Ok guys and gals, I am gearing up for a little project I thought might interest at least a few of you. So i figured I would accompany it with somewhat of a journal. Hopefully I will be able to update this thing through the process of this project. There may be days when I don't get to post anything since I am very busy working full time, working part time on this project, building a temp shop and keeping LOML happy at the same time.
Some friends of mine who live out in a very rural area nearby inherited a house that was built circa 1890. They decided to remodel this house adding certain modern conveniences while attempting to keep the character of the house intact. In order to do this they also purchased another similiar house in the area which was in disrepair. This house will become the provider of much of the wood and material needed to remodel their house. In the process of tearing this house down they found a later behind a baseboard dated 1891. Construction methods used on the house date it somewhere around 1870's.
The house, like many built back then, is contructed almost completely with old growth cypress and pine. i have attached a pic of the house with all the cypress siding and flooring removed. Notice the (true) 4x4 studs spaced about 30" apart. not a single 2x4 in this house.
The project will include building a small u-shaped kitchen, a bathroom vanity, and a linen cab. The kitchen will be built with the Antique cypress that was taken off the old house. Doors and drawers will be inset, with applied beading on frames. Drawers in kitchen will receive Blum Tandem guides with softclose feature. There will be a decorative range hood, a wine rack and a set of pot drawers. The range and sink areas will be flanked with decorative half columns made with 4x4's from the house. The bath vanity and linen will be painted due to the majority of the walls and tub surround being cypress.
I am really excited about this job. This has the potential to be the nicest Kitchen I have done to date. I am anxious to get started. I am sure there are many more details I could add but this is getting long winded.
Today I will start by stacking the wood to allow it to dry after some rain we received yesterday wet it pretty good.
Then the long and time consuming task of planing all of this wood will begin.
Sorry this was so long. Thanks for reading.
More pics to come