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Milestone: 10 Craftsman Porch Columns Restored

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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 259 days ago 1441 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When the pristine plaster in our 88 year old Craftsman-style home began to crack, we were called out on the condition of our porch. It was sinking on its foundation. So, the porch roof was propped up. I completely demoed everything down to the bare foundation. It’s amazing what you can do with 6 lbs. rubber hammer, a sawzall, and a very bad attitude.

We used a contractor to orchestrate the removal of the old foundation and sidewalks. A new foundation was poured. A brick crew worked for weeks and our contractor framed the under-structure. My intrepid wife, Joyce, and I took it from there.

Putting down and finishing 40 ft. of porch flooring was tough backbreaking work. Designing and building the porches skirts wasn’t bad. Joyce took fiendish delight in repainting the battleship grey and blue trim color scheme.

But, those @$% &(^$ redwood redwood columns. The old trim crumbled. They had be re-sized. Layers of paint, checking, chipping, and damage had to be repaired and smoothed. Worse, none of the columns were consistently dimensioned, flat, or square. Twenty shop-made bases and tops, 10 winglets, an new home for house numbers, and 160 individually custom cut miters, and finally it’s done. They are all up. Each one was a screaming nightmare to rebuild and install.

It has taken us three years, the whole story in pictures is here. What’s next? Forty plus feet of shop-build railing. Shoot me, please.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 259 days ago

Tremendous job! Looks great and you can’t deny that great feeling of satisfaction in such an outstanding accomplishment. Congratulations to you and your wife.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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bonobo

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#2 posted 259 days ago

Outstanding! I’m always glad to see a proper restoration.

Around here (Toronto), a renovator would just rip it apart and replace it with some stained pt 4×4s and flimsy McModern horizontal slat lattice. Then they’d stick a stainless steel mailbox on the wall.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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gsimon

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#3 posted 259 days ago

Really well done
I can imagine it was a lot of work but now you know its done right and it looks great
The neighbors must have enjoyed watching the transformation too

-- Greg Simon

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 259 days ago

Nice, very nice. These came out great, all looks terrific.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Roger

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#5 posted 258 days ago

As John said, “outstanding”..!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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dpow

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#6 posted 258 days ago

WOW! What a transformation. I like front porches; sitting there watching the neighborhood, getting to know your neighbors. I believe if we spent more time on the porch(or shop) and away from the TV, the world would be a better place. It appears your years of hard labor has paid off. Enjoy, and thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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DeLayne Peck

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#7 posted 258 days ago

Thank you for the kind words, Brethern. We live in charming neighborhood built in middle 20’s. Trees, flowers, landscaping, and the preservation of feel of the neighborhood is a priority. dpow is very right. The world is a better place viewed from the quiet of a big front porch.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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BigMig

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#8 posted 258 days ago

Your beautiful home is definitely ready for the next 100 yrs. Nice work!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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oldnovice

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#9 posted 258 days ago

Nice job. 10 of them is a lot of repetition.

Particularly nice when you have a live in helper that seems to enjoy the effort required.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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