Friday, August 21, 2009

first joint

I got serious about building my shed on the 18th of August. I got the logs together, got the chainsaw going, and made some cuts. The weather had other plans for me though, and the rain drove me inside for the rest of the evening. On the 20th I got back outside and made a few more cuts. Finally I have an actual joint to show for it (click the image for a larger view)! Three more of those, and eight other shallow cuts and the basic joinery is all done. You can see most of the tools I've used laying about in the photo. The hard part will be raising the beast when the time comes. A lot of rope and pulleys will be needed.

I started making newer, more accurate diagrams of the joinery than those I posted earlier, but decided it would be easier to just build it and take photos of the actual joints instead. Better than any illustration I could make. But I did create a list of eight steps for how to build a simple trestle building:
  1. Select logs (simplest: 4 posts, 2 beams, 2 rafter-holders; also 8 diagonal braces and 10+ rafters).
  2. Make 5 primary types of cuts for the joinery w/ chainsaw, axe, chisels.
  3. Assemble on ground before fully erecting to adjust and ensure fit.
  4. Select and cut to fit rafters.
  5. Screw diagonal braces to post and beams and erect the two pairs on cinder blocks.
  6. Place rafter-holders on beams and screw diagonal braces between them and posts.
  7. Screw on rafters and roofing.
  8. Dirt or wood floors, and (traditionally) walls are several feet outside of posts, (though may be attached directly to posts).

Monday, August 10, 2009

Jay Shafer

Jay Shafer is a very humble sounding person, but contrasting with this gentle demeanor is a marketing genius. He is at the center of the small home movement and has produced several small home plans as well as authored books, taught workshops, and gets the word out through appearances in big name media outlets. The model home he lives in is called the Epu and it really is amazing how much functionality and efficiency he is able to squeeze into such a small space. Get a tour of his house on youtube. His love of living tiny is echoed by others. This is all very inspirational to me, proving that most anything is possible.