Tired now.

porchIf I’d had one more eight-footer I could have done a thing. As it is I’ll cut them all to just over banister length and put those redwood caps on them, then paint them red. Three will still serve well enough as columns for the eventual roof, I’ll just need to find a not-very-ugly way to extend them.

Tomorrow I need to firm up the catwalk and stairs, then I’ll get to work on the railings. Think I’ll need to borrow Neighbor S’s table saw, since the plan calls for ripping some 2X4s.

The plywood floor is strictly temporary but it really should last for years: It’s pieced in but I’m not completely unhappy with the way it came out. Next time I’m in town I’ll see if I can score a quart or two of gray floor paint. The whole thing is constructed so I can replace it with pressure-treated 2X4s or 2X6s should I ever gather enough.

I do believe that’s the longest single day of work I’ve put in since last summer’s framing party. I’ve got sunburn on my suntan.

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8 Responses to Tired now.

  1. Mark Matis says:

    As long as you can make the roof support columns structurally sound, it ain’t to difficult to make them “cute”:

    And don’t forget that you can easily make an awning to provide shade until you’re ready to go roofing.

  2. Joel says:

    And don’t forget that you can easily make an awning to provide shade until you’re ready to go roofing.

    Wind. We’ve got a word for fabric awnings around here – the word is “rags.”

    😀 On the other hand I’ve had good luck with camo netting…

  3. Zack says:

    Dayaaam! That all is shaping up downright nice.

  4. Claire says:

    I’m impressed, Joel. That’s a lot of work for a few days (yes, you know that better than I do). AND your porch is starting to look very, very good. I can see you and LB relaxing out there. Or you, Landlady, and Ian all sitting there on some pleasant afternoon, drinking Bourbon and relaxing.

    You noted the other day that the Lair was turning into something houselike. That is so true. Good for you, BB, your other traveling construction guy, and all who’ve helped make it happen.

  5. Norman says:

    RE: exterior floor paint. You didn’t mention it, so I’ll assume it was skipped in the interest of post brevity, but don’t forget to add some coarse sand to the floor paint as a traction enhancement.

  6. Malatrope says:

    Unless your wood suppliers are better than mine, you are going into a world of hurt trying to make 2×2’s out of 2×4’s (if that’s how I interpret your ripping comment). You’ve never seen a piece of tree turn into a twisted pretzel so fast as when you relieve the internal stress by ripping it up the middle.

    It’s probably too late, but it’s better to get 2×2’s even if you pay a little more. At least you can pick and choose which ones are straight. But if this is how you have to go, be ready to put a wedge in the cut end to keep the two sides from squeezing the blade and making mucho smoke and stalling the saw. A big screwdriver works pretty well, just stay well away from the blade with it.

  7. Mark Matis says:

    I was referring to something along these lines:
    Home made, of course, but roll down when you want to sit on the porch, and roll back up when you’re done. With something like this:
    as the awning fabric. I expect that between you and Ian, y’all could probably figure out a practical way to make stow/unstow easy, and sturdy enough to tolerate weather conditions when stowed.

  8. Mark Matis says:

    Your environmental conditions are significantly less severe than what RVs have to tolerate. And while they spend a large effort making sure the awning seals to the RV so rain can’t pour down between the vehicle and the awning, you wouldn’t really have any such concern since you’re very unlikely to be sitting on the porch when it’s raining…

To the stake with the heretic!