Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Building a second floor

We need a better way to store the spare beds and drawers that have been camped out in the workshop for quite a while now, so we got busy making a temporary wooden floor to provide the needed space.

A group of boys including Arley and David Rocha, Alex and Anderson Mora, and Fabian Perdomo,  were thrilled with the idea of building something that involved nails and hammers and saws.

So we leveled up some fence posts as support beams and got busy nailing down some spare 1x8 lumber to form the floor.  We ran out of the 1x8s, so used some 2x4s to finish up.  All the lumber was eucalyptus, so after a half-dozen successive bent nails, I suggested they get the drill to pre-drill the holes.  That helped, but they still managed to bend a few more nails...

 Here are some pictures of the work in progress. 

Once the floor was finished, then we hoisted up the packages of bed parts that we had banded together.  In the days prior, we had repaired and organized the parts into complete sets.  For the heavier packages, we used a rope through a block attached to the roof beams.  Of course, once the work was done, that particular apparatus became a whole new source of interest and activity.  Fortunately, no one was injured in the ascents and descents.

Here is a picture of the finished project - the new floor in place (above the bicycle parts cabinet) with the spare beds stacked up on top.

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