Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cabin in Smoot Wyoming

We just got back from a little place called Smoot, Wyoming!  We had the oppurtunity to help on a cabin remodel there where we did several things to spruce this cabin up! By the time we left it had turned out amazing! Here's a few before pics ...

 Look how all the terrain slopes into the cabin, amazing that it had survived all this time with the harsh winters they go through there!
 That guy looks like he knows something, eh?
 These posts were pretty heavy!
 I tacked the post with nails and then later I added Timber Lock screws to attach these big boys to the base.

 Boston also got in on this project, as you can see he was a big help.

 I'm glad there was a machine already up on the job, it made it a lot easier.

 This bad girl fit like a glove when it was all said and done.

 This changed the look of the cabin drastically and when the new siding is on, it'll look real nice!
 The back of the cabin before Timbers.
 I don't know if you can tell, but the roof is sagging on both sides and so was the deck.
For all of those out there that know a little about building will be able to tell real quick that this was a Mickey Mouse operation! The design was very poor.

 But then with a lot of work we were able to get this one looking real good, plumb, level, and straight!!!

I was able to finish up some timbers on the inside as well for an awesome loft, I will post pictures of that soon too!

What If ??

There comes a time in every good custom wood workers life that he asks himself the what ifs ? what if that happened to me? What if I cut off one of my fingers? Well mine came along about a month ago June 30th at 4:02 pm to be exact. I wast finishing up this beautiful deck cutting stair stringers and I left saw on the board that I was cutting in half and as I went to seperate the two boards ... well long story short I got too close to the saw blade and the "what if?" came to pass when my pinky on my left hand was taken. You just never know when it can happen to you!

 The day after my accident, much to my wife's dismay, I returned to the project and finished the stairs. The home owner told me not to come back untill I had healed but I must have had drugs in my system still because the day after that was when I was in a lot of pain.

For those of you who can handle the sight of blood, here you go, for those who can't, you may want to skip ahead and I apologize ahead of time.

I think the surgeon did a really good job. So $10k later I'm down a finger and still going strong!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Saddle Tree

 One way to display a saddle that isn't seeing much use!

 This idea was something I thought up and actually turned out nice.

 Pretty stable too, won't have to worry about the kiddo's falling off.

a back end shot

If You're Going to do a Mantle Do Rough Sawn!

Couple different Corbel ideas

 I mortised the back out so it could be hung on the wall.  It's all about being stout!

Side view of the corbels

These two were distressed to make them look a little more rustic.

 This one turned out nice!! I need to return to get a picture of how it looks with the rock around it.

Definitely a tight fit.

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