Sunday, November 21, 2010

Some pictures of the project this week.


Saturday, October 16, 2010




...and the nice weather continues...

This new project we are working on is turning out pretty cool. We built this huge timber truss, (well, Chris and Scott built it, I just drew the pictures for them). These are 10x10 Douglas Fir Timbers. the joints are mortise and tenon held together with oak dowels. Above is a picture as it was built and ready to stand in place.




Once we were ready we had Sam come with the crane. Always a fun time:





And here it is with the ridge beams in place:




Now we need to figure out the dormers and gables and get the perlins in place. Then we will be ready for the roof decking...probably just as the snow starts....

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The weather has been unseasonable warm lately. Highs in the mid 70s and sunny. It's been like this all week...
I had a beautiful ride out to our lake access project on Burntside the other day. This is an interesting project in that there was no plan to begin with. Actually there was a plan but we discarded it almost immediately.

We originally started thinking we would be putting up a quick shell, log walls and a roof, but soon realized the owner actually wanted us to finish the whole thing. Wow. Didn't see that commin...

This has resulted in the most haphazard progression of I project I have ever been involved in. We have been literally flying by the seat of our pants on this one... but it seems to be turning out OK. We haven't shot ourselves in the foot too many times...

The wood floor is going in now, (before the frame walls, of course, nothing happens in order here). This is the widest solid wood plank flooring I have ever seen. I discourage flooring any wider than 6", but this manufacturer says this will be fine. Whatever. I have seen the strength of wood. When it wants to bend or cup, there is no stopping it.

I recommended to our flooring installer that he use the glue that the manufacturer recommends so that we will not be responsible when it warps and breaks the bond. Just the shrinking and swelling movement with the varying humidity over the course of a year will cause these boards to change size by a quarter of an inch, pushing them apart and opening the tongue and groove joints. It really doesn't go together very well either, it is so wide you can't force out the bends in each piece and it isn't real straight. It's wood. You have to work with wood, you can't expect it to be something it is not.

Very impressive boards though. Quarter sawn white oak, some as wide as 18".













I managed to get a huge slab poured for a basketball court this week at the Ely Rec Center. The weather has been kind to us this year allowing us to get this done this year. The whole basketball court part of the project was made possible through a generous donation from clients of mine who I have been working with for about 10 years now. Wes and Linda Gibson have been a part of the Ely summer community and wanted to give something when they hard about the project. Here is the start of that. I will put up the hoops in a week or so, once the concrete cures enough.

These are the anchors for the basketball hoop posts. They will be set into the wet concrete:
The ground prep is done and the forms are placed. Steel mesh and re-bar has been placed and tied together:
...and here we go... The contractor I have doing the job is John Sjoberg of Sjoberg Masonry:





...and finishing:














Pretty cool stuff.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Back to the water access site on Burntside... As we approach, we can see the gable glass is now installed:
...and from the inside:
We have cut a few of the other window and door holes and they are ready for installation.The roof shingles have been finished since the last time I was able to take pictures:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I guess I've gotten a bit lazy over the summer and not posted much here.

We have been working on a project that is water access on Burntside Lake...a small log cabin. These pictures were taken the last time I was out there a couple weeks ago. This is the approach from the lake as we pull up with the boat:
And then as we walk up the hill:

 I discourage cedar shakes whenever possible...we haven't done a shake roof in many years, but this homeowner insisted on them... It is a nice look when they are new...
 More recently, the glass for the gables being taken out to the building site as they are leaving the dock on the barge. This is how everything has gone across. We just drive the truck onto the barge and take it over...
This past week we have started framing a new project on White Iron Lake. In this first picture you can see the Douglass Fir timbers in their wrappings in the foreground:

The view of the lake from the loft floor:

In the mean time autumn is coming:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

This project was, for the most part, finished a couple months ago, but I was there this past week installing a microwave oven and finishing some other loose ends and thought I would take some finished shots. Not the most impressive of projects, but it turned out nice, and these people will make good use of the extra space when they come up for vacations.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Interesting little side project I am helping out with. A small log cabin on a lake access site...
I made my first visit to the site last week. It was a nice sunny day for a boat ride. The owner had been contracting with a local barge and excavating company to work on the site prep and putting footings in.
As we approached the site, the view of the barge and the road they had built up to the cabin site. There are blasting mats on the barge and I can hear drilling, so I know they are having to move some rock, for a septic tank, it turns out...
We tied off on the side of the barge and started walking up the hill. I took a look back at the barge. You can see the ramps and the blasting mats better:
 The footings had been put in. They are just concrete piers on top of the ledge rock. I had made a drawing of the positions of these posts for the contractor, but this is my first look at them. They are a little rough, but the positioning appears to be pretty good and that is what counts. And a nice view from the building site:
It's amazing the equipment they can bring over the water on that barge. Several big machines including a huge excavator...I saw it going across with two dump trucks fully loaded with dirt on another trip I took out there.

Interesting little project...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I managed to throw together a quick screen door this week and get some other things in order before I went on a trip with the 6th grade class as a chaperon, to the Environmental Learning Center in Finland, (Minnesota).
Here's the screen door. I have to build a lot of these since decent wood screen doors are just so hard to come by:


The 6th grade trip to the ELC has been something they have been doing in our school for many years. I last went with one of my other son's class about nine years ago. This will most likely be my last time going, since I don't anticipate having any more children. The ELC trip is pretty fun once you get past all the "sharing" and "touchy/feely" stuff the instructors are forced to throw in there just to kill time I think. My son's reaction this time to all of it was the same as my other son last time I went. He just thought, for all the talk about how fun it is, for the most part, it was pretty boring and he could have been using his time more productively doing something else, (in this case, playing baseball...).
But here are always the highlights. The rock climbing is the big one. They have a couple great inside rock climbing walls and the kids really like this. I enjoyed it too, but only climbed one section:

The other big highlight is the ropes course:
My job was to man the station at the end where we clipped into the "zip line". I made sure the kids were clipped in and then sent them off. Of course, at the end, I had to clip myself in and go down too:




But mostly I just liked the hiking. There were some beautiful over-looks with views of Lake Superior in the distance, and because we were so close to the North Shore, the bugs were minimal. The weather was perfect. It was a good trip. We had some great instructors.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A week ago we drove a car out to Phoenix for my son who is living there. We took a ton of pictures, but here are just a few:
We started off in the afternoon about 4:30 PM from Ely. We took two cars from to the cities and left one there by the airport so we would have it when we flew back. We continued on through the night taking turns driving. Iowa was passed in the night, but there was almost a full moon so we could see the landscape.
Iowa seemed to have the best rest stops:

We stopped for an hour or so and tried to get a bit of sleep in the car, but ended up just pushing on.
Kansas had cows:

We made it though Albuquerque, and the sun was setting over the mountains to the west. We realized we were not young anymore and so stopped in Gallup NM for the night. This proved to be a good thing, because coming down into Arizona was very picturesque and actually would have been probably dangerous in our sleep deprived state.
We stayed there a few days with our son in Scottsdale. Took lots of pictures, but they are probably boring to anyone else. The last day we were there, we climbed Camelback Mountain. We didn't know what we were in for, but we couldn't turn back half way...had to keep going to the top:
From the top you could see the whole city spread out:
We decided we would go down the other side instead of the way we come up. This was apparently the more popular side, there were lots more people here:
Quite a trip...very relaxing. First time we had done anything together without any kids in about 23 years.