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TimberSil can stand the heat in the kitchen

It is another one of those years.  Wildfires rage, torching homes and whole towns.  These wildfires move very fast and are so powerful they create their own weather.  Many times, there will be one or two homes that seem to have withstood the fire without major damage.  Sometimes that is luck, but sometimes it is preparation.

How do you prepare?  One way is to put TimberSil siding on your home.  TimberSil is yellow pine that is bonded with sodium silicon in a process that forms glass inside the wood.  The wood still looks nice, takes stain, and acts like a wood.  However, it can withstand fires for up to 20 minutes without burning.  That may not sound like long, but it is usually long enough for a wildfire to pass through and move on.

In addition, the glass makes TimberSil rot resistant and insect resistant.  In fact, there is a 40 year warranty against either rot or insect damage.It is also considered a green product and adds LEEDs points to the building.

There is not much you can do to control Mother Nature.  You can, however, reduce your vulnerability to some of her worst tantrums.  TimberSil siding is a good start.  Gibe us a call today to order yours.

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Deadhead Sinker Cypress Roundup

Deadhead sinker cypress is wood that sank to the bottom of rivers and canals 150 years ago.  It has been raised, dried out, and sliced into boards, molding, and anything else wooden you can think of.  To feature this great wood, Good Millwork presents a roundup of five articles on it:

The history of deadhead sinker cypress

What makes cypress rot resistant?

Why sinker cypress is better than the cypress cut now

Deadhead sinker cypress is green

Deadhead pecky cypress

These articles paint a picture of a wood that is good for just about anything.    Give us a call to discuss your anything today.

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Everything Mahogany

Mahogany is a beautiful wood.  It is also rot resistant.  This makes it perfect for use in humid climates where rot is a problem.  Want to know more?  Check out these articles:

The Many Uses of Mahogany — just what is mahogany good for, anyway?

African Mahogany versus Peruvian Mahogany — where your mahogany comes from is important for the environment

Mahogany Millwork Done Here — a beautiful example of the use of mahogany in a room

First Impressions Count — do not forget the impact your front door has on your guests

Mahogany Flooring Adds Warmth to Any Room — just as people forget the impact their front door has, they forget the impact the floor has on a room.

Now that you have seen mahogany in action from floor to ceiling, why not add it to your home?  Give us a call today.

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Earth Day 2011

Today is the 41st Earth Day.  In 1970, there was no Environmental Protection Agency, no Clean Air, Clean Water Act, or any way to fight industrial pollution.  As the recent BP oil spill illustrated, we still need Earth Day as a yearly reminder that we need to treat the earth kindly or we will perish.

At Good Millwork, we practice Earth Day all year round.  The lumber we use comes from recycled bits of old buildings, from reclaimed deadhead sinker cypress, or from sustainably harvested wood.  No clear cuts for us!

Recycled wood comes from buildings that are being torn down.  Often this wood is old growth lumber harvested back when there were still large stands of virgin lumber.  In addition to saving landfill space, this practice allows the beautiful old growth timber to take on a new life.  Anyone who has seen a beautiful old pinewood floor will understand the importance of saving such lumber.

Reclaimed deadhead sinker cypress is brought up from the bottom of rivers and canals.  It was harvested 150 years ago from virgin forests.  The logs were floated to the sawmills.  A certain percentage, around 10%, sank.  At the time, lumber was abundant so the sinkers were left where they fell.  Now, of course, such timber is no longer available any other way.  So it is salvaged from the bottom and dried out, then sliced and made available for use.

Sustainably harvested wood is taken in a manner that does not disturb the ecosystem around the lumber.  Instead of clear cutting, individual trees are harvested.  Instead of bulldozing a path in and out, as little disruption of the area as possible occurs.  This wood is treated with respect, as is the environment it grew in.

Where does your lumber come from?  If you buy architectural moldings from Good Millwork, you will know it didn’t come from some clear cut forest that left a gaping sore in the earth.  Practice Earth Day with us.  Call today.

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Want Green Lumber? Get FSC Certified Wood

Are you concerned about the environment and want to make sure you only buy products that are made in an environmentally responsible manner?You can buy wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council with confidence.  The only certify wood harvested in a manner that maintains or improves the environment.

Right now, everyone claims to be “green”.  Doing so is easy because the tern is not regulated by the government.  There are nongovernmental groups, however, that carefully inspect and certify products ads being environmentally sound.  The Forest Stewardship council is one of them.

In order to be certified by the FSC, producers have to adhere to these ten points:

Principle 1. Compliance with all applicable laws and international treaties

Principle 2. Demonstrated and uncontested, clearly defined, long–term land tenure and use rights

Principle 3. Recognition and respect of indigenous peoples’ rights

Principle 4. Maintenance or enhancement of long-term social and economic well-being of forest workers and local communities and respect of worker’s rights in compliance with International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions

Principle 5. Equitable use and sharing of benefits derived from the forest

Principle 6. Reduction of environmental impact of logging activities and maintenance of the ecological functions and integrity of the forest

Principle 7. Appropriate and continuously updated management plan

Principle 8. Appropriate monitoring and assessment activities to assess the condition of the forest, management activities and their social and environmental impacts

Principle 9. Maintenance of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) defined as environmental and social values that are considered to be of outstanding significance or critical importance

Principle 10. In addition to compliance with all of the above, plantations must contribute to reduce the pressures on and promote the restoration and conservation of natural forests

At Good Millwork, our lumber is either reclaimed, recycled,  or harvested sustainably.  If you want to know where your wood comes from, call us today.

 

 

Physics

It was many years ago when my interest in this woodworking stuff began. In search for truth or at least some information, I would wander over to the Sears store just off Grand Avenue and go up to the second floor and stare at the wall of woodworking tools. I would stare, just stare at [...]
 

Deadhead Sinker Cypress: A Reclaimed Resource

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  That has become the mantra of ecologically conscious people everywhere.  At Good Millwork, we think a fourth R should be added:  Reclaim.  There are resources waiting to be used that can be reclaimed from the water that covers them.

Deadhead sinker cypress lies at the bottom of rivers and canals.  It has already been cut, so there is no guilt about cutting forests involved in using it.  There is difficulty and danger in raising the wood, but things that are worth while are rarely easy to obtain.

Once raised and dried out, the wood is cut into boards.  Because it is rot resistant, deadhead sinker cypress can be used for siding or in decks and other outdoor applications.  It is ideal for humid locations such as much of the Gulf Coast.

Deadhead sinker cypress is good for other things, though.  It can be made into banisters, newels, and rails for a staircase.  Cabinets out of cypress look very nice, as well.  Wooden floors look and feel very nice.  Cypress can put up with heavy traffic and keep looking nice for whole lifetimes.

The only drawback to deadhead sinker cypress is that it is not all that commonly available.  You cannot go to your local hardware store and purchase it.  However, at Good Millwork, we have a good stock of deadhead sinker cypress and can mill it to your specifications.  All you need to do is call us, and we can get the process started.  Call today.

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Fastening Your Architectural Molding To Your Building

Sometimes we at Good Millwork are asked how to fasten moldings to their proper place.  The answer is usually people fasten them with glue and then use brad nails to hold them in place until the glue dries.  The next question is usually about what type of glue to use.  That depends.

Traditionally, glue was made in one of two ways.  Hide glue was made by boiling the hide, bones, and other pieces of an animal, usually an ox or cow, until it was a thick, gelatinous mess.  This usually took several days and smelled to high heaven.  This glue melted at 90-100 degrees F, so if a chair made with it had a broken leg, a little heat could be applied to the joint, the broken leg replaced, and more glue applied to hold the new leg in place.  On the other hand, in Texas and other states where it gets hot, all your furniture would fall apart along about March.

A variant of the hide glue was fish hide glue.  The dog fish was preferred for this, but any fish would do.  This glue was the preferred glue of the intarsia artists.  Again, it melts at relatively low temperatures and that can be a problem.

The other traditional glue was made from milk.  Casein, one of the milk proteins, is the active ingredient.  The glue dries fairly quickly and the joint is permanent.  No amount of heat or solvent will open the joint.  It must be sawn apart.  On the other hand, it doesn’t fail just because it is summer.  The white glue we used as kids was a type of casein glue, and the white or tan wood glues sold now are similar but more permanent.  This is the easiest glue to use.

Epoxy glue is synthetic and bonds by a chemical reaction.  The joint is permanent.  When epoxies first came out, you had two tubes of stuff you mixed just before you put them on the wood and held it in place.  That was a nuisance.  Epoxies were also meant for non-porous surfaces, such as metal.  Now, though, you can get glues that are epoxy type glues for wood.  They come in one bottle and you just smear them on the wood.  However, some of them foam and the foam will mar the appearance of the finished product.

We do not necessarily recommend one glue over another.  However, now you have a little information on which to base your decision of what glue to use.  We will be happy to make the moldings for you to try out the different glues on.  Just give us a call today.

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Architectural Detailing for a Foyer

A few years back, an interior designer who brings us work from time to time, asked us to further ‘decorate’ her client’s foyer. When we left the job, it wasn’t painted so I hadn’t really seen the end result. (We recently went back there to grab a few photos for ourselves).
Central to this foyer were a pair of ‘mirrored’ staircases. Though good looking in their own right, she wanted to raise the bar even further so we faced the adjacent walls in wainscot.

Every time I see one of those old movies filmed in the interior of a ‘grand estate’… I’ll sometimes see hallways with arched ceilings that have been paneled. It is a look that kills me. Absolutely great looking. Not many homes are built this way anymore.
And then an opportunity showed up (albeit, on a more humble scale AND these passageways were arched already… but we enjoyed paneling them anyway). Since it was a paint job, we simply applied frames to the walls and ceilings (which became the panels). This also makes the project more affordable.

Having a few photos of this work can help convince others to consider this kind of approach.

Russell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc.

 

Pretty Good Woodworking

Well it has come to this. You’ve seen it all around you. You probably knew that the Studio couldn’t be far behind. I have to say now that it’s true. We’re dropping our values. The lessening of standards, the fascination with the quick and the cheap, yes these have infiltrated our walls as well. What’s [...]