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Old 05-19-2013, 11:38 PM   #7636
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I moved the second railing outside this morning, set it up on sawhorses and got the back and sides planed and sanded. Nice sunny day here today, so I managed to get two coats of varnish on the back.

We were supposed to get sun tomorrow as well, but now I see the so and so's have pulled the sun in favour of more cloud. That means no more varnishing outside so the railing will come back in first thing tomorrow morning.
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...caught a neat reflection in the pond a little earlier this afternoon.
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And the almost obligatory evening sunset.
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Several weeks ago I made up the last end part of the bench which goes around the solarium. It didn't get fixed with any screws, nails or bolts, I just put a ton of glue between it and the support boards, and then loaded a pile of weight on top.

Took the weight off today, and it seems to be on there reasonably well. Now it just needs the seven coats of varnish like it's twin on the other side.
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Yesterday I mounted the blinds in the solarium.
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It is all just beautiful Keith, it is amazing how the color pops out so, when the finish is applied. The sunset and reflection are beautiful also buddy.
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When I first saw the pictures of the door, I (briefly) thought you spray painted the black angles on it as it looks like the edges of the shadows have a darker outline to them.

You may have covered this earlier in the thread somewhere Keith, but did you make the front door?

The solarium is beautiful.

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You may have covered this earlier in the thread somewhere Keith, but did you make the front door?

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I tried to get my elves to build the door, but no luck. I think the door was made before I started the thread here, so it may not have been covered in any detail.

It was done in a similar style to a hot tub. With many staves about 2" wide and with a slight angle cut on each side. Then the staves were glued and screwed together to make the door. I made some curved backing pieces to lay the staves on while it was being assembled.

At two inches thick, that door is very heavy, in the vicinity of 90 pounds. That's why I have four 4" hinges holding it with 2 3/4" screws!
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Keith, on my last 'go around BC and Alta', I was reminded of what eager minds can do when a job is given to them..like you and your project..and like the V swath the rock engineers made in the mountain at the new Kicking Horse bridge..both awesome, and incredible to see!
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Keith, on my last 'go around BC and Alta', I was reminded of what eager minds can do when a job is given to them..like you and your project..and like the V swath the rock engineers made in the mountain at the new Kicking Horse bridge..both awesome, and incredible to see!
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It must have been a thousand years since I have been up that way Syd, but there just might be some travel time coming up next year. I'd very much like to see that new bridge in the flesh as it were.
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Quick decision to make another trip to town this morning for some cedar and a couple of sheets of plywood.

I just have to tell you about a funny experience I had while at Rona...kind of like Lowe's or the House of Pot.

I was just finishing up loading the cedar 2 x 4's and 1 x 6's, when this skinny kid drives up on a forklift.

"How's it goin' eh?" I love it when they have such a great command of the English language.

"Very well, thank you. Do you have any 1/8" lauan plywood? DUUUDE."

"No, the thinnest we have is 1/4" hardboard man." (WTF does 1/4" hardboard have to do with lauan plywood?) Comments in brackets just in my head of course.

"I see, well sometimes it is known as doorskins and comes in a 3' by 7' size. DUUDE."

"Oh, yeah man, we got that, but it's 4' by 8'." (That's exactly what I was just asking for Einstein.)

So off we trundle to the doorskins, where the sign clearly shows lauan plywood in both 3' x 7' and 4' x 8' sizes. I must take credit here for educating Mr. Einstein that 1/8" plywood is, in fact, thinner than 1/4" hardboard.

"I need to get this cut smaller so it will fit in my minivan. DUUUDE."

"OK man, how do you need it cut?"

"Well, I have my own handsaw with me, so I think I can just cut it myself if that's OK with you. DUUUDE."

"OK man, have a good day." And off he rides into the sunset with his forklift.

Sometimes I wonder who we are going to leave this world in charge of...

The main reason for today's trip was because we have a weeks' worth of rain in the forecast, so it was now or never. Five minutes after I arrived back home, the heavens opened up and it has been railing steadily ever since. It's nice to win one once in awhile.
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I love coming here for a daily dose of "Eye candy". The Solarium looks awesome. Blinds are perfect.

One day when I grow up I think I might try to bend some wood. I'm a coder and everything has to match and be square but you have really opened my eyes to making things not so square.

Thinking about doing a half round island in the kitchen similar to how you have yours. Just trying to figure out if we want power there or not.

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I love coming here for a daily dose of "Eye candy". The Solarium looks awesome. Blinds are perfect.

One day when I grow up I think I might try to bend some wood. I'm a coder and everything has to match and be square but you have really opened my eyes to making things not so square.

Thinking about doing a half round island in the kitchen similar to how you have yours. Just trying to figure out if we want power there or not.

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Running power to the island is done (usually) from below. In this case, I had to run the wiring in the layer of foamboard which is between the subfloor and the 5/8" T & G plywood. I could have gone underneath the house, but room is definitely at a premium under there and I'm getting too old for that stuff.

I ran the water lines in the foamboard as well, but that was to give them a little protection from freezing should it get that cold here.

And yes, you will definitely want power at your kitchen counter. I have an outlet at each end and the propane stove starts with an electric igniter. If the inverter is asleep, I can always use a BBQ lighter.
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Keith, congratulations for not "ripping a strip' off of the "yard Dewb"..you are just lucky..he didn't ask you if you want.."Fries"..with that!! Glad I 'pushed' ..all My 'kids'..so they would not be ..there!!! Shower tiles are 1/2 way in..so by..2014, we will have a 'finish' party!!!!
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Keith, congratulations for not "ripping a strip' off of the "yard Dewb"..you are just lucky..he didn't ask you if you want.."Fries"..with that!! Glad I 'pushed' ..all My 'kids'..so they would not be ..there!!! Shower tiles are 1/2 way in..so by..2014, we will have a 'finish' party!!!!
Nothing like that Syd...he was a nice enough kid, just needs a little real world education, that's all.

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