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    PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


    I've been getting a lot more snow lately....almost 2 feet on the ground now.


    Chaining up is the only way to get in and out now


    Good thing I have a tractor to keep the road clear....
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    PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Spring has sprung and that means I've been very busy! Lots to do on the homestead so less time for darts etc.


    The Grouse are out strutting around so I know it's spring!


    Got some cleaning done and painted the floor with deck paint to protect the OSB while I make flooring. I hope to get the flooring in over the next few months.


    Peeled logs to make an entrance to the place.


    Got the entrance completed after peeling 5 logs and drilling holes for them etc. Am pretty happy with it Smile


    Got two sides of the back room finished with just the eves to complete


    Still need to make the door though.


    Started making more paneling


    pretty simple really Wink Fall a tree, mill it into lumber, dry it, rip it down to size, plane it, router it and stick it on the wall Wink


    Not the best pic but here's a shot from my phone after I 'turned the corner' going up the ceiling.
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    PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Saw a moose trotting down my 'driveway' yesterday on my way to work Smile Gotta love that.

    Sometimes, I'll admit it, I drive home and as I kick in the four wheel drive to make the passage a little easier over the bumpy and steep drive I realize "I'm living a dream".

    There is just something about living like this, way out in the woods, alone (most of the time) and doing the things you want to do while enjoying the world around you.

    Heck, I might even get some darts going with other local soon.
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    PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3roQ9U3mNOI&feature=youtu.be

    Peeling logs for the entrance....ya it's a little more effort than tossing arrows Wink
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    PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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    Saw a moose trotting down my 'driveway' yesterday on my way to work Smile Gotta love that.

    Sometimes, I'll admit it, I drive home and as I kick in the four wheel drive to make the passage a little easier over the bumpy and steep drive I realize "I'm living a dream".

    There is just something about living like this, way out in the woods, alone (most of the time) and doing the things you want to do while enjoying the world around you.

    Heck, I might even get some darts going with other local soon.



    Erik, sounds like you have a made a dream come true. Can't be a much better feeling. Well done
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    PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Yup Smile

    Other than living away from my wife and not seeing her but every weekend or two it's pretty much a dream Smile

    Could use a good dart bar too.

    Here are some pics of making the posts for my stair rail. I went out and cut down a dead Fir and bucked it into post sized pieces (and one for the railing):

    Took some pics of the process I went through to make the second railing (which was more or less the same as the first)

    First step was to measure and mark where to cut/notch the post. I used a hand saw for most of the cutting though I did use a miter saw for some of it I found the hand saw much better for this work.


    Once the cuts were done I knocked out the better part of the wood with my hammer and then used the chisel to get down to a flatter surface.


    Next I dragged out the draw knife and used it like a plane. It does a pretty decent job of getting things even and planing off material that is sticking up.


    Finally I get out my Timber Framing Slick and smooth the surface around the angled cut a but more. It's amazing how well it works if you take some time and go slow. No hurrying in this kinds of work.


    Standing the post up and clamping it in the vice helps with this step. Once secured I ran the router around the top of the post to radius the edge a bit. I like the way this turns out with the drawknife cuts showing in the radius.


    Finally after securing the post in the drill press and driving holes through it where I want to secure it to the stairs I mount and secure Smile

    Of course I still have to sand and stain and varathane but not until I've cut the mortices for the railings.
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    PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Very nice, but looks like WAY too much work to me! Laughing
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    PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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    Very nice, but looks like WAY too much work to me! Laughing


    LOL it sure can be a lot of work! But it's one of those 'labors of love' kinda things. I enjoy working with wood.

    Back when I was just starting to play darts (11 yrs old) I was also buying power tools to make stuff out of wood....I got a lot better at darts for the next 30+ years but didn't do so much with wood....now I play with wood and dream about being good at darts! lol
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    PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

    It's been a while since I posted in here! Not much has changed though. I did however, finish the deck I wanted to get done:


    Sen here a little. This winter I've spent more time away since I'm working in Moses Lake now but I still get to the cabin for a long weekend every other weekend or so. Last weekend I have a Cougar (Mountain Lion, Puma, Panther -- same thing) following me around!


    This print was in the mud behind the generator exhaust (it melts the snow and makes mud). The cat was all over the place looking for me while I was inside reading Wink

    My batteries (solar power) were just about dead (made some poor choices) so I'll have to replace them this spring but for now I'm going to try adding some 'Charge It' to see if it helps. Then in the spring I'll add 8 new Trojan L16's and 4 more solar panels. That ought to solve my power issues (not enough) for the most part.

    I also plan to get the roof on the deck and extend the deck another 22 feet along the west side of the cabin. Eventually it will surround most of the cabin Smile

    From a previous post I mentioned I need to make a door for my back room Smile

    That's the result. I still have to mount hinges etc on it but for now it works fine.

    With luck this weekend I'll get more work done and since I shooting darts in a league again I'll maybe even do a little practice which is always nice at the cabin. Heck, I might even install a light for the board Wink
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    PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    I can only wish to live in a place like that. hows is the building at holding heat? only ask as its -38 with wind out here today
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    I can only wish to live in a place like that. hows is the building at holding heat? only ask as its -38 with wind out here today


    I've been down to -22F outside and a rather nice +74F inside Smile Holds the heat well but could use some improvements.

    I only use wood to heat the place when I am there but have propane for emergencies and when I'm not around to stoke the fire.
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    PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Just a few pics of some of the work I'm doing up at the cabin Smile

    New Railing I've been working on


    The 'logs' used were cut from dead fir and pine on the property. Using dead wood is best for this since it's nice and dry already Smile Means you just go out into the woods, find some dead tree, cut it down and bring it back to the cabin to make into something.


    Now I just need to finish the far end of this railing and then after some site clean up I'll get back to milling up pine for paneling and flooring.


    I've added to this pile recently so I have LOTS of milling to do!
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    PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    For those of you were interested in this stuff I've been working hard over the last several days trying to save our cabin from the wild fires -- they are calling this "Fire Storm 2015" and it's one hell of a fire storm!!!



    The Okanogan is burning and my place is less than 2 miles (1.75 at last check) from the big burn to the east on this map....
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    PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


    Today's fire map...I'm still ok and hoping to remain so!
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    PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Wow it's been a while!


    This is a small table I made for the cabin Smile
    I made a couple so we had somewhere to put drinks on while sitting by the woodstove Smile


    Both fit perfectly


    This winter we've gotten a fair amount of snow which is good! We need the moisture to help prevent wildfires!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_HMTtfIIBA
    Making more paneling for the cabin. I do everything from cutting down the trees, milling them into lumber, drying them, planing and finally ripping down to size and making into paneling.
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    Where's the jacuzzi??? Shocked
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    LOL not likely to happen Wink TO much energy and water for an off-grid place Wink

    Though I suppose if I won the lottery I could make it happen.
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    It really looks great now!!! What will you do next???
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    It really looks great now!!! What will you do next???


    Lots to do still! I still have exterior trim to finish, eves to put up, the deck to finish and roof and of course paneling and trim on the inside. Plus I'll be adding more solar panels to the system.

    Once the main cabin is done I hope to build a second one. Smaller of course, and for guests. But I have a lot of other projects like fencing, the orchard, root cellar and more Smile

    I'll be busy for years!
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kFfrQULq4hw
    There's a video of me making paneling for the cabin Smile

    I'm using a router to make tongue and groove paneling out of the pine I fell, milled, planed etc
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    Four more feet of panelling installed Smile


    Had to stop on the right since I didn't bring my jigsaw to cutout around the light. Stopped on the left because, well, I was getting a little beat and cut a 6" piece of panel for a 5" run....ya time to quit and drink some bourbon Very Happy


    You just can't buy this stuff....well maybe you can but I wouldn't want to pay for it! Very Happy


    Lovin' it Smile I'll get it up past the collar ties next trip and plan to use some of the collar ties as 'shelves' for storage.
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    For those who don't know, I cut the trees down, buck them to size and delimb, then mill them on my sawmill, dry the lumber, then rip it to size, plane it and then cut the tongue and grooves in it before installing on the walls Smile So it takes a little longer than most Wink
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    And it is much harder work too I suppose Shocked !
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    And it is much harder work too I suppose Shocked !


    LOL yes I suppose so Wink but it's much more rewarding than just going to the store and buying it!
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    I only read that and now I need a nap! Shocked
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