Cedar Decking Roof Day 1

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Blog entry by chadgr posted 08-21-2014 07:10 PM 1780 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Day 1
Delivery of the first wood was received 3 200mm x 200mm x 3.6m solid british oak beams. These will form the front part of the structure. Since these beams weigh over 150kg each they were delivered using a forklift, and placed on some support braces on the floor great now to get started. Setup the centipede sawhorse sheet of plywood on top ok, 1 2 3 Lift, nope not even a budge now time for some smart thinking with materials on hand.
One a frame ladder, climbing rope, and a boat winch. Screwing the winch to the beam on the end that will go in the ground and then attaching the climbing rope to the winch and the ladder. Plan of action, winch one side of the beam until it is above the table height, go to the other side and with two people lift the beam on to the table, then release the winch and slide the beam fully on to the table. In practice this worked perfectly however I did think my ladder was going to break it was leaning to one side but it held up to the task.

Now that the beam is on the centipede sawhorse its time for the real work, I start by referencing my CAD drawing fro dimensions, I lay out the joinery on the end of the beam the image below shows what two of the joints look like.

Here is the joint after drilling and some chiselling.

And the completed corner joint.

I recently acquired the centipede sawhorse and this is the biggest project that I have put on it and it managed the 150kg beams with ease no buckling or bending. I was really impressed with its performance here are a few photos of the sawhorse.

So that concludes day one of construction. Tomorrow I will be drilling the holes for the posts with a hydraulic post hole borer, mixing cement, and setting beams. Hope you can join me tomorrow.

-- Chad Griffiths Vist my Etsy Shop

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#1 posted 08-23-2014 07:22 PM

This is going to be a fascinating blog! Thank you for taking the time to photograph and document it for us!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 09-02-2014 10:34 AM

That centipede is definitely getting a work out! Nicely done with the nortices too. That oak must be like rock. Keep it up,


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#3 posted 11-18-2014 08:25 AM

Thank you for sharing these pictures. We knew the Centipede Portable Work System is heavy duty, but it is great to finally start seeing them in action!
Not to mention – great project that should provide enjoyment for generations!

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