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Old 05-21-2010, 11:25 PM   #1051
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The surveyor's cabin, pic in post 10 (thank you Barb) was built by a chap named Mason in about the mid sixties. He was given this lot as part of his pay package after the first part of the island survey was done.

Once most of the lots at the north end were sold, the developer had him come back and do the survey work for the south end.

The original cabin didn't come with the falling down option, that was built - if you can call it that - by a chap across the bay (I guess he had better remain nameless) who likes to think he is a boatbuilder. OK, if you say so...

The alleged "boatbuilder" has a cabin which isn't much better...it's falling down as well.

So he has just built himself a second cabin. A couple of years back we were over there visiting, and his wife said he should show me the "plans" for the new cabin.

Whereupon he produced a napkin - I promise I'm not even kidding a little bit - with a handful of illegible scribblings on it.

So I said, Oh, come on, where are the real drawings?

Oops, apparently that was it.

So when he built this "new" place, he forgot to allow for any kind of headers over the doors or windows. Actually didn't have the room anyway, as the ceiling height is less than 7 feet!

I'll give him one thing though, at least his buildings go up quickly...too bad they come down nearly as fast!

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Old 05-21-2010, 11:30 PM   #1052
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One of the more difficult things to move over to the island is large sheets of glass. Like the 34 x 76 tempered sheets for example. We have many of those in the house and cabin.

I built this glass carrier to make the chore a little easier (in fact I made 2 of them).

One I had on an old boat trailer we had at the time. So we would load a bunch of sheets from the store, drive down to the marina and move the sheets on to the boat on the other carrier.

It worked very well.
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Old 05-21-2010, 11:35 PM   #1053
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If there's one thing my wife doesn't mind doing, it's painting, staining or varnishing. I'm very thankful for that, as I would much rather be making something instead of doing that.

This is our first woodshed, likely about 13 years back.
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Old 05-21-2010, 11:41 PM   #1054
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This is what we call the back of the house. It faces out to the bay (north).

All the walls were sheathed in lumber, either two thin layers for the curved walls, or a single layer for the straight walls.

Sometimes, if I had good wood - i.e. more or less knot free - I could use 3/4" wood on the curves as well. Just clamp it in place before it was nailed.
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Old 05-21-2010, 11:49 PM   #1055
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Still on the back wall...this is right near the kitchen entrance. All those open studs in that wall are now full of windows.
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Same wall, this time looking through what will become the door to the deck from the breakfast nook.

The floor levels of the house basically followed the lay of the land as it were. As the rock falls away, so does the house. Hopefully not in the same fashion as the surveyor's cabin!

There is a single step down from the living room to the dining/kitchen area. Then 3 more steps down to the brekky nook. That wall is about 11' high.
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Old 05-22-2010, 12:03 AM   #1057
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Apparently we are fast forwarding to a time when the upstairs floor is in place. Solarium to the left..and the hole in the wall to the right is where the French doors are.
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Come on upstairs for a minute...some of the front bedroom wall is framed.

All of the wide openings are for windows.

Please note that all the curved plates were cut with the jigsaw! OMG, I must have been mad!
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The very low pony walls under the windows give us an unimpeded view of the water from upstairs.

You can also see here how the upper and lower triple 2 x 6's line right up on top of one another.
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Early days for the deck in front of the master bedroom. It has since had all manner of extra layers added and is now tiled (porcelain).
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Worms eye view of the wall in frame, still incomplete.
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Ahhh, and now I see the chief superintendent - sitting down on the job as usual - trying to look important.

The front of the deck has been done in cedar. And as well, I see the long curved beam upstairs is underway.

You would have to know what that was, but all that cross bracing up top is part of it.
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Different view, probably the same day.

Look closely and you can see a bunch of 2 x 6's sticking up in the air where those cross braces are.

They eventually formed the beam framing, which contained a row of 13 windows right at the top of the wall, as well as holding up the back roof. Busy little guys I would say.
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It's a pretty safe bet that the beam is all done here, because the front rafters are in place.
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OK...all the front rafters must be in here, as well as the blocking on top of the wall. I am trimming the fascia board to land in the centre of the rafter here.

And don't kid yourselves, that red and green toque is an official Ruxton Island hard hat.

And the rafters protrude about 4 1/2' from the wall...so it was a bit of a stretch.
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