Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Very Wet June and the Damn White Board

It just keeps raining.
June has been really wet but the woods needed it and now every thing is nice and green.
I have used the rain time to gather up supplies and on one trip I came up with the great idea of a large white board to track all my projects.
I have always said that every bundle of roofing shingles should come with a handful of pain killers, well I now believe every white board should come with anti-depressants.
I started by dividing the board into major projects, Cabin, Storage Building, Observatory, Home,
then writing down all that needs to get done by winter in all 4 categories.
All I can say is WOW, this amount of work would kill a normal man.

Observatory work over the last few weeks.

First off the door got painted, I'm still looking for the right set of hinges to complete the look.

Then I picked up the 18" sonotube along with the spread footing and anchor bolts. The bottom of that spread footing is 36" in diameter and will make for a very solid telescope base.

Using a break rotor mounted to the garage door frame I started bending the reinforcement rod hoops and legs

Then I built a cage and to keep it from rusting, I was able to cover most of it with blood, the sharp pointy wire ends tore me up pretty good.

Also built this anchor bolt jig, which will allow us to get the bolts in the center of the pier at the right depth and spacing.

Here it is on the tube, the long leg allows us to set a compass on the center line far enough away from the steel anchor bolts so they don't mess up the compass reading.
The bolt pattern will be set true north.

I have also been working on the road going up the hill to our site with a chain saw and trimmer and the road is slowly taking shape. The rain has slowed down Dean's arrival, but I think we're ready for the big dirt work to start.


  1. I didn't know blood was a good rust proofing but, makes sense since it is rust o leium red when it dries.

  2. We purchased a white board to track Mike's projects when he first went freelance. I'm pretty sure it wound up serving as a dart board shortly thereafter... Looks like you're making great progress, can't wait to visit!

  3. The door is awesome, love it! -Missy