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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 09-04-2021 01:55 PM 528 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ours is an old house, and as a result there are always projects to do. By virtue of spending time in the cellar below our kitchen, relocating circuits for that room’s reno, I realized a rotten window sill had to move up the priority list.

Cleared old rotten wood away and chiseled mortar to get to brick.

Pulled a few side bricks that were barely hanging on.

Here’s the wood that came out.

The longest piece will be reinstalled, with an entirely ‘new’ frame to be constructed below it. The opening is large enough that more window frame can fill the space vs. mortar. One pressure treated 2×8, 8’ was all I needed.

Got it in, nice and snug!

Time to mix it up!

Looks pretty good!

Before too long, I’ll have to plan a day to parge that whole upper wall inside.

Done in less than a full day, I’m happy with quick progress and completion.

  1. Update ###########

Treated wood has dried to the point that painting makes sense. Also cleaned glass and glazed them before paint. Done, done.

That’s all, thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -



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LeeRoyMan

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#1 posted 09-04-2021 02:02 PM

Nice repair.
Always nice to accomplish something with good results.
Makes for a perfect “feel good” day.

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Don W

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#2 posted 09-04-2021 02:44 PM

Nice job. That was a pretty common project when I was doing remodeling work. Concrete, stone and wood do not get along together.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 09-04-2021 02:46 PM

First pairing lasted just over 120 years, so I shouldn’t have to worry about the next repair. :-). Thanks Yoda and LeeRoy!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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Don W

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#4 posted 09-04-2021 02:49 PM

Very true. I guess I should’ve added moisture to the list. It’s all good until you add moisture!!

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 09-04-2021 02:58 PM

better then a professional GREAT JOB :<))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#6 posted 09-04-2021 03:19 PM

Very nice, Smitty! A satisfying project.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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mafe

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#7 posted 09-04-2021 05:12 PM

Ohhhh yes I have had my fair share of old houses and still do.
Always a project somewhere, but also growing into a love story, slowly one have been in every place and has become one with the house.
Nice repair, it will last another thirty years or so now.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#8 posted 09-04-2021 05:59 PM

You do good work Smitty. The outside part would have been the trickiest for me.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#9 posted 09-04-2021 09:57 PM

Like everyone else has said, good work.

However, why didn’t you use alder? It’s a nice wood. :-)

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 09-05-2021 04:43 AM

Thanks fella, good to hear from everyone and hope everyone is well!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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LeeRoyMan

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#11 posted 09-05-2021 04:45 AM


Like everyone else has said, good work.

However, why didn’t you use alder? It’s a nice wood. :-)

- theoldfart


I thought it was Alder, ...... from what I’ve been told…. :)

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 09-05-2021 04:47 AM

Ah, alder. If I only knew what it looked like. From this site, all woods are alder.
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.
There you are! I DID use alder!

;-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#13 posted 09-05-2021 02:50 PM

I learned parge, I already was aware of your indomitable skills. Thanks for sharing the process.

Glad you’re well.

-- ~Tony

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 09-05-2021 04:44 PM

Ditto, Tony. Great to hear from you, thanks!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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Madmark2

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#15 posted 09-05-2021 04:53 PM

Good job, well done. Next, PAINT!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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