Rotten exterior door frame

Mrs. D. contacted me about a basement door that had been rotting. Her husband had started the job but not got around to finishing it. He had cut out much of the rotten wood in the frame, removed some brick mouldings, and purchased new ones. I brought almost every tool I have to cut out some more rotten parts, replaced them with fresh primed fir, and replaced the mouldings. There was also a phantom screen that had fallen off at some point. It was a bit tricky to re-install but I think it will stay!

It is definitely not one of my more beautiful jobs but it should weather the winter just fine.

Baseboards-by foot or by hour?

I recently installed baseboards in a couple of rooms (installed and caulked but not painted). They were on carpet, and the customer bought them and pre-painted them. I priced by the hour (150 feet took about 8 hours but that includes two transition strips too), and based on that I would say that if you are looking for pricing by the linear foot it would be $2/ft. I still prefer to charge by the hour, because it’s the corners that take the most time!


fancy pine shelves

Sandee had some leftover pine glue boards and I was tasked to make shelves out of them. More than just slabs, they were to have some details and a little protective dowel on the front. I whipped off 4 – 2 straight and 2 corner shelves. They took about 2 hours each. (For finishing I didn’t spend too much time on them, just a basic sanding and one coat of lacquer.) Fun carpentry!

Vertical Vinyl Siding

S and A were looking for a new look on their garage. They had done quite a lot of work on it over the years but it needed siding now. They ordered the materials and I came and figured out what to do:

Remove old soffit
Install new black soffit (all four sides)
Install horizontal siding on the top
Install fascia/belly boards (2×10) top and bottom
drip cap…
Window and door trim…
and finally the siding itself! I had never used vertical vinyl siding before, but it was kind of fun. (The customer did the 2 difficult sides behind the trees, thankfully)

Then they wanted a pergola. The dimensions given were: “Not too small, and not too big.” Luckily I found something close! It looks so good!

Self Help

I’ve been working on the set for Self Help, a comedy by Norm Foster. It is being performed at Abby Arts Addition in October. Here are a few construction pictures! (yes, there are lots of doors…it is set in a living room)

A Wrinkle in Time

I was very excited to be asked to design the set for Wrinkle in Time (Gallery 7). Normally someone else designs and paints the set, and I just build whatever their imagination comes up with…but this time I got to call the shots!

Oddly enough the set ended up being much simpler than usual…and I don’t think it was entirely due to self-interest and trying to save a lot of work. The play is set in many different settings so one static set wouldn’t have worked as well.

Here’s a few photos of me at work during the first week of construction back in September. Come see the play in November! It is being held at Abbotsford Arts Centre.

Digging in the storage container for old risers
First cut of the theatre season
Finishing the 3rd riser–it needs skin!

Door Magic

I had a few custom door jobs lately. Here are some pictures.

Exterior Door
D and D needed something done to their front door. It was not closing well. In addition, the frame appeared rotten. I quoted on some new doors and frames but then went back and looked at the frame and door again. It was not in that bad of shape so I recommended a fix-up. I cut out the bottom of the door, did some filling and sanding elsewhere, added a 3rd hinge, and re-hung the door by anchoring it into the concrete wall. While I was at it I also repainted it. A crack between the house and step also got filled with cement.

Sliding Barn Door
G and C bought a rolling barn door kit to cover a not often used doorway. But the current doorway was too high and the short door would look funny. So I filled it in with drywall and spaced out the new studs to work with the track hardware. I don’t have a picture of the finished product, but they stained the door nicely and painted the wall and it looks quite nice.

Doorframe widening
Paul needed a doorframe widened for various reasons. It was 30″ so we added 6 inches to a 36″ door. However when widening doorframes there are other things to take into account, such as exposed flooring (tile and carpet in this case), light switches (had to move it over a little), new doors (had to find the right style to match the existing doors), baseboards to cut, and new casing for the top (have yet to find it). Luckily it was not a supporting wall or there would have been a header to replace too. It was a full day’s work.