Working on a personal project until it's time to install the next kitchen
(fast approaching, so get ready Leon!)
Pictured on apbw is the basic corner cabinet casework I've been working on,
when I get a chance, the last three weeks ... complete with base and crown,
and finally standing on its on.
The trim piece on the middle rail and the four doors and shelves remain to
be fabricated, but the 76" tall case, which has been taking up space in the
shop and making it difficult to move about, is finally out of the way and
work can now commence on those parts.
For the "rest of the story":
Unlike last year, and since I finished the shop made Christmas gifts BEFORE
Halloween this year ... there's no hurry on this one.
Canasta anyone? :)
Thanks, Tom ... found those two boards at the very bottom (naturally) of a
3' high x 4' wide stack of 14' long rough, skip planed timber while hanging
on with one hand and all ten toes to the "second floor" of a lumber dealer's
Was glad to get my feet back on the ground, but it turned out to be worth
the risk to life and limb for that "wrap around" ray fleck on both sides of
the face frame.
Really nice medullary rays in that oak. You are one busy dude.
I'm impressed at the large format stuff you build in the space
available - IIR the dimensions of your shop space correctly.
You should see the mess I generate constructing a woodturning. :-o
Nice job, as usual.
Wondered if anyone would notice... ;-) I snuck in the back way...
Warm weather has me busy working on a house, so I don't get to do much
in the way of "woodworking" except in winter. This is the first
project for this winter:
You should have an appreciation for this more than many:
Replacement windows, doors, siding, building wrap and insulation:
More or less finished for the year:
Homemade material lift:
Every ton of building materials humped by me, alone, including
uncountable tons of Hardiplank, 58 bundles of shingles, door units
with sidelights, 3 (48"x62") double paned tempered glass picture
windows, and several truckloads of replacement framing and sheathing
to replace the termite eaten originals.
All that work, and it's still a McMansion in a dirty corporate owned
southern city. Tired and feeling way too old for this sort of thing...
My life is totally backwards - had it good in my teens and 20s. Now
I'm resorting to this due to the jobs sucking wind these days.
Slave Laborors, Lawyers, and Technology, Bah!
Great work, Greg!! That is something to be proud of!!
BTW, looks similar to some of what I've been building the past few years:
... although I subcontract most all of the work out due to too many years
under the bridge for that much humping (but I did the kitchens on the first
two by myself, and Leon and I have done the kitchens on the last three).
Yeah, I remember those trials and tribulations ... keep your chin up buddy!
You're doing better than you think.
Thanks. I'm not sure how profitable, considering the hours involved
versus the fact that I don't have a machine or a crew of slave
laborers to pump them out. Keeps me out of trouble, FWIW.
Thanks again. I feel a little like I'm gold plating a Vega, however.
The framing and materials faux pas' leave something to be desired.
They look a tad bigger than this abortion, I'd say. They sure look
good from the street views. Of course the proof of the pudding is a
closer inspection - something that isn't done very often around here.
I understand completely and emphatically. I'm no spring chicken.
Plumbing and electrical are considerably less taxing. And I really
hate sanding sheet rock and painting.
Incidentally, what brand/type of windows do you use?
I wasn't really impressed with these special orders, but they weren't
the most expensive either.
I does get pretty old being poked at like a specimen in a petri dish.
That's why the woodturnings - they keep me away from the locals. :-/
At least I'm not selling used cars to poor single mothers at the buy
now, repo later lot.
Good to see you're still around, along with a few other familiars.
I still read a few messages every month or so.
And if I don't see you before then, have a merry Christmas.
I'm a fan of quality vinyl windows in this climate for the low maintenance.
The higher grade Jeld-Wens is not bad, but I've noticed their quality seems
to be slipping lately ... the same grade they sold as "builder grade" five
or six years ago was a very good window, that grade now sucks.
As in all things, you get what you pay for.
I used the Carradco's by JeldWen. Seemed the best bang for the buck
in wooden windows. The locally stocked standard sized units I bought
at the outset were OK, but the drooping, fake bow windows required
custom order units which were poorer quality. On a couple of the
units, the sashes barely seal against the top/bottom jambs. You have
to manually insure they seal when closing. It appears they use stock
sized, pre-assembled sashes and the frames are built per customer
order. Tolerance stack up leaves excessive top/bottom clearances on
some. Not exactly what I was looking for when replacing for "energy
conservation." On top of that, when I got around to painting/staining,
the preinstalled sash latch screw holes were stripped and fell out
when loosened 45 degrees. Nice...
The best part was removing the originals, which were rotten (no head
flashing) and held in by two to four concrete nails driven through the
brickmold. Single pane, no insulation or caulk, no shims, trapezoidal
openings, and not even leveled. A couple nearly fell out when the
siding and interior trim were removed. I would have used pocket
window replacements if not for these factors.
A prime example of modern slap 'er up, profit driven homebuilding.
These were built in 1987. And it's has gotten much worse around here
since. And I cannot fathom why we still employ code enforcement
people who inspect nothing but the contents of the pay-off envelopes
and their new boat.
I hope I have one more single story house left in me, 'cause I'm
building my next home myself - in the woods, far away from any city.
Unplugged, as it were. Cisterns, geothermal and solar, etc. Even a
huge surplus single cylinder (multi-fuel) diesel and alternator for
"emergency power" if I can't locate property with a dam-able creek for
hydro. Escalating energy costs have me leaning heavily towards a
woodburning stove for shop heat. I'm tired of giving money to these
oily bastards - I'll burn used cooking oil if I have to.
If you are REALLY lucky...
Thus I would add, "and what you are persistent enough to demand."
Great looking piece. I'm impressed by the quality of work,
particularly considering the size of the shop. Mine is slightly
larger, and I sure have trouble tackling any large pieces. Takes great
deal of organization and planning to do that. Please tell me you do a
major clean up before the pictures. :~)
I am not there.
Pass on the cards, but have finally seen the light. Post Thanksgiving
after spending 30 minutes over the cast iron pot and then burning a
batch of roux when the phone rings, think I'm going to try your method
when I turn the the post Christmas smoked turkey carcass into gumbo.
Thanks for the kind words. Like Boudreaux sez: "What you lose on the shrimp,
you make on the crawfish; and what you lack in talent, you make up with
'organization and planning' ... sometimes!" :)
For some inexplicable reason I've been having a real good time lately,
particularly after getting that chore out of the way. Being suspicious of
that feeling however, I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. There's
Back in my 'yoot of living large, it took a minimum of a six pack, a dash of
good company, a pack of Luckies, and half a day of constant stirring to make
a roux for a big gumbo.
When that ceased being fun, mainly for lack of the dash, I switched to
making it in the oven, in a big cast iron Dutch Oven. Then Mom convinced me
to try the microwave method.
If you can't trust your mother, she being one of the best Cajun cooks in S.
Louisiana, with a number of recipes published down through the years, and
not subject to heresy ....
It didn't take more than the first spoonful of her chicken/sausage/okra
gumbo to be convinced.
Let us know how goes it.
The usual dado'ed face frame ... they're pretty small, glass will be roughly
7 7/8 x 28.
Still haven't decided upon muntins, or no. Made the wood panel doors
yesterday, and will probably start cogitating/consulting on the glass ones
But ... after Saturday, there are now further, humbling, complications ...
Spent the afternoon at an 'open house' in the beautiful home one of Leon's
woodworking clients, a house that turns out to be a veritable museum for his
work, one or two pieces in _every_ room, including the bath.
Man, there is some gorgeous work there and plenty of it, including two
corner cabinets, count'em TWO, that make me think I should just start over.
To say that Leon's furniture work is impressive is the mother of
understatements ... makes you want to go serve an apprenticeship somewhere
and learn how to really do this stuff. Upshot is that I've now going to be
asking myself, "Hmmm ... what would Leon do here?" for the next decade or
Folks, you don't really appreciate the amount of woodworking, and design,
talent on the wRec until you've seen some of it in person!
The pictures are bad enough. ;-)
I'm certain that if I saw the better pieces in person, I'd just give
it up. It makes one's own humble attempts look the trash they are in
reality. Probably why Norm is so popular. It doesn't take a whole lot
of effort and talent to best his public works. Besides, it doesn't
have to be "perfect" to be functional. Of course, as a relative
newbie, I'm speaking for myself here...
But if all that's not bad enough, witness some of the hand carved
pieces they produce in Asia - where they make their own tools from old
scrap metal and motorcycle spokes, and carve barefooted and freehand.
I'm going to go flush my head now.
My mother had a chest similar to the coffee table that the carver was
sitting on. Don't know what happened to it--when she died it wasn't
there in her apartment. Probably just as well, it really needed to be
knocked down and reglued (dovetails at all the corners by the way) and
I just know I'd have managed to bust the crap out of it knocking it
down. She bought it in Shanghai IIRC.
I doubt that you mean that, but let me
say something here.
I'm sure Leon's work is top grade. And
maybe he's got a few tricks up his
sleeve that you've yet to learn. I
suspect you've got a few on him as well.
It normally works that way with guys at
I haven't seen his stuff, but I've spent
many an hour ogling your site, Swingman,
and you've got not a damned thing to be
ashamed of. Your work, methods, and
attitude are what I aspire to. At my
age, and profession, I'll never get
there, but you're an inspiration
Sure, you make something and then take a
critical eye at it, and it doesn't quite
measure to what you'd hoped. But from
this eye, it's all lovely.
Ramblings from an amateur....
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