Enter the Sandman

Today, Luis finished building the stair treads and risers — and began sanding down the raw wood, starting with 40-grit sandpaper.

Looking down from the loft above at the completed treads and risers -- before Luis picked up all his tools and swept the stairs clear for sanding.
Looking down from the loft above at the completed treads and risers — before Luis picked up all his tools and swept the stairs clear for sanding.
The final piece of square-edged nosing where the stairs meet the hallway floor. This is actually an assembly of two pieces of hickory, cut and glued and nailed together.
The final piece of square-edged nosing where the stairs meet the hallway floor. This is actually an assembly of two pieces of hickory, cut and glued and nailed together.
While Luis worked on the stairs, Cris from Ranserve mounted this storage unit into position next to the stairs, then trimmed the face with hickory. The idea for this adapts from the Japanese Genken -- the entry hall where everyone removes their shoes before actually walking further into the house.
While Luis worked on the stairs, Cris from Ranserve mounted this storage unit into position next to the stairs, then trimmed the face with hickory. The idea for this adapts from the Japanese Genkan — the entry hall where everyone removes their shoes before actually walking further into the house.
Over the past three days, Steven has collected the hickory cutoffs as Luis discards the wood he does not need. Steven is storing the beautiful wood in the garage -- just in case it is needed and for potential future projects.
Over the past three days, Steven has collected the hickory cutoffs as Luis discards the wood he does not need. Steven is storing the wood in the garage — just in case it is needed and for potential future projects. There is no need to throw away such beauty.
Luis turns the corner around the landing to the Genken bench -- and checks his work by touch.
Luis turns the corner around the landing to the Genkan bench — and checks his work by touch.
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Notes, 2 Dec. 2015

The team from Gilsa Construction progresses with the garage addition.

Above, using a reciprocating saw to cut through the nails and bolts, the sole plate of the back wall of the garage has been sliced free from the foundation. Next, it is braced.

Using a sledgehammer, Gilsa shifts the back wall of the garage over several inches, supported by the braces inside the garage. This will allow them to pour concrete level with the existing slab of the garage. The steel framework for the new garage slab is ready for inspection. At right, the electricians installed a grounding wire (the left-hand circle), and Gilsa chopped down the shrub that was so overgrown it resembled a tree (the right-hand circle).
Using a sledgehammer, Gilsa shifts the back wall of the garage over several inches, supported by the braces inside the garage. This will allow them to pour concrete level with the existing slab of the garage. The steel framework for the new garage slab is ready for inspection. At right, the electricians installed a grounding wire (the left-hand circle), and Gilsa chopped down the shrub that was so overgrown it resembled a tree (the right-hand circle). The steelwork is ready for inspection. Also, the formwork for the foundation is nearly complete, after which it too will be inspected.
One of the plastic stands holding the steelwork off the plastic sheeting, to ensure the rebar is inside the concrete, not under the concrete, when the concrete is poured.
One of the plastic stands holding the steelwork off the plastic sheeting, to ensure the rebar is inside the concrete, not under the concrete, when the concrete is poured.
After whacking with a sledgehammer, the back wall of the garage leans against the temporary braces. The wide-angle lens distorts perspective, but the footing of the wall is now offset 3 to 4 inches from the top plate.
After whacking with a sledgehammer, the back wall of the garage leans against the temporary braces. The wide-angle lens distorts perspective, but the footing of the wall is now offset 3 to 4 inches from the top plate.
Another way to see the lean of the wall. The red string line is level, but the bricks at left are now about 1/4-inch higher than the bricks at right.
Another way to see the lean of the wall. The red string line is level, but the bricks at left are now about 1/4-inch higher than the bricks at right.
Inside and upstairs, Kevin Rehberg from Ranserve continues to protect all the floors with heavy construction paper. Why? The painters are coming.
Inside and upstairs, Kevin Rehberg from Ranserve continues to protect all the floors with heavy construction paper. Why? The painters are coming.
The electricians came by to install detectors and switch plates, leaving behind a pile of boxes.
The electricians came by to install detectors and switch plates, leaving behind a pile of boxes.
In the kitchen, Central Texas Custom Cabinets continues to install drawer fronts to the cabinets.
In the kitchen, Central Texas Custom Cabinets continues to install drawer fronts to the cabinets.
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