Ok, so say cash isn't a problem. Say supply isn't a problem. Neither is
time or conservation concerns. And you have all the skills, tools, help
(if needed/wanted), and materials to do the job.
What would be the one thing you wanted to build the most in your lifetime?
It could be anything, as wild or as wonderful as you want. Floor a gym
with solid ebony, carve a replica of the Mt. Rushmore from solid holly,
build a house out of lignum vitae and thuya burl, whatever.
For me, I would love one day if could build my own piano. I started
playing piano when I was 5, and it was a big part of my life through
college. I haven't owned a piano in years though, and it's bothering me.
Now that I've gotten into woodworking, I don't just want to have a piano,
I'd love to make one. I don't know what of....maybe a rosewood -- kingwood
perhaps. Maybe macassar ebony....
What about you?
It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have
learned English -- up to 50 words used in correct context -- no human being
Build my own house, Includes building furniture.
House would be probably around 3,000 sqft. of regular living space.
Automated to today's technology and ready for tomorrow.
Large Deck in back made out of cedar. Pool under a Greenhouse like canopy.
And a large shop attached.
"Violin playing and Woodworking are similar, it takes plenty of money,
Yes, building a house, and the furniture. It would take a long time,
because I would have to think about each room and each piece of
furniture till I had the right idea. Accessible runs for plumbing
and wiring would be included. No corners cut to speed construction
or reduce the price. Maybe a "rustic room" with hewn oak mantle
over the fireplace, and a "high class" study with cherry wainscoting
and mid-victorian furnishings. Another room for the arts & craft
style. Blending all these different styles into a single house
would present a most interesting challenge. What would the
unifying theme for the exterior be . . . hmm.
I'd like to build the interior of my own house. Have the plumbing,
electricity and insulation basics done and leave the rest to me. Let me
build the room partitions, cabinets, kitchen, finish the basement and stuff
like that. Guess I'd need an elevator to get to the basement or upstairs if
there was one, but that would be about it. Shove a pizza and some beer in
the door once in awhile and let me go at it.
Considering what houses cost these days, this dream has a reasonable chance
of happening since I'd sooner be able to afford the basic frame of a house
without all the luxuries.
(A) Walnut is significantly inferior as an _aircraft_ *structural* construction
(B) The "square-cube law", among other things, would make such a scaling up
*very* difficult, if not entirely impossible -- within the constraints
of the architectural materials used for the original construction.
(C) It'd be an *incredible* waste of good burl, considering the amount of
laminated ply involved.
Now, _veneering_, say the flight-deck *interior* in burl, -that- I could go
On 29 Aug 2003, D K Woods spake unto rec.woodworking:
I just finished a dream project, of a sort. Well, it's not finished,
and it wasn't all woodworking, but the heavy lifting is done and there's
more woodworking to do.
Our 150+ year-old house had a 36 sq.ft. afterthought of an upstairs
bathroom - a blue cast-iron tub, blue toilet and sink. Almost enough room
left over for one person to turn around in, if she kept her arms by her
sides. The rest of the house is quite roomy and comfortable, but the
bathroom had been put in with the advent of indoor plumbing, and it was
I took all of last week off. The first day, LOML and I filled a 6
cu.yd. dumpster with lath, plaster, and three layers of flooring. I had
already framed new walls and put in a window, using room stolen from a
large adjacent utility room and hallway space.
The second floor of this century-and-a-half old house is anything but
level. I spent a day sistering in new floor joists, to make the new floor
even. LOML's brother is a contractor, and green-lighted the stuctural
changes - the new room spans two sections of the house that were built at
different times, and we didn't want the new room to cause further sagging
or other problems.
A day and a half of tearing out cast-iron drains, re-routing and
replacing them with PVC, then roughing in and sweating 50' of copper supply
and heating lines. A big sigh of relief when I turned the water back on
and my 60 or so sweated copper joints all held, no leaks. This room is
over the downstairs library/music room, which we renovated a few years ago,
and we weren't hoping to re-do the ceiling any time soon! We ended the day
by putting down the subfloor.
Next day, I installed the new bath - a 50 gallon Jacuzzi, big enough
for two. (Does that sound like a gloat? It was meant to...). This
required a new 15amp line and CFGI, which had to be run from the service
box (in my shop), up to the attic, and down through the second floor
ceiling. Another circuit had to be wired for an overhead light on a three-
way switch, and a third for the lights over the sink. This took me most of
Next day, we framed in a new ceiling, and hung 1/2" green sheetrock
from it. We postponed taping the seams for a bit. I am utterly inept at
taping sheetrock; fortunately, LOML is very good at it, and she's been
taking care of that this week. We spent the rest of that afternoon putting
cement backerboard up around the tub. That evening, we tiled the tub
surround - it was almost midnight when we finished. That was one long day!
It's now Friday. We laid cement backerboard on the subfloor, grouted
the tub surround, and tiled the floor. On Saturday, we grouted the floor,
installed the toilet and took care of a few other loose ends, then spent
the rest of the day cleaning the house, which was a disaster area from the
plaster dust, sawdust, etc.
So, a week later, the 36 sq.ft. bathroom is now 102 sq.ft.; has a
tiled floor and tub surround; a working Jacuzzi; a green, untaped ceiling;
naked lightbulbs on pigtails hanging from the walls and ceiling; no doors;
and raw studs for walls. We think it's beautiful ;-)
I'll spend this weekend building the vanity, which will have a tiled
countertop to match the tub surround. An alcove at one end of the room
will become a linen closet in a few weeks, then the walls will get
sheetrock above and bead-edged T&G wainscoting below. Lots of nice finish
carpentry details to attend to yet - moldings at the ceiling, door and
window casings, etc. Ought to be finished by Halloween.
That's 55440 cu/in or about 32 cu/ft. There are about 7.4 gallons in a cu/ft so
if you fill it to the rim it is ~237 gallons. A 200lb person displaces about 25
gallons if they are totally in the water. The math just doesn't work
one doesn't usually fill a tub more full than the overflow. one doesn't
usually get a tub much larger than the contents of a normal sized water
heater, and a 60 gal water heater is larger than most.
the largest one on this page http://www.neighborhoods-inc.com/newtubs is a
72x72x20 tub that only takes 88 gallons
On 29 Aug 2003, Gfretwell spake unto rec.woodworking:
The 60x42x22 is the outside measurements of the tub... the actual
'bowl', if you will, is smaller, of course. The 50 gallon figure is
Jacuzzi's estimate of average operating water usage. It would take a while
to fill if you needed 200+ gallons/bath. Never mind the water bill.
Isn't it amazing that you post what you did and get jumped on for the
gallons in your jetted tub?
Gotta love Usenet.
I just finished turning our garage into a master suite. Jetted tub,
shower, etc. Here's a gloat for you - American Standard had the wrong
faucet locations on the sheet that came with the tub, therefore the
holes I drilled wouldn't work. I had to tear the tub out and exchange
it. American Standard wrote me a check for my time and material. The
tub ended up costing us $45.00.
As soon as the tub was in and hooked up it started seeing use. There
were still some bare studs and just a sub floor but it sure felt good
after working your ass off all day.
That sucks, but sounds like it worked out OK. The one SNAFU I ran
into was my own fault... I used the rough-in specs on the sheet provided by
Jacuzzi, only to find that the overflow on the tub was offset 5" to the
right, instead of the left, as shown on the sheet. An hour of swearing and
PVC drain pipe moving later, all was well. I was ready to tear a new
orifice on somebody at Jacuzzi, when I realized that I had ordered a left-
motor tub... the specs were for a right-motor. It didn't SAY to reverse
them for the LH version, but I should oughtta figgered it out myself.
Ditto. We discovered empirically that the rim of the tub is wide
enough to hold a bottle of champagne. Wonder if they designed it that way?
First choice: the house interior/funiture project. But realistically, it
ain't gonna happen.
Realistic probability: a stand-up desk, with a gallery on top w/ displays
for (1) remotely-sensed weather stations (measuring points spread out over
the ranch, cliff house, beach house, and town home); and (2) a series of
clocks for various global time zones. All that I need now is the ranch,
cliff house, and beach house.
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