Thursday, December 11, 2008
We have taken a small detour to saw up some more boards for the roof and walls. The Pittman family has graciously allowed us to cut down some tulip poplar along the high tension right of way so we hauled the woodmizer over and have been making 2x6s and other boards that might be useful. Tulip poplar is a fairly soft, easy to cut wood that has a nice straight grain and few knots. The heart has a nice green tone. Here we can see Jenny operating the mill.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
The sub floor is finished, now we can start with the skeleton. After talking with Kappy and Sam we decided to go with a ridge beam and rafters with a drop cathedral ceiling similar to the eco house. Another idea Sam had is to mill some tulip poplar for the ridge beam and rafters rather than buy wood. Sam has a woodmizer portable sawmill and it does quite nice work. Yesterday I sawed up some spalted sycamore into one inch boards. Jenny had a good time learning to use the nail gun to secure the subfloor.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
We are installing sub-flooring over the joists in preparation for a salvaged oak floor. The sub-flooring boards have come from several sources, some are from the Glen Echo Water Plant, circa 1950 others were supplied by our main source of wisdom and materials, Rob Roy Mackey. Another excellent source is the Community Forklift http://www.communityforklift.com/, a recycled building materials outlet in the DC area.