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My First Building Project in Years

It was a hassle gluing up these 6 laminated curved rafters (out of 16' long redwood bender board -- 4" wide by 5/16" thick). I brushed glue on both sides of each piece, then bent in a floor jig and clamped every 20" or so. Tedious, could only do one every day or two. Enter Billy, who planed therm down and strategized with me, and figured out how to get them into position, pinned down at the plates and evenly lined up in height. It surprised both of us how good it looked when we got them in place.

This is a 10' by 10' shed, and I wanted the curved roof for the feeling of spaciousness it affords in small spaces, witness vardos (gypsy wagons) or Basque shepherd's wagons. Steep gable roofs for tiny homes are, to me, claustrophobic. And, while I'm at it, the typical tiny home loft at one end, reachable by a vertical ladder, is just plain bad design. In vardos, the bed is at one end, floor lever, with drawers beneath it.

This place is going to have a deck for sleeping under stars, facing east. Like most of what I do, I don't have a definite plan, just designing it in the process of building it. Boy is it fun to be building (even something small) again.

6 comments:

Ms. Joyce said...

Can't wait to see the final outcome. Bet it will be beautiful. I love the vardos too with bed on the ground floor. Hooks for a hammock would be cool too.

Bob said...

really nice

c w swanson said...

Enjoy the stars!

Anonymous said...

Ah, Spring! Have fun!

Selwyn said...

Just beautiful and such an organic form.

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