As the mercury slides lower towards the first frost of fall down here by the lake tonight, pure exhaustion is the overwhelming feeling of the day. Tom and I have been going non-stop since I last updated you all on our activities.
Last Friday heralded the arrival of the remaining timbers and our 2-man timberframe crew who would soon become fixtures at Swamp River Ridge. A very important aspect of the second half of our house timbers was the 80+ knee braces. Knee braces are what are mortise-and-tenoned in at a 45 degree angle to create the support and pressure between a vertical post and horizontal beam. The poor guy who was set to knee brace detail will probably rue the day he signed on for this gig - today was the first day he'd been out of the veritable cave that the garage has become. Up until this morning, he's been champhering and sanding knee braces for 5 days straight!
I spent a good portion of Friday building the template - 5 feet across at the widest point - I would need for the surprise I'd secretly designed for Tom. Cutting the (look-a-like) tiles into the house floor/slab was on the docket for Saturday, and I had a plan!