From a 200 year old ruin to a workshop, a 3 year journey... #10: Building up side down.

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Blog entry by Serradura posted 05-22-2013 10:12 AM 3307 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: A door for the front Part 10 of From a 200 year old ruin to a workshop, a 3 year journey... series Part 11: Not just another brick in the wall... »

Yes, I do know that when you are building a house or a barn you normally start at the foundation, lay your brickwork until the first window and than well… it makes sense.
But in this case, the recycled materials and the old walls are pulling the strings. Some friends decided that they didn’t want to paint their windows every year and bought these plastic ones. Some of the old ones were in good shape, and they didn’t mind me taking them. These windows would decide how big of a gab there would be left to fill with the old stones.

So, I hanged them on the roof beam, making sure they we leveled out and constructed the inside first, leaving a mold to fill from the outside.

Now I didn’t take pictures while doing it. It took about 10 days, sorting out the stones, finding the stone’s faces, combining big with small ones, and the worst part, getting them up there. Many times a bucket and some rope would do the job, but others had to lifted up on the old shoulder. I can tell now that it’s not easy carrying a 50 kilogram piece of rock on a ladder. But in the end it’s all about the result, and to me that looks pretty good.

I placed a 11 cm. pipe at one point right thru the wall, at that time I just thought it would be a good idea. Now I’m happy I did that, because a future dust collection would need such a thing. It would be almost impossible to get a hole in the 70 cm. thick wall now. It gives you a feeling of satisfaction looking at the job done… but that’s just temporarily… realizing there’s a front wall and specially the rest of the old wall that’s almost 7 meters high.

Next time; not just another brick in the wall…

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 10:41 AM

Wow. Absolutely wow… Insane work you are doing, and I love it. The refurb attention is outstanding for your old building! Looking insanely great, thanks for posting!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 01:12 PM

I love everything about this whole project. Thanks for sharing all the posts!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 01:16 PM

Fantastic work on the arch, the window and in between! It is really looking good and with excellent progress.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 01:39 PM

OK, I m addicted. I just went through all your posts. Incredible job! Can’t wait for your next post.

-- Dave K.

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 01:41 PM

When you get through you will have an amzingly beautiful shop. Nice work and congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 01:49 PM

What a wonderful restoration you have undertaken.

Anything worth doing, is worth doing properly and it’s quite obvious that your work is a labor of love.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 02:16 PM

You are doing an amazing job of this restoration. The door, window, and stone wall looks great. Be careful working on the ladder. Look forward to reading more on your progress.

-- Julian

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 04:12 PM

It’s truly a piece of art and you are fast becoming an artisan of the past. Re; Stress loads over the window did you use a steel beam header?

That window and color appears to be an excellent frame for the view.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 05-22-2013 04:57 PM

Fantastic work. You should be so proud of what you have achieved.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#10 posted 05-22-2013 07:34 PM

This continues to be one of the best blog series, ever! I love following the progress that you have made over the past years. Great craftsmanship, keep posting, Thanks.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#11 posted 05-22-2013 11:50 PM

Agreed Ken!

As for stress loads over the window, there appear to be rafters, or beams which run parallel to the window wall. The load there is minimal if that is the case.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#12 posted 05-23-2013 12:08 AM

in answer to some who are concerned about the structure above the windows….. First of all, originally there were just olivewood beams above all windows, and they hold up for 200 years (although the wait on the first floor ones was a lot!). The window on the back doesn’t have to support anything, it’s mounted to the roof beam. The one above the door on the front is one of the original beams that came out of the ruin. but…..... what you don’t see is the concrete support beam that is inside, behind that olivewood beam. So, the wood you see on the outside is about 20×20 cm, but that means that the other 20×50 cm ( wall is 70 cm thick) is supported by a very strong heavy concrete layer.

I hope that takes away some concerns…. and thanks to you all for the nice comments!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#13 posted 05-24-2013 10:32 PM

great restoration you’ve got going.
very nice work your doing.thanks for keeping us updated.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#14 posted 05-26-2013 01:32 PM

I like it great job

-- Todd

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