Category Archives: Home renovation

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

OK, so on special occasions we splurge a little bit and give our daughter Sanpellegrino.  So, when she asked me this past weekend to help her do something with the foil tops she has been collecting,  we decided a small … Continue reading

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Remodel continues…….floor, windows, trim

Bouncy floors and windows that are difficult to open drive me CRAZY.  Solution, glue and screw an additional layer of three quarter quality plywood on top of the original sub floor, install new windows, and then trim it all out. … Continue reading

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Kitchen Update: 940 days later

Before, during and after photos. (Note: final photograph taken by my sister Lynn Marie Buckley)  

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Mantle crown moulding

Building a mantle is like making a jigsaw puzzle. The exception is that you get to make all the pieces. This is a photo of the backside of the crown for the mantle.

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Wabi-sabi is the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of traditional Japanese beauty. If an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi. … Continue reading

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Fireplace Mantle

Back to the house renovation.  The old mantle was removed, and new slate tiles are being installed.

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Yes, they are all drawers…..

Back to work in our kitchen this week…. About two years ago I purchased a log from our local sawyer Paul Campanis. Air dryed and resawn in a book match pattern the bottom casework is almost finished.

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Dovetail strength

Never doubt the strength of a dovetail.  Pictured below is my daughter inside the cabinet placed over the refrigerator earlier this week.  Although difficult to see in the photo, the center divider is dovetailed into the face of the box.  … Continue reading

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Entry Door: before and after

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Entry Door Rennovation: finishing jig

Jamb and door mortises are completed (suddenly I have a Bob Marley ear worm) and the door has been mounted into my new finishing jig. Next, mortising the lock set (key word mortising).

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