Aaaand... done!

Posted by Steve on Sun, 03/04/2007 - 11:23pm

I completed all the woodwork on the bay window unit today. I won't play conquering hero either. With the weird angles and different depths of the windows, the embedded convection steam radiator, and more than a couple of measure-once goofs, I was very lucky to get through this without a major screwup.

This weekend, I completed and installed that removable grill in the center of the windows. This was also a bit of work. There are seven boards and two store-bought but modified red oak grills in that face panel, all of them biscuited together with waterproof glue. I wanted no chance that heat and steam from a leaky air valve would cause problems with that lamination, as it did in the dining room cabinet. I was going to do some router scroll work between the grills. I caught myself just in time. It would have exposed those embedded biscuits.

Because the panel needs to be removable, I used some old-style cabinet spring catches. Sometimes a 99-cent solution is the best.

By the way, the convection works! Tonight turned very cold again so the heat is cranking. I checked the convection with a cigarette but you can actually feel the breeze from the top vent.

I also added an additional trim detail to the windows: a standard door stop strip that I tarted up with a fluting bit. You can't really see it in this picture but I think it helps frame the windows a bit better. My flash photography skills suck but, trust me, it looks nice in the daylight.

One thing I definitely want to do is something about those stark white aluminum windows. Once the woodwork is stained and finished I'll probably paint them, color matched to the trim.

Next up: the drawers and doors for the cabinet, the doors for that "attic" cabinet over the closet and the frames for that window into the hallway. I probably won't get to the stained glass for the cabinet and window until this summer. While stained glass is basically just wood joinery using broken glass, it's a completely different design mindset than woodworking so I'll wait to do all the glass projects at the same time. A couple of those jobs have been on my to-do list for at least three years.

I've always maintained that this room reno would take me seven months. Well, it's Month Seven and I still have a lot to do. Besides the woodwork finishing, the two big projects looming are finishing off the closet interior (cedar, clothes pole, shelves in back) and laying down the new floor.

I hope it's finished by May. But then what will I blog about?


Posted by Kathy (not verified) on

It's asolutely beautiful. Have you considered posting a short video, a la Petch House, to give us voyeurs a feel for the entire room? Also, I don't remember why you are covering your hardwood floor.

Posted by Steve on

Well, I do have one but its pieces are in a large baggie. It fell off my motorcycle a few years ago while I was trying to shoot an on-bike video.

The existing floors are yellow pine. I don't mind the look of yellow pine but these floors are pretty trashed. They've been butchered for old electrical work, there are several bad boards and I can't keep a pair of socks for more than a couple of months because of the splinters. I tried sanding/urethaning them but they dented and scratched pretty badly. Also, the previous owners tried to deal with the squeaks by driving roofing nails into them.