Thursday, October 25, 2012

Home Depot Treasure

When we moved Dad’s table saw and joiner to Torrey, we realized we now had the tools to turn the wood left over from timber frame construction into window and door trim. Even though this do-it-yourself capability extends our building timeline, it also helps us achieve a goal of minimal construction waste. It also allows us to match wood types to the rest of our house.

Door and windows before stain
Door and windows after stain
Looking the other direction

However, one day, on a field trip to Home Depot, we perused the millwork aisle to get more ideas. Despite our own milling capabilities, we couldn’t say no to the beautiful vine and ivy pattern we saw. It will grace our interior walls as door trim and baseboards. The green man corner block came from Heartwood Carving.

A Little Help From Our Friends

When Bryan and Jean showed up in Torrey, three times now, it felt as though the Lone Ranger had arrived. But instead of a horse named Silver, he was riding a motorcycle and there were two of him. During their first visit, Jean used her extensive family finance Ph.D. skills to cut burlap. This we attached to the timber frame in order to prevent cracks from developing between the wood posts and the plaster walls. Bryan exercised his previous building experiences installing the sheathing on the south bump out. This sheathing would eventually contain our icynene insulation.

The second time they arrived, they spent their energies painting interior walls, scrubbing plaster from interior posts, wiring outlets, attaching switch and outlet plates, and hanging sheet rock in the kitchen.

Last weekend, once again, they wielded brushes and painted the bedroom closet walls. In addition, they initiated our newly installed shower, and they spirited Scott away from the job site for a hike to a local petroglyph site.

Once again, Scott and I continue to be the beneficiaries of the generosity of friends.