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Re: My timber frame build
« Reply #280 on: September 05, 2017, 11:45:07 pm »
Update 9/5/2017:

Basically took the month of August off for vacation and getting my son back in school.  Then a heat wave.  The heat broke finally so I made a trek up the hill to mill a little today.  I have this pile of logs that I hauled up the end of July.

 

I milled up the two bigger ones - a 19" and a 22" x 16'-6".  Got a couple of 8x8s a 4x8, 5x9 and a collection of 4x6s and 2x4s.  Totaled 546 bd-ft in 6 hours of milling, hauling lumber and stacking.  All the light colored stuff:

 

 

 

 

The day ended with a great thunder storm!  The rain felt great!
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Re: My timber frame build
« Reply #281 on: September 06, 2017, 08:17:36 am »
It's good to see that you were able to make some sawing progress.   8)
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Re: My timber frame build
« Reply #282 on: September 06, 2017, 11:51:12 pm »
Update 9/6/2017:

Yesterday I milled up the two longest logs in the picture above (the ones closest to the camera).  They yielded 546 bd-ft.  Today I milled up the next three logs to the left.  They were shorter - 12'6", 10' and 7' but fatter - two were 24" and one 21".  They yielded only slightly more lumber - 577 bd-ft.

The piles are growing!

 

 

 

 
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Re: My timber frame build
« Reply #283 on: September 07, 2017, 12:17:39 am »
That is looking real, real good!   8)
Are you going to be able to start your timber framing before the snow flies?  :snowball:
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« Reply #284 on: September 07, 2017, 01:56:36 am »
No.  Seeing what damage the snow did last year, I'm not going to attempt to have a frame up and not be ready to make it weather tight.  The plan is to mill all the wood I can and be ready to roll as soon as the snow melts.  That could be anywhere from March to July... ::)
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« Reply #285 on: September 07, 2017, 10:32:47 am »
Looks great, your mill looks like it's working well for you...major accomplishment right there on its own.  Good job.
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« Reply #286 on: September 07, 2017, 12:16:22 pm »
I was having some issues with the mill (you can see a dive on an 8x8).  Had to tweak the in-feed guide - not enough down pressure and angle was off.  Now it is cutting straight and square again. 

I had a little over 1,000 bd-ft on the blade and was still cutting well, just having to push a little harder (dull).  Just to make sure it was used up, I hit my log stop (second time now) :-\ I think I've passed my Journeyman's test... :D
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« Reply #287 on: September 07, 2017, 12:38:07 pm »
I was having some issues with the mill (you can see a dive on an 8x8).  Had to tweak the in-feed guide - not enough down pressure and angle was off.  Now it is cutting straight and square again. 

I had a little over 1,000 bd-ft on the blade and was still cutting well, just having to push a little harder (dull).  Just to make sure it was used up, I hit my log stop (second time now) :-\ I think I've passed my Journeyman's test... :D

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« Reply #288 on: September 07, 2017, 04:15:54 pm »
I was having some issues with the mill (you can see a dive on an 8x8).  Had to tweak the in-feed guide - not enough down pressure and angle was off.  Now it is cutting straight and square again. 

I had a little over 1,000 bd-ft on the blade and was still cutting well, just having to push a little harder (dull).  Just to make sure it was used up, I hit my log stop (second time now) :-\ I think I've passed my Journeyman's test... :D

You are now a professional!

Heck, if IJohnsaw's a professional, what am I?  A DanG artisan that's what!!! :D :D
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« Reply #289 on: September 13, 2017, 10:26:19 pm »
Update 9/13/2017:

Spent yesterday milling the last three logs in the pile.  The smallest was 12" DSE and I was only able to scrape out a single 8x8.  Only milled 325 bd-ft and did it in about 2 hours.

Today I decided to get started on installing the glass block in the basement window openings.  Got them 3/4 of the way there.  That last course is going to be interesting to install...

 

 
I should have used spacers to make it perfect, but good practice for when I do some in my house.

 
The day started out sunny but clouds moved in by the afternoon with thunder rumbling around me.  Packed up to head home and my truck battery was dead :(  Had to MacGyver it - found some scraps of 12 gauge wire and used the battery out of my backhoe to give it a jump.
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« Reply #290 on: September 19, 2017, 10:14:52 am »
Update 9/18/2017:

Finished up the glass block.  Why does everything take twice as long as it should and four times as long as you think it will? :-\  Three hours to add that last course...

 

 

On to making some stucco to do the outside of the walls.  Remember how much snow I got last winter?  My mixer was sitting on a slight hill.  The snow piled up and caused the frame to wrack a little:

 

That put stress on the cast yoke frame and the cast bushing:

 

 

So home it went to braze it up.  Got the bushing side pieces (3) put back together but my oxygen regulator seems to have blown a diaphragm and now has runaway pressure.  Off to borrow a friends set of gauges.  I'll probably rebuild or have rebuilt both the Acetylene and the Oxygen since they are both the same age (bought new about 8 years ago).
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Re: My timber frame build
« Reply #291 on: September 19, 2017, 05:28:16 pm »
If it ain't one thing it's twenty or more!
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« Reply #292 on: September 21, 2017, 12:12:09 am »
Update 9/20/2017:

Went up today to retrieve some scaffolding for a buddy and also had him help do some stucco on the west wall.  We were at it for about 3 or 4 hours - we ain't professionals! :D  I mixed up the first batch a little thick and it was a lot of work to apply.  The next 4 batches were just right (peanut butter) and we flew along with them.  That is about 250 sq-ft covered.

 

The day ended up with a heavy downpour for about 5 minutes and then a steady rain.  Tomorrow's forecast is to be pretty cool (50) with a shower at 2pm.  Will see - I'd like to finish this wall up.
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« Reply #293 on: September 21, 2017, 08:10:08 am »
Even with the setbacks, it's good to see you making some progress.  The glass blocks look good!   8)
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« Reply #294 on: September 22, 2017, 01:54:12 am »
Update 9/21/2017:

A few asked when does the snow start.  Well, the last day of summer.

Went back up today because it was supposed to only rain a little bit in the afternoon.  The road was wet from the rain just ending when we got there at 9.  Got the first batch of stucco up and it started to rain which quickly changed to sleet and then hail :-\

 

 

 

It stopped and we continued.  Got the second batch up and it started again a bit more fiercely.  Snowing like like crazy - was dropping what looked like Styrofoam bits.  Very white little balls and bounced like crazy.  Stopped for lunch to wait it out.  Stopped again and got the third and final batch up before the temperature dropped and we froze our fingers.

 

 

 

Next week the Sacramento area will be back up in the 90's and my property should be in the low 80's.
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Re: My timber frame build
« Reply #295 on: September 22, 2017, 02:15:53 am »
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Snowing like like crazy - was dropping what looked like Styrofoam bits.  Very white little balls and bounced like crazy.

It has a name, graupel
We sometimes get snow like that, especially if it's "just" cold enough to snow. Doesn't form regular fluffy snow flakes, but it's not solid ice like hail.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graupel
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« Reply #296 on: September 22, 2017, 05:08:13 am »
We get that here sometimes. Some folks call it popcorn snow.
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« Reply #297 on: October 06, 2017, 12:24:40 am »
Update 10/5/2017:

Been a little while since the last update.  Working on finishing some of the stucco work.  Then applying Thuroseal to waterproof the wall.  I don't really like just plain concrete finish, especially since this is such a massive wall.  I like the finish the Thuroseal did on the below grade work (brush finish) and I had an epiphany.  I got some concrete colorant (dark brown) and mixed that with the Thuroseal.  A 50 pound bag is $40, mixed with a gallon of water and a gallon of admix ($12.50) and two bottles of colorant ($12) and I get 5 gallons of "paint".  I'm going to do two coats (recommended) so I will have a 40-50 mill layer of "forever" paint ;)  I covered about 700 sq-ft with $130 worth of materials.   I used up two bags of Thuroseal for what was done here (sorry about the over exposure):

 

 

While doing that, one of my neighbors called.  They had taken down a number of trees - some rotted.  He had a friend that was going to take and mill the logs but backed out.  Anyhow, 4 good trees were bucked into 12' logs for a total of 22 logs!  Fairly level ground, I just have to retrieve them and "drive" them over to my place about 1,000' away.  I will probably throw 3 or 4 or ? on my trailer to save the travel time on my Skytrac.

 

 

 

 

Sorry, nothing for scale in the pics.  The biggest butt log is probably 26-28" and the smallest top log about 12".  Too bad they were cut so short.  I only need two more 8x8 that short, the rest need to be 14-18s.  I do need a LOT of roof decking, maybe I'll make a lot of 2x8x12'.  My slab pile is going to grow some more - burn ban since June.  Probably won't be able to burn until after November or December.
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« Reply #298 on: October 06, 2017, 01:32:52 pm »
It's good to see you stirring a bit.   8)
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« Reply #299 on: October 07, 2017, 06:31:41 am »
Progress is always good. ;D