Dec 112017

The last few days, while Shaun recovers from a Back Muscles Twinge injury, we have been surveying for all the Oak timber we would need for the external features of the house (and garage). We do need to do this task anyway soon, as we are nearing the completion of building the roof structure and the next job would be to install the facia and guttering before we can proceed to lay down the roof boards (because the first line of boards overlaps the facia edge).
The main external features we have to survey are gutters, windows, doors, corners, conservatory and garage. Each has a collection of different dimensions (like thickness, width and length) and we needed to do a survey and quantify what we will need and make up an order to a timber merchant who often have “rules” like minimum order pack sizes for any given thickness or length.
The list below is the approximate quantities in cubic metres as follows: (Note: the timber merchants prices this way, so just imagine a solid block of wood 1 metre wide, 1 metre high and 1 metre deep – yes big!)


  • 100 metres of Gutters – 1.0 m³
  • 12 Windows – 1.1 m³
  • 3 Doors – 0.2 m³
  • 16 Corners – 0.3 m³


  • 12 Windows – 0.5 m³
  • 1 door – 0.1 m³
  • 4 corners – 0.25 m³
  • Roof’s Hip and Ridge Beams – 0.2 m³
  • 14 Rafters – 0.25 m³


  • 11 Windows – 0.5 m³
  • 3 door – 0.25 cube
  • 4 corners – 0.1 m³
  • 38 metres of Facia – 0.2 m³


All this adds up to a grand total of 5 cubic metres of Oak Timber!
We would split the order into two parts so we don’t have large quantity of oak lying about before they were used.

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Dec 112017

On this very wet and chilly Monday, we resumed work in our nice and warm workshop to finish off the manufacturing processes on our set of rafters to do the “H” section of the roof.

We sliced the bevel ends on all the 13 rafters we had to do, some were the full sized ones (nine of those) using our Bevel Slicing Machine, and the others only had just the 89mm CLS cut (three of them). These last were done using our usual chop saw as you can see below


This concludes the job of creating these rafters and as soon as the weather clears up later in the week, we will get them installed up into the roof structure. In the meantime, we will continue with preparation and assembly work to do the rafters for the “P” roof section over the Great Room, which is another 15 of them to do!

 Posted by at 3:41 pm
Dec 102017

During the manufacturing of rafters on Thursday, 3 days ago, Shaun suffered a twinge in his lower back muscles and had to slow down. Fortunately, we had only one session left to do to complete and by careful positioning and movement, he was able to complete the task of squeezing the rafters while being nailed […]

 Posted by at 9:00 am
Dec 072017

Today, we entered into the joyous task of assembling the 13 rafters that will see the completion of the “H” section of the roof (the right hand side of the house over the Utility Room, Back door and Bedroom 3). The first run was to put together the four smallest rafters and then a further […]

 Posted by at 5:36 pm
Dec 062017

This morning and yesterday, we did some maintenance work on our various structures, to repair leaks in the roof of the garden shed and the temporary plywood storage tent cover. The plywood storage shed got another layer of tarpaulin put over the roof area yesterday, it might not be a perfect solution but it needs […]

 Posted by at 11:09 am
Nov 302017

Today, while it was snowing outside, we got down to repairing our Bevel Slicing Machine which suffered from a burnt out electric motor. We had ordered another handheld circular saw off the web and it arrived yesterday. but upon inspection, we decided that it wasn’t ideally suited for the job, the construction of the metal […]

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