The first night of building a yurt, isn't acutally building anything. It's prepping materials. In this case it means ripping seven 8' 2x4's into 1/4" thick slats. Or at least that was my goal. The slats acutally ended up between 1/8 and 1/4" thick. Most of them were in the 3/16" thick range.
This worried me at first. .... And then I realized that even with 1/8" thick slats I will still have 8" of wood holding up my roof.
The room we were doing the ripping job in was only 15' across. You'll notice the table is at an angle. That's how we managed to get enough room to run the boards through.
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Driving a Mazda 6 with 8' long bits of lumber in it is not exciting.