Latest Project On My Own Home

There's nothing better than sitting outside on a beautiful evening and watching the wildlife, having a couple beers, listening to some yacht rock, or just watching a summer rain storm as you sit in its breeze. But I could really do without the mosquitoes. :-)
This is a project we've been wanting to do for quite a while and I finally set aside some time to do it. It will have full screens from bottom to top and a really cool window system called Magic Wall by Solara, a company from Florida that started out making hurricane panels.
They don't have a lot of pictures, but I saw their system at the Nashville builders convention and it's really cool. Basically, you have these glass panels on tracks that slide open and closed. You can have 4 panels, that will slide into one. In my case, the patio is 13'x16', so on 2 sides, I will have four 4' panels that slide over to 4', leaving 12' of full screen. On the end, there will be four panels that slide over to 3', leaving 9' of full screen.
I decided to do the rafter framing in cedar and have solid, T&G roof decking to be exposed from the underneath. The tie-in to the existing roof with be plain old pine lumber, since it won't be seen.
Here's the progress so far, with all the cedar framing. https://photos.app.goo.gl/nHLDkWJwdvgXBYS26 I have to say this cedar is a joy to work with. Besides the smell, it cuts wonderfully, is super light weight, and doesn't warp nearly as much as SYP. Then there's the looks. :-)
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On Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 6:31:37 PM UTC-5, -MIKE- wrote:

Looking good....
And it's nice to see Crepe Myrtles that haven't been butchered, by pruning them 4'-5' off the ground. I'm sure they add to your lawn's relaxing ambi ance. Next year, maybe you can add a hobbit/rabbit hole house under one o f those crepe myrtles, to accent the hanging plants, etal, decor.
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On 8/2/18 8:58 PM, Sonny wrote:

1st... I was totally expecting a reply from "Cedar" Sonny! :-) 2nd... Yes, we love the Crepe Myrtles and so do all the birds and squirrels. Our cat loves to climb in them... so much that I added some ramps so he can run up and down easier. :-)
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On Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 9:04:37 PM UTC-5, -MIKE- wrote:

For a moment, other than my screen name, I wondered if I was that predictab le.
It was good to hear of a project in progress. Lately, there hadn't been a ny posts of ongoing work. Folks must be on vacation, busy with back to sc hool stuff and/or summer's heated lazy days for idleness, hence, no time fo r projects.
For about 2-3 weeks, I've been "away", so not much work from here. Mom ha d a bout with a UT infection and we've been double teaming her care, since she's been discharged from the hospital. She's improving, greatly, and is almost back to her normal elderly self, again, so we can relax, a bit, aga in.
Lately, a friend asked if I'd build and upholster (tufted) wall panels (bed headboard-like). The panels are to wrap around 3 walls in her dance stud io. A wrap-around set of benches will complement the panels.... I'm not ma king or upholstering the benches. I should be, hoping to be, finished with the panels by mid next week.
A Korean friend saw my cedar table top, sitting idle since it was built. https://www.flickr.com/photos/43836144@N04/27134564546/in/dateposted-public / She asked me to make it into a tea table, 14" high, so I've made short legs . I might will install the legs today, if I can finish the prep work. Ma ybe I'll have some presentable pics by this evening.
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On 8/3/18 8:44 AM, Sonny wrote:

That's a gorgeous top. What finish did you use?
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On Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:48:55 AM UTC-5, -MIKE- wrote:

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egs. I might will install the legs today, if I can finish the prep work. Maybe I'll

ER cedar is resinous. Often times, especially around knots and denser woo d, the resin leaches/oozes out, little by little, over time. To help prev ent this leaching, shellac is used as a blocker, similarly as Kiltz or othe r shellac primers are used. I think I used shellac as a first coating, th en sprayed top coats of lacquer.
The resin, in ER cedar, moves/flows, somewhat like mercury in a thermometer , when temps fluctuate. The short legs are (somewhat) carved from cedar s tump/log stock, some wood denseness varies within each leg. They have bee n in the house for a few days, acclimating to AC, so hopefully, the resin m ovement will be better/more limited, in/for their long term use.
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On Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 7:31:37 PM UTC-4, -MIKE- wrote:

Love the cedar!
How thick is that slab?
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On 8/2/18 9:49 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

Ha! Everybody asks that. :-) It's only 4" but has the skirts down the sides. The middle section is packed fill. It's called a monolithic slab. It's designed to incorporate the foundation/footings into the slab in one pour. Since the posts are the the load bearing foundation, the slab/skirt doesn't need to support and weight of the structure.
However, it probably could since they made the skirt 8" wide just in case the county code inspector was clueless.
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On 8/2/2018 6:31 PM, -MIKE- wrote:

I have been thinking of doing something like that, again, for about 7 years. Looks great so far!
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On 8/3/18 7:48 AM, Leon wrote:

Thanks. I'm really looking forward to it. So is our cat. Maybe he'll stop waking us up at 4:30am to go out, if he can hng out on this thing all night. :-)
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On 8/2/18 6:31 PM, -MIKE- wrote:

I added a couple more pictures of one half of the 4/4 T&G Poplar roof decking installed. We stained the underside to match the Cedar and I have to say it's pretty dead on. It looks great from underneath.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/nHLDkWJwdvgXBYS26
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On Monday, August 6, 2018 at 7:08:39 PM UTC-5, -MIKE- wrote:

Looking better and better each time. Seems you worked on the western side ..... smart! If as here, the afternoon sun really beats down, making the h igh humidity even worse. Have a porch swing in mind? I can already sens e having a relaxing swing and/or a couple of rockers under that canopy.
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On 8/6/18 8:24 PM, Sonny wrote:

That is the south side but it was late afternoon, so the sun was hitting it from the west. We have 80ft+ Poplars on the south property line that provide a lot of shade, plus the giant Crepe Myrtles. There aren't too many hours of direct sunlight.
My Sharn is right next to those Poplars so it actually stays very reasonable inside it.
The wife brought up the porch swing idea, so it's under consideration. She already has outdoor furniture picked out... they always seem to have something decorated before it's actually built. :-)
Of course, I already have the speakers and flat-screen TV location in my mind.
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On 8/6/2018 10:04 PM, -MIKE- wrote:

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A man's got to have his priorities straight. You do!
Looks great!
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On Monday, August 6, 2018 at 10:05:01 PM UTC-5, -MIKE- wrote:

One other possible consideration, if your place is like mine, mosquito control. Even in winter, we have bouts with mosquitoes. Walmart, HD, Lowes and other outlets have Yard Guard (or similar) mosquito spray.
I shoot 1/4 second spritz, here and there, in dark places, nooks and crannies, etc., to fend off/drive off those pesky critters. It doesn't take much spraying, just some short spritz, in their general hiding places.
The Yard Guard products are sold seasonally at some of the outlets, so they are not always available year 'round. If need be, you might want to get a couple of extra cans, for times the stores aren't offering the product, until next spring/summer time.
I often spritz my shop, also, before starting work, when out there late in the evenings.
The Yard Guard products are effective for a few/several hours, before needing spritzing, again, in those scenarios.
Very rarely, maybe once a year, do I have issues with wasps & hornets on the patios.
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On 8/7/18 7:28 AM, Sonny wrote:

This will be fully screened.
One of the main reasons we're building it is mosquitoes. They are very bad around here. About the only thing that works is to have the pest guys come and spray the entire yard. But we won't do that because it kills about every other insect, too, including pollinators.
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