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Old 04-26-2010, 02:34 PM   #856
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The radar pic shows rain all over the place here, but we're still dry!

I cut some more boards for the screen last night and got them nailed on this morning. Just a bit over 3' to go now...plus the door at the end.
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The radar pic shows rain all over the place here, but we're still dry!

I cut some more boards for the screen last night and got them nailed on this morning. Just a bit over 3' to go now...plus the door at the end.
You keep mentioning "Nails" Why not screws or are you using super nails? I'm a screw type guy. They seem to work better for my applications. Great work so far. dorf dude...
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Hi Shu:

These boards are only 5/8" thick by 2" wide. Galvanized nails have worked fine for me for 40 some years, so no reason to change now.

However, just to show that I'm an equal opportunity type guy, all the crosspieces are screwed on to the uprights with two 2 1/2" construction screws at each end.

Where nails are visible, I like to keep them as unobtrusive as possible. So these are galvanized casing nails.

Plus, the stringers are screwed into the face board from behind as well.
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why was the right stringer heel cut straight thru vs th left which you notched to fit the deck? is something being built under this?
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why was the right stringer heel cut straight thru vs th left which you notched to fit the deck? is something being built under this?
I just knew someone would spot that and ask what was going on!

Actually, the right stringer is almost dead square to the lower deck, so it was easy to do.

I made the mistake of guesstimating the length of the left stringer - at night no less - and initially had it too long, by about 4".

As you know by now, I shortened the left stringer so that it would rest on the deck by about the same amount as the right one.

Anyway, when I was cutting the bottom of the left stringer, I thought, "what the heck" and just cut the entire bottom off. There is loads of meat there so strength is not an issue. Plus it is not seen from the front side, just from the house.

I think there will likely be some sort of planting going in there.

So, honestly, I really have no good reason - other than appearance - to have left the bottom on the right stringer.
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Hey, that's what this site is all about...just a wunderin!

Sometimes I don't have very good answers for what I do...
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Thanks tp. No work today, just got back from an all day trip to town. I'll be gluing up some more of the curved (not again!) posts for the narrow deck in front of the master bed room.
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This morning I removed two more deck posts from their clamping confines.

Here they are all clamped up sitting in the sunshine.
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you should really look into doing a book with pics. went back thru your posts and the way you write and phrase is very entertaining and holds a persons interest. Makes one want to read more to see what fascinating thing is coming next. please make sure you take lots of pics even if not posted here.

I would bet money if a publisher read this thread and you said you wanted to put all this in a book you would pick up a backer. plus with todays technology anything on film could easily be digitized. i really hope you look into this, i for one would by a copy in a cedar log heartbeat. timothy
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I agree tpolk. It would make a wonderful book.

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Tim and Barb, you guys are far too kind.

...and speaking of cedar logs, I had this big, old, really ugly cedar log in the chute yesterday. I imagine it must have been in the ocean maybe 15 - 20 years.

Anyway, one end of it looked halfway decent, but it was far too big to bring up inside the lift. So I had to rip it lengthways, and ended up quartering it.

This morning I cut one of the two better pieces, thinking I would have enough to finish the screen.

I guess there must have been maybe 16 or 18 wide boards that came off the one piece. So I took them all up to the house. Half went up on the back deck, where I grab the boards from and run them through the tablesaw and planer. The other half I left on top of some 4 x 4's sitting on the ground. Naturally, I forgot about them.

So after processing all the boards on the deck I was absolutely certain that I had more than enough for the screen.

Close, but no cigar...
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I need just 3 more boards to finish up. Went around to the back of the house and what do I see...the rest of the boards!

I would have done the machining right away, except that we have a really nasty onshore south wester coming right at us. I don't think there is any doubt we will be wet very shortly.

This pic is of the last quarter of the old cedar log. I'll cut it up on the next good weather day. I told you it was ugly.

And maybe, I will make a few more screen boards from the others outside. I did just move them all to the saw table a few minutes ago.
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:08 PM   #870
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These boards are from the first couple of chunks from this old log. Not much good for anything decent, but my neighbour needs a woodshed. He's had his property here for 43 years and has never built one!

I think I might surprise him with one before he gets out here this summer.
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