I normally infest Fine Woodworking Knots forum but the lads ower there suggested I post my question here, amongst you builder-chaps....
The ladywife has acquired a fine cedar summer hoose for the bottom of the garden. Here is a pic:
It has hard-standing around the door and gravel soak-away around the rest of the concrete platform on which it sits, so it doesn't so much need gutters as... well, they might look attractive and would also enable collection of rainwater (it rains plenty here in NW England) into butts, for use in the garden.
I don't want to have anything too posh up there, as it would cost too much (copper is expensive, for example) and might gild the lily. So, I was thinking of using straight English oak logs via froe (to split), drawknife (to take off bark / sapwood) and gutter adz (to hollow out). I can get good straight oak from a friend who manages a coppice wood just a few miles north of here. I would hope to end up with heartwood "rounds" of about 4 - 6" diameter.
I already have those tools mentioned, for making chairs, bowls and the like.
The gutters would need to go up here:
My questions are:
- Do I need to line the insides of the gutters with something like pitch or a plastic membrane?
- What might be a good method to join sections of this crude guttering, especially at the corners?
- How to make and connect one or two basic downspouts that will match?
- How to attach the gutters to the fascias?
I've searched Breaktime and found plenty about wooden guttering of the made-up variety - the full-sized kind for use with traditional house architectures - but nothing about basic log gutters made with a gutter adz.
Any help or references to books/websites of relevance would be gratefully received.