Jobs Blog

Stair-post Dress-Up

Pursuant to my previous post about finishing carpentry, I dressed up some stair posts with some custom mouldings (all primed MDF).

I had to cut 3/4″ off of the railings so that the new post would fit. I used a reciprocating saw for this. I caulked everything and the customer will paint them.

Finishing Carpentry

I’m working for Joan and Tom in their townhouse, updating some mouldings. First the columns got wrapped:

Then the windows and door headers received some archetype goodness, sills extended and side frames.

Lastly I installed crown moulding in the living area. I tried using stilts for the first time for some of the smaller pieces, and they worked well, but for the long pieces, Tom helped me put them up and I used my ladder to nail and caulk them. (Mouldings were pre-painted and my customer will do the finish painting, for which I am grateful.)

I still have some stairwell posts to wrap and there seems to be plenty more to do when I have time in my schedule!

Covid Friendly Theatre Set

I was very surprised to be contacted recently by a director I have worked with at Gallery 7, about building a set. Ever since I packed away my last project in March I had not thought I would be building a set until a Covid vaccine was available. However, TWU SAMC was filming their show so I suppose this is technically a film set. I won’t post much in the way of pictures…basically it was 3 walls with windows and a door, some of the walls being moveable. Great to build!

Kitchen Backsplash – glass

Gilbert asked me to do some tiling in his kitchen. I had done one backsplash a couple of years ago so had to watch some Youtube videos again 🙂 but it all came back to me pretty fast.

I charged 8 hours (2 half days) though it took a little longer–I always forget how long it takes to clean off the grout and put the plugs back together! My customer bought all the materials (tile, adhesive, grout, caulking). I also asked him to do the final cleaning the next day after the grout is good and dry.

I have a nice diamond blade on my wet saw which works well for cutting glass sheets.

Kitchen Cabinet Reno

I worked on a rental suite recently. The cabinets were in OK shape, but there were some mould issues and most of the drawers were not working. So the landlord asked for a quote for new cabinets. They also requested a built in dishwasher.

As they wanted to keep costs down, I quoted using basic hardware, basic paint, basic doors (MDF slabs). It also helped that it was a simple layout.

I spent a few days at the workshop making the cabinets. Plywood sides, melamine shelves.

Then it was time for demo and install, over a couple days and part of a weekend.

Everything went fairly smoothly. The countertop didn’t fit through the door but luckily it slid nicely through the window!

It turned out beautiful and now we are just waiting for the plumber to install the dishwasher!

Walk-in Closet

Stan and Tilly recently renovated their house; the place was buzzing with trades whenever I went in to do a small job. The walk-in closet got left behind a little with all the other updates to keep track of. So they asked for a design, and did some of their own, for some storage space and hanging rails. Between us and several drafts of drawings we came up with a nice design. Then it was time to build!

stan closet~

I divided the tall cabinet into two parts in order to get it into the room. I used soft-close drawer hardware made by Grass. Drawers are made of 1/2 inch plywood with MDF drawer fronts.

Next I made the upper cabinet and painted the shelf pieces.

Once the paint was dry, it was time to install! It was a long day of getting everything just right, but it turned out very nicely.

Closets are difficult to photograph. Here is a panorama that almost gets it…


Summer Jobs

This summer has been pretty busy with a variety of jobs and customers.

I helped Ron put down some ties to make a tiered garden/storage area beside his house.

I built a mini-deck for an air conditioner with a bridge for Mike.  It had to go on a steep gravel slope beside the house.

He sent me a picture after the unit was installed:


I attached a couple of hose reels to a house for Rhonda. One was in hardiplank and one was on masonry.

I installed some Indian Wedding Lights on a big house.

I taped, mudded, and sanded a basement ceiling.

I built some low rise steps for John and Alice.

Drywall Ceiling Match

I’ve had a lot of drywall jobs and quotes recently for some reason. Here is a ceiling match I did this week. Note that it is not perfect, and I explained beforehand to my customer that I couldn’t guarantee a perfect match. However it is much better than before and not very noticeable.