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the first wofati - allerton abbey- version 0.7  RSS feed

 
Cameron McDonald
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here's a picture taken at the end of today!
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Just got to the land this week. Thank you uncle sam for the free time. Anyhow been peeling logs like crazy for this lincoln log house. Progress as of Friday, Oct 4th.

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Wofati 0.7 Beta Side
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Wofati 0.7 Beta Front
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Wofati 0.7 Beta Back
 
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Ah, great pictures. These are the first ones that (to me) show the land as being anything besides flat. I can see some grade here. Has anyone actually measured that or have a good guess as to what the grade is? (edit... just looked closer at the drawings, looks like 3 in 10 rise to run in the drawings... still "looks" less to me in the pics)

I had read that this is quite small. It looks small, but then I have lived in an RV before and think it is big enough. Time will tell how many "indoor" activities are possible under the overhang on the uphill side (I am thinking words like front or back or side don't apply).
 
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Good work...that's one nice looking frame ;o)
 
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Had to go cut some trees, here are the rest showing some of the joinery.
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more photos
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Anthony Aiuppa
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more joints
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Wow.

Just wow.
 
Alex Ojeda
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Absolutely the most awesome thing I have seen this year!
 
Emily Aaston
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progress on the wofati today (october 7, 2013). The walls going up:
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wofati walls
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wofati walls
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more walls and a storm brewing:
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more angles:
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untrimmed walls
 
Emily Aaston
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finishing up for the day:
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cameron and tim placing the last log of the day (5 walls today!)
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Do you guys have Dick Proenneke running around up there?! Beautiful stuff!
 
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Hi,
I have a question. I am curious to know how the logs that form the walls are being held in place.

My guess would be that you are using like a giant 80d nail or commonly called a dock spike, but that is just a guess.

-Kevin
 
Sean Kibler
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Alex Ojeda wrote:Do you guys have Dick Proenneke running around up there?! Beautiful stuff!


Dick Proenneke what a badass! I could watch that documentary over and over.

This is really greatly inspiring to see as it progresses. Looking to buy 5-20 acres in the next couple years and get a rough cabin on site to start working on a permanent home. Sort of the grub steak concept but leaning more toward a get away cabin than a permanent living structure.

There appears to be quite a bit of jointing going on, how solid is this thing? Say if someone were to goof and back the track hoe into it, would it budge?
 
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Kevin, since speed is currently of utmost importance large 8" timberlock screws are being used as fasteners. They are however expensive in quanity. In future construction the hope is to find alternative solutions that trade time skill and ingenuity for expense.
 
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My name is matt beckman, and I have been running the wofati project. The structure is very solid. I put the excavator bucket on the Perlines to give it a nudge. And the structure stood strong. this structure as long at the umbrella is done right will last for many years.
 
Emily Aaston
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some photos from today: roof going up!
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charging the bad boy buggie
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peeling logs
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preparing roof logs
 
Emily Aaston
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more logs going up
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first few logs up
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untrimmed roof logs
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logs dropping
 
James Burnette
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Wow is that thing looking good. And definitely living up to the "Freaky Fast" in it's name.
 
Peter Ellis
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Question- where is the annualized solar part? When I think about this stuff, I always see doing that part first.
 
Jesse Biggs
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If I understand correctly, it's not annualized solar but annualized thermal inertia (the ATI in WOFATI). It has to do with using an "umbrella" to make use of the earth's more constant temperature. http://paulwheaton12.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/passive-annual-heat-storage-2/ So it would be addressed later with the layers of poly/newspaper/etc.
 
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Jesse, the "umbrella" is part of passive annualized solar. The naming variations just lend to confusion, when the same principles are applied using similar, or identical techniques.
Since so much of the mechanism for making it work is underground, it seems like something you do when you lay your foundation, not after you have structure in place that can be destabilized if you dig too close.
 
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Wow you guys are fast! Things look great so far. I'm paying close attention to this one.
 
Caleb Larson
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Nice work guys. Walls look great. There has been a lot of progress since I left.
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And a few more pics from my phone.
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Emily Aaston
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retaining walls are up, and mostly cut!
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back retaining walls
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more retaining wall photos
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installing the walls
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gable roof going up too!
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today: lots of fine tuning and preping the wofati to take the first tarp layer.
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first tarp up!
 
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I know its not done yet, but so far has it been harder than expected, easier than expected, or is this a dumb question because you guys had no expectations to begin with?

And its inspiring to see. Awesome job guys.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:Yes! Looks good!


It looks like a lot of tough angles when fitting together the beams, but I assume you can notch and miter. You might not know that Boyce Lumber (in Missoula)- gives us contractor prices on things we buy a ton of (torque screws, mounting brackets) and, they give free advice. They have a computer they can enter support beams and distances into to calculate loads. There are tables I can give you to look that stuff up online, but I've found going in to give them numbers and sketches saves a ton of time. There's another company you can free advice at too in Missoula, but I like the guys at Boyce.
 
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Noah Jackson wrote:
paul wheaton wrote:Yes! Looks good!


It looks like a lot of tough angles when fitting together the beams, but I assume you can notch and miter. You might not know that Boyce Lumber (in Missoula)- gives us contractor prices on things we buy a ton of (torque screws, mounting brackets) and, they give free advice. They have a computer they can enter support beams and distances into to calculate loads. There are tables I can give you to look that stuff up online, but I've found going in to give them numbers and sketches saves a ton of time. There's another company you can free advice at too in Missoula, but I like the guys at Boyce.


Great to see the photos. Nice work for sharing; we know how much extra time and passion this takes!
 
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Beautiful! Inspiring!

Question: How deeply are those posts buried? Or are they just sitting on the surface of compressed earth? Also, what, if anything, was used to protect them from rot?

Thank you.
 
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after a lull in wofati-building while the workshops happened, we're back at it and there is some dirt on the roof!
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gable roof going up
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many layers of tarps on the roof and walls!
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gable roof
 
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more shots from today:
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dirt on the roof!
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is there a house there?
 
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