Thursday, November 12, 2009

A little nicer now

There comes that moment when preparation and patience pay off. This week was it for this building. Finishing the floor allowed me to install permanently the benches and bring in the things that make a space nice to be in. Kappy has been decorating the space and has already used it for her breathwork practice. She even dug out her sewing machine to hem the curtains.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Two coats of linseed oil

After sanding we put two coats of boiled linseed oil cut with mineral spirits on the floor. I also built a little rooflet to keep water off the sill.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Finishing the Floor

Finally getting to the floor, I have been finishing things from the top down, ceiling, walls, windows and now the floor. It was donated by Stan Fowler, former park ranger at Glen Echo here in DC. Old oak of different origins and conditions. Some of it sat outside , somewhat exposed to the elements. A lot of the boards were beyond recovery but most were still good. They sanded down with a fair amount of work. I think I hauled away two full wheelbarrow loads of sawdust. Next step will be to give the floor a coat of linseed oil.