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Wood Reclamation – A Dangerous Job

09-30-2014 10:47 AM by ReubenD | 35 comments »

I love the look of authentic wood crafted many years in the past. Roughhewn timbers, old barn boards, inch thick hardwood flooring, and the exquisite carved mantle places and cabinetry all hand crafted many decades before. Some of the most beautiful wood I have ever seen was reclaimed wood from a farmhouse built in the 1850’s. It is not just the dimensions and sturdiness of this wood which would be easy to mimic. There is no way to truly replicate the color and perfect imperfections from bein...

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Does She Really Stay Up at Night Thinking of Chores?

09-23-2014 02:04 PM by ReubenD | 5 comments »

I have this list of things to be done around the house. Everything from spray the wasp nest on the back eaves of the garage to “let’s put skylight in the exercise room – it would be so nice to see the sky in there” whimsical things. I do not mind this list in general, as I like to do many of the things and many of the things are simply the typical chores associated with home ownership and maintenance. But seriously – how is it that the list never ever gets any shorter? I have tried s...

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Updating the Home as Your Family Changes

09-23-2014 01:53 PM by ReubenD | 6 comments »

While the years of four kids and the wife and I trying to all fit through the one bathroom and still make it to school and work on time in our first 3 bedroom 1200 square foot starter house are many years gone, it seems the problems with space and efficient use of space never goes away. Now, it is the opposite situation as the oldest daughters have gone on to their own homes and our house is suddenly much larger than what we needed. While having too much room really does not seem a problem , ...

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Plumbers are expensive gaskets are cheap

09-15-2014 12:36 AM by BenhamDesign | 11 comments »

I discovered my backflow prevention valve was leaking, and as time went on it just got worse. My wife’s first thought was to call a plumber. My 1st thought was wow that’s going to be an expensive gasket, so I set out looking for a replacement part, with not a whole lot of luck. You can read my blog to see how I fixed my back flow prevention valve without having to order and expensive part or call a plumber. Fixing a back flow prevention valve.

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DIY Window Installation - The Instructive Power of Youtube

09-12-2014 08:06 AM by ReubenD | 0 comments »

Getting new windows was on the project list for 5 years. It probably should have been a much higher priority, but between budget (or the lack of available budget to be more precise) for such a large undertaking and the fact that the only times the windows really became a priority was January and February and that is not the best time to change windows in our cold snowy northern climate location, the project was kept on the back burner far too long. While I am pleased to have it done now, ...

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Age and Wisdom put the Bigger is Better Myth to Bed

09-08-2014 08:09 AM by ReubenD | 0 comments »

My newest powertool wishlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfQN2PMGiKSQmkzQE0DrRJie3vtM4tuwt ( Yep, all of them!) I have loved tools since I was old enough to walk through the aisles of the hardware stores. Of course, when I started doing that the hardware store was actually a reasonable size store on Main Street, not a warehouse size box just outside of town. My respect for the men that had lots of tools started with my grandfather that had a huge basement workshop filled with t...

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The Final Home Improvement Project

08-27-2014 11:33 PM by BenhamDesign | 22 comments »

My wife and I bought our first house in Portland Oregon about ten and a half years ago. We bought a distressed fixer upper with the thought of putting in some sweat equity, and selling it within five years to cash in on the equity. What took so long, you may ask? Continue Reading

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Thankless Home Maintenance Tasks or Just Blowing Air

08-19-2014 03:51 PM by ReubenD | 21 comments »

I like to think of myself as fairly competent with a hammer and a few power tools. Between the learning of necessity when much younger where tight budgets meant if I could not do a home project myself we did not get it done as a young family to these days when it has become something between a hobby and obsession to do my own home projects, I would rate my skills as above average. Sadly, my wife would be quick to point out that motivation and procrastination are areas I still need some im...

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No Good Deed

04-08-2014 01:53 PM by reedwood | 8 comments »

I’m in the process of moving a few things over here from LJ. As a contractor, I should be posting here anyway. .. I love woodworking and like many of you, I love to write about it. This short story is my first attempt at something dramatic and I wanted to share it with you. I hope you’re OK with it. It was very hard to write. Based on a true story.. No Good Deed. I believe you should pay it forward.Our immortality lies in the knowledge you leave behind.Our mark in ...

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Reed's WoodShop

04-07-2014 01:45 PM by reedwood | 42 comments »

I received a post from Fine Woodworking on Facebook the other day about a survey they were doing about small shops. The survey asked the following questions and I thought it would be fun to post my reply here at Refurbers. Reed’s 24×28 Wood shop My 3×4 ft. oak tool box is over 20 yrs. old and has outlasted 4 work vans.It has 2 dovetailed drawers that are 3 ft. deep with dividers for hand tools, and dividers inside for nail guns, hand saws, blades, sand pa...

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