Cute, Pt. 3: The End of Carpentry

If some of these balusters seem to be kind of leaning one way or another they are. The inserts are complete, but not yet screwed to the railings.

I don’t want them attached yet because tomorrow starts the painting phase, and since they’re different colors they’ll be easier to paint separately.

As I’ve said before I’m not a carpenter, but I’m learning. I do believe this might be the nicest job I’ve done, and I did it with scrounged lumber.

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16 Responses to Cute, Pt. 3: The End of Carpentry

  1. Jack says:

    Very nice, I’m impressed! Looking forward to seeing it all painted up.

  2. Kentucky says:

    Lookin’ good!

    Railings for steps??

  3. Joel says:

    Don’t know what that means, Kentucky.

  4. Kentucky says:

    Are you going to create similar railings for the steps to/from your porch?

  5. Joel says:

    Oh! Sorry. There will eventually be a stairway railing, but probably much simpler.

  6. Ben says:

    That’s far more elaborate and (yes) cuter than anything that I had originally envisioned for your porch project. I see that you even have some useful afternoon shade.

  7. Mark F. Matis says:

    Very nice! And you’ve almost left it capable of being screened. You would probably need to cut off the outboard sides of the post caps, but other than that, everything seems to be inboard of the inner edge of the 2×6 perimeter band.

  8. Claire says:

    Very impressive, Joel! If you lived closer, I hire you. 🙂

  9. Zelda says:

    Yes railings for steps, both sides. Ramps instead of steps still need railings. That is bee-yoot-i-full
    and cute cute cute. You did a fantastic job.
    Are the porch railings going to be fastened strongly enough to hold if an ageing desert hermit happens to fall against them some snowy, icy, rainy or just because day???

  10. Judy says:

    I’m glad Landlady twisted your arm; your porch has turned out quite nice.

    I started to say something about a gate at the stairs to let LB out on the porch by himself. But then I remembered he would just go over the top of the railing if he was a mind to.

  11. Joel says:

    Yes. The originally planned porch would have been a big improvement in safety and practicality, but the full-size sittin’ porch comes at the perfect time to catch the evening breeze while the cabin interior slowly cools off.

    If I can roof and properly floor it, then I can screen it. Then I can put up some lights, which right now would only draw bugs and drive me indoors. That’s a couple of years down the road, likely.

  12. Joel says:

    As for Little Bear, when he was younger he would have certainly behaved that way. Now he’s getting old and his big problem is that he doesn’t want to be outside alone. Also there’s not enough shade and with his coat the sun is dangerous for him.

  13. Kentucky says:

    Well, now he can get in the shade under the porch, a habit most rural dogs eventually adopt.

  14. Joel says:

    Yeah, but he could always shade up under the cabin, which he was happy enough to do when Ghost was around. Now that he’s the only dog he barely wants to go out at all except for physical essentials, and never by himself. Seriously he’ll just lay in the open and mope.

  15. free.and.true says:

    Attractive and inviting, in addition to cute. Well done, Joel!

To the stake with the heretic!