If you’ve been following our latest home remodel you can be sure that I’m glad it’s almost over. Diane has already started to do the clean up and is going through her paintings to see which will be the first to be featured on this new wall of ours. As with most remodeling endeavors, they never seem to go seamlessly — always a minor glitch or two to keep us on our toes!
Let there be Light!
The saga of relocating the electrical box in the ceiling didn’t end without a bit more drama. Somewhere along the line, one of the tiny little set screws that are used to connect the two light bars disappeared. It could have been any time within the last couple of days but it was no where to be found. Probably in the bottom of the vacuum cleaner! After shopping three different stores to try and find a match I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands. Lamps Plus didn’t have the setscrew which surprised me since the unit was from them. In any case, the closest I could find was a 6/32 x 1/4″ so I tapped the hole for that and it works. We replaced the halogen bulbs with dimmable, MR-16 base LED bulb and are pleased with the results.
Let there be Cable!
Since the cable outlet has changed from the west wall to the north wall a custom baseboard molding was made. As you can see, the corner of the drywall needed to be chiseled out to allow that coaxial cable enough room to bend without kinking. Pretty much a hatchet job, i.e. drywall knife and a screwdriver! It was a little tricky making sure the cable fit agains the wall and stayed inside of the channel while nailing the baseboard on. I located the studs to make sure I have a good connection. The wall isn’t the truest and since I’m not a fan of caulking I wanted to make sure I have good nailing. I’m hoping that none of the nails decided to bend and penetrate the cable — antenna guys are coming tomorrow to do their installation so then I’ll know for sure.
Let there be Molding!
The baseboard currently in the house is 7/16″ MDF from Home Depot which is flexible and kind of crappy. I made my own from 4/4 Poplar to conceal the cable. Going around the bull-nosed corner was tricky but Garrison (the drywall guy) mentioned that it could be done by cutting pieces at 22 1/2″ degrees and they would be approximately 5/8″ wide at the back. He was right on the money, I did need to adjust the width a little so it took some time to dial it in. The other end piece is cut at 45 degrees. To assemble those small pieces I used glue and a 23 gauge pinner.
The moldings were over 10′ long so I needed to move the chop saw from it’s usual place and clamp it temporarily on the work bench. The molding was coped, not only where they were the same size and my custom profile but also where they went to the existing, MDF that was there before.
Let there be Wine!
Yep, that’s the best part. Actually we’re going out for Italian at Pasta Cucina because after all of this work, who wants to mess up the kitchen with dishes, pots, and pans?
I’m now looking forward to getting back to furniture work. The project will be a unit to hold the TV plus the DVD player and our Roku box. My initial plan is for it to be made of Sapele like the table in the picture above and have sliding doors to conceal the electronics. They will be made of the Big Leaf Maple I purchased from Woodworkers Source, matter of fact I may do a road trip to Phoenix to select the lumber for this unit. I’d like to make it using very traditional joinery and methods.