Richard S. wrote:I have access to some pretty good tools and I know how to use them too
Oh, we know! Then there's the question of getting good lumber anymore! What would you use? I just paid like $1.67 a foot for "select" pine 1x4, the guy at the lumberyard "selected" a couple of boards with knots in them for me
Pretty soft material too.
Ever see Roy Underhill ? http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/schedule/index.html
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
Now it's one thing to put stuff together, and another to use all 19th and 18th century tools! That guy has more energy in a 1/2 hour then I do all day. Saw him make windows
from blank stock and a bunch of ancient planes and jigs!
Last year I got a reference and went to see the guy. Big McMansion that had fake stucco on the outside. The guy wanted his front door refinished. It was a whopper, probably 3-6 x 7-0, looked to be 2" thick. I think it was cherry. It had thick raised panels and a clear poly finish. It must have been beautiful when it was new. Well, the guy let it go, the finish was bad and there were deep water stains on the outside. I think the finish must have locked the raised panels in their grooves; and they had split straight through. I told the guy the only thing you can really do is paint the door now. He didn't want to hear it. Adios.
The guy had problems with woodpeckers punching holes in his fake stucco; somebody sold him an electronic device, that must have broadcast "Get out of here" in woodpecker language. Fake stucco exteriors are banned
in a lot of southern states! The caulked seams let go, rainwater gets in behind the stucco and its styrofoam under base, rots the sheathing because it can't breathe, and then five million carpenter ants or termites move in