February 24, 2014

It’s time to cover that insulation! We decided to finally put our stack of alder to use as our inside wall covering. After cutting a lap joint and ripping three different widths, we pickled the alder with a layer of SafeCoat from Build It Naturally. Our main goal in doing this was to create a warmer, more open feel inside the home. Many tiny homes feature natural wood finishes on all surfaces. As much as these two woodworkers love the look of natural wood, sometimes it can be overwhelming, especially in a small space. The great thing about pickling is that you can still see the grain of the wood.

Thanks is due to my mom here for her big help with this process. Here she is back in late 2013 going to town with a paint brush. The artist in her comes out in jobs like this. Each brush stroke looks good. It’s nice to have talented help around!

The first plank goes in place! We created a pattern using the 3″, 4″, and 5″ widths. It went something like this: 5-4-5-3-5-4-5-3-5. The drummer in me loves the rhythm of it. We are starting at the top and moving down. Lines were chalked to maintain consistent spacing.

We used the same material for the walls as well. I am holding some pics back until we are completely finished… The big reveal.

Blog Bonus

OK folks, this is our first Blog Bonus thus far, so stay tuned for a chance to collect them all. I’m reserving this section for randomness. For example, this Blog Bonus features one of our most stalwart work companions… The MPS. We rigged this bad boy up with a Porter Cable compressor, nail guns, and a retractable hose reel. The MPS is frequently useful for its main purpose (being a Mobile Pneumatic Station), but also as a good, flat surface to work on/place coffee. Thank you MPS for all your dedication and hard work.

That’s it for this one! Thanks for reading and catch you next time.

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