Monday, December 17, 2012

Back to/from work?

I have been busy working on a climbing wall in Park City lately and have had to put the boat aside.  However the wall turned out pretty cool.  The wall is in a condo that sits on a little pond,  I'm guessing the condo is about 700 sq. ft. and the climbing wall is 170 sq ft.   Pretty committing, but I think that means he will actually put the wall to use.

 This wall was a little different than most I build  in that it is wood framed.  Wood sounds much easier to work with but I find it more difficult for climbing walls.  The problem is all the connection points, steel is just like gluing everything together, the possibilities are endless.  Wood on the other hand has two issues of wood grain and splitting.  Wood makes a lot of sense when things are square, but climbing walls are not sqare.

I did almost break a 2X6 in a way I never have before.  In order to get the sheeting to lay flat to the framing the studs have to be twisted the match the twist of the wall.  Usually I'm twisting angle iron (L shape) which is easy, but a fir 2x6 doesn't like to be twisted.  Anyway I stopped twisting it after I heard a pretty good crack, and it didn't break in half.

Check out this contraption .  I was trying to bend some mahogany trim into place and the piece broke in half, so Beth and I rigged up this steam box.  We used a camp stove and a pressure cooker for the steam.  Then I found some scrap copper pipe and a length of PVC pipe.  The trim piece goes in the tube, and we just used some old rags to block off the ends.  Turns out pressure cookers are less frightening when steaming wood than when steaming vegetables.

We steamed it for about 25 minutes and it bent into position no problem.  I forgot to take a picture, but I think the steamer was cooler than the finished product.

While I was working on the wall Beth glued together our sewage holding tank.  Which serves as part of the floor under the dinette.  Again no photo, next post.

I thought this ended up looking pretty cool.  Its the a leveling pad to mount the toilet to the hull.

I just started this madness today, 1/8 inch strips of wood  bent to a pretty tight radius, which will make really cool looking braces to hold up the table.  I'm going to try and make the table without any center or end support, so it will just be sticking out of the side of the boat.  If its possible it will look awesome, but I have my doubts as to whether it will be strong enough.

Back to work, but I guess it just depends on your definition of work.

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