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Old 06-01-2014, 02:13 PM   #196
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Now that I'm into the fun part....woodworking....this part is not going to be easy.

Need to build the knee wall and Newell post.
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:41 PM   #197
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Not sure why I feel like I'm not making progress...I'm working every evening....well, almost....I guess I'm a bad day....I took my boys to a movie on Sunday....they were not expecting it....BTW....Edge of Tomorrow is really good....

Anyway...I finished the hardwood bamboo floor....as soon as I can locate the stair edging...I can get the stair treads done...

I finished putting down the cement board for the master bath...



And I finished putting up the cement board for the shower....that 1/2" stuff is so much fun to work with....I followed the advice you guys gave me and made the hole for the flow director larger...



And I've figured out what to do with the space that is at the end of the tub....I'm going to finish framing this out....I'm essentially going to make a table so I can cover it with granite. I'm waiting for the granite guy to call me back...I'm hoping my idea works...basically, I want to make the tube look like an under-mount with routed granite all around the perimeter.

This space is going to have a 'box' that will be held in place with screws. The idea is, if I want access, I remove the screws and slide the box out which will give me access to the drain.

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Old 06-14-2014, 04:09 PM   #198
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Putting down the tile in the master bath
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:02 PM   #199
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Yep...that time again....considering how busy the past weekend was with scout graduations, birthday parties and Dad's day, I'm surprised I got as much done as I did.

I don't think I have a single square corner in this bathroom except where the tub and shower meet....so it became our starting point....it's a bonus the outside shower corner was exactly 3 tile widths from the tub



Cutting the tiles for this section was 'so much fun'.....



This part was a bit easier and straight forward....



And I thought my drill deserved some thanks. I only have 2 corded drills (out of 6) and this is one of them....I've had it over 20 years and it has served me well. Typically gets used for one of two things...mixing mud or drilling pocket holes.



I'll cut the last 5 pieces of tile tonight. Let it dry and grout tomorrow.

I'm taking a week of vacation next week....kids will be on summer vacation....so except for one day at Universal Studios with my boys (oldest boy's birthday), I'll be in full cabinet and stair making mode. I hope it's a productive week.
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Old 06-17-2014, 02:21 AM   #200
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The master bath floor is done....well...at least cutting and laying the tile....I'll grout tomorrow. But as any tile person will say...it's a real PIA cutting some of those 'non straight' pieces.

And....I guess I'm pretty good and estimating my quantity. I only had 2 full pieces left from the last box....and about 3-4 partial pieces....

This was one of the easier cuts....



The lines seem real obvious now....but the grout I'm using is pretty close in color to the tile so it's going to look a lot cleaner once I get the grout down.

I'll post a before and after to show the difference.



It's bed time....
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:37 PM   #201
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One part done.....floor tile in the master bath is tiled.

Overall it came out well. I have one spot with lipage..typical thing...it was one of the last tiles of the night so I didn't have one next to it to set the edge. Good news is, it's one of those spots that is going to be covered with a mat.

We considered several options on how to do this transition.....I wasn't until last night where I thought that maybe I should have moved that seam of those two transition tiles over so the seam is lined up with the center of the tile in the toilet area. Too late now.





Now I just need to let is sit a couple more days and then I can seal the grout.



I'm taking next week off....so with luck I can get a lot of work done.
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So....I'm taking the week off....this is Wed....and not a whole lot to show for it.....but....it's been a good week so far. Took my boys to Universal Studios....oldest boy's birthday....he invited his girlfriend...(both are 12)....too cute....ok....so I'm a dad who is enjoying time with his kids.....call it catch up time....

So today the wife an I got around to getting the paper up on the ceiling of the pub.

Paper on the ceiling you ask? What is this strange thing you talk of?

It's an English thing....I've learned to deal with it.

Before.....



After....



And in case your wondering what the paper pattern looks like.....



And we had a few 'issues'.....it would seem the 'good deal' my wife got on the paper had a good reason it was a 'good deal'...the 'pre-pasted' glue on the paper was not working. We had to use wall paper paste to get it to stick...but note before we had some 'casualties'.

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Paper always outsmarted me.... that looks real nice- must have been the wife's idea

How's the neck and arms feeling.....
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Paper always outsmarted me.... that looks real nice- must have been the wife's idea

How's the neck and arms feeling.....
Yep....her idea....she is English after all....and it is going to be a pub....and truth be told....I like it....it also means I didn't have to spend a lot of time getting the drywall perfect up there.

And...it was not that large of an area..so the arms are fine....but it did take quite a few beers...
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Just a quickie.....

I'm working on the newel post for the stairs.....stressful. Reason being, after I make the basic post I have to route in the groves. One mistake and you start. All over.

Job is made easier with a jig.
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More work done on the stairs.....

This is my 'center' of the newel post. 3x3 steel post. It's NOT going anywhere.



The wood portion of the newel post fits over the top....and I have a square chunk of wood that slides down inside and screws to the block of wood inside the post. Nice and snug.....and if I really had to....I could take it apart.



This cap is removable....my wife wants to be able to change out the top depending on the season....for example, instead of a ball, for Halloween, she wants to put up a 'Pumpkin'....women....if that is the case, I want a cannon ball for off season....



The risers are installed....and I glued the knee wall up....



Sometime this weekend I'll get the other side done....I need to build up the outside board first.



And....I thought I'd share a magic trick.....

Want to see me turn this 4x8 sheet of plywood into a small object?



Barely had enough....



edit....I just realized I missed putting the beer bottle in the pic.....I've saved a couple of beer bottles just for the purpose of planting them in the pictures......and that's my story and I'm sticking to it.....
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Long over due update....

I've been a bit lazy these past few weeks....spending time with the kids...camping....etc.

Ok....so I was having some family fun....but when you take your boys scout camping....and the younger one didn't want to go...and then admits that night in the tent just before he falls asleep that it's one of the best days he has ever had...HELL YEA....it's worth it.

Anyway...some of you might recall that we applied 'textured' paper to the ceiling of what is going to be the pub....(it's an English thing)



Well...I finally painted it....



Additionally....my BIL cleaned out his storage unit....and gave us a 2 year old top of the line washer and dryer....



Now....what is really significant in this picture is not the washer and dryer....but if you look behind them, you will see the window is trimmed out. Yes....it's done. I've gotten a couple windows trimmed out as well. Really cleans up the look of the wall.

My big delay is I won't buy the molding from HD....their selection....well...just basically sucks. So I end up going to a specialty molding place about 15 miles from my house.

I've received my bamboo stair noseings....so the stair treads are next.
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I have come to the conclusion that some parts of my project are fun.....and some are not....and for some reason, the most 'necessary' parts are the least fun.

This week (month) I've been doing the stairs. I had to order the bamboo stair noseings....they are here....time to get it done.

The 'style' (if you can call it that) is bamboo treads with painted risers.

This is the virgin look with just the risers installed.



Now painted.



Now....complicating our stairs was the fact we had to have a 'slight' turn. Upside is I did not have to butcher an existing linen closet....downside...stairs are more complicated.....

But...there is an upside....have have this little platform that covers the void created by the stairs. It has in fact had some benefits....for example, I can set the ladder on it and reach the window above the stairs. Without it, that window would pretty much be on it's own. And my wife sees that platform as a great place to put her Christmas angles or maybe a small tree. If you look closely you will see an outlet....one part is always hot...the other outlet is controlled by a switch.



So....here are the glued down bamboo pics....



Because the wood can shift if you walk on it before the glue dries....I did every other step..



The interface between the platform and landing step was a bit complicated and required some 'detail' work.



I used my moto tool to shape the wood to match the noseing..



I think it came out pretty good....

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Final pic of the stairs.

For me this is a minor milestone. Getting all this wood cut was a significant task that I had been putting off. Now it's done.

The blue X's are the fresh glued parts...don't step.

Time for a beer or two....or three
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