Wood Shop Construction #7: Building the Loft

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Blog entry by SemperSailor posted 11-30-2018 02:30 AM 1253 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been busy building, but not posting…sorry.

My next phase was NOT going to be the loft, but my little “helpers” harassed me enough to change my priority of work. So, I told them I would design and supervise them.

We decided to run 16’ 2×6’s across on joist hangers.

Next we laid plywood across the 2×6’s for a loft platform

The “helpers” are planning to use the loft as their play space while I learn to build wooden boats.

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#1 posted 11-30-2018 02:47 AM

That’s a great team of builders and proving already to be a promising shop. Thanks for sharing.

-- Lorin

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#2 posted 11-30-2018 03:11 AM

Wonderful to have such dedicated assistance

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

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#3 posted 11-30-2018 11:50 AM

Great way of teaching..

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#4 posted 12-01-2018 01:39 AM

Looks good, and help is always appreciated.

What is the size of the shop, in length? I see that it appears to be 16’ width.

What type of boats are you interested in building? That has been a dream of mine. I have been reading and collecting books about building small wooden craft. I am looking at sailboats, just cannot settle on a design. Would like to find the lines and offsets for something built in the early nineteen hundreds. And build it like it a classic craft.

Just need to get the shop built first, if all goes well I’ll be breaking ground in the spring.

Good luck

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 12-01-2018 12:11 PM

Hi Eric,

The building is 28’ long. Part 1 of this series is my plan, although I have modified quite a bit. I went with 16×28 to try to reduce waste with the 4×8 sheets, although it turned out not to be that big of a deal. I also moved away from concrete piers after digging one hole and hitting water. The plans were just PowerPoint drawings…sitting by the fireplace last winter.

I like your plan. I am also interested in learning how to make wooden sailboats. I started another blog series earlier (last year), and paused because I knew I was going to run out of space in my basement. So, I shifted gears and started building. It has been incredibly interesting, new and rewarding…as well as time-consuming.

I would like to resume boat-building this winter. My next step there is building the strong-back and setting up my forms for the 10’ dinghy I’m building.

Hope to see your blog soon,

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#6 posted 12-23-2018 07:57 AM

That little storage space could be an area for them to ‘play’ for now but I bet in the long run, they’d slowly be really keen on handling something bigger. It is great to have them right under your nose so they can be intrigued with your creativity. Passion runs deep and it usually begins with curiosity.

-- Mel Brandle,

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