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Stairwell railing demo

Max and E. were wanting some nicer railings in their townhouse. They had someone lined up for that, but needed the old ones taken out. They were the “wall and glass” type. Lots of staples, nails, drywall… Eventually I got it all out, patched the walls in a few places, and the railings fellow took over and as far as I know did a wonderful job.

Tempting Providence – Table

My latest set build for Gallery 7 Theatre is for a play called Tempting Providence. It is a simple play, the type that tells the story without too many bells and whistles. It is about a nurse in Newfoundland in the 1920’s. Part of the set includes a custom table. Here are some pictures of the process!

I recycled some boards for the top from plays such as Joseph, Wrinkle in Time, and (I think) The Hiding Place.

The play runs January 24-February 9, 2020 at Abbotsford Arts Addition. Tickets at House of James.

update January 30:
The play is doing well and many shows are sold out! Here is a picture of the almost-finished set as we were putting spatter/clear coat on the stage. Note the table in the foreground 😉

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)