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Last week I realized I had worked on a lot of different doors in a short space of time. There were closet doors, exterior doors, door frames, sticky locks, and cabinet doors. There were new frames, old ones, sidelights, painting, stripping/sanding… Below are some pictures. I do not consider myself a door expert. But, thanks to my gracious customers, I am learning.

Replacing an old door/frame/sidelight with a new door/frame, and adding a custom sidelight

Sanding white paint off of an old cedar door

Painting some cabinet doors

Replacing an old frame with a new custom frame, made out of 2×6 fir

Fireplace Mantle/Cabinets

Mrs. G. had another project in the rec room. It took a long time to settle on a plan–I had trouble envisioning how the cabinets would integrate with the mantle over the existing fireplace bricks. It was high time to use SketchUp to make a scale model!

Bay window dressing

Dan asked me to finish up the bottom of the bay window he had re-done some time ago. He did not have matching siding so needed some panels. He sent me a picture and I tried to follow the general gist of it. It turned out so nicely!

Built in Mudroom Shelf

About a year ago I quoted on a shelf for Walt. Last October I dropped off the raw plywood with spruce fronts, and Walt spent the winter staining and varnishing it. Just yesterday we installed it. It turned out really nicely and fits well between walls.

Mousetrap Set

Gallery 7‘s production of The Mousetrap is now playing at MCA. It was the largest set build I’ve done this season and I was particularly glad to have Trevor’s (G7 volunteer) help for most of it. I think the reason it was more difficult was because it’s a house interior–all of the other sets have been slightly more abstract (though Doubt was close).

Here is a link to a video that shows a time lapse of the set from a blank stage to finished product:


Deck Railings

Jeff and Stacey asked for some deck railings and handrails for their porches/steps. I drew up some plans and they said go ahead! I finished today and am proud of my work (except for a couple tiny things I should have foreseen…see if you can figure out what they are).


The middle railing on the rear deck is removable.