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Default Hello from Boulder Creek: "In the Redwoods"

I'm getting back into woodworking after 30-or-so years and I expect to be doing a lot of routing, so I was glad to find RouterForums.com. I'm currently shrinking our garage gym and expanding the garage workshop (which now is only about 8' x 15', too much of which is taken up by not-very-useful workbench space), and my first woodworking projects will be aimed at increasing the versatility of my workshop space. I'll be building a roll-around cabinet with storage for the table saw/router table combo I'm putting together, and flip-up or flip-over surfaces for my small bench-top tools.

Even more of a priority will be making little swinging "doors" to seal the between-rafter openings to the outside. We get anywhere from 40 to 100 inches a year in rainfall, and I'm already fighting rust on my new table saw's cast-iron table!

I expect these tasks will take some time and give me the experience to start experimenting with "artsier" projects, and given where I live, I will likely be doing a lot with raw redwood--maybe even burl wood if I can afford or find it.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to being able to draw upon the accumulated experience of all the other members of RouterForums.com
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Dave Hello and welcome to the router forum.

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Welcome to the forum Dave . Looking forward to seeing your projects

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Welcome to the forum Dave.

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Welcome. Try some BOESHIELD T-9 Rust & Corrosion Protection/Inhibitor. It has worked very well for me. We're in a dry climate, but I had an evaporative cooler in there for years and the Boeshield stopped the rust cold.

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Hey, Dave; welcome!
On the "little swinging doors" thing did you mean the roof rafters?
Is the ceiling in the garage unfinished? Not clear on why you'd want doors at the tail ends of the rafters???
Normally there'd be solid blocking between the rafters over the top plates, or some means of allowing venting into the attic space year round. The blocking or vent screening prevents critters or insects from getting in.
It's all just theory until a squirrel gets in and sets up housekeeping...or wasps.
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It occurred to me that maybe you meant the gable end spaces? To allow for passing lumber through?
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Dan, the garage ceiling is the underside of the roof; IOW it's completely unfinished. I don't want to put in a ceiling under the roof joists because the storage space above them is too valuable, especially for long lumber. (Your question about the gable makes me think that I might indeed need a couple of doors in them. Thanks!) I might someday insulate the underside of the roof.

But to answer your question in more detail than you may have time to read, there's solid blocking above the top plate only between every other pair of rafters. The alternate pairs have nothing at all, not even screening.

So while I can put in screening for pest control, I need the little swinging doors for humidity control and ventilation. (We've never had a squirrel get in, although we did have one set up housekeeping above our bedroom, but we do have a rodent problem. Last time it was a wood rat--a kind of pack rat--and for a couple of years after we got rid of it I kept finding caches of small L-screws up in the rafters.)

As I said, we get a lot of rain, and rust is definitely a problem in the garage. My second year up here was an El Niño year that delivered over 100 inches, and in 1982, following 2 months of record rainfall and a 24-hour total of around 12 inches, the steep mountainside above Love Creek in a town just down the road basically melted, burying 9 houses and 10 people under 600,000 cubic yards of mud: 80,000 dump truck loads. None of the bodies could be recovered and that part of Love Creek Road now literally runs over a cemetery.

I can't just block off the openings permanently because I can't afford air conditioning, so I need the doors openable to get the most ventilation possible in summer, which is very dry and often hits triple digits. In fact, the year before last, during a scorching heat wave, Boulder Creek was the hottest place in the U.S., even hotter than Death Valley. Fortunately, since we're in a Mediterranean climate, all but a tiny fraction of our rainfall arrives between November and April, with freezing temperatures in January and February, so I'll only need to open or close the doors twice a year.

Anyway, thanks for your welcome and your questions, which not only gave me an idea for lumber storage, but also taught me the proper terminology for some of the components of a roof and the part of the wall it rests on. That sort of knowledge makes it a lot easier to communicate with a contractor; much more so that pointing, handwaving, and using words like "thingumbobby!"
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Welcome Dave

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