A Carpenter’s Journal

July 27, 2014

Shelter for a Pizza Oven

Filed under: Architecture,Job Progress,Materials — Fran Maloney @ 8:09 am


November 18, 2012

Finishing Touches

Filed under: Architecture,Bathrooms,Job Progress — Fran Maloney @ 11:51 am

Finally the plumbing fixtures and the shower doors are installed. We are just about finished

Frameless glass enclosure for shower.

November 6, 2012

Bathroom Remodel in an Antique Cape
































This job was in an old cape in Duxbury built in 1808.  It was post and beam framed.  The beams and posts were some kind of hardwood which I could not identify, very hard and reddish in color,  with marks of the adze visible.  In another old cape we remodeled here I found a King George III coin which I gave to the owners.  While pulling the ceiling down here, along with squirrels nests, blown in insulation, wood lath, horsehair plaster and 200 years of dirt swept through the cracks of the floor boards. There was one artifact, a piece of an old slingshot.  It had a very old type of cord woven from hemp.

The waste pipe from the upstairs bathroom had been leaking and the main beam it passed by and the outside sill adjacent to it were wet and mouldy but still structurally sound.  There were some other beams that were rotten but the rot looked old and not due to this leak.  The beam in the middle of the house and its intersecting beam had sagged considerably over the years relative to the perimeter built on stone.  The result was that the floor was out of level by about 2 inches in 7 feet.  I ended up rebuilding the floor by adding joists 16 oc between the beams and placing floor jacks on blocks under the sags and partially lifting the sag out of the beams.  I also used the new joists and subfloor to cheat the new floor much closer to level.



May 24, 2012


Filed under: Architecture — Fran Maloney @ 5:43 am

This is a roof over an entry I just finished.


April 30, 2012

Newell and Balustrade

Filed under: Architecture,Materials — Fran Maloney @ 1:09 pm

I replaced a contemporary railing from the 1970s with this one.  The newell is built up on the old 4×4 oak posts.  The railing was an oak 2×6 with flat oak balusters attached to the side.  I removed it and built the knee wall up to the height of the inside skirt.  The balusters are pre-finished pine 1 1/4 inches on a side.  The railing is beech.  The owner intends to give the railing a dark stain and to paint the rest.







December 2, 2011

Victorian Porch

Filed under: Architecture,Job Progress,Materials,Trimwork — Tags: — Fran Maloney @ 9:43 am

This is a porch we did about 8 years ago. The decorative parts including the railings and posts were custom made from cypess with the intention of having it last forever. It is on the north side of the house and is always damp. Everything was sealed on all sides before installation. There must have been a bad lot of cypress in the mix because after only 5 or 6 years the parts on shadiest part of the porch began to rot. This picture is of the repairs we are making.

July 4, 2011

Dormers Continued

Filed under: Architecture,Job Progress — Fran Maloney @ 11:07 am

Friday 6pm

We had everthing covered up by the end of the week.  The roof will be done next week, along with the outside trim and most of the windows.  The front windows need to have window wells cut into the old roof in front of them.

Friday, July 1 2011Friday 6pm

July 2, 2011

Nantucket Dormers

Filed under: Architecture,Job Progress — Tags: — Fran Maloney @ 6:01 am

Mike Was Mad

Thank God for Blue Skies

We had a long week tearing open the roof of a beautiful house in Hingham and managing to get it mostly buttoned up by the holiday weekend.  We took a connecting attic space and framed double A-frame dormers with connecting shed dormers on either side.  The framing was quite complicated because all the roof lines and wall lines had to line up in the right spots, it was anything but a standard roof frame.  Lilly Roofing from Marshfield took over the red cedar roofing portion of the job as Mike and I were a little short handed for this job.

November 17, 2010

Stainless Steel Cable Railings

Filed under: Architecture,Materials — Tags: , , — Fran Maloney @ 8:02 am

Last week we finished the porch we began in the summer.  The owners spent some time researching exactly the kind of railing for the enclosed part of the porch.  they wanted a system that would not obscure the view of the bay.   The cables and cable fittings were ordered from Feeney Architectural and the top rail was made by AGS Stainless.

Base attachment for Central Post

Completed Railing

Rail Attachment

October 14, 2010

Retractable Screens

Filed under: Architecture,Materials — Tags: , , — Fran Maloney @ 6:50 am

Retractable Screens

Much thought was given to how to screen the porch we built near Kingston Bay.   After researching and pricing fixed screen panels, none of which were buildable without an intervening central support due to the size of the openings we had, we finally decided to investigate retractable screens.  This turned out to be an excellent way to go.  We were able to recess the housing into the trim under the headers and the aluminum tracks are unobtrusive and are matched almost exactly to the trim color.  When the screens are retracted, they are completely out of sight.   To open them, they easily pull down and attach to magnetic catches on the floor.  At the two doorways they pull from the side.  I would highly recommend this system.  They function well,  and in bad weather or when you do not want them, they virtually disappear.

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