May
26
2016

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Preparing the Workshop for a Plastering Crew, Part Three

by Going Slowly

The workshop is nearly ready for plastering! One of our last big projects is installing trim around the building's massive 8 foot tall, 8-foot wide alderwood doors. This weekend, we discovered that they didn't come with enough trim to complete the job. Boo. Rather than waiting to order more, we decided to color-match pine using various Danish oils we have on hand.

Tara Color Matching Pine and Alder Trim w/ Stain

The grain isn't quite right, but after much experimentation, Tara was able to match the color pretty closely!

Pine & Alderwood Trim

We also made a live-edge shelf using the lumber we had milled last fall. This is the first time we've used it and we both feel positively rich having such beautiful materials to work with!

Tyler Making Shelf From Live Edge Rough Sawn Wood Making Shelf From Live Edge Rough Sawn Wood Tyler Making Shelf From Live Edge Rough Sawn Wood Tyler Sanding Live Edge Wooden Shelf Tyler Sanding Live Edge Wooden Shelf Tara Sanding Live Edge Wooden Shelf

While Tara was busy with the trim, Tyler finished all the electrical wiring. This project went so smoothly there almost isn't anything to write about…

Tyler Removing Romex Sheathing from Light Switches in Workshop Entryway Tyler Wiring Light Switches in Workshop Entryway Tyler Installing Light Switches in Workshop Entryway Light Switches Installed in Workshop Entryway

…except that we forgot to run power to the upstairs switch during last year's baling workshop. After some moaning and groaning on Tyler's part, Tara saved the day by taking an angle grinder to the wall, cutting out a channel between the boxes. After we installed the wiring, a quick coat of plaster covered the mistake up handily.

Tyler Fixing Electrical Wiring Mistake in Workshop

And with that, the workshop is more or less ready for plastering! PHEW!


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3 comments

I've been very inspired by your adventures! I love the idea of building a home from scratch.

Thought you'd want to know that there's something up with the dates on the last several entries. They seem to be stuck at May 26th.
Posted by John H on July 12th, 2016 at 10:56 AM
Hi Tara & Tyler,
Posting from the future! I have been following your blog for a long time. Miss your frequent posts, but sure you need a rest after years of blog entries.
My husband and I are renovating a house, and are about to put in new interior doors, including two in moisture-prone areas (small bathrooms), and are thinking about finishing with Danish oil. Also considering butcher-block countertops with Danish oil when we get to the kitchen.
I really like what I'm reading about Danish oil's ease of application, non-toxicity and water-resistance. Are there any cons you've noticed? Recommend a particular brand? Are there certain additives we should avoid?
Thanks!
Posted by Jennifer on December 5th, 2016 at 12:33 PM
Hi Tara & Tyler,
Posting from the future! I have been following your blog for a long time. Miss your frequent posts, but sure you need a rest after years of blog entries.
My husband and I are renovating a house, and are about to put in new interior doors, including two in moisture-prone areas (small bathrooms), and are thinking about finishing with Danish oil. Also considering butcher-block countertops with Danish oil when we get to the kitchen.
I really like what I'm reading about Danish oil's ease of application, non-toxicity and water-resistance. Are there any cons you've noticed? Recommend a particular brand? Are there certain additives we should avoid?
Thanks!
Posted by Jennifer on December 5th, 2016 at 12:33 PM
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