The Latest Renovation Project Updates
With interior rough carpentry wrapped up, I was finally able to take care of the last of the household wiring work... which was started in 2006. It's about time!
Fri, 29 Sep 2023 07:25:00 EDT
The partition walls between the bedroom and walk-in closet are built, and now I just need to do a little work on the closet ceiling before getting back to the attic.
Wed, 13 Sep 2023 07:30:00 EDT
A couple more items were taken care of for the bedroom ceiling, then the last of the old flooring and ceiling tiles were removed from the closet and the new underlayment has been installed.
Sun, 20 Aug 2023 14:20:00 EDT
The bedroomn ceiling joists are leveled, and new truss work is underway in the attic so I can cut a new access hatch opening.
Wed, 09 Aug 2023 17:50:00 EDT
Other than some yard work, we've spent the last few weeks going through all the stuff from the attic, and pretty much the rest of the house as well, and getting it all sorted out, re-organized into bins, and donated lots of stuff we don't need. This will make it much easier to get working on the bedroom and closet now.
Sat, 22 Jul 2023 16:55:00 EDT
The attic floor has been raised and the new space filled with R-49 insulation before putting down the new floor. Time to get after the Spring yard work.
Wed, 31 May 2023 17:50:00 EDT
The first layer of the living room ceiling is up, so work has moved to lots of stuff to be done in the attic before it gets too hot up there.
Sun, 02 Apr 2023 14:55:00 EDT
I completed work on the tokonoma framing and got the tokobashira installed, then worked with the local Building Department to get another inspection so it's all ready for finish work.
Fri, 17 Feb 2023 18:35:00 EST
Including the installation of all the recessed lighting, the HRV ductwork, and the header for the fusuma doors. We're makin' pretty good progress.
Wed, 25 Jan 2023 18:55:00 EST
After five years of a plastic sheet for the living room ceiling, I've finally finished the carpentry work to level the old joists. Next we can get the lights installed, then get going on a new ceiling. Happy New Year!
Sat, 31 Dec 2022 18:10:00 EST
Six years ago a reader asked if I could provide the measurements for the DYER Dhow sailing dinghy floorboards. I took care of that request at long last!
Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:15:00 EST
It's finally all contained (again) with much heavier root barrier. I also dug up the low-voltage wiring that was in the area, then got a set of LED up-lights placed along the bamboo when I was putting the landscaping back in order.
Fri, 21 Oct 2022 16:50:00 EDT
Not a big update, other than to admit I've wasted another Summer screwing around with bamboo roots. I'll update the site with more info in a week or two when I've finished the project.
Mon, 12 Sep 2022 18:50:00 EDT
We finally got the Cabriolet back from the shop! With it quite hot outside, I've been working on wiring upgrades inside for a few days. The site also got a tweak to how it shows this RSS XML document.
Tue, 02 Aug 2022 19:05:00 EDT
All the old project information and photos, along with the details of parts for the specifications pages, are now updated to the site. The Kester House & Garden renovation project site is finally in-sync with what we're working on!
Sun, 24 Jul 2022 18:00:00 EDT
Still working on getting old project information updated into the proper pages based on when things happened. I did manage to get all the recent Stanley tool purchases collected and photographed to bring the Vintage Tool Gallery pages up to date, and that seems worthy news for this week.
Sun, 17 Jul 2022 12:20:00 EDT
Lots going on with the site, although most of it is getting old project information updated into the proper pages based on when things happened. I've added new sections about maintenance & repair work on the HVAC systems and the shower valve, then updated the Living Room and Bedroom pages with details of replacing the linoleum tiles and plywood underlayment.
Sun, 10 Jul 2022 17:40:00 EDT
At long last I'm determined to get our site back on track and up to date. Plenty of stuff to plow through about our big trees getting removed, and work on the bamboo.
Mon, 04 Jul 2022 16:20:00 EDT
It's been a few years, but I went through every page and cleaned up some script and external links to get the site ready for updates once again. More to come soon, I hope.
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 16:45:00 EDT
The bench-on-bench double-screw vise is done, so the Joiner's Bench page has been updated with that information. The Vanagon is also back from the shop, so now it's time for weeding and pond work, then I can get busy on the living room and bedroom renovations.
Thu, 18 May 2017 13:55:00 EDT
The front suspension on the VW has been repaired. Good progress has been made on the "Moxon" bench-on-bench double-screw vise as well, so look for another Joiner's Bench update with that information soon. I also add a couple more vintage Stanley planes to the collection after quite a dry spell.
Tue, 09 May 2017 10:55:00 EDT
I've added bunch of new stuff regarding the Joiner's Bench project. I made a goofy contraption to lift the bench dogs from a row of blind dog holes, and it actually works!
Sat, 15 Apr 2017 18:05:00 EDT
This update is mostly housekeeping, with a new 2016 News Archive page, Project Timeline refresh, and some behind the scenes work to ensure external links are working. More coming soon.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:50:00 EDT
Yes, I know I haven't updated in months once more, so I wanted to just give a quick status of things before the end of the year.
Sat, 31 Dec 2016 14:40:00 EST
Not much work on the bench this time around, but I've been making good progress on the bamboo containment project, and dealt with
our funky old mail box.
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:10:00 EST
Lots of yard work and good progress on the joiner's bench have delayed site updates for a while. With many little tasks
completed however, I finally got all the photos organized and managed to publish another detailed update to the Joiner's Bench page.
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 15:15:00 EST
Yes, I've managed to blow-off updating the site for many months, but now things are current once more. I've updated the
Joiner's Bench page with lots of information regarding the installation of the leg vise and sliding deadman that I performed over the Winter.
I've also done the yearly site maintenance of archiving all the news items from 2015 at last!
Tue, 08 Mar 2016 13:25:00 EST
It's been a few weeks without a site update, so this one has lots of new stuff about the Joiner's Bench. That page is getting
pretty big, so I added a Table of Contents at the top with links to all the sections within the page. I've also added new sections regarding
completing the bench top construction and installation, adding the tail vise and planing stops, and over 30 new photos detailing the progress
thus far. Enjoy!
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:00:00 EST
The thing was just getting old and I'm sure it wasn't due to the upgrade, but I ended up spending a couple weeks getting a new
system board and rebuilding my computer. With everything working again (better than ever, I might add), I did a minor site update with a few
photos of recent vintage tool purchases, and details of how to get Estwing®'s International Series hammers in the U.S. That is all.
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 12:30:00 EDT
Yep, still pluggin' away on the bench. This update includes the latest progress regarding the bench top assembly. That is all.
Sat, 08 Aug 2015 14:40:00 EDT
Not too much going on with a little time spent enjoying the holiday weekend, although I did update the Joiner's Bench page again
with the latest progress regarding the tail vise frame assembly. That is all.
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:00:00 EDT
I updated the Joiner's Bench page again with the latest progress, although that project will slow down a bit now as I get back
to yard work at last. Still need to rebuild the string trimmer motor and get the pond going for now. That is all.
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:45:00 EDT
Had a second surgery to get the right hand working better (not impressed so far), which put me out of commission for much of May.
I did manage to get a couple more updates up for the Joiner's Bench project, and I can start doing yard work again soon. That is all.
Wed, 27 May 2015 14:10:00 EDT
The right hand is working well enough that I could get back to the shop over the last few weeks, so I've made some fair progress on
building the joiner's bench and updated that page with lots of photos of the work so far. With the snow gone at last, we also had a couple
big trees taken out, and added some photos of the crane at work for that project to the home page. Enjoy!
Mon, 04 May 2015 08:40:00 EDT
So after I spent all that time re-organizing the Etc. section and breaking up all those vintage hand tool pages, I was looking
over the site at a friend's house and saw all the Etc pages were unavailable. The Apache server my host uses reserves the "etc" folder
name, so I had to go through the site and rename all those links to get everything working again. Sorry for the mess - it should be fine
now after you do a page refresh.
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:50:00 EDT
Still stuck inside with my injured hand and huge piles of snow outside, I spent a few days re-working the garage plans
so we can see about getting the three month permit process for that thing under way this year. That is all.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:20:00 EST
With all the snowstorms (and more on the way) and no way to get any project work done with my injured hand, I re-arranged a bunch of
stuff on the site. I added a new Et cetera section to the navigation menu, and broke up the old Hand Planes page into a bunch of smaller
pages with Hand Tool specifications, Vintage Tool image galleries, and Hand Plane tuning stuffs all on their own pages now. Hopefully
that will make it easier and faster to navigate the site if you're interested in vintage hand tools.
That is all.
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:25:00 EST
Three snowstorms over six days gave us nearly three feet of snow... with more on the way this week. The driveway is clear and the
plastic garage didn't collapse or blow away, so that's good at least. Getting the stitches out of my hand has been delayed again until the 4th.
That is all.
Tue, 03 Feb 2015 09:45:00 EST
Getting the stitches out of my hand had been delayed until 28th, and now that's pushed off until February since the doc's
flight back to Boston has been cancelled due to our Winter storm. Just been reading a lot, and put together a cost and materials breakdown
on the new joiner's bench project page. That is all.
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:45:00 EST
Hand surgery went very well last week, and I'll have the stitches out on the 19th. No time in the wood shop of course, but I managed to
hunt and peck out a little tweak to this XML page and created an XSL so it'll finally show up in Chrome. That's about it for now.
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 03:30:00 EST
Well, I dropped a boulder on my right hand ring-finger on Dec. 30th, so it looks like I'll be out of commission for a few months
to deal with reconstructive surgery and recovery therapy. I did manage to get a new page put together for the English Joiner's Workbench project, but it'll
likely be a few weeks before I can make any more progress on that. Despite my accident, I still wish all a happy and healthy New Year!
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 10:40:00 EST
Just a minor tweak before the end of the year, with a few more pictures and information
for some newly acquired vintage tools and woodworking books to the Hand Planes page in the Original Condition Photos,
Vintage Hand Tool Data, and Reference Materials sections. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:45:00 EST
After more than a year I've finally gotten a site update done! New sections include the completion details for the
bathroom, as well as a new section on the Et cetera page regarding our old Volkswagens.
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 13:50:00 EDT
With all the heat I spent most of time working inside on the Bathroom counter and cabinet. I also managed to get some work done
on the pond with a new ShinMaywa pump installation.
Mon, 01 Jul 2013 09:10:00 EDT
Just a quick update now that the yard is clean, Pine candles are pinched and the grass has even been mowed.
Time to get back to carpentry work!
Sun, 26 May 2013 18:00:00 EDT
With better weather I've cleared a few projects out of the wood shop, including assembly and installation of a
Sode-gaki sleeve fence for the engawa, and a couple of bat houses for the yard.
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:15:00 EDT
While waiting for the weather to become a little milder, I've spent some time restoring a couple
bench vises, and picked up a few more vintage Stanley tools. Not much else going on for now.
Sun, 03 Mar 2013 15:35:00 EST
The decks are done, so I've added a few new sections, starting with the Screw Hole Plugs Installation
section on the Engawa page, and lots more information there about staining, the new grill, all the new outdoor furniture,
and even the custom furniture covers. All that pretty much brings the site up to speed with the current status of the house renovation.
Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:25:00 EST
This update is small as I get back into it, and only includes a new Shop Tools & Equipment section on the
Et cetera page. I had to get a replacement bench vise from storage, and found a Parker 1073˝ sitting in there that I
just fully restored. Have a looksee at the new vise, and I'll get the rest of the site updated soon.
Fri, 07 Dec 2012 11:44:00 EST
The decks are ready for plug installation, so I added a new Final Tsukimi-dai Decking Installation & Trim Work
section to the Engawa page. We've also done a good amount of weeding and some much needed maintainenece work on the karen-sansui, so
there are some fresh photos of the results on the Welcome page.
Sat, 14 Jul 2012 23:40:00 EDT
It's taken a long time to get the personal computer migrated from XP to Win 7, but the new system is useable at last
so I wanted to make a quick update to the site. The only content update this time around consists of moving all the 2011 News items off to
a new 2011 News Archive page.
Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:20:00 EDT
The old Windows 2000 servers finally gave up, so I've upgraded to new hardware and Windows Home
Server 2011. Getting everything working took a few weeks, but all seems well at last. To celebrate, I've finally
updated the web site, and even added a little something about the Continued Engawa & Tsukimi-dai Decking Installation.
Thu, 29 Mar 2012 17:40:00 EDT
Wiring had to go in before the decking could go down, and decking had to be hand-planed before it
could go down. Information and photos about both projects are up, starting with the Installation of the Engawa Decking
Thu, 17 Nov 2011 12:30:00 EST
It's done at last - performed a major site-wide update to allow Lightbox style image viewing to
function properly on most mobile devices. This included upgrading from Shadowbox v2 to the latest Shadowbox v3.0.3, and then
lots of code tweaks to get it working the way I want. As usual, pages will need a refresh to enjoy the changes. Some actual
content updates are on their way, now that I'm satisfied with the new code.
Thu, 03 Nov 2011 14:50:00 EDT
Still working on lots of site code. Noticed that Google +1 developers broke the internet last night for
Internet Explorer users, so I patched and updated all my pages this morning to deal with it. Thanks Google!
Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:15:00 EDT
This one took a while, although it's not a lot of noticable stuff: changed some of the social networking links
(added Twitter and Googles +1 buttons), tweaked page titles site-wide for better search results clarity, and updated
JQuery to the latest version. These changes will require a page refresh to show up.
Sat, 15 Oct 2011 11:45:00 EDT
Like I said last time, I wanted to get this landscape update done before I got too far into the decking
work, so that's been updated with a new Landscaping the Tsukimi-dai section on the decks page.
Tue, 11 Oct 2011 22:40:00 EDT
I've completed the landscaping around that area (although still need to do the update for the landscaping) and
am now doing some fiddling with the low-voltage lighting fixtures. Added an update regarding the Engawa Trim & Detail Work
and the Copper gutter installation.
Thu, 06 Oct 2011 12:20:00 EDT
Roof and framing work are completed, with a large update and fresh photos beginning with
the Engawa Soffit Work through some information regarding Dealing with Decking on the Engawa page
in the Exterior section of the site.
Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:30:00 EDT
Currently working on the engawa roof rafters and soffits, with updated information and photos in
the Engawa Roof Rafters section of the Engawa page in the Exterior section of the site.
Tue, 09 Aug 2011 23:20:00 EDT
Work continues on the exterior decks, with a major update to the Building the Engawa & Tsukimi-dai
section of the Engawa page in the Exterior section of the site.
Sun, 07 Aug 2011 08:00:00 EDT
Project work over the last months has shifted from finishing the bathroom to working outside
on the deck, although I finally took some time to take care of the final bits of the
Bathroom Tile Floor section and update the site.
Sun, 31 Jul 2011 20:00:00 EDT
Still no yard work yet thanks to a lower back strain. Updated the Bathroom page with a new
Toilet Installation section, since I'd managed to get that installed before my back went out. The site's search index was refreshed
and I added a couple more photos to the Hand Plane Gallery section of the Hand Planes page.
Tue, 17 May 2011 10:00:00 EDT
Spring might actually be here at last, with the Plum and Cherry trees in full blossom. Bathroom floor
tile is installed, so the site received a sizeable update of information and photos to the expanded
Tile Installation section of the Bathroom page.
Tue, 03 May 2011 11:50:00 EDT
While it remains chilly outside, bathroom tile work is nearly complete. The site received a lot of behind-the-scenes
code updates, as well as further refinement of the Hand Plane Data section of the Hand Planes page.
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 13:00:00 EST
Weather has warmed a little, so heading out to use the wet saw to try and get the bathroom tile
done before it's time for yard work. Added a new Tile Installation section to the Bathroom page, along with a
few photos of the latest progress.
Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:00:00 EST