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Project by Phil Brown posted 05-22-2007 05:47 PM 1969 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A professional artist I’ve done a lot of renovating for asked me to upgrade a stair railing in part of his tudor mansion that grew from a tiny wartime bungalow over the years. Unfortunately the newel post was too short and I had to cut down the beautiful ballusters procured from an old farmhouse, to fit under the handrail. It still was an improvement over the square ones.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario





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Karson

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#1 posted 05-22-2007 05:52 PM

Great job Phi, do you have a supply problem keeping everything that you find?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 05-22-2007 05:53 PM

Looks much better with the upgrade for sure. Looks beautiful.

Diane

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#3 posted 05-22-2007 06:00 PM

Big improvement! Nice work, Phil.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Phil Brown

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#4 posted 05-22-2007 06:07 PM

I was just given about fifty ballusters that were stored in a barn. They’ll make great legs for reproduction harvest tables and sofa tables.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#5 posted 05-23-2007 02:05 AM

You were lucky to have all the material you needed. Kaching. more money. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 05-23-2007 02:58 AM

Awesome Phil, Great Work…

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX - www.sawhorseworkshop.com

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oscorner

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#7 posted 05-23-2007 03:29 AM

The recycled ones dressed it up quite nicely.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 05-23-2007 12:25 PM

Phil do you have an apprenticeship available? You are productive, don’t know how you get time to work at your full time job – I think you drive a moving van?.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#9 posted 05-23-2007 12:28 PM

beautiful!!! Well done—reclaiming AND the re-building

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 05-24-2007 06:54 AM

Bill, I used to be a mover but I’ve got one of those gravy runs you get when you’ve been in the industry long enough. I drive 250 miles a night and switch trailers inside a building, then unload with a forklift inside another building 125 miles away, then go home. I’ve got a condominium sleeper bunk(which I dont need – but the long wheelbase makes the ride more comfortable) and all the bells and whistles to make for a comfortable night. I get paid 8 hours to do 6 or 7 hours work, plus my trucking boss has a huge crating operation and he gives me free wood and lets me use the shop as well. He has one of those panel saws like Home Depot and all the toys.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#11 posted 05-24-2007 05:58 PM

I do not know about the work Phil, but it sounds like it has some nice benefits. Free wood, panel saws, etc. Nicely done.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#12 posted 05-24-2007 07:48 PM

Bill, you should see my boss’s woodworking shop that he’s putting together for his home. Its a 20 foot sea going container disguised with board and batten pine siding, fake windows and door(antiques) – somebody has already twisted the doorknob off trying to break in. It will have all the bells and whistles but he wont let me take photos untill its in place. I’ve seen some of the equipment in storage and its pretty impressive.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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Bill

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#13 posted 05-25-2007 06:51 PM

Nice! I could use one of those containers as my shop, except it would take up my whole back yard. Well, that would cut down on the yard work..hmmm

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#14 posted 05-26-2007 01:36 AM

Bill you could stack them and have a 2 story shop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Bill

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#15 posted 05-26-2007 05:53 PM

There you go Karson! Let’s see, sawing and assembly downstairs, wood storage upstairs…hmm..it might work.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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