Sunday 26 January 2014

Re-felting A Roof

Roofing in the rain is never much fun.
Luckily there's been a good team of us working on this roof and it's made the wet days go that little bit faster.
 The last couple of weeks we've been systematically stripping and re roofing a large roof in the village I grew up in. The house is a lovely old place, full of character and that character extends up into the roof!
The previous roofers (back in the '70s I'd guess) laid the felt over the battens - not your usual approach! All in all though the roof wasn't in a terrible state, we've had to add new valley boards to each valley and replace or repair a few rafters on each section of the roof before adding new felt and battens.
We've also been splicing the old fascia board and making new fancy barge board. It should all look pretty good when it's done.

Sunday 12 January 2014

Two Large Doors

Saturdays work involved hanging two large doors - 3ft 6in wide and 7ft high.
 Luckily they weren't glazed otherwise I'm fairly sure I wouldn't have been able to hang them on my own, as it was they were near the limit of what I could handle (they were 56mm thick as well).
 They were hung on parliment hinges and the doors were at the top of three steps. This meant that before I could hang each one I had to build myself a little platform to work off. With parliment hinges you have to be careful how you set them or it can all go horiblly wrong as you can work off the knuckle of the hinge like you can normally, luckily mine went on with no problems.
One door on and the other on the benches being cut and planed to size
By the end of the day I had both doors swinging and the locks drilled out, but by then I was loosing light and had to call it a day.

Saturday 4 January 2014

Little Kitchen Storage Solution

Today I built a little cupboard into a nook behind a kitchen. It wasn't a very deep space (about 220mm) but the customer wanted somewhere to store their wine glasses with their cook books on top.
It's a simple construction out of low cost 18mm MDF.
I first built the base and added the sides and divider, these were notched to accept the top supporting timber that holds it together and provided much need support for the shelf on top.
Kitchen hinges were used for the doors making it flush when all the doors are shut. 
Once painted I think this gives a very practical and low cost solution to utilising all the storage a space has to offer whilst still looking good.
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