Life as an Amateur Woodworker #22: Now for the serious stuff!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 08-11-2014 02:41 AM 1384 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 21: Getting back into a routine Part 22 of Life as an Amateur Woodworker series Part 23: Kiosko phase 1 »

I have been full of good intentions, but something always seems to crop up to stop the bigger projects getting under way, however I think I am clear to get started on rebuilding the kiosko / gazebo. It was my intention to get under way last week, but we had to have a couple of Mango trees removed, one at the front and another at the back of the house, for fruit trees they were big, taller than the house, and that was a worry, because I didn’t want any damage done to the house whilst felling the trees.

In the end a neighbour came to do the job, machete in one hand and chainsaw in the other, I was his can lad, there was no way I was going any higher than a ladder, I don’t like heights at the best of times, but it was no problem for him, he went up the tree as if it was second nature, swinging from branch to branch, chopping them carefully with his machete, as he got lower, he hopped down, and changed the machete for the chainsaw, and back up he went, I have to say, that Health & Safety doesn’t exist out in the sticks, I cringed more than once, but in five hours both trees had been removed, that was some going!

Over the last few days I have been stripping paint from the kiosko supporting posts, they seem to be OK, and hopefully, unless something goes wrong, they will stay in place and be used for the new kiosko.

As you can see it is nice timber, that had been covered up by brown paint, that looks terrible, philistines! the quality of the woodwork was terrible, it is a miracle the structure hasn’t fallen down already.

As you can see, I have little choice but to dismantle and rebuild the structure, before it falls on someone, so hopefully this is the last time you will see this in it’s current form.

Yesterday, I paid a visit to the timber yard, and ordered the timbers required to make the structural frame, I didn’t want to buy the roof cladding, because it would have had to sit outside, and we are having tropical storms nearly every night, which wouldn’t do it much good. However the main structure will be made from Abarco (Colombian Mahogany), this is nice timber to work with, and long lasting, here this is the timber to use for exterior construction.

Today, I decided that I needed to do something to rectify a current problem, my workshop seems to be filling up faster than I can build storage, as a result, there is little space left for supporting timbers etc. when working, and yet this can easily be done by a simple sawhorse, as I had a quantity of reclaimed timber lying about, I decided to use that, I still haven’t worked out what it is, just that it is hard wood.

I cut all the pieces, out of 3 1/2” x 1 1/2” with the exception of the top which was 6” x 1 1/2”, unfortunately I am a bit short on long screws, so decided to use 4” nails, The first bent in two, I double checked the timber, no foreign bodies embedded, nail number two went the same way as number one!

The wood is that hard, you can’t just nail it, so I drilled first, I have to say, I do this as a matter of course with screws, but not nails, even so I found I had to use my lump hammer to get them home, that is some timber! However eventually it was done, and because it is so heavy, sturdy, and made out of material that puts many metals to shame, it can live outside, and not clutter up the workshop…result!

Fingers crossed I can get underway this week, my intention is to prepare most of the timbers in the workshop, before stripping off the old roof, I can use the parking area, which is concrete to lay out, if this works out, it will mean little or no disruption to family life!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 05:02 AM

What a job this is, congrats

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 08-11-2014 04:55 PM


I’d love to have your construction lumber! I had an old carpenter tell me after I’d built a deck out of cypress ( still a little green) that I should have used some wheel grease. “He learned that as a carpenter in Roosevelt times. He told me after drilling and pounding 20 penny nail spikes.

Wax for screws, grease for nails?

I’ve built a wooden awning for a poorly designed ac unit that sits under an eave from my shop roof.

Looks like he next project is a wood shed? LOL!

Hope you have good homeowners insurance in case your neighbor falls?

Just repaired the floor joists and floor under my second floor toilet which had a broken cast iron flange. That caused falling plaster. Sigh.

Good to see your doing woodworking. Patience is one of the 4 P’s of woodworking. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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