Paradise ponders, electric walnut edition... Yesterday was a day of getting things done, for me. That was very satisfying, I'll tell you.
I'm listening to Christmas music as I type; Pachelbel's Canon right now. I love Christmas music!
First thing in the morning, I went to work on the threshold between the mud room and our entranceway, which I've mentioned before. I figured it would likely take me all day to get this right. I had envisioned building it as three separate pieces of walnut: one on the bottom, matching the tile line in the mud room, a second on the bottom matching the tile line in the entranceway, and one on top that was shaped so that you didn't stumble on it, but which was tall enough to engage the weatherstripping “sweep” on the bottom of the door. The first photo below shows the hole I was filling along with the three pieces of wood I cut; mud room on the left, entranceway on the right. The second photo shows all three pieces of wood assembled in place, but not yet glued. The third photo is the same, but with the top piece removed. Next to last photo shows all the pieces in place and glued, and the last photo the same but with two coats of Watco natural penetrating oil finish. Amazingly enough, it all worked on the first try. It looks great, and seals the door very nicely. We care about a seal here because we know the mud room will always be cooler in the winter: it's a small volume with all but one side exposed to the elements. The only hitch I ran into during this work was that some of the mastic from both tile installations had to be chiseled out (hence the hammer and cold chisel visible in some of the photos). I was all done by 10:30 am!
Raynaud's disease and my pernicious anemia, so working out in dry, cold weather was ... unpleasant. I got them both up, though, along with the motion sensor (just visible at the top of the arch). I had a small challenge with the last step, mounting the motion sensor: the cover of the electrical box was missing its bolts, and nothing in my collection of bolts would fit. I made a quick run to our local hardware store and bought 4 pairs of bolts: one pair for each of the weird sizes that it might possibly be. It turned out to be 10-32 bolts that were needed, the last one that I tried. Of course! I couldn't test these lights, as I still have some interior wiring to do. I expect to be working on that today.