Pergola #3: Necessity is the mother of invention...

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Blog entry by Bermuda_Les posted 03-02-2015 01:54 PM 1566 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So this Sunday we needed to trim all the boards to 6” wide. Having picked up the table saw on Saturday from the workshop (in the pouring rain) and somehow managing to fit it in the back of the car, we took it to the house. Sunday was a relatively nice day, so it was game on. The minute I started to trim the boards, I realized that I had forgotten to bring my safety glasses from the workshop, and the 24 tooth blade that I had selected for this job was chucking tons of chips and sawdust directly into my eyes.

There were no extra safety glasses at the house, so I thought I’d have to make another 40 minute ride to the workshop to get a pair, and then I remembered my motorcycle helmet had a full face shield, so I pressed that into service, and we were off and running. It looks crazy as hell, but worked amazingly well. We got all the boards 12’ X 2” X 6’’ cut, and started in on cutting slant angles and front details. As we started late in the day, that pretty much ate of most of the day. Next week we’ll finish off the end cuts, front details and notches in the ledger board and two stringers. At some point over the next week or so, I need to make a jig, to cut the notch in the 9 lattice boards. It’s an awkward notch at an angle (because the boards are at an angle when in place) that fits into the two stringer boards on the front of the pergola. I’ll take separate photos of the making of the jig. Stay tuned…

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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#1 posted 03-02-2015 02:25 PM

Good thinkin’....
Who cares what the “fashion police” think anyway!!!
Better to be safe, than sorry.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 03-02-2015 03:02 PM

Thanks Randy,

Yes that was my thought! And the only person who saw me was my outfeed table, who doubles as my son David.


-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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#3 posted 03-02-2015 05:57 PM

LOL, Got to think outside the box sometimes. good job

-- " If you want your PRAYERS to be answered" get off your knees and go to work

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#4 posted 03-03-2015 06:34 PM

Hi Les. Next ride don’t forget your pushblocks! :)

-- Back home. Fernando

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#5 posted 03-03-2015 07:47 PM


Hahahah… very good point. These boards weigh so much (45+ Kg each) it takes two hands just to move them along the saw, but your point is taken.


-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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