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Mary B
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5993345 - 07/27/13 05:32 PM

Lifting drywall overhead is not fun! Next time I have to do it I am buying a lift.

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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Mary B]
      #5993776 - 07/27/13 10:32 PM

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Lifting drywall overhead is not fun! Next time I have to do it I am buying a lift.




With the home-made supports it was a breeze Mary.


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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5997903 - 07/30/13 07:24 AM

The ceiling is all up. Now it's a matter of joining tape, joint filler and some trim around the exposed edge in the stairwell.

I bought some thick board today for the trap-doors that will seal the heat in downstairs by blocking off the stairwell.

I picked up all the gear today thanks to a wonderful donation by a fellow in Victoria. I'll be getting to work tonight and over the next week to get the ceiling finished and ready for a coat of paint.

The last part of the ceiling was the trickiest, as there were many angle involved, lots of things to get around and rebate for, plus the sheet can't fit in the gap in one piece. I ended up making a template out of 3mm craftwood scraps. I then traced the template onto the plasterboard sheet and cut it out. I had to cut it into four pieces to get it in there though. It's all done though and ready for finishing.

1. Tracing the template

2. Plasterboard cut to shape

3. Fitted


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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6004381 - 08/03/13 06:42 AM

[B]Oils ain't oils[/B]

All I wanted to do today was apply paintbrush to timber. Unfortunately for my impatience, preparation prolonged my agony for an excruciating hour and a half before I could even wet the brush.

There was the bottom floor to clear of construction tools and materials, then peel up the temporary carpet and underlay. I gave the handrails and treads a final sanding then a meticulous vacuum of all surfaces.

The mix of mineral turpentine and boiled linseed oil was a 50/50 ratio, penetrating the wood deeper and hopefully causing the oil to set harder.

A few minutes after oiling the top couple of treads and stringers, the mix began to release aromas from the Cypress and Eucalypt. Unlike painting with paint, (which is a pain in the butt) oiling wood is a real pleasure. The speed at which the transformation occurs is gratifying and the colour change is stunning - it's richness paralleled only by the smell, which is akin to walking into an antique furniture shop.

Full story here.









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Midnight Dan
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6004502 - 08/03/13 09:52 AM

Wow! That stairway is just gorgeous! Nice to have such a beautiful touch of nature in a building that, for most of us, is very utilitarian.

-Dan


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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #6005641 - 08/04/13 12:16 AM

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Nice to have such a beautiful touch of nature in a building that, for most of us, is very utilitarian.

-Dan




Well said mate! Thanks!

Baz.


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hm insulators
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Reged: 01/22/07

Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6011543 - 08/07/13 01:46 PM

What a pretty color!

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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: hm insulators]
      #6017111 - 08/10/13 06:14 AM

Today I got into plastering the joints of the plasterboard, a job I've never attempted. To tell the truth, it was childishly simple, helped by the fact that all the boards are level and flush.



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rimcrazy
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Reged: 03/03/12

Loc: Overgaard, AZ
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6017125 - 08/10/13 07:51 AM

You have truly done an awesome amazing job. You should be very proud of what you have built!

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Den Mama
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Loc: montana
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6017306 - 08/10/13 10:15 AM

That wood is absolutely beautiful! And to think it might have just gone to waste had you not visualized the end result!

Amazing job!


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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: rimcrazy]
      #6018100 - 08/10/13 06:49 PM

Quote:

You have truly done an awesome amazing job. You should be very proud of what you have built!




Not so much proud as the credit goes to God for giving me the skills, drive, motivation and all the assistance He sent me in the form of donations, advice, assistance from around the world.

I feel more of a sense of satisfaction that it was so hard to do and is now realised, plus excitement at the prospect of it's future.

Baz.


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Tom McDonald
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6019344 - 08/11/13 04:54 PM

What dedication! Beautiful job!
My hat's off to you, sir!


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Oscar Szentirmai
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Loc: London - UK
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6019672 - 08/11/13 08:36 PM

wow...hat's off!!

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stmguy
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Reged: 10/11/12

Loc: Western NH
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Oscar Szentirmai]
      #6020433 - 08/12/13 09:53 AM

Great Job ! Looks very nice

Norm


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Den Mama
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6020561 - 08/12/13 11:13 AM

The future for this beautiful observatory, is endless!



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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6022560 - 08/13/13 10:08 AM

I've actually got to give all of YOU a big thank you for your encouragement along the way. Not much good telling a story if you have no-one to tell it to. Not much good going on a journey if no-one is interested in sharing it with you.

Big blessings to all of you!


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hm insulators
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6023372 - 08/13/13 04:24 PM

I definitely enjoyed following the build! Wish I could fly down there and see some of those Southern Hemisphere sights at your observatory!

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WesC
Carpal Tunnel
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Loc: La Crescenta, CA
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! [Re: hm insulators]
      #6023540 - 08/13/13 05:29 PM

That staircase is fantastic!

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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! [Re: WesC]
      #6028333 - 08/16/13 12:17 AM

Thanks guys!

Baz.


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Toml08
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6028735 - 08/16/13 08:54 AM

Beautiful observatory and wood work. Something to be very proud of.

CS,
Tom.


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