Monday, March 10, 2014

Lots of Boards

I finished sawing all the poplar logs Sunday afternoon. Today I started the roof. I built a scaffolding system on the back to keep me on the roof. The front has the porch overhang which eliminates the need for scaffolding there.

I ended up with lots of boards but I still may come up short. I will know for sure tomorrow when I start covering the walls.
It took a better half of the day but here she is with the initial roof boards in place and trimmed. I had lots of visitors and good help from friends today. Tomorrow, more boards.....

Friday, March 7, 2014


My little timber frame shed sits patiently waiting for winter to end. The polar vortex has kept any progress from occurring. This is fixing to change hopefully soon.

 Meanwhile I have had a bit of a break from classes until next month so I thought I would do some shop chores. I built this firewood box from 80 year old barn wood from my wife's grandfather's farm.
 I ran out of firewood last month trying to keep up with these record cold temps. I love having some firewood close to the stove during the day. This is a built in unit based on some Shaker styles I have seen.
 Today the weather has been textbook. I went to my favorite log yard (Woodstock Mills) in Scottsville, Ky. and bought the Tennessee state tree, Tulip Poplar (also the Kentucky state tree). These will be sawn into boards to cover the timber frame.
 I have set up the sawmill next to the shed to make things simple. I will nail these boards on green as I saw them.
 I will quarter saw them so they will not shrink too bad. They will dry on the shed before I cover with rigid foam and siding/ roofing. Stay tuned to see the progress.