Friday, December 13, 2013

what steve does at work

My in-laws started restoring/remodeling their 1890 home in the summer of 2010. Steve has worked for them since then (as a side job to his studies)—painting, demolishing, brick-laying, wiring, building, plastering, and everything in-between. The house has had some incredible transformations. Last week, his parents asked him to create a built-in coat rack in the front entryway.
1. To start, Steve stained all of the wood (all oak) before installing it, using Varathane’s Colonial Maple. He put up four strips of quarter-inch bead-board siding, and he installed three-and-a-half inch wide boards as shelf supports. 

2 and 32. He made each shelf out of two boards: one that was five-and-a-half inches wide, and one that was ripped to fit the remaining distance between the board and the doorways. He gave the lower shelf a round-over edge, to give it a more “seat-like” feel. (Little kids have already begun sitting on it.)

3. The beaded-vertical trim was put up to hide the gaps between the bead-board, as well as to separate the space into two usable sections.

4 and 5 4. The arches were drawn first with a template, then cut out free-hand on a bandsaw. The two in the middle will hold four coat hooks (two on each side) that kids can reach. Taller people will have umbrella shaped hooks coming down from the center of the top shelf. (They’ve been ordered and will be installed in the next few days.)

5. Steve put trim along the back of the bottom shelf to tie it together, and put in some fancy brass screws for added decoration.

   6. Finally, he installed three supports for the bottom shelf, and gave everything a coat of garnet-colored shellac—to seal the wood, as well as achieve the color his parents wanted.

I’m really proud of what he has learned how to do in the past few years! I am convinced the man can do anything he sets his mind to.


  1. This is so beautiful! Great job, Steve!

  2. He did a great job! That looks great!

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