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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Flying in some ridges

Now that the bastard valleys have been installed (whew), we could then install the rest of the principle ridges. An old adage for woodworking, as is demonstrated in the second video:  ”cut to fit, beat to match”

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Bedroom Bastard Valley is in!

We have the Bedroom Bastard Valley installed and looking great.  After months of cutting in the shop, based off of math, it sure is inspiring to see that all of our hard work, and endless double checking, was worth it. … Continue reading

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Base Posts going in

So, having installed all of the posts around the stairway, it was time to install the collar ties, knee braces, and base posts that complete the two bastard valley bents.  We discussed putting the entire bent together and flying the … Continue reading

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First of the posts

After isolating the location of the main bearing post, a 24″ diameter, 18′ tall Douglas Fir, we could lay out the location of the “D” logs that will hold up the bastard valleys around the stairway opening. As you can … Continue reading

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Floor Framing close up view

Just a little walk over of the floor before we start raising posts.  Features of note are the reciprocating floor wings and the scribed log central section.

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An antidote to arrogance

I  am continually amazed by what the craftsmen that went before us were able to accomplish with what we would, today,  consider to be rudimentary tools.  Though, Homo Sapiens Sapiens has been around for at least 50,000 years and it … Continue reading

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Completed Bastard Crotch System

This video shows the completed bastard crotch system right before we disassembled it.  You can see that all of the jack rafters and purlins have been cut into the bastard valleys and that the backing cuts on the bastard valleys … Continue reading

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