itself somewhat unceremoniously right inside it. End of pool.

However, now he has a filter, lines and pump which are of no use to him and he is very kindly going to donate them to the cause here. Pretty decent of him I would say.
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I may take a trip round to a couple of the bays to see if I can find a big old curved log. If I can, I might use it to make the stringers for the steps down from the deck. If not, then it will have to be plain old bland steps like everyone else has.

Once the decking is nailed, I'll go onto the screen at the back of the deck. There are three designs I'm toying with, none of which will be particularly quick to install. C'est la vie!
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Still somewhat in awe of your dedication to your project. (guess that goes to show you what can get done when you take tv out of the equation). Just wondering, you obviously are a wood guy. your post don't touch to much on the mechanical's of the house. Is that something that you handled yourself? I'm a mechanical guy so i'm just a little curios.
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Was just wondering if your 'neighbours' see you as a "magnate' for all the "big" money that will comme to you, and your .."castle' when you are finished..since you said earlier, you have planned to sell your .."enterprize"..and move on?
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Still somewhat in awe of your dedication to your project. (guess that goes to show you what can get done when you take tv out of the equation). Just wondering, you obviously are a wood guy. your post don't touch to much on the mechanical's of the house. Is that something that you handled yourself? I'm a mechanical guy so i'm just a little curios.
Then here's a surprise for you.

I used to build race cars with my boys. Lots of fabricating, as you probably know. I think I was weaned on small block Chevy's!

But, yes, I'm a wood guy. Always have been, always will be.

I spent a good chunk of today welding on a Fisher wood stove. Pix later.
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Was just wondering if your 'neighbours' see you as a "magnate' for all the "big" money that will comme to you, and your .."castle' when you are finished..since you said earlier, you have planned to sell your .."enterprize"..and move on?
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Dunno Syd. Not too many people over here talk to us about property values. Mainly because sales are few and far between.

But yes, as soon as I'm done, I think we'll sell and get over to the island.
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Just awesomw what you do, ..and then "I" read the post about how you had 'kids' ...and built 'cages' for..whatever, you are just simply ..'awesome', and I will just watch and learn...thank you for the posts!
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I guess part 1 of the heating system for the tub will be the woodstove. My buddy here bought this old Fisher from someone near Nanaimo. He was going to cut the bottom out and weld it on top of his other Fisher, for use as a big oven.

Since then, he has (unfortunately) decided to sell his place and move elsewhere. The stove was up for grabs, so I bought it from him.

I would rather have had a stove with the chimney exhaust on top, and most of the Fishers seem to have the outlet on the back.

Therefore I had to first remove the ring on the back of the stove, I used a zipwheel for this...then cut out an 8" circle in 1/4 plate and weld it into the hole.

Next thing was to cut out a 6" hole in the top and weld on a ring for the stovepipe to sit in. I made the 6" ring by cutting out a piece of the 8" ring and welding it back together.

I think I must have had some dirt in the welding tip, as I had a devil of a time getting enough heat to melt the 1/4 plate. But, it's done now.

And tonight's sunset thrown in for good measure.
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Fairly nasty weather here today, so no outside work done.

So instead I started working on the deck boards, which I brought inside last night (thanks to the MRS for warning me about the incoming rain, and boy was she right).

I sanded the boards, top, bottom and edges, then used my little Kakuri plane to chamfer the edges - all 4.
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I guess as long as you can read Japanese, you could understand what all that writing is about.

The plane makes two different sizes of chamfers. I prefer the smaller one. I suppose the bigger chamfer might be fine for 4 x 4's or bigger.

I put a pile of shavings on the board to show you how well it works.

And just as with Japanese saws, the plane is also intended to be used on the pull stroke.

Like anything else, it takes a little getting used to. But with practice, you will soon note that a pull stroke seems to be far more even. Push strokes with most planes seem to be hard at the beginning of the stroke, less so elsewhere.
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The body of that plane is made from Japanese Oak. The two grooves in the bottom of the plane keep the blade cutting perfectly on the edge of your board. And, of course, the blade is that exquisite Japanese steel. They really have a knack for making fine edged tools.
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they make beautiful well made tools. I enjoy their backsaws and have a nice set of mortise chisels
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they make beautiful well made tools. I enjoy their backsaws and have a nice set of mortise chisels
Mortise chisels is one thing I don't have from Japan. I have some Henry Taylor mortise chisels which seem to be pretty good.

There is a real difference in both the steel and the shape of the hand made Japanese chisels.

If you look at the back side of one, you will see the hollow which they always use. As you sharpen the chisel and it slowly wears away, the hollow disappears.

I have had the wide chisel for many, many years. It was probably at least 1/4" longer when it was new.
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Today I finally finished running all the (71) deck boards through the planer. Then did the edge chamfers and sanded every board with the pad sander.

Once again, the weatherman is calling for unsatisfactory weather, so everything is under cover.

Here's the last board going through the planer.
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