I enjoy my line of work because I build things…in The Matrix. However, I still have a fondness for building things in the real world too. However, it isn’t the same. You can’t just refactor your design when you are done. Its such a pain in the ass. All the planning, design, measuring, etc. I am used to just rewriting until its perfect. So this project in Leadville was my first medium scale creation. After several weeks of hauling the materials from Longmont to Leadville, I finally got to drive some screws this weekend and complete the first phase of the creation!
Check that sucker out. Its pretty sturdy too! Multiple humans can walk on it and it holds their weight. It measures about 18′ by 20′. 108 2x6s. 50 concrete blocks. 15 lbs of nails. And a couple new tools later, I had it done. Of course, I did get some help. My wife “advised” me along the way. Basically, finding me a blueprint of how to build this and then questioning my moves. Thanks, honey. Then I employed child labor in a few spots like putting on some of the facia boards. Nothing like 10 hands to hold the board in place while I drive the screws.
The next phase of the project may get delivered this week. This is a base for the real “structure”.
Anyway, I started walking around the yard with my creative juices flowing now. Reagan had taken a bunch of my leftover wood and wanted to build a house. I played along and found that she was trying to hang a 2×6 off of a tree as big as my wrist. That’s not going to hold. So I proposed something else — what if we build something bigger, higher, and better? She was game.
Next thing you know, my nephew, Ed, and I are up in trees and making stuff happen. Lots of raw cuts made it more fun than the precision of the deck project. We found 3 good trees in a triangle formation and went to work. Suddenly, I had a few boards up and was standing 8 foot in the air on my next creation. A few decking boards. Some make shift joists and I had a platform. The branches were in the way so I got out my pruner and started sawing from 8 foot off the ground. Surely, that’s not in the manual.
Kim got wind of this and quickly had me adding side boards to keep the ER visits to a minimum. It worked. Made a ledge on each side. Built a ladder. Hung a rope down. Then went back up with my circular saw and cleaned it all up. Enjoy!
I am now being asked to add a second story and some bridges to adjacent trees. Don’t tempt me. I create things.