This week started with Mike at work and me at home finding plenty of work to do on my own. Below you can see that I taped and mudded Mike’s side of the bathroom. I forgot to do it before I added shiplap. C’est la vie. Well, it’s done now.
I used mortise and tenons for the rails and stiles; dado joints for the center panels. I used my router/router table to make my joints. It was a little tedious to set up but once going went really fast. When I do the linen cabinet I’m going to make those joints on the table saw and see which was easier.
My favorite filler lately has been Bondo for wood. I know people have used the car filler with mixed results. I use the Bondo that is made for wood and I love it. It doesn’t shrink or crack, it’s just the right amount of flexibility for wood’s normal movement with moisture changes. It sands smooth easily, fills easily, it’s stainable, dries quickly and here’s the best part: it stays good in the can for a long time. It is a two part epoxy – so the Bondo stays smooth until you activate it with the hardener. If you saw the Bondo in the picture above you can see how I lay it out on a board. I put a nice sized scoop of Bondo on one side of my palette and a small dollop of the hardener on the other. Then, I use a flat razor to grab a little Bondo and move it to the center of the palette. Then I use the razor and grab a tiny grain sized amount of hardener and mix it into the Bondo in the middle of the board. This way I mix up just what I need – it starts to set in a minute or less – so it’s important not to mix up too much while filling joints. But when kept separate on my board I can use that all day without it getting dried out and just mix the two together in the center of the board as I need it.
In week four we buy and install our tile and I can’t wait to tell you all about it, including my five favorite tiles that look like natural marble but are affordable and durable porcelain.