Thursday, July 10, 2014


About a year ago I pulled up the 1/2" plywood I had been using as a temporary floor because I had to build all the plumbing and run all the electrical wiring. Well, all that's done... so
The flooring for the main deck of the house. Re-claimed red/yellow pine milled to spec by Watson Spring! 220 square feet. .75" x 5".
Steel fully exposed. everything (almost) OUT!

" Re-claimed" means lots of character and a lot that is not use-able. It took me whole day to pick through the pile and glean what was useful. Lots of character.
Gonna get dirty and sweaty and make a huge mess     Me n' this piece of wood wanted to have our picture taken together Advice from a novice to a novice: When trying to cut multiple 90 degree cuts, use the framing square as a guide. Hold it as far away from the line you want to cut (eye-ball it) as the saw guard is wide and hold your saw against the straight edge as you cut the wood.

Huge mess after getting all that could be used out of the stack
Totally random lengths of what was useful. So I made myself a little library from shortest to longest and just got started. I wanted to make as few cuts as possible, and have as many joints rest of joists as possible.
First I figured how many rows would be needed to get from port to starboard side with un-cut rows of boards, and then split the difference of the remaining space. I cut the first row half of that total distance and then just got started... laying wood around the storage hatch openings  
One Row @ a Time 
Looking up - Looking back @ progress

 used knot holes to pass wiring and plumbing up from the basement
 Paper to make the pattern for the curve around the bathroom wall

 This is how to cut a curve.. one little section @ a time

Put my favorite pieces in the hall-way
, but that's weak praise because so many pieces have so much character. RE-CLAIMED WOOD! The smell of the fresh cut pine is so invigorating!

used my baseball bat to tap them into place

This opening is so large so that if I ever need to I can easily remove the steel and crawl into the basement through this hole. 2'x2'

 Looking up

the solar battery bank compartment

 Looking back

 The hatch doors
 the hatch doors in place

 All in place, unfinished wood.

Tight fit around the hearth
 Looking Forward. BOOM!

floor of closet/storage/tiny bedroom for one of my Japanese friends.
 It is 32" x 57", or 12 square feet '-)

This hatch leads to the bucket sand filter and pumps

Making wooden clothes for my house

 My Girl!!!
 Emily Montesinos told me she wanted to come help me install the flooring and wall paneling, so I bought the stuff and did the prep and she came and helped me put it up! I made paper patterns of the wall panels, cut and then sanded the edges so they will lay more smooth and flush beside each other.
Bucket of self taping screws from Habitat = $3.00!
 Bedroom done.. all but one last triangle!
 She always braids my hair up for me

 The seams will be covered with flat trim

trying to take her picture but got myself instead
  She caught a dragon fly that was stuck in the house!

The racks for the solar panels are on the way. Once they are installed, through bolted to the roof trusses I can put up the ceiling panels!
 Living room and looking back. I want to get some bead board to do the ceiling in the bathroom, along the loft floor that becomes a low ceiling which juts out into the hall way, and on the bottom on the living room walls

 Dreams Come True ~ Happy Girls!

 The loft bedroom...

 Paper Pattern becomes.....

 Wood paneling