Tuesday may have been an important day, but today was the inauguration of the observatory floor.
Manufactured Beam to Support the Floor
After careful planning and preparation, a quick call to Mike, the draftsman working on the plans, came up with a better idea and we started over.
The first job was to hang the 7.25" beam that would serve as the nailer for the rest of the floor joists and to which the half-spiral stairs would be attached. Josh (left) is holding the beam while Jay (right) attaches it to the wall. Doug (center) keeps an eye on progress to make sure everything is done properly.
As you can see, this involved some rather unnatural acts of carpentry by Josh and Jay.
Josh with a Back Hand Shot
Jay with the Upper Cut Shot
Of course, none of these heroic feats of carpentry acrobatics would be possible if it weren't for the accurate and careful cutting of Douglas (a.k.a. Douglas, the Italian Christmas Donkey). I was first introduced to Doug when he entered our house with a cordless DeWALT reciprocating saw, asking how he could get to the basement to cut off the outdoor faucet. That was our first taste of demolition on the project. But Doug was successful without a hitch.
Doug making another perfect cut
The rest of the floor went together pretty quickly, except for a few bowed 2x8s. Maybe Barack can do something about our nation's lumber supply? At any rate, the team was successful in getting the floor together. We made a 16" x 16" opening for the pier to follow, as shown in the shot below:
We made the opening a bit bigger so I had room to align the pier to the North and also have plenty of room for wires and such. I think this will work just fine.