The cabinets I’m building are traditional face frame cabinets that will be painted white. The panels will be flat with an applied moulding which is actually the same layout as all the panels in the original wainscoting in the house. For the cases I’m using 3/4″ one side pre-finished birch plywood, and for the face frames I’m using rough cut 4/4 Poplar. Poplar is cheap, nice to work, strong, and paints up great. Read More
Papa Pope is in town for two weeks and while I continue working on the kitchen cabinets he has been working on the wainscotting in the bathroom. For the wainscotting we used the original wall boards from the bathroom which I salvaged during demo. These are 11-foot long quarter-sawn Fir v-groove 3.5″ boards that went from Read More
Over the past 110 years the picture rails in our living room have been removed and reinstalled many times as new layers of wallpaper were added. The coped ends were pretty damaged, and while I did save all the original picture rails I decided that it’d be much easier to just replace them. Finding a similar moulding profile in quarter sawn Fir wasn’t difficult, but I was nervous about trying to match the original dark stain.
With tiling now complete I’ve shifted back into carpentry mode, which is a welcome change since it’s what I enjoy the most. Because I don’t have a heavy duty table saw I rely on my track saw to break down large sheet goods. To help make this a quick and efficient process I built Read More
Up until the 1960s our house was heated using just the fireplaces in the front room, living room, master bedroom, and the original wood-burning stove in the kitchen. With no insulation in the house to speak of it would have been a huge job to keep the house warm. In the 1960s it was decided that a forced-air oil furnace would be installed in the crawlspace in a horizontal position, and the only way they were able to get it down there was by cutting a 30″ x 30″ hole right in the middle of the floor of the front room and dropping it down Read More