A Carpenter’s Journal

October 29, 2009

New Room is Finished

Filed under: Job Progress — Tags: , , , — Fran Maloney @ 6:00 am

October 22, 2009

Red Oak Versus White Oak

Filed under: Materials — Tags: — Fran Maloney @ 7:01 pm

 The easiest way to tell the difference between red and white oak is to go to your flooring supplier and get a finished sample of each type of flooring and lay them side by side on the floor you are trying to match.  They are both essentially brown with variations of light and dark.  But the white oak has a slight tone of yellow or grey in it and the red oak has a touch of pink, this is especially evident  if you compare the end grains.  Another way to distinguish the two is to look at the pores in the end grains, both red and white oak are what is known as ring porous woods.  The early wood that is the spring growth, is composed of bands of large pores or vessels, the function of these vessels is to transport water from the roots up to the leaves.  In red oak, there is a distinct band of vessel in each annual ring.  They are large enough so that it is possible to blow air through a straight grained piece.  In white oak, there also is a band of vessels in each annual ring, but they are not as quite as large as those in the red oak and they tend to be filled with bubble like occlusions called tyloses.

October 17, 2009

Almost Done

Filed under: Job Progress — Tags: , — Fran Maloney @ 11:42 am

We installed all of the flooring on Friday and the one step coming down into the new room from the kitchen. 

Flooring, Hearth and Fireplace

Flooring, Hearth and Fireplace

October 16, 2009


Filed under: Job Progress — Tags: — admin @ 5:55 am

The stone work is done and we have begun to lay the flooring: Bellawood prefinished white oak, bought at Lumber Liquidators in Braintree. It is the first time I have installed flooring from this manufacturer, so far it seems to be of good quality.

October 3, 2009

Gold Strike

Filed under: Job Progress — Tags: — admin @ 9:34 am

We are installing a thinstone veneer around the gas fireplace.  This will be the center piece of the room.  Walter Peirce of Walter Peirce Masonry of Waltham is doing the stone work.  He is doing a much more careful job than is shown in the online videos and even than was shown to me in the seminar they had at Plymouth Quarries for thinstone veneer.  The choice the customer made for stone is called Gold Strike.   It has a lot of mica in it and sparkles when the light hits it.

Thin Stone Veneer around Gas Fireplace

Thin Stone Veneer around Gas Fireplace

I did the heavier stone on the steps outside the doors.  We had poured two concrete steps nine inches thick and reinforced with 3/8 rebar.

Stone veneer on Concrete Step
Stone veneer on Concrete Step

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