Notes, 17 Nov. 2015

Outside work on the garage is called off because of heavy rain. The crew protected the open pit with plastic before closing up last night. A cold front blew through overnight, dropping the high temperatures into the 60s with an overnight projected in the 40s. Welcome to winter in Austin.

After 5 pm, Julian and his team of tilers arrived to grout the kitchen floor.

The plumbing fixtures are still on schedule for delivery Wednesday/tomorrow.

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Upstairs in the wood shop

Shane and Peter relocated the wood shop upstairs to the loft, out of the family room downstairs. It’s messy work. Above, Shane shovels the sawdust and cutoffs into the trash bin.

Shane and Peter plan to finish phase 1 of the carpentry tomorrow. Today … they are blasting through casing installation around doors, and baseboard installation in rooms with tile or laminate floors where we don’t have to wait for the hickory flooring to be installed after Thanksgiving.

This is the square-edge shoe molding that Peter will nail to the baseboard in the train room and bedroom 4, atop the laminate flooring that we salvaged and did not demo.
This is the square-edge shoe molding that Peter will nail to the baseboard in the train room and bedroom 4, atop the laminate flooring that we salvaged and did not demo.
Peter on his hands and knees nailing the shoe molding to the baseboard above the laminate flooring in bedroom 4. Knee pads might help, but Peter refuses -- "they make my knees sweat."
Peter on his hands and knees nailing the shoe molding to the baseboard above the laminate flooring in bedroom 4. Knee pads might help, but Peter refuses — “they make my knees sweat.”
Sticks of baseboard cut to length, ready for installation in the master bath.
Sticks of primed baseboard cut to length, ready for installation in the master bath.
This is one of the details we sweated with Brett, the architect, Ron Dahlke from Ranserve, and Mike from BMC West, the lumber company. Steven and Jacquela wanted a deep casing around the doors, and a thinner baseboard, to create a "reveal" when the two different dimensions of wood are nailed into position. Here, in the master bath, is the first example of all that planning and selection, made real.
This is one of the details we sweated with Brett, the architect, Ron Dahlke from Ranserve, and Mike from BMC West, the lumber company. Steven and Jacquela wanted a deep casing around the doors, and a thinner baseboard, to create a “reveal” when the two different dimensions of wood are nailed into position. Here, in the master bath, is the first example of all that planning and selection, made real.
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We bought a 68 suburban and it’s going to be a woody …

With apologies to Jan and Dean

Landers today delivered the hickory flooring — prefinished for bedrooms 1 & 2, family room, library, office, entry hall, upstairs hall, loft, master suite, plus raw, unfinished treads for the stairs.

A very big step toward almost done.

A closeup of the label from the wood maker.
A closeup of the label from the wood maker.

All the wood is stacked in bedroom 1 to acclimate to the house before installation. Landers is planning to begin installation the week after Thanksgiving — that’s the latest update.

One of the raw, unfinished stair treads.
One of the raw, unfinished stair treads.
A stack of treads. Each board is an assembly of narrow planks, glued and clamped together.  These are "bullnose" treads. We plan to slice off the rounded edge to get to a squared, modern face.
A stack of treads. Each board is an assembly of narrow planks, glued and clamped together. These are “bullnose” treads. We plan to slice off the rounded edge to get to a squared, modern face.
Each tread is distinctly different -- knots, colors, heartwood ...
Each tread is distinctly different — knots, colors, heartwood …
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