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Old 12-26-2011, 11:54 AM   #256
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Making a little progress...

Found (somewhat) suitable hardware to mount the engraving on the plaque in the pile of hardware Colleen gave me. There's handles, pulls and feet for days in here.







I wish I had something with a a rounded head and a flat back, but I was in a rush and it was Christmas Eve, so there weren't many choices in hardware stores that were open...

Got them mounted, then had to run off to work


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Old 12-26-2011, 11:55 AM   #257
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After work, I added another coat of paint (ugh, now a full can of spray paint on that heavy blade) and glued 'er down with construction adhesive and a fair bit of twisting.



It's harder than it looks to imitate wood carving on fresh paint with a Sharpie... especially when the marker tip fouls every half inch...
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Making good progress on the bookcases. Two nights ago, we got the last two 24" units assembled. Here's everything so far, dry fitted into place.


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And here's the overhead LED lighting I'm deciding between. Big Orange ran out of 5" (600 lumen), so those are definitely out of the question, leaving the 3" (345 lumen) and the 4" (400 lumen).



Note that the actual LED portion of the light is actually smaller on the 4" model (plus brighter), so they're a lot more harsh. However, the baffle is also deeper, so I may be able to easily hide the light source more easily. We'll see.



I noticed that my local Lowe's just got 6" Halo LED kits in this week, but those are far too large. I did manage to find 4" and 5" non-IC cans that I could use with a new construction IC box box, but that would only get me flush to the top side of the drywall (and not the " drywall + 1-2" air gap + " plywood from there to the underside of the bookshelf top). Plus then I'd have to pay for the can ($14ish), the IC can ($8, was $15) and the LED retrofit bulb ($40ish)... and that costs more than the Big Orange kits (3" $50, 4" $55, 5" $60)
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And the bookcase progress is coming along nicely. Now that I have the overhead LED lighting units, in-ceiling (attic) electrical, and in-cabinet electrical supplies purchased and on hand, I feel like I've made good forward progress.



And now about the center unit... after putting the 24" units in place and measuring, it came out much different than I expected... the gap was about 3" wider than anticipated. Lovely.

As it turns out, I left the back about 2" wider when I rough cut, so I was able to get almost all of it back. I did have to take 1/8" off the shelf width and top/bottom width due to re-ripping the sides 1/8" previously. I have just barely enough shelf front material to make it (will have about eight " pieces left over, I estimate). And I'll get the last " by pulling all four units " to the center and scribing a little extra against the wavy walls.

Seeing that 3" sure did give me a fright at first though!
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Looking good. What's the point of the blade plaque?
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More or less a gag gift, and to let me practice on this solid Brazilian cherry and Red Chestnut stain before I tried to make real things out of it. Got 28 pieces that size for about $15, so I figured it'd be a good idea to iron the wrinkles out of my process before I did it for real. Paid off too... found a couple things I did wrong that would have screwed up my cabinet doors (and my day).

Hung it on the wall in the shop for a day and a half. The guys got a kick out of it. Also posted it on Facebook and tagged him in it. When he picked it up, I'm told he was rather happy to have been made it.
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Some progress today. Got a little frustrated toward the end, but that's how it goes some days. Spent a good portion of the morning going back and forth between the 3" and 4" LED cans. I really do with the 3" can were baffled deeper on the recess, and it would have been a very easy choice. Went with the 4" ones for that reason. On a dimmer, I don't expect they'll be as harsh as in the store, and completely out of sight unless sitting in one particular chair. *cross fingers*

Pulled out a scrap piece left over from a center unit shelf and tried the 4-1/8" hole cutter on it. Came out fairly smooth, but not as smooth a a jigsaw on a hole cutting jig. The can popped in easily, and then I sprang the retrofit feet with hardly any effort.



The bulb and ballast fit in pretty easily too. I took off the airtight gasket here.



I didn't have to touch anything from above to install. Obviously I'll have to go up into the attic to wire them, though, since I haven't pulled wiring from the junction yet or wired in the switch.

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Got all the biscuits cut for the center unit shelves. Another 20 biscuits (40 cuts) knocked out.



Just finished gluing them all up. I think that's pretty close to my least favorite part of the whole process... smearing glue, the mad rush to get everything aligned and clamped, scrubbing excess glue off, waiting to take off clamps, etc. Funny that it used to be my favorite part of the process.

I had numbered each joint on both sides for the fronts. Somehow when I was gluing, the stacks got jumbled up, and I didn't notice until I had glued half the pieces together. There goes all the grain matching I spent an hour on earlier. *sigh* And now probably a lot more sanding.
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Determined the finalized spacing, which of course took far too long. Then I cut all the lighting can holes in the bookcases and drywall.



I'm so excited that I can wait to install the light cans. But I know that I can't do that until I screw the carcasses into the studs, and I can't do that until I have the center unit completed. Ugh.

Hopefully I can get the junction box installed and all the wiring ready tomorrow. I'd also like to be able to start staining, but I know that I probably can't until I let shelves finish curing (late tomorrow night). Ugh!
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Not a whole lot done yesterday. Mostly an R&D day.

Tried to work out a way to hardwire in the LED I planned for the bookcase so I could switch them, but didn't have much luck in the logistics department. The main difficulty would be finding a place to hide the transformer(s) and PWM module(s). I ended up going with a plug-in solution, which will be just fine, so long as the provided cords are long enough. Crossing fingers, but it'll be here by Wednesday, so I should know by then.

Went with a Chinese LED importer on Amazon. I figure that way I get free 2-day air shipping, no sales tax (until new laws kick in tomorrow ) and I'd be covered by Amazon's return policies in case anything arrived broken or incomplete. Plus, I could reap most of the savings. Instead of paying $10-15 per foot to a local company (that probably imports the same strips and packages them up as a kit), I paid in the range of $0.80 per foot. I'm sure I saved a hefty bit on the PWN and transformers as well.



That puts the flex strip lighting bill at $185 ($37 ea) for 80 feet of strips, 5 PWMs and 5 transformers. That's in addition to the $275 ($55 ea) I paid for the LED cans. Not sure I'll live long enough to see that money come back in energy savings.
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Managed to get some spackling done for the wainscoting, base board, chair rail and window/door casing. I figure if I do it in metered doses, at least it's less drudgery. Didn't get a change to sand it down yet, but I hope to get a fair amount of painting done today, mostly in the Sherwin "Toasty" deep brown color as seen before.

Donated a 13" TV, a box of pots/pans, a hot plate, a mouse, a reciprocating saw and a corded drill to Salvation Army. Picked up a $180 printer from Staples as a clearanced floor model for $28.

Going to take some building materials down to Habitat for Humanity ReStore today, and then take what they don't want to the dump. I have at least 5 sets of door handles and hinges for them that I'm sure they can use.
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Tried to take that stuff down to the ReStore. Glad I called right before, because the majority of what I had was carefully-removed base board and other moulding, and they won't accept anything painted. When I asked about donating some that was factory primed with no paint and a manufacturer's name/date sticker on the back, they were unsure. So I ended up not making the trip... cut the moulding into 4' sections with the worm drive Skil and was done with that mess. I'll slowly mix it in with the weekly trash pick up until it's gone. Still have those hinges, knobs, paint quarts, etc that I'll continue to hold onto until I feel so inclined as to make the 30 minute drive to donate them.

Why is it always purposely made so damn difficult to volunteer your time or money?!
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Took a break from the bookcase to get a step closer to finishing the wainscoting/moulding project. Got up at 2am yesterday (couldn't sleep, go figure), so I started spackling and sanding. By the time the wife woke up, we were ready to vac and tape off the wainscoting.

I took some before photos, some after the first coat/taped, and some after the second coat was dry/untaped. Then I realized that nobody gives a crap about what the first coat looks like, so they went into the trash.

Anyhow. Here you are... please ignore the bleed-thru at the base board, as that's today's project (and installing a few pieces of missing moulding).














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Hit the image limit in a single post. Continued...













...and a bonus wall that I forgot to take a 'before' shot of.



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