Fri, Aug 29, 2003, 9:51am (EDT-1) email@example.com
(D K Woods) ponders:
Ok, so say cash isn't a problem. Say supply isn't a problem. Neither is
time or conservation concerns. And you have all the skills, tools, help
(if needed/wanted), and materials to do the job.
What would be the one thing you wanted to build the most in your
lifetime? <snip> What about you?
Only one answer to that:
If we're all God's children, what's so special about Jesus?
Life just ain't life without good music. - JOAT
Web Page Update 28 Aug 2003. Some tunes I like.
To build a house like the church I'm building for my company. The
worship area is about 9000 (that's thousand) square feet with a
finished ceiling max. height of 44 feet. The steel stud walls are 16
feet tall and the cathedral ceiling (go figure) goes up at a 5/12 to a
clerestory that's 24 feet square, all windows.
The best part, though, is the structure. Huge laminated oak beams
that form a tic-tac-toe board over the plan view of the church. These
beams were made by a company in Montana and the total weight of all of
them is approx. 48,000 lbs. They're 13" wide and 54" thick and
they're made of what looks like 1x that's been bent and glued. We had
ironworkers assemble them. Now that we've got the building closed in,
it's truly breathtaking.
The only difference is that this is all one room, and I'd stretch the
exterior walls a little and put bedrooms, etc around the ring on the
second floor, with a huge atrium going up the middle. On the bottom,
one large room. Wide open spaces, as the Dixie Chicks say.
Since I live in the real world, however, I'll go with SYP rather than
Red Oak on the beams :).
Dream? My dream project can get started tomorrow night after the Powerball
drawing. I bought 2 tickets for the $140M prize.
I'd have a house built, but I'd like to finish the paneled library and the
large elegant dining room. There may be a problem with the chairs though
(aside from my lack of skills) in that I may be bored making 12 of them.
I'd have to do them on a production basis, not one at a time. I just don't
like doing the same thing a second or third time.
Space to build them is not a problem though. I'd have a large enough shop
(next to the 6 car garage) to handle them on the work/assembly benches. My
skills would also improve. I'd have more time to work on them and I'd hire
someone to teach me.
Hmmmm... Do I only get to pick _one_ such project? Well, I guess I'd have
to choose a hammered dulcimer. I can envision bigger and more impressive
projects, such as the harpsichord I'd really like to build some day, but I
could _play_ a hammered dulcimer without taking lessons for 10 years just
to reach mediocrity.
As for what to make it out of, I have no idea. More research needed into
what would sound good. It's presently too far beyond my means to even
seriously contemplate such a thing, and I've done no homework to see what
works and what doesn't. I'd want to find the most beautiful combination of
woods that would be acoustically functional. Perhaps curly maple or
birdseye maple, with cherry or walnut.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < firstname.lastname@example.org>
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