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Old 05-04-2010, 11:31 PM   #886
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Looking great as always!
If i may ask you a question, how much time is spent just visualizing the plans for the next day?
I like to complete the days work, and just sit around looking and thinking about what i can do next.
Lots of times i change plans in midstream. Do you ever do the same?
Sorry for pestering you, I would be interested to look into the thought process of someone with such genius.
Oh boy, how do I answer something like that?

As a general rule, I actually like to draft things out quite completely. When I first started this house I had something like 60 pages of plans, much of which was detail drawings of each small item.

I do try not to change things once they are started, as this is often an unnecessary expense both in time and money.

However, I have been known to alter things in the past, and this hot tub/deck assembly is just one such case. I would like to think that this is a better solution than the original plan, as there is now plenty of room around the tub, which would have been quite limited before.

It has been exactly 50 years since I took the Mensa test now. So even from the age of 17 I understood that I should be able to learn anything I wanted. The result has been a too-large variety of interests, but in the end architecture and any kind of woodworking won out.

As far as visualizing the next days plans...I do that all the time. Usually at night when I am supposed to be sleeping. But I have this odd affliction where I need very little sleep, so I can plan - in my mind - just what I need to do next. It is usually at night when I come up with answers to any sticky little problems that might be presenting themselves.

And it's not pestering me at all. It just gives me a good excuse to try and explain things. So, please, pester away!

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Old 05-04-2010, 11:41 PM   #887
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Funny you mentioned drafting, i have no less than 15 different drawings of my latest project.

When I look at the detail of your construction methods, I cannot imagine how in the world you were able to put to paper the complexity of the all the elements in that structure.

Hats off to you sir!!
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Well, thanks again.

But there is a method to my madness.

If you break the whole thing down into tiny bites and consider each small part as its' own individual identity, it becomes a lot easier.

Perhaps the biggest challenge is trying to keep the entire design coherent. One of the easiest ways to do this is to keep a similarity in the materials and colour used throughout.

You will see that the screen behind the tub has vertical boards. Even though they are not the same size as the house, they fit in well.

I still have not decided whether the screen will be stained or varnished. While varnish would look great, it would mean an annual maintenance coat. I'm not sure whether the next owner would be up for that, as there is already quite a bit of varnished wood all over the house.
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What type of screw and of what material? Curiosity has got the best of me . dorf dude...
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The door cross pieces were all screwed in using some stainless steel screws I had left over from an outdoor chair project which never got finished! So they should hold up OK.

Incidentally, stainless steel screws should always have access to oxygen, in order to remain "stainless". And that is stain less, not stain free.
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I have just sent a "thank you" to alke 46 for reminding me that the end fascia on the woodshed never got done.

So late this afternoon I found a couple of pieces of cedar which were kind of so-so and turned them into the fascia.

Also needed to do the end 3 boards at the top to finish it off. Did that, took a quick couple of pics (it was getting a bit late) and realised there was no stain done.

Quickly did that and just managed the last pic before it was too dusky.
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We didn't make it across to town yesterday...we were headed to the boat when the wind came up and the MRS chickened out. Can't say I blame her. We did make the trek today, and she just needed to go to the nursery for "a couple of tomato plants and maybe a few bedding plants".

I put that in quotes just so that you know what a couple, or a few means to her.

This was the second lift full of plants which we came back with. Over 150 plants in all! Good thing she didn't say a couple of dozen!!
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It looks as though spring may have made its' arrival official. Terrific day today.

This morning I mixed up some boiled linseed oil and paint thinner 50/50 and put a coat on the top outside of the hot tub. Before I did that I gave it a good sanding, and smoothed the top out.

It makes quite a difference in the colour of the wood, and is supposed to help prevent the hoops from rusting too much. I will put a much thicker coat on tomorrow, more like 90/10.
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Same thing, only now it is finished all the way around.
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And the next job...which I have been deliberately avoiding...was to try and move the woodstove up the steps.

With a combination of a 1 ton chain hoist, a conglomeration of various and sundry ropes, some good, others not so much, and of course the usual cunning, we got underway thusly.
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In case you are wondering why on earth I would need a 4' peavey sticking out of the wood stove, it was there to keep the dolly down. Without it, the dolly wanted to stand upright, which obviously would not have been a good thing.

This was the end of the first "lift". The chain hoist has a 10' capacity, but the best it could go at one shot was maybe between 7 and 8 feet. All the various slack had to go, then it would start to work.
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You will see that these steps have quite a few curves. It didn't make it any too easy to keep the stove in line. At this point...I think it was the third lift, one of the wheels was almost completely off the step.
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Two and a half hours after I started, the wood stove arrived at the top. And that's exactly where it's going to stay until tomorrow!

It will end up behind the screen set on 4 concrete blocks. I'm going to have to remove a section of fence between the neighbour and me to get the stove in place. There is also about a ton of old wood that needs to be cut up for firewood that is in the way right now.
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Good job Keith. Mechanical power might not be the fastest but you can work alone. I have moved many beams the same way. dorf dude...
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just had to have those curves

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