Sunday, November 18, 2012

Super Psyched About Cedar

I can't get over how much I love this wood! 
I still have some errant nails to fix and caulking to do, but every board is up - and just when I was getting the hang of it. That seems like it's going to be a theme of building this house... that as soon as I learn a new skill or figure out a system that works, it's off to the next challenge. 
At least now I can make miter cuts like nobody's business. 

Got to see the prototype of my tub that Mike is making me- and it's exactly what I was hoping for. Yay!
The final version is going to be made from cypress and have hardware 
(that won't be visible) to hold it together. 

For those interested in wooden bathtubs, I found these "care instructions" on a site that sells them:
(the super expensive versions)

Congratulations on the purchase of your Cypress Bathtub!
Due to the fact that this is a totally organic product, it is very important to maintain the moisture of the wood and follow the maintenance and care instructions.

• For the first three days after installation, Fill the tub half way with cold tap water and allow 
to stand for approximately 8 hours.
• It is recommended that the tub be used at least once weekly.
• Should central heating or under floor heating be used, the tub should be used at least twice weekly.
• Should the tub not be used for a period of more than 10 days, fill the tub half way up with cold water 
and allow to stand overnight.

• ALWAYS run the cold water first, then the hot water.
• To clean the bath tub use a soft cloth or sponge with mild soap diluted with water.
• NEVER use acid based, alkali or ammonia type products to clean the tub

Cypress is found in the region of Northwest Sichuan. This is the preferred material to be used in the manufacturing of fine wooden tubs due to its intense density, long growing period, fine & smooth texture, multicolored & exquisite luster, rich natural fragrance & corrosion protection functions. These tubs are also known for their great water temperature retention. It is finely produced by use of patented techniques of corrosion protection, rot resistance and bacteria protection.

The wood is kiln dried before making the tub. With the kiln dried process, the moisture is taken out of the wood before construction, thus ensuring the stability of the wood and eliminating chances of drying or cracking. The construction of the tub is similar to the way a wooden boat is made with tongue and groove sides. Cypress, one of the most durable of all woods, is historically resistant to decay. This is due to the unique characteristic naturally occurring preservative oil "cypresine."

Monday, November 12, 2012

Exterior... almost there

The weather this weekend was absolutely amazing, up in the 60s. Perfect for siding. 
Now there is just one more drip edge and about 10 boards left to do. 

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Bundled up in preparation for Sandy. I was half expecting it to end up on its side in a field but we were lucky here...
not even a single drop of water inside.