Podcast Episode 99 — Working with Wood
Minisplits, Hoosier cabinets, additions, glue-size, floor joists, shingles, and rot-resistant lumber.
The guys start right off with a comment by a listener named Eric, in response to a conversation in Episode 89, on DIY ductless minisplits. Eric says that his Friedrich Breeze (BR0412W1A) product is working great, both for cooling and to supplement his “prehistoric natural gas boiler” for heating.
By the way, this episode features Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink, design editor Brian Pontolillo, and senior editor Patrick McCombe. That’s a new title for Patrick, actually, so congrats to him on the well-earned promotion! If you have not checked out his member-exclusive video tool review series, called Tool Tech, definitely click on that link, and join the site if you are not a member already!
Brian brings up some feedback on Justin’s mantle article. By the way, you can watch a related video here, and the project was mentioned in podcast Episode 85 and Episode 86. For a short while, that article link is free to anyone to read, but soon it will go back behind the paywall for members only. So if you are not a member, click on that now, while you can! Anyway, that point that Brian is making … is that he really likes the tip on using glue-size to make smooth edges with MDF. Go read the article if you want to find out more about that (hint: it’s in the PDF, at the bottom of page 34, or look at the print magazine, the Feb/March 2018 issue, you paper-loving Luddites!)
Speaking of glue projects, Justin also mentions a Hoosier cabinet project he is working on. Check out these links from Justin’s Instagram:
- Project plan.
- Joining up the face frame with pocket screws.
- The first cabinet side being attached.
- Face frame on the lower cabinet box.
- Closeup of the raised cabinet bottom detail.
Patrick is thinking about a new kitchen layout. It’s a small room with a dining table, plus a laundry space, and not enough counter space. So there are challenges there.
Brian brings up cross-bracing between floor joists. Patrick has some guidance based on the building code.
Finally, a listener asks about building fencing, pergolas, and so forth out of pressure-treated lumber vs. naturally rot-resistant wood. The guys say white oak, cedar, and redwood are decent choices, depending on your area.
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- A Mike Maines article on hiding laundry equipment in a functional way.
- 6 Ways to Stiffen a Bouncy Floor.
- Removing Old Roof Shingles with, Yes, a Backhoe.
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