Category Archives: Woodworking

What I Did on My Mid-Summer Vacation: Day 4

Plan for the day was to limp my broken butt out to the yard and get the three beams in place and leveled. While having breakfast, Lowe’s had other ideas.

Son of a biscuit!

So, obviously, there is no longer a rush for me to get the beams in place.… Read the rest

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What I Did on My Mid-Summer Vacation: Day 3

If I had a late start yesterday, I was even more delayed on the third day.

First, I was informed that “the family” had decided that they wanted ad-blocking turned back on on the pfSense firewall. I was told to turn this off several months ago.… Read the rest

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What I Did on My Mid-Summer Vacation: Day 2

Definitely feeling my age, I got started on Day 2. The day’s goal was to clear the platform and assess the leveling situation. Stretch goal was to get the three 4″ x 4″ x 12′ pressure-treated beams on site. Of course, there were delays in getting out in the cool part of the day, so it is a good thing that I like heat.… Read the rest

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What I Did on My Mid-Summer Vacation: Day 1

I took the week of August 1st off in order to build a new shed in the yard. The old shed had a leaking roof and was, generally, falling apart. In order to build the new one, I had to clear the old one out of the way.… Read the rest

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Shut the front door!

The ladder injury really slowed me down, as has the weather. In the last few days we’ve had more rain than in the last month! But now that my hand is healed, I am back to dodging raindrops.

Doors, it turns out, are a massive pain in the arse to build, even when you use the material cut out from making the doorway!… Read the rest

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It’s all over but the shouting

I think, and I could very well be wrong, but I think I am done with the main structure for the fort.

The painter showed up bright and early this morning. She was sober this time, which was a plus. She stained the gangplank, then knocked out the unpainted half of the front wall, then got started on the light blue of the inside.… Read the rest

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Gangway for The Mighty Roof!

Or something like that. The hardware for the gangplank came in. As I was heading into The Big Orange Store, I spied that someone posted to Amazon that they used 2x10s for their ramps. Sold.

I managed to hit joist while trying to secure the gangplank to the deck.… Read the rest

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When Life Closes a Window…

You should cut out a doorway…and put trim around the window.

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Full Frontal

Both panels are up on the fort! We are about to get socked by a big lightning and thunder storm, so I did did not want to rush cutting out the door.

Figured I would have just enough time to get the second panel up, and I was right.… Read the rest

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Fronting

While the rest of America tears itself apart, I was in the backyard tonight annoying my neighbors. Half of the front wall is up! It has a window!

Somehow, my 90″ wall, sandwiched between 1.5″ sides, is only measuring 95″, not the 96″ it should be, so the plywood for the door side of the wall is going to need to not only be cut to 72″ high, but also have that 1″ trimmed off the side.… Read the rest

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