Plate Rail Complete
Today I finished the plate rail and here is how I did it. If you read the previous post, you would know that I started with a 5 panel door that was at least 60 years old. Getting this door apart was a challenge, the tenon joints were extremly tight and, of coarse, there were little finish nails hidden below the surface that had to be removed before anything was coming off. I wasn't sure of the type of wood the door was made from since it had a finish over it, come to find out it was pine and extremely soft! My client wanted the rail to be about 80" long so the ledger needed to be 78" ( a one inch over hang on the ends is standard if the plate rail is to be used as a shelf), the door had plenty and I could even saw off some bad places. The rail and ledger are made from the long side beams of the door, the vertical parts that hold it all together, the panels and horizontal beams sit in grooves cut into the vertical beams. After the door was apart, I had to come up with a plan to fill these grooves since my client wanted the routered detail to remain. I decided to use the panels, they came from the gooves anyway so they fit and it would save time by not having to cut a piece down from some other stock. I cut them so that the filler pieces would sit flush with the front of the routered edge, I think it looks better this way. I had to cut two pieces per rail because the panels were not 80" long, but it worked out fine. I glued them in place after they were sanded and polyurethaned. I also wanted to use them to give some light contrast to the already dark finish on the wood, this allows the routered detail to stand out and be noticed. I also cut a groove into the top rail that is 1/8" deep and 3/16" wide so that plates or other things will have a place to sit and "grab" the rail and not slide off. When that was complete, I proceeded to assemble the rail and ledger, I used construction adhesive and brads to hold it together, made for a nice fit. The dental blocks were made from one of the smaller beams, I just used a table saw to cut them down to size, in this case the larger ones are 2" x 2 1/2" and the smaller ones are 1" x 2 1/2" and they are just glued on. I drilled holes in the larger blocks and into the ledger so that the knobs could be screwed into them and to allow extra space for the long studs. Now it's ready to be attached to the wall. I left the rails the original thickness, normally plate rails are thinner than this one, so it's chunky and it goes with the style of my clients house. It's a good DIY project that gets you that high end distressed look everyone is looking for right now, it also keeps good material out of the landfill. Use what you've got, it might just start a trend.
I'm working on a new project that is "green" and cool and unique at the same time. I know what you're thinking, "All of that at one time in one space.....there must be a rift in the time space continuum." Well, hopefully not and yes that is alot of ways to describe one project, but it's true. It has to do with a front porch ceiling and reclaimed wood. I'll leave it at that for now. Look for pics and more blog posts about this wonderful thing happening in Richmond, Indiana.
Antique Iron Fence
Coming soon: Antique iron fence, over 12 linear feet. Watch the Re store for pics and purchase info.
What we have here is a tree that was cut as standing dead. Using what little bark was left on it, I belive it is either maple or ash. Very unique, cool looking wood, very rustic. All of the colors and patterns are as they occured in the tree. I have this up on the ReStore. This would be good for wood workers to make bowls or tables or seats, will clean up very well! The bigger chunks are 100+ lbs. Let me know if you are intersted. Awesome project material!
I am ready to start offering granite on the site. I have pics of the split stone pieces and will also offer pavers/floor tiles. The granite will start at $7 per linear foot and if you need it installed I can give you an estimate on that. Take a look at the pictures, this is a really great product, very unique, and all recycled! You an have high end without adding to any landfills and you can have custom at an affordable price. I have samples if you want to see them and will be getting a full sample board soon.
In the near future we will be offering granite pavers, floor tiles, and split face tiles in a variety of colors and shapes for very good prices. We're talking like $7 per square foot for the material (plus install if you like). This is all recycled material, so when you buy, you're keeping this from the landfill! Really this is a win win for everyone and a responsible application of a high end product for affordable prices! Stay tunes and look for granite in the Re-Store.
Items for the RE-Store
I had a job this morning and I did get some items for the RE Store. I will get pics and descriptions and ty to have things up by tonight. Payments should be able to be made with Paypal or when an item is picked up. Keep your eyes open and check back often to see what's available and what has been taken.
Here at Property Serv, we try to keep things out of the landfill. There are many items from renovations or site clean-ups that are good and useable. Look for items to be listed on this site on a RE-Store page. There may be lumber or fixtures or even reclaimed items from old homes. If it's good and you can use it, let's keep it from the landfill. If you are looking for somehting let us know, we just might be able to find it.
Craig Jones, owner of Property Serv LLC. My goal is to better educate the homeowner and to make Richmond a better place to live.