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Russell Shilling

Garden RGS Construction – Part 4

Hand-laying Track Straight Stringers I rip cheap cedar fence boards into ¾” wide pieces, getting four per board. The height of my stringers will be ¾”, so I use the clean-cut sides as the top-bottom. I glue two of these together and cut 1-inch blocks to act as spacers between the straight stringers. (Any stringer […]

Garden RGS Construction – Part 3

Building the Matterhorn “table” section At the high end of the railroad, the elevation above the ground makes it prohibitive to build a retaining wall, so I am going to use a table to elevate the tracks. Conventional construction of two 10-foot long, 2-feet wide sections. I’m using treated lumber for everything structural. I got […]

Dry Stack Stone Retaining Wall

I have a path in the back near the railroad that is below ground level on one end. I built a dry stack stone retaining wall with the native basalt I had dug up throughout the yard. First I established a string line to define the edge, and picked the “best” stones for the foundation. […]

Snowpocolypse

Sunday, February 24th A heavy, wet snow began falling in the afternoon. Sometime after dinner (yay!) the power went out. This is unusual, but not a huge concern as it typically comes back after an hour or two. We retired to bed for the evening. Monday, February 25th I woke in the wee hours, as […]