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That old house #8: Down to the wire - crunch time

06-29-2012 03:08 AM by BillyJ | 7 comments »

July 6, 2011. At 7:53 a.m., to be exact. I began my journey into a world of changes. Changes in design, scope, content, and finally – me. As Jerry Garcia would say – what a long, strange trip it’s been. I’m doing many things at the same time. Although I had plans for various aspects of the kitchen to follow a sequence, today just proved how quickly my priorities change (I should say – forced to change). The customer purchased a small TV/VCR that will be mounte...

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That old house #3: You'll finish when?

11-14-2011 10:44 PM by BillyJ | 1 comment »

Although I told the client MANY times that this remodeling job will take a long time, I do not think she believed me. Working by myself, and for only a couple of hours a night, it is rather difficult for real progress to take place. There were many items that put a crimp in me accomplishing a lot, the least of which is a demanding client. I left off in the last installment showing a gutted shell, with only a little plumbing and electrical completed. Time now to install the windows. The...

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Adobe brick making #1: Trial mixes

02-04-2009 12:41 PM by daltxguy | 13 comments »

Several years ago now, my partner and I took a 1 week course on building with adobe bricks/cob. We are lucky here in New Zealand that some hard working people developed approved building standards for adobe brick construction. Our instructor, Richard Walker was one of the people responsible for this standard. Our forest property sits on some ideal clay soil and we are interested in sourcing our new construction entirely from materials found on or near the site, so adobe should figure somew...

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Front Door Trim #4: Ipe threshold

09-22-2008 06:14 PM by Dan Lyke | 10 comments »

With the coming of fall weather, the gap underneath the door finally got annoying to the point where I milled a new threshold out of Ipe and installed it. Lessons learned: 1. Despite how hard and dense it is, Ipe actually mills fairly easily. 2. The sawdust stinks, spreads a green (despite the nice color of the wood) dust over everything, and hangs in the air. Definitely open the shop doors and use a respirator. 3. No matter how nicely you prep your work area, if you do finishi...

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Building the Arch Top Bookshelf

06-16-2018 05:30 PM by BenhamDesign | 31 comments »

This bookshelf was built using walnut to follow the existing architecture of the home and to spruce up the curved drywall corners that where previously installed as the ache. The interior designer of the project had the alcove of the bookshelf faux painted with a metallic paint to reflect light. then had an electrician come in and backlit the walnut trim to make the bookshelf glow. If you are interested in how it was built please watch the video Video Recap When I went to the cli...

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Just the beginning

02-02-2016 03:45 PM by KC_Kid | 6 comments »

A bit of background… We (my wife and I) purchased our first house together in march of 2015 knowing that we would not move in until June. I talked her into a fixer based on the fact that myself and a buddy worked our way through college working for our landlord fixing up his old rentals and also flipping houses for him. So we swooped in and got a fixer out from underneath a local flipper because he was trying to nickel and dime the seller. What made this a good purchase is that the e...

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Bathroom Remodel #8: A little trim

12-02-2015 06:52 PM by Dan Lyke | 16 comments »

Took me a couple of tries to get a mirror shape I liked: A few things I learned about cutting the oval (which took me 3 tries, although one of those was unrelated to the cutting): Cut from the front, not the back. I was concerned about the mirror coating peeling off when I broke the glass, but it turns out it came off just fine. Alas, it was too thick for my cutter to cut through. Don’t try to clamp it into the frame. Then i built up a frame for the mirror and routed...

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Bathroom Remodel #7: They say it's only vanity

12-02-2015 06:37 PM by Dan Lyke | 41 comments »

The face is 2” thick cherry, which will be carved, so I had to modify the clamp for my dovetail jig to hold it in place while I cut the dovetails: And then the top is an inset sink into a block of the same marble we used for the diagonal pattern: Because the inside of vanities can be super nasty, the side is a louvered panel to provide airflow: And the drawer is notched to fit around the drain: The front of the vanity is carved: And then I had to ...

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Exterior Tool Storage Closet

05-04-2015 02:18 AM by Dan Lyke | 9 comments »

This went from “I wonder if Rubbermaid makes some outside storage cabinet thing” to this monstrosity, with sliding door, on the back of the workshop. Still need to clean finish fastening the sheet metal sides, but I was out of steam…

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Bathroom Remodel #6: Practicing for the shower doors

01-03-2015 08:03 PM by Dan Lyke | 4 comments »

So with the expanded window, we needed to obscure some of the glass. I thought “Oh, let’s go to Michael’s, get some stencils and etching acid, and put some patterns on it”. Charlene heard that and thought “Let’s put pictures of my favorite childhood camping spot on all the available glass”. Including the $700 shower doors. So now we’re practicing. A lot. Started with the Harbor Freight “air eraser”, which is ...

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