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Old 07-05-2013, 09:32 PM   #7846
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Yes Marc...I hear you loud and clear.

Three times I have been through the rib experience and it doesn't get any better with practice!

He tried taking a handful of Ibuprofen yesterday when he was here, but it didn't have any effect.
The common Ibuprofen over the counter verison is not very strong unless the Doctour prescribe #3 or #4 Ibprofen or aspirn ( keep in your mind this is " industrial " strength level which it have a very nice side effect with it.)

I hope nothing serious on that.

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Old 07-07-2013, 01:14 AM   #7847
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More progress today on the work effort...

The top of the tower has now been successfully completed, save for some carpet on the top three treads, which I hope to be able to rustle up tomorrow.

The narrow cedar boards for the wall under and alongside the single window came out quite nicely.
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After filling the shop vac with all manner of detritus, I put a white undercoat of paint on the stairs and floor section.
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The blank spot under the door now has a nice arbutus board below, the sill has been extended with some red cedar, the side trims were fashioned from old growth red cedar and have generally improved the look of the area.

Since taking these pics, I have added a topcoat of paint to the steps and floor, and the first coat of urethane is on all the fresh cedar. Hopefully, tomorrow will see the other finish coats on and that will be that. Another 14 1/2 hour day done.
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That's a loooong work day Keith! You'll be glad when you can walk
through the house and not see things that need to be finished.

I really like the style of that door. Everything is looking great!
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That's a loooong work day Keith! You'll be glad when you can walk
through the house and not see things that need to be finished.

I really like the style of that door. Everything is looking great!
Ha! I wonder if you ever really finish a house like this? But at least the list is getting smaller and the items to be done are not so imposing.

Off to do the next urethane coat upstairs now.
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As most of you know, the inner hand rail on the lower stairs has been a thorn in my side for awhile now.

I had made up a set of pieces to do the whole thing, but it just didn't look right...so that lot became expensive firewood.

The trouble is that the radius is very tight, and it's difficult, to say the least, to get wood to behave itself in a case like this.

This meant that I needed to make up all new pieces which were thinner so they didn't look so bulky. It was an appearance thing really.

So the process is going something like this. I milled some new wood to be thinner than the first batch. Cut it roughly to shape and after somewhat of a battle got the whole lot screwed together. Only part of the batch on here.
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Once I had got the whole lot fastened in place, it became a matter of how to do the necessary shaping.

Unfortunately, none of the pieces are exactly the same..close, but no cigar. So each one had to be shaped to suit it's neighbours.

I started with the top one, got it planed and sanded reasonably smooth and then marked the next piece down as to where the upper piece should fit.
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As you can see from the previous photo, there is a big difference between a fully shaped piece and one that has just been rough cut.

Had I been even partly awake last fall when I started to sell some of my tools off, I would have kept the big stationery sander. That would have made the shaping a piece of cake.

But without that, it was a matter of using the small low angle hand plane and a pad sander. Probably only took 10 times as long this way, but it came out not too badly in the end.

This is the last piece at the bottom.
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This morning we had lots of sun here, so I took all the hand rail pieces outside and coated the bottom of each piece with 4 coats of urethane. It's a real bear to try and get under each one with a brush, so this was by far the easier option.

Later we got clouded over and eventually it rained, by which time I had got everything inside.

Next was to start attaching the pieces from the bottom up, and I got less than half on before the light ran out.

The screw holes will be plugged, sanded and then the urethane will be applied.
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This morning I was surprised by the first Gladioli coming out. Didn't even realize I had one here!
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Busy causing trouble on the computer earlier when I noticed the sky outside was getting quite red. Here's the result of that.
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Saturday was a dead loss as far as work went here...but it wasn't all bad. My friend Allen and his lady got married over in Nanaimo in John and Gina's back garden.

Beautiful day for their wedding.
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You are getting close now buddy, I always loved scratching each item off the punch list.
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Morning Jim...yep, getting closer now.

I should have all the railing pieces on, plugged and sanded by the end of the day. Then I can start adding the finish on top of those pieces. Just have to be careful not to drip too much on the carpet! Must see if I can get a pic in daylight next time.

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