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Hangblague
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# Posted: 8 Mar 2020 08:21
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Thanks for the input!

Here is the 1st floor layout idea we came up with. There would be a few chairs added too. They and the table could be moved around. Futon and bunk beds, along with bed in loft means we could sleep up to six, I think.
Cabin_interior_layou.jpg
Cabin_interior_layou.jpg


Hangblague
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# Posted: 10 Mar 2020 00:30
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The proposed front door has a bit of a story. It sat for years at my father-in-law's place in Thunder Bay. Somehow he got it from the general store in Elphinstone, Manitoba where it once belonged to the fur trading post run by his grandfather.

He gave up finding a new purpose for it and so then it wound up in my basement where it has sat for several years. It will be much closer to its old home if it gets hung at the cabin. That's the plan.

The latch set for the thumbed handles to fit was missing and has proved very hard to replace. I found finally a specialized antique dealer in Ontario who is shipping one shortly.

I think the door will be a nice feature, but it will also be an odd contrast with the brand new cheapo vinyl windows I plan to buy. Hopefully this antique is up to mouse exclusion standards. It's going to take a lot of figuring and work.
Front door
Front door
Thumb latch
Thumb latch
Empty mortise
Empty mortise


Hangblague
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# Posted: 14 Mar 2020 18:03
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Worked some more on the door today with my father-in-law. As mentioned above, door belonged to his grandfather. I said "let's get this door fixed up and ready. What do we work on first?" He says "maybe a plaque."

Our dilemma was that we knew it would be outswinging and that the hinge and latched sides could not be switched. This meant that either one would have to go off to the side up on the porch to open it, or else the feature side would have to face the interior. The first option seemed slightly better. Then we got the idea to try removing the fancy face moulding instead and fasten it to the other side. It worked! And came off easier than we thought.
Lots of trim to lift off
Lots of trim to lift off
Just finishing nails, hardly any glue
Just finishing nails, hardly any glue
More off...
More off...
More off
More off


Hangblague
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# Posted: 14 Mar 2020 18:15
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Next we decided to deal with the ragged hinge side. At some point in its long sorry life it appears it got rehung with new hinge slots, cut in beside and deeper than earlier ones. I ended up shaving a little more than 1/4" to regain an even edge. I took great care to get my line perfect with gyprock square, several measurements, and a jigged skillsaw fence to keep it perfect and parallel. Made me nervous to cut into a supercentennarian door.

Next, I have to cut new hinge recesses with chisel. I don't have a router. I was interested to observe that hinge mortice faces are slightly angled.
Before...
Before...
Before - chewed up
Before - chewed up
Line drawn
Line drawn
After
After


Hangblague
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# Posted: 15 Mar 2020 20:26
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Hinge edge got cleaned up today to get rid of the circular saw marks. Fun to break out the old dust-gathering Stanley plane. His baby brother softened the sharp edges just a smidge. So much more satisfying than sanding.

Next is new hinge cutouts. No router, so I'll have to sharpen a chisel.
Fun tools
Fun tools
Satisfying ribbon
Satisfying ribbon
Satisfying edge
Satisfying edge


fiftyfifty
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# Posted: 15 Mar 2020 20:39
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"odd contrast with the brand new cheapo vinyl windows I plan to buy"

Is there any particular reason you are planning that type of window besides the price? I was planning on using cheapo vinyl windows myself, but eventually bought high quality windows off Craigslist and at auction from a scratch and dent building supply warehouse. I got some very nice windows very cheap. But it did take some time hunting online.

Hangblague
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# Posted: 16 Mar 2020 00:56
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That's good advice. It really is just a price issue as you say. I'm not too skilled at bargain hunting. I'll have to make an effort and see if I can find a similar deal.

Brettny
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# Posted: 16 Mar 2020 07:48
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How cheap of a window are we talking? Like Lowes project source or like American craftsman. The project source should never go in anything but a shed. The American craftsman is what I put in my house last year and 7yrs ago. There good windows. I think they where $200 for double hung 27inx57in. New construction.

Never buy a cheap door. My front door is a home depot jeldwen fiberglass. It's bowed out from the lock about 1/4in. The door is 8yrs old. Masonite makes good doors.

Hangblague
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# Posted: 16 Mar 2020 09:49
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The brand I have a bead on is Gentek I think. Hard to compare US apples to Cdn oranges maybe.

I got an American Craftsman for my loft window because of very particularized reasons for wanting double hung up there at a particular dimension. It was under $200, but a replacement variety only. So I'll have to install it without nailing flange.

I had to drive to Montana to get it - nothing comparable in Canada for less than nearly 3 times the price.

Hangblague
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# Posted: 30 Mar 2020 15:20
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Still chipping away at the door. The hinge slots have been chiseled in to a nice fit for their heavy duty hinges.

Making a "new" used latch set fit in with the old door mortise and handle hardware, keyhole etc. I've also gotten glass to fit into the 4 frames of the door. I'm to learn glazing next I guess.

In the meantime, here are some photos of the plans I've developed.

jsahara24
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# Posted: 31 Mar 2020 08:11
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Did you forget the picture?

Hangblague
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# Posted: 31 Mar 2020 08:13
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Trying again...
Cabin plan
Cabin plan
Front
Front
Side
Side
Top
Top


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