Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bottling the first vintage...

Spent the morning bottling 2 Barrels of Lodi (Borden ranch) AVA Pinot Noir with the help of my wife and a few of her work associates  we were able to get about 50 cases bottled. 

After the event all the ladies and my daughter sat on the empty barrels for a photo op!

We bottled 40+ cases of 750ml
And 5 of 375ml
About 120 gallons! 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Doors on the carriage house

Those doors from last July were just mounted, I had to jack up the carriage house an inch to reframe the entry. The opening has been reduced from 16' to 7 1/2'.   The span was way too large and much of the weight of the upper floor was not well supported. Will trim out the front of the structure this week..
The old ugly "garage door. Wood on top of an aluminum the ugly whit fence is gone as well!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Kitchen Douglas fir floor and drywall

Added some drywall to most of the walls, still have to run a line and check the water lines for leaks. 
Spent the day putting down Douglas fir floor. Looks pretty good after all. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Kitchen remodel 1907 farmhouse

Started the demolition on the kitchen. 
Sometime in the 80's they added ugly oak cabinets and similar tiles. Over doug fir floor, linoleum, was added plywood then large stone tile.  Plan is to take it back 50 years or so, add back a farm sink, go with shelving made of doug fir stair treads, and just have lower cabinets. 
Add a butcher block top and add a later of Douglas fir tung and groove over the original DF subfloor. 
Got all the cabinets out, sink etc.

Now to rewire and plumb for the farmsink.

Getting close. 

Kitchen ceiling

To add a bit of classic bungalow I'm putting up bead board. I had a ton upstairs in the finished attic that was pulled out and left at the neighbors hours ---outside. It was used for kindling and after being offered all I wanted it was just too far gone after a few years to save. 
I picked up some t and g in 12' lengths finger jointed as I'll be painting it white to brighten the kitchen up a bit.

About half way finished. Should be done tomorrow. 

Ran a bunch of new wire to cut out old knob and tube and to eliminate so many outlets on one breaker. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

48" Douglas fir screen door

I wanted a nice clean somewhat period screen door for the farmhouse. I found a picture of one that looked like it could be up sized to fit my large front door that is 4 feet wide. 

The fact I have two dogs made this a nice design as they could look out the screen from the access hole.
The rough layout.
The finished door. It still needs a handle though.
Close up of the lower shelf below the small brass and copper blend screen.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Redwood Carriage Doors

My 1907 farmhouse, has a carriage house where the original doors were removed and an aluminum garage door put in their place- it doesn't even close all the way as the door is too tall...anyhow I found a few doors from a 1917 house that was under remodel, dry rot, old paint and the doors were coming apart likely from hide glue failure over time. 

Tear down began and disassembly went well.
The railes and stiles are Douglas fir, the center t & g redwood. 
One of the stiles where bolts went through, cut out damage a plugged with fir.
The door after glue up, the second door is now disassembled and ready for stripping, and reassembly.
Doors will not be painted when placed on the carriage house.
Above photo from the west side, that's as far as the door closes...