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Old 06-09-2010, 17:33   #211
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Just getting this bow shed up is turning into a major production! I kinda underestimated how much work these things are. It doesn't help I'm doing it all by myself. My back and knees hurt somethin' fierce!

The next report should be the actual assembly of this monster! Standby....

Boy am I slow... For weeks I thought you were building a shed to build only the the front part of your boat - The bow...

I was thinking, "Gee, I wonder what the stern shed is gonna look like. And what about the midship shed"

Now I get that you are making a shed of bows - like in ribbons...

OK - I will go back to sleep now. Construct away...
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Old 06-09-2010, 18:15   #212
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Boy am I slow... For weeks I thought you were building a shed to build only the the front part of your boat - The bow...

I was thinking, "Gee, I wonder what the stern shed is gonna look like. And what about the midship shed"

Now I get that you are making a shed of bows - like in ribbons...

OK - I will go back to sleep now. Construct away...


I can understand the confusion. It'll look something like this.....

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now that is cool!

Glass it in...Flip it over and It will be the mid section of my next boat........An Irwin 65...
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It seems like every spare moment I've had to work on the shed it's been raining! So I decided to console myself and went shopping! We now have a "Wheel"!

Michigan Wheel Dyna-Jet 18DX13PX1-1/4" $275 (I think I got a deal)

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I don't care what the book says, there's no way one guy can put one of these things up by himself!



I'll have to rally some troops tomorrow to get the first section up. It'll go up in three sections, 10', 12' and another 10' section. Kinda looks like a giant spider spreading its legs!

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Even Noah had the help of his sons and some cheap labor.

I hear this guy worked for peanuts...

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Well I can see lifting them in place by yourself with a push stick easily...a 2x4 attached near the top and just lift away and then use that stick to prop it up temporarily in place...getting the two square with one another on a sticky surface like grass and attaching the two lifted halves together at the ridge by yourself will be the trick with out scaffolding or an extra hand.

But it looks like you have one side leveled and anchored to the ground...square up the other side and do the same...then when lifting lift past one another and then bring them both down an inch at a time until you have both ridge rafters settled into one another...Then from a big orchard ladder...you have one of those right.?...you can make final adjustments and attach the two rafters together...Piece of cake now that i think about it...

A good Framers can lift pretty big walls that weigh literally thousands of pounds and up to 20' tall or a bit more everyday all by themselves with wall jacks this way.

Your lumber pile in the center of your building site is a little problematic..................OK I admit it.......I use to be a framer...
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What if you staked the one bottom plate to the ground, place stakes where the opposite plate will go, tie the the two joining plates together loosely enough that they can move a bit and then walk the loose bottom plate into position, then finish off up a ladder?
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You both pretty much figured how it went. These bows with three attached to the ridge 2x6 were just a little too heavy and awkward for one person to handle. They're a lil' flimsy until you get them attached to something else or braced properly. We managed through it though.

Made some progress today with a lil' help from some friends.

First section up! This thing is a monster! There's no way to conceive in your head how big this thing is going to be until you start to put it up!



Second section and another WTF have I gotten myself into now moment!



Last section and last bow!



Still a lot of work to do. It has to be trued up and all the horizontal & diagonal strapping put in. I have to frame in the ends and cover them with plastic first then the entire structure can be covered with the shrink wrap plastic. Next week likely! Standby....
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That looks great. Snow'll come off that a hot damn.
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Looks great, Rick! The beauty of it is that besides giving you a great building space, when you're finished and want to reclaim your yard I guarantee there will be someone nearby who will happily pay you at least as much as you have invested in the bow shed's materials to take it off your hands - and will disassemble and move it at his own expense.

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It looks like you've gained some skills from the experts.


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Good Job Rick...looking "most excellent"
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I still think cold molding it in would be great fun!..
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Well it's been raining off and on here for the last three weeks. I seriously thought about cold molding this thing and turning it into an arc before the waters reached us! Luckily it quit raining enough to get some work done.

It probably doesn't look it but we put in a full days work today. I had my buddy Andrew helping out (Paid labor, he's just a highschool kid but a good worker).

Framing up the shed doors etc.



Ready to be shrunk tight!



That'll come likely next Saturday. I can probably hang the plastic on the back end but will definitely need help draping the big sheets over the top of this monster! Standby...
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