The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    They move, as wood does, but I plan for it so it moves without twisting, breaking, ect.
     
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    Makes me wonder how some of the 200 y.o. furniture pieces are still around and look like new.
     
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    When it comes to antiques the stuff that's survived and still looks nice likely used joinery intended for a long life.

    Certain types will survive until the wood itself falls apart or an outside force causes them to fail, that would be most types of dovetails, wedge tenons, draw bored mortise and tenons, ect. Basically all types of joints that do not rely on glue to keep them intact, and if they do rely on glue the wood grain is all going in the same direction. Joints that fight themselves over time will eventually fail.

    Properly done mortise and tenons, doweled joints, rabbets, ect can live a long life, but they won't last indefinitely.

    Same goes the finish, they used shellac at the time, shellac doesn't get brittle like plastic finishes and can live a very long life.
     
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    Wood expands and contracts, but the boards only get wider and narrower; it doesn't get longer and shorter along the grain. So it's not at all insurmountable.
     
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    nevermind
     
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    Pretty sure this is the oldest wooden building, if not it's close;

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    I find the lecture hall particularly attractive;

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    Organic material of any kind that is more than 1,000 years old is vanishingly rare. If you really want your furniture to last through the ages, carve it out of granite.
     
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    and don't leave it in Afghanistan.
     
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    Built without nails, thus still stand. Not nearly s old as Japanese structure, but still wood is wood ,right?

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    Situated on the island Kiji in the lake Ladoga and used to be mainly populated by monks.
    There are several old monasteries on other islands of that lake, which is a very large lake indeed.
     
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    Church door in Buckland, Oxfordshire. Both ironwork and oak reckoned to be about 800 years old -

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    Both are really incredible. Apparently the guy who built the Russian church tossed his axe in the water and said something to the effect of that being the one and only of it's type. Very dramatic...but damn, really cool results.
     
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    In old Russia feudal lords liked to blind their best craftsmen, so they would not create something better for another lord. Be careful with who your clients are Skinny.:nodding:
     
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    Lol, it's no surprise that those projects lasted a lifetime.
     
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    Mowed MY grass for the first time today. Need to put some weed n feed on there.
     
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    I don't know anything about lawns in Seattle, but down here "weed and feed" is rarely the best way to go about it. Use preemergents to control annual weeds (timing is critical) and spot spraying tailored to your target weeds and your grass type.
     

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