Nothing is Certain except Death, Taxes and Delays!

Can you tell I’m a little frustrated? Insert sarcasm font!

Yep, I got home yesterday from bible study to find this:

No Change

No Change

No lumber. 😦 Jim called the framer. He said it is now looking like Tuesday, Oct. 29. Unfortunately for us, he is having a tough time estimating how long it would take him to frame a 11,000 square foot home! Yep, that is what he is framing now. Ours should be a breeze for him!

Lumber is supposed to be delivered Monday. Below is our forecast for next week. Bill has purchased tarps to cover the lumber.

Weather forecast

Weather forecast

This is a depressing post. πŸ˜₯

Let me see if I can add something that made me chuckle yesterday. I was helping Jack with his fill in the blank spelling/vocabulary homework. The sentence was: We (blank) our grandparents with hugs and kisses. The spelling/vocabulary word was “welcome.” I said to Jack, “Hey, you don’t welcome me and Papa with hugs and kisses!” He looks at me and says, “That’s because you are like parents now since you live with us!” πŸ˜† That Jack! He always has such insight.

Bill is getting ready to make dovetails for the drawers for the kitchen cabinets. For those who don’t know what that is, here are a couple of pictures.

Tails & Pins of the Dovetail

Tails & Pins of the Dovetail

Dovetail joints

Dovetail joints

I took some pics of his “almost” finished wood for the drawers. He still has to cut the wood to size.

Wood for cabinet drawers

Wood for cabinet drawers

More wood for drawers

More wood for drawers

And, here is a shot of his newly built table saw. He said he didn’t clean it up before I took the picture. But, I told him this is the way it usually looks when he’s working with wood, so might as well show it that way.

Saw table

Saw table

It was good to see one of my kitchen cabinets framed again. I had helped Bill take them all apart when we sold our home and put all the wood pieces in storage. Bill put together the gas stove-top cabinet to start. He needs to temporarily put the cabinets together to make sure the drawers, doors, hinges, slides, and handles will fit. All the drawers and doors will be soft-close. No banging dishes in my kitchen! Once all of those are done, he’ll take the cabinets apart again so he can put the Danish oil on them then apply layers of finish.

Stove-top cabinet

Stove-top cabinet

Notice Bill’s use of some of his clamps? You can never have enough clamps! πŸ˜€

To explain the cabinet above, the face frame is made of mahogany wood. The side extensions are made of mahogany because this cabinet will extend out 3″ from the other cabinets (like a bump-out cabinet) and the extension will be visible. The sides are prefinished plywood. Here is a look at what the kitchen cabinets will look like some day.

Layout of cabinets

Layout of cabinets

In the photo below the granite will not be that color.

Mahogany color cabinets

Mahogany color cabinets and island

Shows the bump out of the stove top cabinet

Shows the bump out of the stove top cabinet

Tuesday Bill and I stopped at Tri-State Stone and Rick was in the process of ordering our stone and creating an invoice for us. He said he was so glad we stopped in because he wanted to get my opinion on the trim stone for the fireplace. He had three different choices for us and he was leaning toward one that looked very similar to the trim squares I had designed. Did I take photos of any of them? Noooooooo! What is wrong with me? 😑 The smoother and lighter stone trim was my favorite. However, the color had a peachy look to it. Of course, Bill liked the peachy color but shook his head and said he had no say in colors. (That is so right!) I asked Rick if he could get the trim and keystone in a color that would blend in with the Centurion Suede stones – a greyish brown. He said he could. It’s a done deal now. The stone is being ordered.

And, the weather has turned cold. Bill is finding that the insulation alone is not enough to keep him warm in his pole barn with this cold front that came in. Since the radiant floor heat isn’t ready yet, Bill had to find another way to be able to heat the barn while he makes cabinets this winter. Yesterday, he bought an electric heater. It is supposed to heat up to 1500 square feet. I hope it works for him. He is trying it out today.

Electric Heater

Electric Heater

But he had to buy a 10 gauge extension cord to reach the saw post to plug it in! That thing cost almost as much as the heater!

10 gauge extension cord

10 gauge extension cord

If the heater works we might also use it to heat the house when they install the dry wall. Well, that is, if we ever get our framer to begin framing!

Until the next delay . . . πŸ™‚

4 thoughts on “Nothing is Certain except Death, Taxes and Delays!

  1. One thing I learned while volunteering with ASP, if the lumber is on the ground then place a tarp under it as well to keep the wet from seeping up from underneath. Good luck. I hope things pick up for you soon.

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