Most of you know of David’s (Patron) story of his truck breaking down in Indiana on his way east. And several of you have kindly advised me along the way with my four-year long hot tub room addition disaster story.
Well, since David was sort of in the neighborhood—less than a day’s drive away—in Virginia and considering dropping in for a visit anyway, it felt like a good time to make some lemonade out of the lemons life had handed both of us. I contacted David with a job offer to finish the ceiling in my hot tub room. David could make some money, and my room could certainly benefit from his years of experience, expertise, and artistry. Lemonade for two! And don’t forget the bonus of two LJs sharing some quality shop time.
Here is David at the beginning after putting in sleepers to even out the ceiling planes.
The original plan was for the T&G in the ceiling to go in horizontally like the walls. However, the contractor I hired to do the framing did a less than stellar job and things were so far out of whack there was no way to match the board ends. We spent a couple of days discussing ideas and drawing pictures. Finally, I asked if we could do mountains. David said we could not only do mountains, we could do my mountains, or at least some of the major peaks that can be seen from my deck. Oh yeah, that would be sweet!
Here is the view:
And here are a couple of progress photos:
Grandfather Mountain and Hawk’s Bill are easily identifiable and, with a little imagination, you can see Sugar and Beech Mountains.
Here you can see the “sunbeams” starting to fall on the mountain tops
David is planning on doing a detailed blog when he gets home (he left yesterday) about the jigs and ingenious methods he used for pulling this all together.
So now y’all know where David I have been for the past month. :)
Stay tuned for more in the next exciting chapter. There is much more to come!