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Building w.s. – Covering boards

July 9, 2018

Covering boards for windows and doors make a big difference visually but are always a bit complicated to attach to a log building. The top board cannot be attached to the logs itself because they are settling still downwards. Thus, I had to attach the long top board over the door and the window on the window frame for which I had to drill first through the aluminium sheets.

It looks a bit strange without stairs to the doors but overall it gives the entire workshop a more “finished” appeal.

Next project will be the covering boards around the roof.


Building w.s. – Roof ready

July 1, 2018

Finally! Many, many trips up the ladder and down the ladder, up to scaffolding and down the scaffolding later: all the tar shingles are attached and we are safe for the winter (which is nowhere near).

With the summer vacations approaching I’m glad I got this part of the workshop building project done. For the time-being I can focus on either taking easy (yeah, right!) or working on some stuff that have been waiting for the roof to be ready.


Building collapsing

June 11, 2018

The circle of life applies also to wooden buildings. Sadly, I noticed on the last weekend that the treehouse had come to the end of his life (the photo below was taken 8 years ago).

The top of one of the pillars had rotten so badly that I deemed it unsafe to use after a storm at the previous weekend tilting the entire treehouse few degrees backwards. Since demolishing it from top to bottom wasn’t something I considered safe anymore I decided to let it collapse. I first cut through the front pillars with the chain saw and then I gave it a polite nudge with the 5kg hammer. After which…

Once the remaining “legs” had been removed we tilted it back standing up.

After which the youngsters had a wild moment of demolishing hitting everything coming in their way with various sizes of hammers.

Once the left overs had been cleared away, it was like it was never there…

Attaching an marquis

May 28, 2018

The hottest May ever in Finland demanded a new tribute from Villa Linnea: a marquis (also known in English as awning) to cover the outside dining corner from the blinding sunlight in the evenings. I was looking for a suitable marquis also last year but I couldn’t find one in a neutral color at a decent price. Well, last year’s summer was anyway s?it and we didn’t really need protection from the sun too often…

This year however is different. I found a great deal at Starkki. The color being a neutral grey, the width 3 meters and the length when extended 2,5 meters. The whole thing cost only 179 Euro which made it almost a bargain.

Installing the marquis is a straight forward effort. It is designed to be installed in a stone (or concrete wall) and I had to look for screws for our massive logs. But in my almost never ending collection of left over screws I found some pretty massive screws that will attach the brackets to the wall.

The whole project took some 30 minutes and we enjoyed the fruits of my work already twice last weekend.

I also continued the roof project. Now half of the roof has been covered in tar shingles.

And the view from the roof of the workshop is also impressive. Unfortunately, not much will ever see it this way…

Building w.s. – Tar-shingles Episode 399

May 13, 2018

Another long weekend, a summer-sunny one, and perfect progress being made on the workshop roof. See for yourself:

And because the weather was so great (and my legs got eventually tired from climbing up the roof and down the ladder) I also spend some time painting the logs on the side walls. One can hardly recognise the difference between the massive logs (the first 3 meters) and the log-style paneling (the remaining 2.5 meters).

Building w.s. – Tar-shingels Episode 298

May 1, 2018

May 1, Labour-Day, Means Labour at the Roof…

I continued to attach the roof shingles this long weekend.

It’s a slow project to attach these roof shingles. Each of them is attached with 4 nails and each of them gives you only some 15 cm of progress. Because of the dormer windows the progress is even slower. Almost every second roof shingle needs to be cut to measure. And because of the steep angle of the roof, one needs to invent a way to stand “somehow” safely while working on heights one cannot reach with the ladder anymore.

I attached the roof shingles below the dormer windows already last year. Therefore, I couldn’t attach a temporary support beam there. Which again meant that I had to walk up the ladder like a million times and move it three times for each row. Kind of annoying. I wish I would have a mobile platform where to work from. Well, it’s good exercise. Other people pay a lot of money to climb fake stairs on a step- master up in a gym.

My safety harness is attached to a rope running over the entire roof. I couldn’t think of any better way where to attach it then actually to the trailer hook of my car. My 86 kg won’t lift the 2 tons of that car but the resulting image still reminds me of this funny home video clips you see sometimes on TV when everything is going wrong…

Well, I didn’t get quite as much done than I had hope for. It was raining on 2 out 4 days. But then again I really need the breaks to rest my tired legs. The next long weekend is coming up soon…

Building w.s. – sides of the dormer windows

April 15, 2018

There is still snow on the roof of the workshop building and the melting water freezes over in the night with temperatures below zero degrees. But with the front of all dormer windows being ready (minus a few strokes of paint), I started building the sides of the dormer windows.

The first step is to attach spacer boards. By design, these spacer boards allow the air to circulate behind the wooden paneling. In reality, the entire dormer structure is so tight and complex that I doubt much air will circulate anywhere, but…I will follow the building instructions of the manufacturer, just in case.

Up next are the log-style panels from bottom to top. Each panel being a unique piece cut at least on two sides, the final rows even 3 times. Quite a jigsaw puzzle I must say.

On top of the panels comes a triangular list whose sole purpose is to curve the underlay and later the roof shingles up keeping the water (and in the winter the snow) away from the wood.

The second to last step is attaching a slim piece of underlay. This step would not be necessary if I would have built the workshop roof by the book, but since I didn’t have the time to do all these things before the first winter came I had to make compromises.

The last step is to attach a covering board for an even finish of the corner.

Then: Repeat the same procedure 11 times. The first side took me some 3 hours. Now after 6 of them I can do it in almost half that time. To be continued…