This Old House

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  1. stsinner

    stsinner TPF Noob!

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    I received a comment on my ceramic door knobs, so I thought I'd show some other very interesting and appreciable things about my 150 year old house. People used to put such pride into their work.

    Ron-here's one for you-a curved wall behind my fireplace. How the heck did they do the trim? You can also see the alternating color hardwood.

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    And they did such pretty moldings:

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    And previous owners of this house wanted a china cabinet so badly that they built on ONTO the house, complete with clapboard and a roof. in this picture you can see the beautiful trim work, but you can also see the aluminum siding out the window. Man, they really wanted a china cabinet badly!

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    People also used to add on as they needed. Here are two doors that are different heights, even though they're right next to each other. I think I have a record-5 full sized doors in my kitchen:

    1. Side porch
    2. Basement
    3. Pantry
    4. Mudroom/outside
    5. Dining room


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    These pics take me back in time to homes of grandparents & great aunts & uncles.

    Your floor looks like Maple & Walnut. We used to visit friends in Bracebridge ON who were the forth generation in the house. The dinning room floor was oak but alternate boards were stained dark. That house is now a museum.

    In order to bend trim around a radius the back side of the board is cut nearly all the way through to the face in close increments & as the board is bent the saw cuts close up on the back.

    Here is a link to the house of which I speak.

    http://www.octagonalhouse.com/
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    Glad to see I'm not the only one with an antique house to look after...
     
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    Carpenters still take pride in their work today. Love the accents in this house. I would get rid of the drop ceiling.

    Love & Bass
     
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    Oh but for the definition of a carpenter today. Around the Toronto area the carpenters belong to the laborer union & they build form work for catch basins, curb & gutter etc.; you will find a chainsaw in their kit.
     

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