|Home at last|
Completing this project was an excercise in patience. Finishing wood before it's ready is always tempting, and always a mistake, so Adam and I challenged ourselves to be patient.
|first coat of polyurethane dries|
|a revealing moment of truth|
|tiles spaced while underlying mud dries|
|spreading grout, a messy process|
|excess grout was no fun to clean off|
Spreading grout was entirely different. We spread it over the tiles, packed it in the gaps, and scraped it off. At this point, the tiles weren't exactly clean, but the bulk of the excess was gone. After a few days, it was dry enough to wipe the excess off with a damp cloth. The difficult part of this was finding out that the grout (powder & water) was still fairly easy to dissolve in water, and tended to seep under masking tape, leaving dark stains on the wooden frame. These were sneaky but easily removed with yet another damp cloth. Also, the grout didn't come off very easily. I made some scrapers out of small padouk scraps, which worked well, but there was still a lot of elbow grease involved. I left Adam to do the bulk of this part and cleaned the shop instead. I wonder if the grout cleanup would have been easier if we waited longer.
|Clean tiles. Finally.|
|The frame fits together and is ready to accept the top|
- Woodworking is more fun with friends, but more challenging too.
- How to lay tiles. Grout is not my friend, but I'm glad for the experience.
- Adam's idea to make the whole thing disassemble without fasteners is really cool. I may use it again.
- Lots of miscellaneous hand tool skills. This project was crucial early learning for me. I'm very glad Adam was OK with his project playing this role.