The HC - ceiling beams and roof

by brae  

Since I had cut a new gable from thinner wood, I had to pad the exterior portion where the gable shelf was located to keep the gable shelf properly aligned with the front of the roof. But, since I am including the dovecote, I cut the front hook off the ceiling beam.

Since I had taken off some depth from the building, I needed to also cut down the length of the center beam.  The back wall will abut the structure, so I cut the hook off this end as well.  I originally cut new support beams from 3/8" strip wood, but I didn't like it in the end.  So, I modified the kit support instead.  There's some space between the end of the beam's notch and outer edge of the support beam.  I'll explain that later.  You can also see the shim I needed to raise the center beam to sit flush with the glued roof panels.

I painted the beam and support Bittersweet Chocolate by Americana to coordinate the stained back beams and other trims.  It's not a perfect match but it blends well enough.

Before I could glue it all in place, I wanted to mark and cut the gable and side trims.  I won't install these until the roof is glued on to make sure there's a good fit, but it was easier to measure while things were still in dry fit.  I glued the main roof on next, then attached my ceiling wires to the lead wires already in place from previous work. I painted these black afterward.

With the roof firmly in place, I finished up the interior trims.  All that is left is the side window, but I want to save that until later once the messier parts of the landscaping are done.

Since the joins for the back beams were a little off, I made brackets from paper.  I'll worry about the hardware later.

I glued on the front roof boards last.  So scary to be completely out of dry fit.  For the most part, the pieces fit pretty well.  The one minor gap will be easily disguised with shingles.

Speaking of shingles, that's the next big time-consumer.  :]  Until next time....


Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
That’s lovely!
11/15/18 @ 21:17
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
I've noticed that area has a gap on mine too. I thought maybe I'd goofed up my angles somewhere. Probably I did. But that you have something of a gap makes me feel marginally better. I love how it looks. Gorgeous and elegant! Can't wait to see more. I can't remember if you've said, are you planning to put on the back wall to enclose it completely or leave it open?
11/16/18 @ 06:18
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]
Reaching this stage of construction, in addition to being a little unnerving, is a milestone to be celebrated! Congratulations! The interior looks so pretty all lit up, and the white ceiling gives such a spacious feeling! Only a month left to deadline, and I can't wait!
11/16/18 @ 06:51
Comment from: ann [Visitor]
I am left wondering what sort of tools do you use? I watched my husband's uncle work his carpentry magic in our various remodel projects in two homes and you have that same magical touch. Then there is the blue. So beautiful and moodful. (Is that a word?)
11/16/18 @ 07:00
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much! :>>

I will be enclosing the back and have been working on that blog post and mechanics behind the scenes. :yes:

I have all sorts of tools, but mostly I use the Easy Cutter Ultimate, utility and X-Acto blades, sandpaper and paints.
11/16/18 @ 08:47
Comment from: Linda [Visitor]  
11/16/18 @ 09:12
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>
11/16/18 @ 23:17
Comment from: Fabiola [Visitor]
A perfect construction.
11/17/18 @ 11:05

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