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TREND ALERT: Barn Doors 

If you have been following our blog and website over the past few months you have probably noticed we have been expanding our rustic wood selection. Throughout the years the Millwork Outlet has always tried to offer our customers surplus and reclaim products that can't be found at other building material stores. Our reclaim wood is a product that sets us apart from the big box stores and even most salvage yards. It is always fun to hear about the projects our customers are creating using our rustic wood. 

One trend I have observed (and LOVE) is the use of sliding barn style doors to section off living areas. Recently, I have had customers purchase our figured maple, worm wood yellow cedar, knotty pine shelving and black walnut to use as in their barn door creations. Barn doors can be used in a variety of applications. They work great in small areas where there isn't much living space but plenty of wall space, and they have the extra added bonus of looking real pretty hanging on the wall. 

Inspired by this Pinterest Board and talking with our customers I decided to add a sliding door to my house. In my very small house my dining room was at one point a carport. Rather than remove the 12" cinder block wall they left the original doorway which sections off the dining room from the rest of the house. Because the dining room is so separate from the rest of the house we seldom use it. My sliding door serves primarily as a piece of art but it also helps as a heat buffer during the winter when we want to heat the living room and kitchen but don't need to heat the dining room. It is made of our worm wood yellow cedar 2x4 boards and was tongue and grooved at the Millwork Outlet with black walnut. It is 48" wide and it 84" tall. Because it is the focal point of the room I wanted the handle to be unique so I used an antique hand drill I found at the Goodwill. It is beautifully rustic and unlike anything I have seen. I absolutely love it. 

Today when I came in to work I found a folder and flash drive full of pictures of a barn door one of our customers crafted from wood she purchased at the Millwork Outlet. I get very excited when our customers send us pictures of their projects to share on the website so I had to post them right away. Below are pictures of the progress of her project. Tonight I will take pictures of mine and post them here as well. 

 

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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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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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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