On 11/21/2012 2:56 PM, email@example.com wrote:
plywood just to extend a small piece an inch or so, I
decided to edge join fill and sand, before painting, since
it the piece will be in a non-load bearing position at the
roof of a cabinet.
Use a slot cutter on a router. Cut the same slot on both pieces. Make
a custom "spline". Masonite makes great splines, use the appropriate
cutter. I would probably consider making this joint on two larger
pieces rather than splicing on a very narrow piece.
If you're only extending an inch or two in a non stress situation, I would
just use glue and a simple butt joint. No need for fancy joinery. It's no
different than gluing a trim strip to the front edge of a plywood shelf,
and I've been doing that for years.
I have done exactly what you are trying to do to fix mistakes when I
accidentally cut a panel too short for a project. Except for the glue line,
you would never know the panel was extended once the project is finished.
For joining larger sections together I would probably use the Lap Joint in
your "A" example, or do a variation of "B" with a slot cutter and a wood
spline in between. Of course, I've used pocket screws to join panels when
the joint wasn't visible and that worked fine also.
We have just under two acres in Camas, Washington. We bought the property
back in 1991, and lived in a single wide mobile home until 2004. Once we
finished the house, we sold the mobile and moved it off the property.
We love the area but it has really grown up in the last 10 years. What was
mostly beautiful forest is now littered with million dollar gated
McMansions. It is still relatively peaceful, but I miss the wildlife and
privacy we used to have up here. Such is progess...
Other than having the personal satisfaction of knowing every piece
that went into the construction a home that was designed and built
to meet your every specification which has a value that can't be
priced, a couple of questions:
1) Would you do it again?
2) If you spent the same amount of time at your profession earning
an income and hiring all the subcontractors rather than do the work
yourselves, would it have cost you more than doing it yourselves?
Who built a boat rather than a house.
Absolutely, without question. It was one of the best experiences of my
life, and my wife and I really enjoyed working together on it. We have
done several major projects since then and will probably continue to do
Of course, I'm not as young as I used to be. It seems everything takes a
little bit more effort than it did just nine years ago. :)
The only real downside was the time investment. Recreation activities
were limited, as every free moment was spent working on the house. Any
extra money we had went into building supplies, so we rarely ate out or
took vacations. And, I had to cut my business hours in half so I could
spend most of each day building. It's a major commitment that you have to
stay focused on. If you get distracted by new "toys", socializing with
friends, or recreational activities, it could take you a very long time
or risk never completing it.
We also made the commitment not to move into the house before it was
completed. Once you move in, it's far to easy to ignore the projects that
still need to be completed. It's also a lot more work when you have
furniture and whatnot to work around.
I have nothing to compare it to, but I think hiring out for the same
house we have today would have cost a lot more.
It cost us $60,000 to build our house, starting with a small savings, a
little out-of-pocket each month, and a little on the credit card near the
end. By the time we finished our credit balance was around $8000, but we
were able to pay that off when when we sold our old mobile home a couple
One of the big advantages of building it ourselves out-of-pocket is that
we had no mortgage to worry about when we were done. Even if we were to
break even by hiring out, the ongoing costs of a loan would have meant a
lot more expense.
It takes more time, dedication, and study than most people are willing to
give. In our case, it also meant one of us had to keep working a full
time job. But for those who can I highly recommend it.
On Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:00:06 +0000 (UTC), HerHusband
You should have bought 2k acres instead. A few miles to your nearest
neighbor. (Don't we all wish...)
Good ideas alter the power balance in relationships, that is why
good ideas are always initially resisted. Good ideas come with a
heavy burden. Which is why so few people have them. So few people
can handle it.
-- Hugh Macleod
On Monday, November 26, 2012 3:48:43 PM UTC-6, tiredofspam wrote:
Yeah, he's been holding back on us and just recently (that I recall) showed us
their excellent works. He gave us a previous peek, about a week or so ago, in
the Redwood Boards thread (I think, it was).
Yep, I am very thankful she enjoys working on DIY projects also.
She actually built a hope chest for her younger sister that was a virtual
copy of the one I made her when we were dating. Of course, she had the
luxury of power tools to build hers. :)
Unlike most couples I hear about, we work well together. In fact, we
probably get along better when we're buried in a project than we do in
daily life. :) I suppose it's a common goal for us to share. We tend to
agree rather well on things like paint colors and other details, so that
helps a lot too.
On Saturday, November 24, 2012 12:16:55 PM UTC-5, HerHusband wrote:
It worked out well and is now one solid piece. I spray painted one side, but
think I'd sand it and prime before spray painting again.
And nice work on those projects of yours. Especially your house. It certainly
makes my micro project seem insignificant. :-)
It's an inspiration towards doing things for oneself, which results in you
getting exactly what you want and cutting out as many middle men as possible. :-)
I guess taking the time to learn can save a lot of money if one is motivated.
Staten Island, New York.
No, this particular small portion wasn't primed. Just sanded and spray
painted. And since the "grain" of the veneer on this part goes in two
different directions, thanks to this being two different pieces
joined, I can tell when looking at it. So I sanded and then I made
sure to prime this time. I just have to spray paint it again.
I'd never think such a thing. :-)
Staten Island, New York.
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