|Project by Packman||posted 09-10-2014 11:11 AM||1353 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
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