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Bad news on the lumber service supply side of economic front lines, it apparently has collapsed in an attempt to save the lumber industry. Now, if you want right long lasting kdat lumber, you have to supply the horse power yourself. In light of this new discovery, I have slightly altered the project. Not from a big box store, but a local lumber supplier had some 1/2 dried lumber and so I decided to only send the small lumber, the 2x4 2x6 and 1x6  wood to the drier and either use the larger lumber as is, or in case of the 4x4's, switch to a 2x4 alumunum and mortice the metal into the 4x6's to hold the morticed 2x6 roof structure. It starts by making a jig, to guide the router, and then plunging the router into the wood to get started. The depth is 1/2 inch.

This week saw a sub tropical environment and the work done was measured in seconds, I gathered or made tools to see to accuracy as well as shorten the duration of time it took to complete the given task. I set the posts as close as possible and fine tuned the level using sand and water to fill the void below.

This is as far as I could proceed w/o having materials delivered which I shall do this week.

 

Everything is square and plumb to receive the metal roof. 

​This week I got as far as being ready to apply the floor. The lumber issue is a still significant problem, somehow a 2X8 is delivered 1 1/2" by 7 1/4", I found some 1/2 dried lumber but you have to either fasten it down well in a couple days, or clamp it straight and let it finish drying. The 4X4's are not saveable once they start to twist and check up and so I defaulted to aluminum 2X4"s here. 

With that said, I experimented with some structural lumber (a wooden I beam consisting of 2X4's routed out to accept a length and width of plywood, they can span great distances and are not compromised once a hole is drilled through them for whatever reason), since I wont be holding much weight or spanning much distance I eliminated the plywood and instead turned one of the 2X4's and routed it only 1/4" deep, these two will then be glued and screwed and even supported in the middle, it has remarkable strength as is and gives me a wider surface to secure the floor once it has fully dried.   

 

I just cant stress enough how difficult it is going to be for many going forward if you are not at least part of a small experienced organized outfit that can find a way to work with todays inadequatly treated lumber, as the hard work you may be doing, can be ruined by the trade or industry that came before you. 

This is a direct consequence of lawmakers not having proper laws in place like truth in just about everything, from design to manufacturing to advertizing. 

And lumber is no execption, there is no advantage to being a carpenter, if your work becomes inadaquit due to the trade that came before you.

So I had to brace one stick like a tooth going the wrong way until I can prepare the aluminum 2x4's for the roof, I'll fine tune the floor until then.

I have yet to fully pack the outer posts into the ground, if once the roof is applied, any drying stresses to the posts can be slightly relieved by packing the bottom end in the direction the top needs to be to be as fully aligned as is possible in this rather questionable age.

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