Sometimes you need the biggest spanner in the toolbox. Sometimes you need a bigger one than that.

We spent this weekend was planing and sanding. And then more of that, and some extra planing and sanding, just for fun. That’s maybe 15% of what needs doing, but it’s going to look so pretty, when it’s done.

Each beam has seven square metres of surface and takes approximately forever. Each one also wears the edge off a tungsten carbide blade and that gets expensive. On the up side, if anyone wants any wood shavings, just let us know.

These beams are also a tad hefty, I’m guessing 250-300kg each. Moving them around requires leverage and patience, turning them over requires the World’s Largest Spanner, which I made from nails and scrap wood:

That’s the Mark 1. It worked well on the smaller beams, but for the biggest ones, nah. So, with further triangulation and massive over-building, here’s the Mark 2:

These beams are so big I need the whole 4000 pixels to show them:


14 thoughts on “Sometimes you need the biggest spanner in the toolbox. Sometimes you need a bigger one than that.”

  1. hah oh man, that’s nuts.


    similar to how i had to turn and move girders when rotary-wirebrushing them for paint prep (back in the uni days of a summer job as a welders assistant). but the tool for that had a weeny slot. cos girders…they are made of thin bits.

    yeah some wood shavings would be useful as firestarters. a rubbish sack full?

    1. Come to NZ, we’ve got heaps.

      It was a seventy-year old macrocapra, which I think you’d call Monterey Cypress in US. Smells good when you violently increase the surface area, as I’ve been doing.

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