Saturday, 31 July 2010
Friday, 30 July 2010
Today we are starting the next two timber ladder which will be located within the straw bales. We have constructed this jig to make it quicker. The rails of each ladder are fed in each side and the noggins (rungs) span between them. Two gaps in the jig opposite where the rung is located allow a nail to be fired using the nail gun to fix the noggin in place.
Thursday, 29 July 2010
The first straw ladder completed. It was not possible to use a nail gun on these as we needed 150mm fixings (nail gun limited is 90mm), so we decided to screw the timber together. The next ladders will use smaller timber sections, will be fixed with nail gun and do not need to be notched around the straps, so should be much quicker to construct.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Next task to prepare for the straw is to start constructing the timber ladders which will go underneath and between the straw bales. The ladder under the straw (shown in red) will be constructed of ex.50x100, while the other ladders (shown in blue) will use 38x50mm. There will also be similar ladders on the first floor.
The ladders will be used to locate the ratchet straps around, in order to compress the bales. They will also be fixed to the timber posts which will tie the bales to the main timber frame.