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Sunday, I went back to my parents' house to work on the ger some more. I chopped all the pieces to length (chop saw, not an axe) and I marked all the pieces for drilling. (Funny how no matter how I spell "pieces" it still looks wrong.) By that time, Wolfie had shown up and he started drilling. I ripped the pieces he got drilled, but the wood is still a little wet and binding the drill bit, so it's slightly slow going.

For those of you joining me mid-stream, I suppose I should explain what we're doing. We're building a 16' Mongolian ger, which you may know as a yurt. The ger is a centuries-old design, consisting of a round, lattice-like wall section, called a khana. The roof is held up by many rafters that inster into a roof ring, or toono, which acts as a keystone. The downward pressure of the roof ring is transmitted through the rafters to the khana, and then down to the ground. The walls are prevented from bowing outwards and breaking by a belly band, or long strip of fabric wrapped around the khana.

What we're currently doing is getting the pieces ready to assemble into the khana. Wolfie and I bought 32 1"x3"x8' furring strips. I chopped them to 71" (and please don't anyone tell me furring strips are available in 6' lengths or I'll plotz), then marked the 1" sides for drilling. I started 4" from the top, then every 11" thereafter. Wolfie took over the drilling from there, using my dad's drill press. I'm not sure the size bit we're using. While he did that, I set up the table saw for ripping. I set the fence so it ripped the piece into 3/4" strips -- three per furring strip. Basically, I now have pieces 3/4" x 3/4" x 71", complete with holes. Not all the furring strips have been drilled yet, though, so that needs to be done.

Once the pieces are drilled and ripped, we can put the finish on them. We're using a decking stain that incorporates water proofing as well as color. It's an orangey-red color. Last time we did this, we used rags. Took forever. I'm thinking that this time, we use brushes, or maybe a sprayer. I don't have the patience to do the rag thing this time.

I'm still pondering the roof ring design. I won't bore you all (all three of you) with the details, but suffice to say, I'm trying to balance weight with ease of construction.

I'm looking forward to getting the whole thing done, though, so that I can do some embellishment on the rafters and build some more furniture. Gonna have to do some serious thinking about how to pack the truck, though; the laths are 71" long and the truck bed is 6 feet, or 72". It's going to be a challenge to pack the khana with everything else that needs to be packed, like our bed, and bedding and garb and seating and the camping box. Ponder ponder... Gotta love a challenge.

i feel: contemplative contemplative

3 trips or shoot the rapids
adequatemagic From: adequatemagic Date: March 12th, 2002 11:59 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Hmm... I seem to recall at least one "Building a Yurt from scratch" book in the library... if I can find it, perhaps some notes on that bit would be useful?

By the way, I love the idea of building a Ger. Go, Ger!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 14th, 2002 12:08 am (UTC) (base camp)

Ger Books

If it's the book I'm thinking of, then I think that that toono design results in a ring made of 2x4's with holes drilled in, into which rods inserted into the end of the rafters are placed. I'm told by a reliable source that such a ring is so heavy that it bends 1/4" steel rod like a stick of licorice.

On the other hand, it could be a different book entirely. If you think of it, I'd love the info on it!

cellio From: cellio Date: April 30th, 2002 06:18 am (UTC) (base camp)
Sounds neat! I'd like to know how you're building the ring. When I built mine, getting the ring right was definitely the hardest part.

Is a 3/4" board wide enough to drill through without risking cracking later, considering the stresses the khana will be under? I like the idea of the 3/4" by 3/4" boards better than the usual laths, so I hope the answer to that is "yes". :-)
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