Thunder Proof Main Bath - Glass Panels

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Project by Packman posted 09-10-2014 11:11 AM 1279 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Thunder proofing the main bathroom was a task that would require more time than a weekend visit to the cabin might offer. The openings between the main log rafters and the purlins were open air spaces from the great room to the bathroom ( lol …. now you get the picture!). We would jokingly tell visitors, as a word of caution, that the main bath wasn’t “Thunder Proof” if you know what I mean – this bit of information made the little powder room on the other end of the cabin quite popular! Of course, this was a project at the top of the “list” – you guys know what list!
Because natural logs are not uniform and change in size, it made a real challenge out of how to get a nice fit all around the frame of the glass and still be able to get the panel into the opening. I first squared the rafter log so the rafter log and underside of loft deck were parallel. I kept the purlin logs natural and sculpted the frame of the panel to fit the log. The frames have a channel or Dado that receives the 3/8” thick embossed shower glass. I used 1/4” rubber space balls to allow for expansion. The frames are made of Cherry and contrast beautifully with the red pine logs.
Working on & off over a week long vacation, I likely have a full 2 1/2 days on this project. The end result is that it looks great, it brings natural light into the bathroom, and it silences the most wicked thunder storms (so to speak – lol).

-- Handcrafted by RJ Paquin - Ohio

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#1 posted 09-12-2014 03:32 AM

Haa Haa thunder proof, if it were me it would have to be bomb proof LOL

Great project and I’m sure fun to talk about with the friends too.

Thanks for sharing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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