Monday, February 22, 2010

Island Building

So despite a nasty cold, I still managed to get the island almost constructed over the past week. After fixing the butcherblock slab I got for free, I sanded it down with a belt sander to get the old finish off and remove most of the scratches, then finished sanding up to 220 grit. Then I routered a nice edge on it and finally a few coats of mineral oil/bees wax. Should work just fine... and the price was right!

Next I constructed the side panel. The ends will have beadboard inserts and the sides will have door access from both sides. One side will have a shelf and outlets will be installed on both ends.

Once the sides were built, I assembled them together... then built a base structure and added a base shelf. Beadboard was added to the ends, the second shelf installed, and finally some top support framing.

Some corner trim cleaned the corners up nice. I still need to finish the doors and some wiring, but it's pretty close and will be ready for some food preppin in no time!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

More Kitchen Progress

Well, I'm finally dug out... AGAIN!

Meanwhile there has been progress that I've been behind on posting. The trim work is finished and looking good. Now there is just a thousand nails to be be puttied and sanded plus caulking.

I've also installed most of the luan on the floor. Really cleans things up not having the the different subfloors exposed and should take a new floor nice now. I like to drywall screw the luan down instead of nails, and can say I've never had a spongy floor or a nail head pop through a tile yet. Especially helped because of going over the rough old hardwood floor and the various transitions to new subflooring.

Another change in plans has been made. The kitchen island will be different. The original 1930's enamel top island will be sold and instead I will build a custom island to match the sink base since that turned out so well. The top will be butcher block and I just happened to get a free piece of scrap of 2 inch thick maple block that is the perfect size. Just needs to be sanded down, oiled up, a joint repair, and will be good as new.

And yep, still avoiding drywall work! Too cold, that's my excuse and stickin too it...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

NATURE is a MOTHER... Round 3!

We have now broken the all time snow record in Philly.... over 5 ft and counting this season! This is as far as I got into the drive today after work. I think I'd rather sand drywall then do another round of clearing snow!

Saturday, February 6, 2010