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Old 07-28-2011, 09:29 PM   #5146
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Thanks Barb...it's hard to believe what a difference finishing just that top corner has made.

So, other than getting some Varathane on it, that's it. I will get one coat on this evening. Had to go over the water again, as we ran out of gas.

This weekend is a long weekend up here, so the weekenders are all arriving. The bay is already quite full of boats, but I didn't see a decent bikini anywhere when I just came back in.

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I'll chime-in again at this point to say that you Keith are some kind of a great craftsman. Very very impressive stuff my man, beautiful work.
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does your house smell as good as it looks? I have found using a wooden caul with the clamps gives me something to screw down while clamping to eliminate lift and marring of the edge from the steel clamp
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does your house smell as good as it looks? I have found using a wooden caul with the clamps gives me something to screw down while clamping to eliminate lift and marring of the edge from the steel clamp
It often smells like cedar, which visitors frequently comment on.

The lift wasn't as bad as perhaps I suggested, but it was annoying. I clamped the ends down but not the middle. That raised up about 3/16" or so. Since I shifted the work bench right against the wall, I don't have room to put a clamp on the back side, as I would need to do with a caul - which I too often use. I suppose I could add 100 lbs. of tiles...never thought of that until right now.

I planed the first shelf this morning, and it came out not too badly. As soon as I get it sanded I'll get a picture.
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Awesome work Keith. I got the latest issue of Fine Home building (I subscribed upon hearing your recommendation of it, and its a great mag) and the front cover has a picture of a kitchen, with curved wooden walls. I thought it may have been your place for a second there. The article has a shot of the plans, and there's only one rounded wall it seems. Your place is definitely one of a kind!!!
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Awesome work Keith. I got the latest issue of Fine Home building (I subscribed upon hearing your recommendation of it, and its a great mag) and the front cover has a picture of a kitchen, with curved wooden walls. I thought it may have been your place for a second there. The article has a shot of the plans, and there's only one rounded wall it seems. Your place is definitely one of a kind!!!
There's an idea! Maybe you should contact the good folks at Fine Homebuilding magazine. I bet they would jump at the chance to feature your house in an upcoming issue.
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Awesome work Keith. I got the latest issue of Fine Home building (I subscribed upon hearing your recommendation of it, and its a great mag) and the front cover has a picture of a kitchen, with curved wooden walls. I thought it may have been your place for a second there. The article has a shot of the plans, and there's only one rounded wall it seems. Your place is definitely one of a kind!!!
Ah, the cheapskates couldn't put more than one curve in eh?

Haven't seen it yet, I'll pick it up next trip to town, which looks like Monday.
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There's an idea! Maybe you should contact the good folks at Fine Homebuilding magazine. I bet they would jump at the chance to feature your house in an upcoming issue.
Barb, I don't think they can afford my rates!

Unless, of course, they want to buy the house, then that's an entirely different matter.
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Keith you could probably teach them all a thing or three.
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Bud! Just the man I need to talk to!

When grouting the Saltillo tiles, and you are at the sponging off stage, what nifty little hints can you pass along?

The first batch I did, the grout was mixed too thin, and I had an awful time trying to clean up, as you can imagine.

I did another couple of batches this afternoon with far better luck.

Now I know to only make one pass with the sponge and then rinse. I was experimenting with different pressures and speeds with the sponge. I found that slower with more pressure seemed to work best. Do you use one or both hands when sponging?

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The bottom shelf of the future bookshelf looks like this. It needs more sanding and shaping, but you get the idea.

In the past I have always used thinner cedar strips...and in future I will go back to that again. Too much pressure required to get several boards all clamped up at the same time. If you were just doing three to start (which I did on the second shelf) and then two at a time after that, it's not so bad.
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Oh no! Not another one!
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Second shelf all glued up.

I'm not taking any chances with this one raising itself up in the middle, no matter how little. That's 125 pounds of tiles sitting on there. It was actually flat by the time I got to 35 pounds. Nothing like a little extra insurance.
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I could have sent you my "Calibrated Rock" dorf dude...
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I could have sent you my "Calibrated Rock" dorf dude...
Hmmm...let's see now...cost of transportation from Germany to here...about $269.53...ahhhh, but it isn't adjustable like mine!

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