Taking Nothing for Granite

  I realized I hadn’t even made a post after installing the cedar facing on the inside of the island. I think the look is dead on, even if the execution isn’t 100%. The saw got away from me a couple times cutting out the doors, but other than that, I am very happy with …

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Live and Learn (and Learn, and Learn)

It’s been a while, and a bit has happened with the project over the last two weeks.  I can usually get an hour or two in between torrential downpours on most nights.  Of course, some of that was electrical work, so I had to wait a few days.  The weather-proof outlets are in and the …

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Wired for fun

It’s been a busy few days, what with Heidi out of town, and driving kids to and from summer camp, not to mention a bad day or two of weather, but I finally got back to it a little bit last night.  I have installed the electrical boxes for my outlets, and run 12/2 wire …

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I’ve been framed.

Good thing I had my tetanus shot recently, because today was brutal.  But after fighting the wind and pop up showers, the whole thing is finally framed.  As Sean says, for the most part, it is level-ish.  There are a few  parts where things got a little out of kilter, but nothing that will affect …

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What’s in the box?

Over the weekend, I put the finishing touches on the patio box that I started last weekend.  I wanted a mini project that would use the metal studs, and the Durock cement board and the cedar facing, so I could practice the cutting and assembly techniques  I had read about.   And for about the …

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Ya big Stud.

Today was stud day.  Now that all of the track is laid, it was time to take this thing vertical.  The grill will  be right where the OU beer is is sitting.  I don’t really want to think too much about how to build that box for the grill just yet.  So it was beer …

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Landscaping done, ready to build.

Now that the landscaping is done and growing, it is time to get to work on the hardscape.  Time to build me a place to cook and serve some grillables.  Stay tuned.   I quickly roughed out the outline, placed some chairs along the bar side, and made sure that there was enough room to …

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The Bar and Grille

  We removed the 10 year old deck this past fall.  (Maybe that’s a whole other post).  It was starting to show it’s age, and I had some rot isses around the back door that meant I had to remove part of the deck anyway to get at it. In it’s place, we had a …

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Fantasy Football Helmet

First Project, circa 2003.  I created a full size mockup of a helmet for my fantasy football team.  Why?  Why not? I had been saying for 10 years I was going to do it, I found the helmet for almost free, and the hords dirt cheap on EBay.  Did you know horns are hollow?  Yeah, …

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