• Another mini-milestone reached

    Posted by Steve on Thu, 12/28/2006 - 8:31pm


    Just like software development, I like to break big projects down into milestones and mini-milestones.

    MilestoneMini milestone
    Wall prep (done)
    Structural carpentry (done)
    Finish woodworking Wainscott east wall + outlets
    Window and door trim - large room
    Complete wainscott - large room
    Window trim and wainscott - ante room
    Construct and install dresser and cupboard - ante room

    Ahhhh... here were are (check!)



  • Bah, humbug

    Posted by Steve on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 10:51pm


    It looks like slow going at BrooklynRowHouse but you'll have to take my word for it: trim like this takes a lotta time. I probably have 60 hours of woodworking just into this tiny ante room and it's still far from done. So what's the hold up?

    I won't spend a lot of time talking about my "real world" obligations, but my two oldest clients, Children's Health Fund and Operative.com, both hit me with a pile of work to complete before the end of the fiscal year, which is 12/31 in both cases. It's SNAFU for consultants like me this time of year. I'm used to squeezing in Christmas during a cigarette break.

    By the way, these are technically some of the worst pics I've ever taken but I liked the dogs in this shot.



  • Face Frame 101

    Posted by Steve on Thu, 12/07/2006 - 4:02pm


    There's a subculture in the carpentry world that one could call "wood nerds". They passionately argue with each other over arcane topics like fish glue and lumber humidity, armed with canons of really impressive woodworking knowledge. I learn a lot from them but after a while it's like listening to trekkie geeks debate the relative pulchritudes of Lt. Uhuru versus Seven of Nine.


  • Rule #1: don't kill yourself

    Posted by Steve on Mon, 11/27/2006 - 12:58pm


    Work here has come to a halt for a little while.

    Several weeks ago I was working on our community dog run, shoveling wet wood chips like a teenager on dexadrine. I woke up the next morning with tendonitis in my right elbow. My next door neighbor is a chiropractor and told me to knock off the room renovation for two or three weeks to let it heal. I forged ahead as did my elbow pain. This morning I woke up feeling like I'd fractured the base of my thumb at the wrist. Back to Dr Joe, who reminded me what he'd said a month ago. Because of the pain in my elbow I'd probably been shifting leverage to my wrist. Now it's injured too. And if I keep it up it will spread to my shoulder and neck. Then he'll put me in a sling.

    Oh, the ravages of age. This, by the way, is apart from the six-inch bloody gash I gave myself on the same arm yesterday, trying to catch a falling piece of plywood.

  • Hangover Eve

    Posted by Steve on Thu, 11/23/2006 - 10:13am


    I've been working at a frantic pace on the master bedroom renovation the past couple of weeks, trying to get as much done before the official start of the holidays. That's why my blog is so stale. It's not just that the holidays are distracting but that some of my clients need to burn what's left of their fiscal budgets before Q1. Somewhere in those precious few weeks I'll also be on Nantucket to work on Karen's place.



    I thought I'd start with the "cute doggy" shot. Anyway, the trim carpentry in the large room is almost done. I still need to build the radiator grill and raised panels under the windows but that's a shop thing. Most of my tools are two flights up so I'm saving these for the end.

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