See the updated, draft building permit application here.
See the plan for the enlargement of the septic field here.
Here is a movie of the stairs and the loft, up to the ceiling.
Based on Norm Abram’s plans in the old Yankee Workshop, I made his teak garden bench from a design he got in England. He said he actually went to England to measure an existing bench. My build took about six weeks. I saw the exact bench in the final scene of the movie Notting Hill. I will install the bench in Maine come springtime.
|Garden Bench (Click on pic for better view)||Click again for enlargement|
|New Yankee Workshop Plans||Finished Bench|
I spent $2000 to buy rough-cut teak at a place in Rhode Island. I needed 5/4, 6/4, and 12/4 boards, and this was the only place I could find them. As it turned out, they had almost what I needed, but I had a buy a little extra. And there were lots of scraps from the angled pieces. All the rough boards fit into the van. I also stopped at Burns Tool Center, just down the road in Tiverton, to buy a second set of planer blades, which the guy at the teak place said I’d need due to the hardness of the teak. And I did have difficulty planing the wider boards. As it turned out, the planer lacks sufficient power to plane any board wider than 4-5″, so the blades were not the culprit for difficulty in planing. When I finally got to the seat portion, I was supposed to plane to 7/8″ thickness, but I stopped at 1 1/4″ due to lack of planer power. In fact, the 1 1/4″ thickness seems quite nice.
The instructions in the Abram’s book are pretty good. Here are some details.
|Slat Detail (Click on pic for better view)||Click again for enlargement|
|Chamfer||No Chamfer on Slat Top|
|Teak Garden Bench (click on pic for better view; click again for enlargement)|
Melanie, 33, Eric, and Miles, age 1.4, reside in Maynard. In the spring, Melanie changed jobs to work in Acton-Boxborough Schools as a speech language pathologist. Eric remains at Northern Light Productions, as Lead Animator, diligently working remotely. Miles is mobile, talks so much, and remains a charmer.
Emily, 38, and Dave Faulkner welcomed Benvolio Faulkner Knight on 3 June 2020. Voli is an extremely happy baby and gets attention from everybody. Emily continues as Director of Events Marketing at Boston Magazine. Dave is a star of YouTube videos as Chef’s Bonus and is Culinary Innovation Director at the Fulham Group . Emily and Dave live in Reading, MA. Dave’s daughter Nora is now a sophomore at U Mass Lowell, and son Joe is a senior at Reading High School.
Celia, 42, continues to teach art at Gates Elementary School in Acton. She and Jason Shelkowitz, who teaches music at Sargent Elementary School, have two delightful daughters. Shelly, 8.5 years, is in third grade, and Olive, almost 6 years, is in kindergarten in Carlisle.
Ann, 69, continues to love retirement, reads continually, and manages our family activities.
Due to some strict quarantining this past summer, we were lucky to spend some time together in Maine. If you are interested in more photos, here’s a 3-minute slideshow (download is 200MB).
All our best to you in 2021.
The cherry armoire is complete, after many months of work. It is installed in the mudroom. The unstained (natural) cherry matches our kitchen cabinets and should darken over the next few months.
|Armoire (click on pic for better view; click again for enlargement)|
|Woodsmith Plan Cover||Finished Armoire|
Using plans that I bought from Woodsmith, I built this cherry armoire for the mudroom. I spent many hours over a few months making it starting with rough-cut cherry, cherry plywood, and maple that I bought in New Hampshire at Northland Forest Products (Another option was Highland Hardwoods, down the road, or Seacoast in Sanford, ME, or Goosebay Lumber.) The lumber was 13/16-inch thick and needed to be planed. Cost was $750. All the details are in the plans. I made a few modifications, omitting the LHS shelves in favor of two coat hanging areas and making four drawers instead of three to allow one lower drawer to pull out in front of the adjacent sitting bench. Here is a movie of the finished product; below are hi-res images that you can click on for full resolution.
|Armoire (click on pic for better view; click again for enlargement)|
Some details. I used my new sawstop table saw to cut accurately and precisely. I used the new Pantorouter to do the drawer rear dovetails. I used the old table saw with a 1/4-inch dado blade to cut the front drawer joints, the drawer bottom dados, and all the frame dados. I used the pantorouter to cut the mortise and tenon joints. For two reasons some of the mortise and tenon joints are not the greatest (misalignment) due to inconsistent thinning on the 13/16 rough cherry using the planer and lack of precision on my old table saw. On the drawers, I used 1/2-inch maple for the sides and 3/4-inch cherry for the fronts. To make blind joints, I omitted the dovetails in the front and used a modified quarter-quarter-half method; see pic. I did not stain the piece; I applied 3-4 coats of water-based varnish, based on Bob Thomason’s advice. The varnish worked well, but the 3-4 coats were necessary.
Melanie, 32, and Eric, 34, welcomed Miles Arthur Carlsen, 0.4, in August 2019. Miles is a charmer, is growing fast, and is a big smiler. Melanie, who returned to her job as a speech language pathologist at the Perkins School, and Eric, who is lead animator at Northern Light Productions, bought their new home in Maynard in June 2019. Miles is a real beauty.
Emily, 37, and Dave Faulkner had another busy year. Emily continued as Director of Events Marketing at Boston Magazine. Dave joined the Fulham Group as Culinary Innovation Director. Emily and Dave live in Reading, MA. Dave’s daughter Nora is now in her first college year at U Mass Lowell, and son Joe is a junior at Reading High School.
Celia, 41, continues to teach art at Gates Elementary School in Acton. She and Jason Shelkowitz, who teaches music at Sargent Elementary School, have two delightful daughters. Shelly, 7.5 years, is engaging and inquisitive. Olive, almost 5 years, is charming and growing up too fast.
Ann, 68, loves retirement, reads continually, and manages our family activities. She rejoined the First Parish Choir, is now walking everyday, and loves rocking with her new grandson.
Fred, 69, still works part-time at Lincoln Lab after his retirement in April 2017. He is still enjoying swimming, hiking, and buying useful woodworking equipment. Ann and I love being near our family.
All our best to you in 2020.
I built a wood shed on the side of the garage at the Beaver Brook camp in the spring of 2019. The large movie shows the phases of construction. A few tidbits. I used two portions of the old deck for the floor. The new construction consisted of a roof held up by 4×4 posts on concrete piers just sitting on the ground. The ledger board for the roof joists was screwed into the garage studs after I removed the clapboards. I added a plywood roof that was under the clapboard and covered with ice shield and shingles. The ledger also had plastic rain guard flashing on top (2″ under clapboard) and bottom (2″ under ledger). Length is 12′. so there are three 4′ bays with the third partially covered at its base by rocks. The roof has 1-in-12 pitch and is 8′ on slope, so plywood sheets do not need cutting and 40″-wide ice shield can overlap and extend up the garage wall. I bought a Paslode framing nailer that worked well. On the sides, I used old pipe that I found in the yard behind the garage. Before the camp’s well was installed, the pipe extended into the lake as a feed for gray water. The materials were from Hammond Lumber, probably $800, but I did not keep track of expenses.
Following the annual Maine Audubon Loon Count in Lynch Cove, Peter Kallin invited me to an excursion to the south end of Long Pond where the Seven Lakes Alliance was opening a new trail on Fogg Island at the south end of Long Pond. See the Fall 2018 newsletter for some more information.
Some pictures of the trip are here.
New culvert (same 12″ diameter but deeper for better drainage and good stability for vehicle traffic) was installed on 7 May 2019.
|Before, Looking South||After, Looking South|
As to the current situation with the culvert, I took a few pictures pre-install and post-install and posted them here. The culvert is pierced on the lake side of the road (under the board). The pool exists on the land side of the road, but the water is flowing freely but slowly to the lake under the road. It seems like the considerations are:
Summary: Culvert replaced between Lot #27 and Lot #28 Beaver Brook Estates
Melanie, 31, continues as a speech-language pathologist at the Perkins School. She and husband Eric Carlsen, who does video animatation at Northern Light Productions, are living with us with house hunting on the horizon.
Emily, 36, married Dave Faulkner in a ceremony in Madeira (a great destination for a wedding!) in April 2018. Emily was promoted to Director of Events Marketing at Boston Magazine, where she received the inaugural Big Brain Award. Dave is executive chef for the State Street Bank. Emily and Dave live in Reading, MA with Dave’s two fantastic teenagers, Nora and Joe, whom we are very much enjoying as members of the family.
Celia, 40, continues to teach art at Gates Elementary School in Acton. She and Jason Shelkowitz, who teaches music at Sargent Elementary School, have two delightful daughters. Shelly, 6.5 years, is engaging and inquisitive. Olive, almost 4 years, is charming and growing up too fast.
Ann, 67, loves retirement, reads continually, and manages our family activities. She kept our contractor on track in the recent remodeling job.
All our best to you in 2019.
I need a structural engineer to detail and certify a modification of a garage with trusses. Here are the sketches. The idea is to put two flow-through dormer pairs in the second story of the garage, which has an existing apartment. The trusses need to be accounted for, but the sketch I saw on line seems to be a good method. I am still looking for an engineer to detail and certify the plan. Also, I am considering the alternative of one pair of shed dormers, if feasible, and, in addition, a deck in front, and a telescope pier from the garage concrete level for stability.