Beams, windows, cabinets, heat

I received an email from an old friend in Texas commenting on the heat wave Portland was experiencing just lately. Having grown up in the Lone Star State, I can remember heat being a fact of life. But the last couple of weeks here have rivaled Texas on the temperature front. And since I removed all that insulation last week, it’s been really fun working inside the house.

But we are moving along. We just got the first of four main floor beams up today. It’s the one seen in red running front-to-back inside the house in the rendering below. It supports the back roof (it’s actually a large dormer) at the intersection of the joists and the rafters before the rafters continue on down to the outside wall. Three of the four beams are exposed below the ceiling and so we decided to seek out some nicer Fir material. Since the house is basically built entirely of fir, we are trying to keep that theme running. So as a consequence, a substantial portion of the material coming from the walls that we have pulled out of the house is going to the shop to be milled into repurposed material for various projects.

One of those projects will be the “cladding” on the new bathroom walls shown in orange below. The cladding will take a form similar to the open rain screen exterior siding. Probably about 2.5 inch wide horizontal strips with roughly 3/16 inch gaps between attached to vertical battens over the drywall.

The computer rendering below shows essentially what the interior space layout will be like but it also show the addition that we are not presently constructing. Perhaps that will come next year.

Birds Eye

The beam is shown below clamped and braced in place awaiting fabrication of the posts that support each end. I like the green footprint across the red field on the end of the beam. Perhaps some significance . . .

Another project we are using reclaimed fir for is the bathroom cabinet. The veneers resawn in an earlier post (this stuff only really exists in this blog, right?) are shown being laminated to the cabinet plywood drawer fronts in vacuum bags. I make up these bags in whatever size is needed and evacuate them with a four port manifold on the shop made vacuum pump seen in the lower left corner. We had a couple of really great pieces of fir from some baseboard trim that determined the visual layout we used on the drawer fronts.

Vacuum lamination

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