Garage Entry Deck, Phase 2

Work on garage entry deck continues. Today I fabricated the 8 newel posts from 4×4 cedar, installed bead board on the skirt, installed 4 of the newel posts, and attached the trim at the top and bottom of the beadboard.

Closeup of one of the newel posts

Garage Entry Deck, Phase 1

With the generous support of several relatives in the form of Lowes gift cards, I was able to begin construction of the garage entry door deck that we have been planning for a while. This deck will give us a place to stop, set down groceries, and take off our shoes and coats before coming in the house. I will be building a shoe storage bench along one wall and a cubby along the other. Ultimately we intend to install beadboard on the lower 4 feet of the wall.

When completed, it will look something like this:

Sunday morning we went to Menards and Lowes to buy supplies. That afternoon and evening I completed the deck framing.

Crowbar at the ready to destroy the junky old builder steps and railing

Stairs removed, and the garage floor scrubbed clean. (oops, got a little water on the drywall)

Deck framing completed.

This evening I finished the subfloor, sheathing and stairs:

Subfloor and sheathing installed

Stairs built and installed.

Thanks to the grandparents (both sets) and my sister Chris and her family for helping to fund this project.

Shane & Melissa’s Wedding Clock

This is the clock I made for Shane & Melissa for their wedding, along with the fabric carrying case Katra made. The design is my own, with Mission Style features. The movement is automatically synchronized to an atomic clock via a radio receiver built into the clock. The wood, cherry with black walnut accents, is from my Dad’s supply.

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Kyle’s Builtin: Down to the details

Tonight I installed the two movable shelves above the desk, finished the desk surface, and installed the cover plates for the furnace vents. All that is left now is to finish edging the carpet, install a few pieces of trim, install curtains and do touch-up paint.

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Kyle's new desk, with shelves for books, toys, and odds and ends. The desktop is a blue laminate that looks a bit like water to compliment the pirate themed wallpaper.

Kyle's new desk, with shelves for books, toys, and odds and ends. The desktop is a blue laminate that looks a bit like water to compliment the pirate themed wallpaper.

Kyle’s Builtin: Soffits

After a long hiatus for outdoor work, I started back on Kyle’s builtin again. I completed the soffits above the desk and window and installed the fixed shelf above the desk.

The center soffit, complete with lights

The center soffit, complete with lights

The left soffit (above the desk)

The left soffit (above the desk)

The fixed shelf above the desk, with lighting underneath. The desk light is controlled by the switch to the left.

The fixed shelf above the desk, with lighting underneath. The desk light is controlled by the switch to the left.

The complete package (so far). The gaps at the ceiling will be covered by crown moulding.

The complete package (so far). The gaps at the ceiling will be covered by crown moulding.

Kyle presents his new digs to Ian

Kyle presents his new digs to Ian

Next up are the two movable shelves above the desk, and then it’s just trim, carpet and finish work.