Apr 242018
 

Today, the all the timber pieces were sorted, measured and recorded in a new spreadsheet. We now have a realistic list of timber pieces with known minimum widths and we can now more accurately sort and set aside the planks we will need for other part of the house construction.

Oak Timber Sorted and Being Processed

Sorted-oak-ready-for-slicing-to-size


The saw bench is now set up ready for the task of slicing down all the timber so we get a complete collection of pieces that has both edges that are parallel to each other, cut to almost the desired width (the final adjustments will be done on either the planer or other cutting tools, depending on the target requirements).
We got out our old fence guide (from a previous work table [you know we never throw things away!]) and passed that through our planer machine and we now have a straight flat guide (accurate to 0.2mm maximum deviations down the whole 8feet length). We wanted to use this guide instead of our other fence because we found that one single fence without any joins or transitions will give us an uninterrupted consistent movement of our work pieces going through the circular saw.
Oak Timber Sorted and Being Processed

Table-saw-with-new-Fence

Tomorrow, we will begin the next stage of processing the Oak Timber, and then glue together some of the pieces to make wider version to make up the required numbers we will need (some 40 planks for the fascia) all being at least 155mm wide.
It is taking the time but again, we are setting up the “factory” so we can get repeatable and consistent results each time and give us satisfaction and a nice looking house!!

 Posted by at 7:07 pm
Apr 242018
 

Today, we finished off creating the new Covered Storage Area while it was raining gentle showers all day. A chest high line of “arms”, six of them, are now mounted and braced so we can load it up with miscellaneous lengths of timber. The three sleepers on concrete blocks underneath will take all the remaining 63mm CLS timber lengths we have got.

New Timber Storage Created and Tidied Up Old Pile of Timber

Internal-Timber-rack-finished


The old storage tent that was situated out near our Loke, has been taken down and tidied up.
New Timber Storage Created and Tidied Up Old Pile of Timber

Old-Timber-storage-dismantled


The tarpaulin will have to be sorted out and where it has ripped, we will throw those bits away but any decent pieces we will keep. In fact, we will use several pieces to cover up the windows in our new Storage area to keep off driving rain blowing in a window!!
Tomorrow, we will dismantle and move the pallet of the 63mm CLS timber from outside the house, to inside the house and that will clear up access for our scaffolding tower when we are working on the roof, plus also make more room for more deliveries like the slate tiles and timber cladding when we get them.

 Posted by at 6:24 pm
Apr 232018
 

Today, in the morning, we did some odd jobs that were left over from the weekend, tidied up the workshop, repaired a puncture in one of our tyres for our medium flatbed trolley and service our air pump that provides oxygen to our septic processing unit. In the afternoon, we decided that we would make […]

 Posted by at 6:11 pm
Apr 232018
 

This afternoon, the task of passing our Oak Timber through our Planer Machine to produce one straight flat edge continues. The remaining pieces (about 20 lengths) were completed. Then the next task is to slice each plank to a set of required widths. But before we can do that, we need to know what the […]

 Posted by at 6:11 pm
Apr 202018
 

This afternoon, we decided that it was finally time to do a good sweep of the concrete surface inside our building. There is quite a lot of saw dust, wood shavings and other rubbish lying around and this is the first time this year that it is all dry and easy to sweep with the […]

 Posted by at 6:17 pm
Apr 202018
 

Yesterday and today, we did the job of covering our long skylight running down the whole width and length of our Corridor in our temporary living quarters. Each year, we have to put up a sheet of tarpaulin plastic to cut down on the huge amount of sunlight energy pouring into our home! This year, […]

 Posted by at 3:20 pm
Apr 192018
 

Yesterday and today, the planer machine was serviced, and some repairs were performed. We had been having trouble with the power supply while using the machine and occasionally, we would trip the circuit breakers and a popping sound would be heard. So we took the opportunity to give our planer a good looking over, doing […]

 Posted by at 6:19 pm
Apr 162018
 

The last task of the day was to adapt our template that we have been using to trim the top of our cement boards on our walls so we can trim the five remaining inside corners. It was a bit fiddly as any inside corners are awkward places to get a ladder into and to […]

 Posted by at 7:10 pm
Apr 162018
 

Today we finished off the task of building two extension tables for our Planer Machine. On Saturday, we had our double thickness OSB boards all set from the gluing and it was sliced down to required size. Then a clearance hole was made in one of these OSB platform for the large knob sticking out […]

 Posted by at 4:53 pm
Apr 132018
 

Today, we settled down to analyse the planer machine to learn what is happening when we try to plane larger pieces of Oak timber and why it is coming out with a slight dip in the middle. We wondered whether the heavier pieces was causing a slight ‘bending’ of the metal platforms that guides the […]

 Posted by at 6:10 pm