Sunday, September 30, 2007

Weekend Project: Shelves in the Bedroom

We need shelves. It seems like most Craftsman Bungalows have a lot of shelves: shelves for books, shelves for collectables, open shelves, shelves in cases, shelves in various rooms of the house, built-in shelves. But, our house doesn't have much in the way of shelves, yet. So, this weekend's project, requested by Jenn, was to build some shelves above the linen cabinet in the bedroom, a place we want to make the baby changing station. I embellished this with an idea to also build shelves in the bathroom above the vanity and toilet. These are simple open shelves without the complication of cases with glass doors. Easy as pie. (pictures below)

I ripped some variable width solid oak 1x down to 9" for the shelves above the linen cabinet and the vanity, 11" for the shelves above the toilet. It's nice to have such wide boards on hand. Next, I screwed some 1x1 into studs on the walls and slipped the shelve boards into place. That's it. I'm going to leave the wood raw for now, but hope to stain it the same dark reddish-brown color as the rest of the woodwork.

In other news, our famous Portland rain has started a little early this year. We've had 2" of cold hard rain over he past 3 days. A few weeks ago, a company called John's Waterproofing did their thing to our basement. Basically, they cut out the floor around the perimeter of our basement and installed some metal tracks that look a lot like gutters. Then they covered it all up with fresh cement. The work includes a life time guarantee. The hard rain we just had would have left at least some water on our floor, but our floor remains dry. I hope it stays that way. It will likely be a long wet winter.

Next up for me, I started trimming out the downstairs closet. I hope to have that completed by the end of next weekend. After that, it's back upstairs to put the last touches on the remaining three rooms. I so hope I can have that all done by the end of the year.

Here's the shelves:


Monday, September 17, 2007

Weekend Project: Trellis Over Garage Door

For quite a while now, I've wanted to build a trellis over the garage door. Now that the city building permits are closed, I have the time to screw around with some fun little tasks like this.

I took a spare 12 foot cedar 2x6 and ripped it into two 2x3s with the table saw. Then, I cut off each of the ends at a 30degree angle to match the support beams over the porches. After that, I made some simple 20" 2x2s out of some leftover scraps. I mounted the two 2x3s on the knee braces over the garage, then spaced the 2x2s 8" apart. I used 3 1/2" deck screws to fasten the 2x3s down, 2 1/2" deck screws for the 2x2s. Here are some pics:



Close Up:

This house is starting to look pretty darn nice, I think...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


The city building inspector was just here and approved the final changes I made to the exterior steps and smoke detectors. This means the building permits for the second story addition, opened over 4 years ago, are now closed.