A little introduction

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Blog entry by GeneL posted 04-07-2010 05:11 AM 1212 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was surprised at the number of messages I got just signing up. So, I though I would write a little introduction.

Woodworking is a hobby for me. I started out refinishing furniture and then tried my hand at making a little. For a while I really liked wood turning especially bowls and boxes. But mostly its always been something to take my mind off of my job.

About 12 years ago I got really bored and decided what I needed to do was build a house. Do it all myself, that would keep me occupied for a while. My wife said OK but she wanted to pick the house. (If you are ever tempted to do this let me tell you about 10,000 reasons not to.)

So I have spent my weekends and vacations for the last 12 years building us our dream house. Now my only dream is that it will be done soon.

On the up side I can now: hang sheet rock, lay tile, wire to code, plumb to code, run HVAC duct work, hang insulation (ick) lay stone and a bunch of other stuff. Turns out I really like the tile, stone and wiring, and still the wood work. But the rest I can take or leave. Except the sheet rock, I absolutely hate sheet rock.

Anyway I started building cabinets for a little wet bar in the master bedroom and I ended up here while searching for how to space the hinges. Over the next few years I plan to build a lot of stuff for the house so this should be a good place for me.

A soon as I finish the little bar (which should be about a month) I will start on a very challenging project. A moving bookcase. It will be the master bedroom closet door and will be moved by a liner motor.

If anyone cares, in real life I do research in data communications.

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#1 posted 04-07-2010 05:14 AM

a) WELCOME to LumberJocks. Sounds like you’ll fit right in;

b) Got pictures of the house you built—all along the way? Sounds like a dream project … for many of us.

‘Tis good to have you aboard. You’ve found a pretty special place, in my opinion.

Many of us would also love an opportunity to see pictures of your workshop. You DID remember to build a workshop, right ? ;-)


-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 04-07-2010 05:20 AM

Well, I have several thousand pictures of the house, I will look around for some to post. But you use the wrong tense, its the house I AM building.

The first thing I built was a workshop. But its way too small, so I have to use it and the garage. As they are about 500 feet apart, it gives me lots of exercise.

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David Craig

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#3 posted 04-07-2010 05:42 AM

Welcome to LJs Gene. I think you will find this place ideal.

As far as the proper tense in house building goes, is there really such thing as a house that is finished? If you find such a beast, please let me know. It might give me hope :)

Look forward to your posts,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 04-07-2010 07:26 AM

Welcome to LJ! I love it here and know you will too. I, too built my house but had to sell it when I changed jobs and had to relocate. Right now I’m in an ideal house in an ideal place in ideal surroundings. I tiled the whole house before we moved in, gutted the master bathroom and made it to suit us. Changed the screened porch into a beautiful sun room which is my wife’s favorite room. Now she is stripping the wallpaper from kitchen/dining room and is ticked off that there are 2 yes two layers of wallpapers so stripping them is a chore. I also added a 12’ x 20’ shed in the back yard for my workshop which I love working in. Why am I telling you all this? Cause it’s never done! Always something more to do then something else and else!

Anyway, welcome again!

Erwin Jacksonville, Fl

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 04-07-2010 07:31 AM

Wow. How nice to now have all those things you can do. Nobody likes Sheetrock (or gyproc as we Canadians seem to call it). Did you learn anything though from it? Mesh tape, or the regular stuff? The bookcase…awesome! Reminds me of a secret passage in a mystery book! Good luck with everything.

-- "Don't buy things you don't need, with money you don't have, to impress people you don't like"

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#6 posted 04-07-2010 07:40 AM

Welcome to LJ I’m the exception here i like Sheetrock, grew up in the trades, Carpentry, Masonry, roofing,etc.. Still prefer sheetrock, where else can you screwup and just throw a little mud and scrape and texture it all back and noboby is the wiser. I’m more into turning than furniture but to each his own. FordMike

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#7 posted 04-07-2010 08:09 AM

Okay, so now that your house is built, remind your wife not to let you get bored again – a castle might ensue!
Welcome here.


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#8 posted 04-07-2010 12:08 PM

Welcome to lumberjocks: A place to share projects and get help if you are stuck:

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 04-07-2010 02:39 PM

As far as the sheet rock goes, the mistake may have been (once again) asking my wife. “What kind of texture do you want?” To which she replied “I don’t want texture, I want them to smooth.”

So I start by realigning all the studs so the wall will be perfectly flat. Then once the sheet rock is up I end up using four coats of mud, the last covering the entire surface so that the seams don’t show through the paint.

I use paper tape for the corners and mesh for the long seams. I prefer the setting type mud for the first coat and the drying for the rest. It is nice that you can fix almost any screw up with just a little more mud. But the master bedroom is 500 square feet and I though I would never finish the skim coat.

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#10 posted 04-07-2010 03:16 PM

welcome to LJ’s .

the work is never done ,
but help is ’ virtually ’ at hand !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Kent Shepherd

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#11 posted 04-07-2010 11:34 PM

We built our house 30 years ago. It was very challenging to say the least. I didn’t do all the work but did most of the interior. Within a month after moving in, we were seeing a marriage counselor. I guess it worked out. We’re still married and living in the same house. Hey, maybe that’s why we’re still married. We didn’t go through it again. Looking back, I’m glad we did it, but it’s not for everyone.

By the way—-Welcome


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