Thursday, May 8, 2014

Aesthetics, Aerobics, Apoplexy

Got a fair amount done today, though it was definitely one of those "two steps forward, one back" sorta afternoons.

First of all, made yet another trip to our friendly box lumber store to get stain and a few other things.  The nice folks at Lowes chopped up two sheets of luan plywood for me into 4" strips, saving me an ungodly amount of time.

These thin slats will form the hoops of the vardo roof, arching across the purlins to help support and shape the roof membrane.

I also got some stain and did a pre-installation stain job on the purlins.  Ultimately only the end of them will show once the insulation goes in, but until then I wanted them to look decent, and they'd ultimately have to be stained or painted anyhoo.

The stain is gunstock oak, if you're curious.  Its amazing what just a little stain will do for wood.  Even the cheap stuff takes on character and depth.  

Wear gloves, btw.  Some of the volatiles aren't particularly healthy.

It was in the midst of this that I discovered I was two, count em, two boards short for finishing the roof.  Sigh....I'd forgotten I'd cut them to reenforce the loft.  Ah well.  Unfortunately, the car wasn't here, so I went for a mile long walk, retrieved the car, and went once again to Lowes.

Here's the thing.  I needed two 10' 2x4s.  I drive a metro.  You got that right, a tiny, 3 cylinder (50mpg), metro.  I wasn't about to rent the truck up there for two boards, so.....

Some call this a traffic hazard.  I prefer to think of it as "jousting".

Anyway, alls well that ends well.  

Got my spacers in and the forward gores in place, ready to take the purlins tomorrow.  All in all, a pretty good day.  Now dinner and more cleaning.  We have the big art sale tomorrow.  You're coming, right?


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