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Old 05-11-2009, 01:24 AM   #316
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I made the often foolish mistake of believing the weather forecast today.
Last night was clear, and this morning was nice and bright. So I took a chance on laying the first coat of varnish on the new deck rail. The temperature really wasn't quite up to snuff this morning, but I figured - hey - with all this sun how long can it take.
Here's the first little bit on the end of the rail.
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:26 AM   #317
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And last night, I covered the rail with plastic, mainly to keep the dew off. Good thing too as the plastic was nearly swimming this morning.
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:36 AM   #318
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As you see in the above pic, the first coat of varnish, particularly when applied on western red cedar, absorbs at different rates depending on the wood. It shows up as a blotchy appearance until you get one or more additional coats on.
Fortunately, I had the foresight to add a little Japan dryer to the varnish I applied, and there was sufficient heat in the sun to dry the first coat moderately well.
However, in the afternoon, after having done most of the chores so kindly given to me by my wife, I set about doing the paving stones in front of the deck. No problem.
This was done and supper was served.
I still had to put in a step in front of the deck on both sides.
Please note it had been cloudy since about noon or so. But no rain.
While just digging in to dinner, we heard the rain hit like a freight train!
I ran outside to see if I could cover up the rail, but it was obviously totally pointless by this time. I will just have to wait and see what it looks like tomorrow.
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Old 05-13-2009, 01:11 AM   #319
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Well, I'm glad to report that the varnish survived the deluge, and another coat was applied this morning. It looks a bit better now.
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And while our visitors were out enjoying the beautiful sunny day, I managed to sneak a step in on one side of the deck. One still to go.
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Old 05-13-2009, 01:03 PM   #321
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I just found this thread last week and eventually read through the whole thing. Every new project makes me say "wow!"

Thank you so much for documenting your progress here... I know from experience that the last thing I want to do after a long day of working on a project is mess with the camera, uploading, etc. Thanks for doing so!

A few questions as I was reading...

All that cedar... it must smell great there (you probably don't even notice it now, huh?)

Do you ever plan to be done? It looks like you enjoy building so why stop unless you run out of materials or room?

Do you build furniture, too? Or do you have all the furniture you need in the "cabin"?

I look forward to the updates. I think you could have your own TV show no problem. I would watch every week! Thanks!
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Old 05-13-2009, 02:59 PM   #322
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flamtap, I'm always pleased as punch when someone enjoys the thread. So thank you indeed for your kind comments.
As far as the smell of cedar goes, now that I think about it, everyone who goes into the house always makes that statement.
As far as the furniture goes, to a small degree I'm going to adopt Frank Lloyd Wright's idea of having some of the furniture built right in. I don't know if you have ever been to Taliesen West, but that is where you can learn all about FLLW.
In the future living room, one side of the floor takes a single step down to the dining/kitchen area. The plan is that I will build two sections of seating along the curved edge, as I doubt very much we could find anything to match the curve on the floor. Plus, I would like to have some shelves at one end for a small library. And again, they will need to match that same curve.
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The ladies took another walk this morning, which gave me a chance to do the step on the other side of the deck. No sooner had I got the wood preservative on than the rain started up. No wonder we call this the wet coast.
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Not too much to report today. Put a set of handrails on the steps from the lower deck out front. With the wife's bad leg and all I figured it might do some good.
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And just to prove we really do get sunshine occasionally, I got the step out front stained this morning. Plus another coat of varnish on the rail. Man, oh man, did we have some RAIN last night!!
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Google: smothering roots

Those rocks are killing the lilac and apple tree. They compact the soil and smother the roots. 90% of the food, and nutrients are through the top 12" of ground, around the drip edge. Your tree will thank you for it. Be safe, G
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Odd that you should say that. Strangely enough, the lilac has produced its' best flower display this year, and the apricot tree (close enough guessing apple) has well over 220 little fruits forming. Last year it had 13. We actually use those rocks, which is sandstone, as a mulch to try and prevent the surface water from drying out too fast. But perhaps we should switch to bark mulch instead.
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Looks great! What type of generator?
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Honda EU3000. Runs quietly and economically, and actually will put out well over 3,000 watts for a short while. More than adequate for our needs.
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To the left of the handrails I put in the other day, there is a short space where the wife keeps two sizable potted plants. We thought a low table to put them on would delineate the area better. I whipped it up after I got back from the Doc's this afternoon.
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