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Made at 173: Honing Board

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Sometimes I post about some pretty minor stuff, then again - most major things are an accumulation of little things...soooo....  During the course of building the Dining Room Built-In, I accumulated a but of wood scraps, although I have gotten much better about what to keep and what to toss.  I always like making things from scrap materials

...and today I made a board to hold sharpening stones so they don't slide around then sharpening chisels, knives and plane irons.  I got the idea from Paul Sellers, a master cabinet maker.  I didn't make an exact copy of Sellers' board, but we have different requirements and resources.  The first step to making this board was cutting the piece of ceramic tile I bought at Lowes for about $3...

Luckily, I still had my tile cutter from back when we laid tile in the laundry room (I sense a legacy post coming on!).  Because I'm not willing to invest in the sharpening stones Paul Sellers uses, I'll use the tile as a flat surface an…

New Floor for the Cold Cellar

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Here's an old project I never got around to posting - putting a new concrete floor in the cold cellar.   The cold cellar is just off the laundry room behind a batten door:


It's one of the neat features here at 173.  It's dark - lit only by a bare bulb, the temperature remains between 50 and 60 degrees year round and the room is full of ample shelving.   Back in 2010 I realized a new floor was in order.


Sorry about the quality of the pictures, back in 2010 I was really just starting to get into the whole smartphone scene!

I had a couple leftover bags of concrete in the workshop and was trying to figure out what to do with them, and the cold cellar came to mind.  It took me maybe an hour to put in the new floor...

I also made some adjustments to the shelving, reinforced the existing shelves, added a shelf and made a wine shelf to boot.  And - just for aesthetics sake, I also stained the new wood to at least kinda look old like the rest of the shelving!

And a couple pictures…

South Side Foundation Repairs

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Every time I write the words 'Foundation' and 'Repair' in the same sentence, I get a little anxious.  Even though I know this was is NO WAY a serious job, when I think of fixing the foundation I think of helping dad back in the '70s with taking out sections of my childhood home's concrete foundation and replacing it with cinder blocks.  Dad has some serious skills, and cognitively I'd know how to do it - but dear lord let that never become a necessity!
The fact is, this project was a simple 2-hour job, fixing the parge coat on a section of the foundation.  I did this same job to the north side of the house back in 2015

...so it's really not that scary at all.  This is what happened... a section of the outer coating of the foundation had fallen off.  Pretty impressive when you consider this is the first time on the south side this has happened in at least 21 years!

But, as is always the case with old houses, one never knows how extensive the actual dama…

Just Another Hallway Detail

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Back in May I posted about some of the stairway and hall details I was working on, one of which was the corner protector at the foot of the stairs...


There's another outside corner at the top of the stairs that I wanted a protector on also.  The problem was...well, quite frankly - I don't know what the problem was!  Three months later the new protector still hadn't been purchased!  I had four different versions in my Amazon cart...


The one in the lower right corner is the match to the downstairs, and that symmetrical-leaning side of me thought that was the obvious choice.  But then I thought - who says they have to match?  I mean, 173 is a house full of asymmetrics (yeah - sometimes I make up my own adjectives)!  The thought of the two corners not matching appealed to me because there was one in my cart that was different than the others, and I really liked it so...I figured why not?!  The winner was...


The alluring part was that it wasn't round, the two sides were fla…

173 in Bloom - the back yard

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I've been a little delinquent getting back to this mini-series, but here we are!  We left off with the side yard, and now move onto the back yard.  Again, not going to do a big discussion on what everything looked like when we got started, but I will include this one shot - just for serendipity!


 So that gives you a hint of how it all started...now for the pictures!