Journey in the Woods

Monday, October 31, 2011

Some moving in

Got the chosen glass and dishware into the china cupboard, with new cup hooks and upside-down-wineglass-holders made myself. I can't believe I grew up with this piece of furniture in my life and never thought about making those wineglass holders until about 2 days ago.

I love the way the sun comes in towards sunset, streaming across the whole house.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Forward , and into the night!

Did I mention we have electricity, and it works? I turned on a couple lights for this photo... turns out it's hard to take pictures of lights working.

Also, since the first rain, we've had puffball mushrooms, and we got a bunch of Oysters from down in the valley. hello dinner!


Melissa started to repair the old chair that had been in the yurt... the clothe supports had ripped out. We got new stuff from the fabiric sotore, and then she went to work.

Then she had to sew the springs back into a holding pattern.

The coolest thing about this project is my mom is the one who had refinished this chair to begin with. Another cycle through, and ready to use!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Local wildlife

The California 'blue bellied' fence lizard enjoys our sun-warmed cob walls (under the south windows)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Some Drain pictures

The gray water system is in place. The outlet pipe has the ability to have a garden hose put on it, and a winter out-to-the-woods pipe.

where the shower drain meets the bathroom sink drain with a access pipe for the future clothes washing machine starts looking complicated:

Stumped

well, it was time to take out the old madrone stump right next to the house. We left it there for two reasons: didn't need to move it, and it was giving a little shade. But, needed to put in the drainpipe. So, here it is in:


and, gone!

from the other side. I left the one growing section in, since it wasn't in the way. That will go out when the patio goes in.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Various progress towards normalcy shots:

the lights are not only wired in but have glass shades:

the 2nd bedroom has a paper lantern cover for it's main light (looks nice next to the bottles, huh?)

the china cupboard from Oshkosh is in place and I've fixed the warp in their doors so they close properly:

and the liquor cabinet door is on!

still needs to be oiled, but it opens and closes!

More Furniture Refinishing

So, this round table that was in my parents' living room my whole life definitely needs some work. Mostly due to the rats in the storage shed, and the flood in WI back when it was stored there... but also from ME, when I was a toddler, I used to run my toy cars back and forth on it. Apparently, it was a flat surface I could reach from my cage- I mean playpen.

So out comes the belt sander:

and then a bit of oiling, some rotten stone, more oiling, and now it's going to be our main table in the house:

Friday, October 14, 2011

Even MORE closet doors.

I got the little shelf/closet/cabinet doors above the clothes closet in yesterday. They still need to be oiled, but I'm happy with them. Obviously, the hinges are all on the left side, so that the slope of the door matches the slope of the ceiling when it opens... otherwise, the door would smack into the ceiling and not open.

A Before and After photo of furniture refinishing:

Here's the top of a dresser as it came out of the storage container... yes, that's rat poop.

Here it is in place, after sanding and re-oiling:


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Even more Closets and Close ups

broom closet door is on!

opens and closes:

Here's a close up of the lantern under the bookcase - showing off my fancy joinery.

Various Closets and Close ups

Got the doors fit for the 2nd bedroom, though they still need to be oiled.

The coolest part about these doors (other than of course, again, they are made from one tree) is that I made the hinge mechanism myself: oak pegs as pivot points. They pull out if you ever want to take the door down.

Melissa took some photos in the main bedroom as we get furniture in there:

and she did up the curtain that is the closet door:

and I made a rustic workbench for planing. Note the bench dog.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Curtain and Fire

Melissa has sewn the curtain for the toilet area. (how weird that we have a curtain for the toilet and an open space for the shower.

It's really well made, with some cool fabric that matches the tiles and has that watery feel.

and it works!

The bathroom cabinets all got their doors and got oiled as well:


AND, the woodstove got put in!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

From Log to Door

So, I pulled some redwood logs out of the old pile the other day,

and milled it, glued it, planed it, screwed it, and oiled it, and now it's a closet door.

all in 24 hours. bam!