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Walking Around Portland – Saint Johns

Here are the photos from my recent walk around the Saint Johns Neighborhood. What stood out to me on my walk was how peaceful I found the human scale architecture and also the ratio of growing things to built things in this neighborhood.

1 Red House Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsLike this house; a lot of the houses I saw on this walk made me forget that I’m in a city.

2 Teal house with solar panels Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsThis house has an interesting shape and mixture of materials.  Plus a bold color and solar panels.  So of course I took a picture simple smile Walking Around Portland   Saint Johns

3 house among the trees Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI like how much this house blends into it’s surroundings. It has nice strong architectural details that aren’t overbearing.

4 tiny tudor house Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsTiny Tudor.

5 black house Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsAnother black house that I missed in my Black Houses post. If you want to see more black houses check out my post Black Is The New Black

7 painted steps Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsA little color and an owl friend adds some charm to these simple concrete stairs.

8 drunk chair Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsGo home chair you’re drunk!

9 corrugated metal siding Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI like how this painted glass door and corrugated metal were used to create this fence.

10 street art Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsPainted intersections are all over Portland.  I love them.

13 bike wheel porch rail Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI like the combination of the plants, metal arch way and bike wheel porch railing.

12 bike wheel porch rail Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsHere’s a close up of the bike wheel porch railing. Yay ReUse!

15 pollinator habitat Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI hadn’t heard of this organization before but I like what they’re up to.  You can find out more here: www.xerces.org

16 pollinator habitat house Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsHere’s the house where I found the Pollinator Habitat sign.

14 tree friendly fence Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsGreat tree friendly fence!

17 bagle cage Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsRemember people, keep your bagels caged up. You never know what those bagel will get up to if let free!

18 silver water tower Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsThis is like the Airstream of water towers.

19 pink house Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsPink and orange! Rock it!

20 pink house art Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsHeres a close up of the art on the porch of this fun pink house.

21 little library Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsAnother Little Free Library! There are quite a few of these around Portland.  You can check out their website www.littlefreelibrary.org

23 creative downspout Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsHere’s a creative alternative to a downspout.

24 small victorian house Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsCute little victorian adorned house.

25 deck with a view Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsWhat a spacious covered deck!  It seems to have quite the view too.

26 rainbow flag and solar panels Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsRainbow peace flag and solar panels. Yep were still in Portland!

27 decerative gable Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsHere’s another cool porch with some nice gable detailing.

28 satellite dish Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI just re-watched Contact a couple days before this walk so I’m going to assume that this is the house of some sort of Seti enthusiast. It’s probably much less interesting but I’ll just keep my fantasies thank you.

30 brutalist building Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI’ve walked by this building a few times and it always makes me think of an episode on Brutalist Architecture from my favorite podcast podcast 99% Invisible. The episode is called “It’s Hard To Love A Brute”

31 garage conversion Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsThis is a cute garage conversion.

32 saint johns bridge Walking Around Portland   Saint Johns The tips of the Saint Johns Bridge spires peaking out of the foliage.

33 under saint johns bridge Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsEven the underside of the Saint Johns bridge is pretty!

34 Saint johns sign Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsDowntown Saint Johns has a nice old town center feel.

35 proper eats saint johns Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsThey have tasty food here!

36 saint johns cinema Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI dig all the independent movie theaters in Portland.  Being that Batman v Super Man is on the marque, I’ll share this funny review of the film that was created by Annie G, who discovered at  POW Fest (Portland Oregon Woman’s Film Festival)

37 saint johns bridge art Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI had already walked too much and didn’t have time to get a legit Saint Johns bridge shot, but luckily I came across this.  Many people have already taken much better shots of the bridge than I would have anyway, so you can go crazy with this image search of the Saint Johns bridge

38 wishing well saint johns Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsLooks like this place has seen some wear, however the cool retro vibe still shines through… well maybe not shines but You get what I’m saying.

39 saint johns church Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsCool curvy beams.

40 garden and art Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsAnd now I’m pretty much right back where I started my walk.  I like the garden and art that this community center has going on.

 

Thanks for Joining me on my walk around Saint Johns simple smile Walking Around Portland   Saint Johns

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Reclaimed Vanity From rough boards – How It’s Built

This is a vanity that I built for a previous home of mine in Southeast Portland. All of the wood came from the Rebuilding Center. They were very rough boards to start with but once milled down they produced a nice finished product.01 reclaimed wood rough boards Reclaimed Vanity From rough boards   How Its BuiltIn this image you can see the boards I was working with on saw horses behind my house, plus the van that I used to move to portland.

02 reclamed wood riped down Reclaimed Vanity From rough boards   How Its BuiltThe thickness of the boards that I was working with ranged from 1 1/4 inches to 5/8 of on inch. The easiest way to create a uniform slab thickness was to cut the boards to a consistent width of 1 1/2 inches and turn them on edge. I then planed the broad surfaces of the boards to prepare them for edge gluing.

03 edge gluing with pony clamps Reclaimed Vanity From rough boards   How Its BuiltThe pieces each get a light coat of glue. I usually use a paint brush to apply it and then get clamped together.

04 edge glueing with pony clamps Reclaimed Vanity From rough boards   How Its BuiltHere are more pieces of wood being glued. The clamps I use are Pony pipe Clamps and they screw onto 3/4 inch gas pipe so you can make clamps whatever length you want.

05 edge glued wood Reclaimed Vanity From rough boards   How Its BuiltHere are the two pieces that will be joined to form the bottom of the vanity. I have a 13 inch planer so I glued the pieces up in two sections that would fit through my planer. Once the pieces had gone through the planer I then glued those pieces together and used a belt sander followed by an orbital sander to smooth the joint.


07 edge glued wood Reclaimed Vanity From rough boards   How Its BuiltHere’s the full width bottom piece and one of the vertical pieces. 

08 reclamed vnity top Reclaimed Vanity From rough boards   How Its BuiltThis is the vanity top after unclamping and before sanding.
09 routing dado on vanity top Reclaimed Vanity From rough boards   How Its BuiltI made a jig from some scrap plywood in the garage to rout out channels to fit the vertical pieces.

10 asembing the vanity Reclaimed Vanity From rough boards   How Its BuiltHere is the vanity being assembled. 

11 reclamed vanity installed Reclaimed Vanity From rough boards   How Its Built

After a whole lot of cutting, gluing, clapping and sanding here is the finished and installed vanity. All of the wood for the vanity it’s self is reclaimed fir and the doors are made out of painted scrap plywood.

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Black is the new black in home color choice.

I noticed recently that there seems to be an influx in the number of houses that are painted black. It’s always interesting to me to watch how the styles change over time and to see things that would have been too bold a few years ago start to become normal. I’ve always liked black as a color choice for homes and I’ve watched over the years as people started choosing black for things like floors and countertops then sometimes trim but lately I’ve notice a lot of places where people went all the way with the black paint so I decided to start taking some pictures of Portland’s black buildings. Enjoy!

01 black storefront Black is the new black in home color choice.I’ve noticed a of commercial buildings that are black that I didn’t have a chance to take pictures of.

02 square black building Black is the new black in home color choice.So cute!

03 modern black house Black is the new black in home color choice.This one is nestled in the trees with what seems like a great view from the other side of the house.

04 modern black ADU Black is the new black in home color choice.I like the little bit of green roof I can see with the black siding.

05 modern black house Black is the new black in home color choice.Here’s a better look at the main house. That’s Portland in the background.

06 modern house black accents Black is the new black in home color choice.

This is an interesting modern design. It looks good with the black.

07 black commercial building Black is the new black in home color choice.Typical of me I took a picture of the back of the building instead of the front.

08 black portland style house Black is the new black in home color choice.I like the dramatic back and red paint combo! This house has some nice details to accent with the red.

09 black cafe Black is the new black in home color choice.I like that they have black planters and tables too.

10 Black accented townhomes Black is the new black in home color choice.Black and wood is definitely a theme I’m noticing around town.

11 modern angular black houses Black is the new black in home color choice.This is an interesting complex of angular black buildings. I like the black and green. 

12 black condo building Black is the new black in home color choice.

 

13 black ranch style house Black is the new black in home color choice.I like how black gives personality to the minimal detailing of a ranch style house.

14 black rounded facade Black is the new black in home color choice.A bold color definitely works well to highlight the interesting shape of this house.

15 black commercial building Black is the new black in home color choice. 16 interesting black building Black is the new black in home color choice.This one has sort of an ominous look to it.

17 Black box building Black is the new black in home color choice.Painting that little boxy portion of the building black makes this building look so much more interesting than it would otherwise.

18 black house Black is the new black in home color choice.

19 modern black house Black is the new black in home color choice.I like how the concrete planters look with the black

20 black and red house Black is the new black in home color choice.Cool entry way! I wonder if that’s their matching car?

21 modern black and green house Black is the new black in home color choice.More black and green. 

22 misty black ranch house Black is the new black in home color choice.I’m so glad it was misty for this picture!

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Walking Around Portland – Mississippi Ave

This is a collection of photos taken from a walk I took around the Mississippi Neighborhood in North Portland. I was happy to find lot’s of color, art and reclaimed materials on my walk.  I hope you enjoy!

01 colorful portland house Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI like this colorful house! One thing I noticed when moving to Portland from Colorado is that people use way more color on their homes here. I approve! I usually push people to be a little bold in their design choices.

 

02 Tree Mural Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveThere are a lot murals in the Mississippi area!

 

03 Sunlan Lighting Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveSunlan lighting is a longtime portland fixture! They always have interesting window displays. I’ve had to go here a few times to find odd replacement bulbs for remodel projects. The times I’ve been there the owner always say’s “Welcome to Sunlan how can we light up your life?”

 

04 Cute cottages Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveThese two houses are cute, artistic and seem to use a lot of reclaimed materials in their construction.

 

05 artistic recycling enclosure Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI like the artistic doors on this recycling enclosure!

 

06 pdx cottage 1 Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveA closer look at cottage #1

 

07 pdx cottage 2 Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI like the way this orange looks with the wood siding.

 

08 reclaimed siding Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveThis looks like reclaimed tin siding from cans. I have similar ideas for the siding on a tiny home I plan to build.

 

09 wethered building  Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI just like the look of this building.

 

10 North Portland church Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveThis is an interesting looking church.

 

11 stone head Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveAll of a sudden there was a stone head peering at me.

 

12 reclaimed gate Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveHere’s a good use of reclaimed materials!

 

13 Albina Press Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveAlbina Press is a nice place to hang out and they have pretty art on their building.

 

14 garage door mural Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AvePortland has some good garage door murals!

 

15 Atlas Tattoo Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveThis building has a cool look to it. The color choice and signage work well with the style of building.

 

16 The Good Gallery 1 Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveGood Gallery often has… well as the name suggests… good shows. It’s such a cute little building too! You can find their show listings here: http://goodpdx.com/

 

17 The Good Gallery 2 Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI noticed the stone head that is similar to the one that I saw earlier on my walk.  I talked to the owner of the gallery and it turns out that he makes them. (I think they’re concrete and not stone)

 

18 Lawn Sculpture Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveHere’s some more of the owner of Good Gallery’s sculpture work.

 

19 prost on mississippi Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI’ve always liked this building! Now there’s a fun German themed bar here.

 

20 fence art Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI like that there’s so much art to see on the structures on Mississippi Ave!

 

21 old timey building Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI think I just took a step back in time to my small town upbringing.

 

22 friendly mannequin  Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI feel like someone is looking at me.

 

23 mario castle building Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveEvery time I see a building that looks at all like a Mario castle I have to take a picture! Hopefully I’ll have enough for Mario castle themed blog one day. #lifegoals

 

24 rooftop courtyard Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI don’t think I’m supposed to be up here but I like it. Pistils Nursery has lots of worthwhile stuff to check out inside too!

 

25 garage door mural 2 Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveArt can even tell you to piss off nicely!

 

26 rebuilding center cob entry Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI’ve noticed a lot of reclaimed materials on this walk and it’s probably thanks to this place being in the neighborhood. The Rebuilding center is such a great resource for reclaimed materials in Portland! Most building projects I’ve been a part of have involved this place in one way or another.  You can look at their website here: www.rebuildingcenter.org/

 

27 reclaimed railing Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveThis reclaimed rail is also part of the Rebuilding center.

 

28 colorfull tiny houses Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveYay Small living and bold color choices!

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Walking Around Portland – Ladd’s Addition

Ladd’s Addition is definitely one of SE Portland’s unique and interesting neighborhoods. The streets run diagonally and weave around four rose gardens and a large circle at the center of the neighborhood.  Most of the houses are Craftsman style Foursquares and bungalows, with some mid century ranch style homes and cottages mixed in. For more info on Ladds Addition check out the Ladds Wiki
2014 02 28 15.56.11 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionSo much brick and sky. I Don’t know why but i had to take a picture.

 

2014 02 28 15.59.07 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionAn interesting inside corner window.
2014 02 28 15.59.54 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionBottle and cob planter. Nice artistic touch!

 

2014 02 28 16.07.47 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionTurns out there are a lot of churches in Ladd’s.

 

2014 02 28 16.07.56 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionNice bungalow.  (sorry about the picture)I like the combination of the pebble finish walls and bold colors.

 

2014 02 28 16.08.35 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis is where Ladd himself lived back in the day.

 

 

2014 02 28 16.11.00 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis is an interesting spanish style home. Not quite the norm for Ladd’s Addition but part of what I like about Ladd’s are all of the unique places sprinkled throughout.

 

2014 02 28 16.12.05 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThere are houses with barn style roofs sprinkled all over Portland. This one looks like a portland barn style house crossed with a cape cod.

 

2014 02 28 16.16.23 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis just seemed like a particularly Ladd’s style collection of houses.

 

2014 02 28 16.17.37 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionI learned about Little Free Library on this walk and so can you: http://littlefreelibrary.org/

 

2014 02 28 16.18.02 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThere are many large Craftsman Foursquare style houses in Ladd’s. This one’s purple!

 

2014 02 28 16.21.26 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThinking about getting some angles for my entryway now.

 

2014 02 28 16.22.39 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionHere’s a fun garage door painting!

 

2014 02 28 16.26.40 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis place striking in it’s simplicity.  Once again I like the pebble finish walls.

 

2014 02 28 16.27.22 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionYou have to see some collections of bungalows to get Ladd’s

 

2014 02 28 16.29.43 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionI like all of the yard art at this house.

 

2014 02 28 16.31.37 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionMore churchy goodness!

 

 

2014 06 26 20.03.24 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis house is just interesting to look at!

 

2014 06 26 20.12.42 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionI like how many houses there are in Ladd’s Addition that seem like there tucked away in the woods.

 

2014 06 26 20.17.30 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionA cute little cottage!

 

2014 06 26 20.23.34 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionSome cool retroness!

 

2014 06 30 14.58.18 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis is a church that was turned into a house. I got to go inside once. It’s  a very cool place!

 

2014 06 30 15.06.43 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThe big round patio balances all of the angular details of this house nicely.

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Walking Around Portland – With Goats

 

 

On This walk around Portland I was joined by Winter and Atho from the Belmont Goat herd and owner Jess Kurtz.

The belmont Goats will soon be moving to the lents neighborhood If you’ve spent time on the east side of portland you’ve probably heard of the Belmont Goats. If not don’t worry they have their own website: www.thebelmontgoats.org. There’s also a crowdfunding campaign to help with the cost of moving the goats here: Help Move The Goats

05 20140401 164133 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsJess and Atho take off across the street. 

 

04 20140401 164052 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsI like the contrast of old and new in this neighborhood.

 

06 20140401 165114 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThis house was painted with only one color. I like the effect.

 

07 20140401 165154 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThe goats tried to go up pretty much every set of stairs we passed.

 

08 20140401 165243 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsNice victorian house! The goats approve of the rosemary in the yard.

09 20140401 170844 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsGetting close to home. The goats are excited to get back.
10 20140401 171149 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThe Goats are popular! We returned to find a news crew. Check out the KGW Story.

 

11 20140401 172335 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThe reason the Belmont Goats are moving is because the land is being developed, so this is a wide open view that will not exist for long in Portland’s central eastside.

 

12 20140401 172611 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsWinter says goodby.

 

02 20140401 163258 Walking Around Portland   With Goats Snack time!

For those of you who came here to see pictures of architecture and not goats I’ve included the following pictures from other walks in the neighborhood:

13 2014 04 01 19.18.46 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsI like the exposed structure on the facade of this building. It brings interest to an otherwise nondescript building.

14 2014 04 02 11.36.27 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThis building has always been interesting to me.  It seems that the design was meant to be viewed from the street that it faces but given that it’s the tallest building in the area it’s quite visible from all angles.

 

15 2014 04 02 11.28.08 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsI’m a fan of unique designs! It’s refreshing to see something that looks different than everything else around.

16 2014 04 02 09.58.47 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsI feel like I just stepped out of central Portland for a minute.

 

17 2014 04 01 19.20.02 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsLooking down Burnside at Big Pink while straddling Northeast and Southeast.

 

 

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How It’s Built – Stairs built with a Domino Joiner

These are a set of stairs that were built using a Festool Domino Joiner. The Domino Joiner is a somewhat recent addition to the tool world.  The Domino joiner cuts a mortise sized correctly for a “Domino” (a pre manufactured hardwood floating tenon made by Festool)

01 2013 05 29 09.58.41 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner This is the site built jig made from scrap wood that I used to mark the end cuts on the stringer and the tread locations.  The jig is double sided so it can be flipped to mark both stringers.  Once marked, the jig is clamped to the stringer to act as a guide for the saw to make the end cuts, then again for the domino mortices. 02 2013 05 29 09.58.58 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner   The hole in the jig is the size of the stair treads and is use to mark the stringer. 03 2013 05 29 11.02.42 300x225 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner This is one of the marked stringers. With a project like this it’s important to mark the stringing before making any cuts to make sure that your measurements work as anticipated. The stringers on this project were cut from  4″ x 12″ x 10′ pieces of Douglas fir. Pieces of fir that big are expensive and usually take time to order. A miss cut would be a huge setback to the project. 04 2013 05 29 11.07.03 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The stringers after the end cuts were made. 05 2013 05 29 14.44.35 300x225 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner   The  jig being used as a guide for the Domino Joiner. 06 2013 05 29 14.44.45 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The jig has a stop block that the base of the Joiner rests against to set the location of the first of four mortises that correspond with the mortises in the ends of the stair treads. 07 2013 05 29 14.45.35 300x225 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner I cut three uniformly sized blocks out or scrap plywood that when placed against the stop set the spacing for the mortises. 08 2013 05 29 14.46.26 300x225 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The jointer with two blocks against the stop. 09 2013 05 30 09.28.44 300x225 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner Since the finished floor wasn’t installed yet,  I could screw down some scraps of wood to hold the treads in place while cutting the mortises in the ends of the stair treads. 10 2013 05 30 09.29.02 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The green pieces of wood on either end of the tread act as a stop to push against when their opposite of the end that’s being cut. On the side that’s being morticed, the wood strips provide a consistent surface for the base of the Domino Jointer and set the height of the cut. 11 2013 05 30 09.29.54 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The same blocks that were used to space the distances between the mortises on the stringers are then used to space the mortises in the ends of the stringers. This makes certain that the mortises  match up. 12 2013 05 30 09.31.00 300x225 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner Jointer with three spacer blocks. 13 2013 05 30 09.56.28 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The ends of the stringers with the mortises cut. 14 2013 05 31 16.07.37 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The top flight of stairs being  set into place. 15 2013 06 12 12.57.35 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The stairs in place with the first slat installed. 16 2013 06 12 16.01.52 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The bottom ends of the slats were cut to match the angle of the stringer and installed with a domino. 17 2013 06 13 14.14.13 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner

Carrying on with the slates.

18 2013 06 13 16.33.30 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner Yay More slats! 19 2013 06 17 14.11.03 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner I drilled into the edges of the slats with a countersink bit and screwed them into the stringer. I set the screw heads deep enough that they could be concealed by wood plugs. I used a plug cutter to cut plugs that matched the size of my countersink bit. The slats shown above that do not have holes have already been plugged. The plugs are glued in place then cut flush with the surface and then sanded. 20 2013 06 19 17.25.28 300x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The stairs with the slats installed. 21 2013 06 19 17.25.46 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The stair well with the slats installed and no handrail. 22 2013 06 28 18.16.44 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner Handrail transition at the landing between the flights of stairs. 23 2013 06 28 18.16.56 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner Top view of the stairs. 24 2013 06 28 18.17.55 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner A view from outside of the stairs and a matching slat wall above. At the time of these pictures the landing floor hadn’t been finished and not all of the finish had been applied to the handrail. Maybe I’ll make it back for better finished photos some time. I’ll post them if I do.

Working with The Domino Joiner

The company that contracted with me to build the stairs are the ones who handed over the dough for the Domino (it’s not a cheap tool) and specified it’s use on this project. Having never worked a Domino I was interested in taking it for a spin. I always like trying out new tools!

Overall the Domino worked great. I think the idea is to bring the ease of use of a biscuit joiner to a mortice and tenon system. however with the setup and jigs necessary to accurately cut mortises for all 104 Dominos that were required for the treads alone, it seems like I could have just gone with a traditional mortice and tenon approach. On this job, separate jigs had to be created to make the mortises in the treads and stringers. With a traditional mortice and tenon, a jig similar to the one I used as a guide for the Domino Joiner, could act as a router guide to cut one large Mortice per tread in the stringer. The Tenon on the end of the treads could have been cut without the use of a jig using a table saw with a dado blade or a router with an edge guide. Also the “Dominos” that are used with the Domino Joiner are an added cost that would be avoided with a traditional mortice and tenon system.

While I’m glad I got to check out the Domino, I don’t see myself running off to purchase my own anytime soon.  If you’ve used a Domino Joiner let me know what for and whether you’ve found it to be indispensable or like me find it to be “just another neat tool.”

 

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Food stains your clothes what about wood?

Recently there was a massive turmeric powder spill in my kitchen. If you’ve ever cooked with turmeric you will be aware of it’s ability to turn anything yellow. Not wanting to waste the spilled turmeric I decided I would try it out as a wood stain. For my first attempt I kept it simple and just mixed the powder with some water and applied it to a piece of structural grade plywood that I had in the garage and let it dry. Next I decided to apply some oil to part of the wood to see how that affected the appearance. In keeping with the rest of the project and given the fact that the project was carried out in my kitchen I opted to use Olive Oil to coat the wood. In general oil will bring out the richness of the wood. Note: I have no previous knowledge of Olive Oil having superior characteristics for wood, also it’s expensive for the purpose. It was just more fun to extend the food grade building materials experiment then it would have been to go with a more traditional choice.

Turmeric works! How about Wine?

Since I was already mucking around in the kitchen I decided I may as well try wine on the other side. Similar to the Tumeric I applied the wine with a rag let it dry then oiled part of the wood to compare the results.

2014 03 17 11.53.34 225x300 Food stains your clothes what about wood? Turmeric stained plywood. The darker portion also has a coat of oil.

2014 03 018 225x300 Food stains your clothes what about wood? Wine stained plywood. The darker portion also has a coat of oil.

After applying the stain I applied a water based polyurethane. So far everything has worked out well and there haven’t been any problems with the combination of materials. In working with nonstandard materials there’s always the chance that the chemical makeup of the materials will be incompatible. problems with incompatibility in materials will usually present themselves right away but sometimes finishes will degrade or lose adhesion over time due to chemical incompatibility.  I’ll continue to monitor my sample and post updates if anything changes.

Have you made use of non-construction materials in your finishes? If so let me know!

 

 

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ReUse Desk

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This is how my office looked before.

After Front 300x225 ReUse Desk

I combined the table and small chest of drawers that I was using for a desk with some plywood 2x4s and paint I had in the the garage to make this.

After Angle 300x225 ReUse Desk 

I also use the room for recording music sometimes so I put the desk on castors so the room configuration can be changed easily depending on what the space is being used for. The platform below makes it so my trash and recycling cans move with the desk.

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I secured my power strip and cords to the underside. Anything that I may want to reconfigure is held by rubber bands hooked over screws. The rubber bands allow me to keep the cords coiled up but I can easily pull more more slack up through the top of the desk if I need.

Desk BeforeAfter 300x300 ReUse Desk

Notice my computer speakers are also mounted to the under side of the desk in the corners.

As with many reuse projects I’m happier with the outcome than I would be with anything I can buy.  It’s built around what works for me and has a story to it. I find that I change the configuration of the room more than I thought I would for all kinds of reasons, sometimes just to break up the monotony of a project.  Also I like unique designs and I know there’s not another desk like this one out there.

 

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Walking Around Portland – East Side waterfront / Industrial Area

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I’ve walked by this house many times. I’m not sure what to say about it… some homes just have presence.

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There was a tower last post too.

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I like your style!

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A building in the trees.

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I don’t usually see the Ford Building from this angle.

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There’s something striking to me about industrial buildings.

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Wait for it….

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I don’t know how this came to be here but I’m glad it did!

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Does anyone else think this is a peaceful view or am I just weird like that?

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An interesting shaped building.

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Good advice! Even the graffiti around here is pleasant! 

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It seems that some things have changed around this place since it was first built.

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Sadly I still haven’t been in the train museum -I’ll enjoy it from the outside for now I guess.

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Portland’s getting a new cable-stayed bridge – by the way I recommend doing an image search for “cable-stayed bridge“.

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Notice the submarine in the background? There’s a submarine that they let people go on and a train museum within walking distance of my house. I haven’t been in either, what’s up with that???

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There are cool train cars to see outside though.

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There’s Oregon Museum of Science and Art (OMSI)

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Solar Car Charging station. Do other people think solar panels look cool?

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My name is boxxy

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It’s nice having the waterfront trail to walk. such good views of downtown.

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Another tower.

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I like the modern facade and shaded south side windows.

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The color of this building plus the tracks make for a cool photo.

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The burned down “Taylor Electric Supply” building.

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There’s an Oregonian article about it. It says something about the place attracting photographers.

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“Skate park!” was my first thought!

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This installation is called  Inversion: +/-