Second one ready!
And a third one also done!
I get the fourth one in sized and notched, but leave it laying there in sections for now.
I’ll spike that later as I want to concentrate on the smaller gateway first.
This is partly because if there’s any screw-ups I want them on that entrance rather than the big main entranceway that everyone will notice more.
Taking off the bark from the logs, quite important to keep the rot-factor down
Now to let it set for a few days.
MMM reckons that if it dries out too quickly it’ll crack.
For the next few days though it’s rainy and cloudy.
I use this linseed oil stuff prior to getting the hinges on it, this area needs all the protection it can get:
Getting the hinges on it, these 14 inch one’s are the biggest I can find in the surrounding county!
I hope they can cope with the weight and snowpack otherwise all this work is for naught when winter comes along…
While moving the clunking gateframe about on my own I nearly end up with it landing on me!
It’s difficult to describe but basically, with it upright and me trying to slide it into a better position it started to topped sideways!
I kinda pushed it back upright but as I did so the entire thing began spinning around on it’s axis while trying to fall over.
After spinning around about three times I let go at the right moment and it rested against the tree. If I’d of mistimed my crazy move the entire frame would of gone crashing down the mountainside!
Drama over I found a calm zone and moved forward to the next bit…
Both hinges on now, next step is putting the screw bolts into the tree itself.
These are what the hinge staples will sit on.
I’m kinda dreading this moment as precision carpentry / joinery isn’t my strong point.
If I get it wrong, all this work will be seriously flawed…
I improvise with an old jack I find in a catche. This helped, but the tyre iron from the Wolverine’s breakdown kit was even better (not shown).
Here’s the procedure, it may be a bit of quirky way but this how we did it.
1. Lower hinge in, lift up gate frame onto it. Level it up and mark where the upper hinge is to go in.
2. Remove frame from lower hinge and screw in second upper hinge.
At the end of stage one the clunking gate frame was frustratingly awkward to manipulate. Not surprisingly as it’s big hefty logs.
MMM lost his cool and the Mountain Rage briefly flared.
It wasn’t directed at me, but one of the other gate frames. Mike picked up a cinder block we’d been using as a support and hurled it at the frame.
CLONK! It bounced off the chunky wood with barely a mark on it! Now I know the gate frames are made of stern stuff!
After I’d got the second hinge bolt in we hung it up and it was nearly perfect! Mostly balanced and the spruce tree didn’t move a hair!