Posts Tagged ‘painted plywood’

We had a great time at the Wooden Boat Challenge. The Bar-Ba-Loot was the prettiest boat and the fastest boat, at least in a straight line.

18 teams had 3 hours to build their boat out of two sheets of 3/8 plywood, some 1×2 and 2×2 sticks, screws, three tubes of caulk, and some plastic sheet and rope.

I only saw one sailboat this year (using the plastic sheet and rope) It got to the mark very quickly on a beam reach, but broke its rig during the gybe around the mark.

Team deedsdesign built the kayak pictured below.

Onlookers peer at The Bar-Ba-Loot under construction

construction underway

This series of photos shows the start of the championship race. Our downfall was being a bit slow out of the gate and running into a traffic jam just past the end of the dock.

Third Place

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I made this painted plywood seat for my friend Matt’s family heirloom chair a while back. Just happened upon the photo while searching through my files.

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More info on this project can be found here:



New Burgee

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The tall cabinet is installed with a peg leg made from plumbing parts. It awaits the doors. Stay posted.

tall cabinet post 1

tall cabinet post 2

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Sometimes, when working in the driveway, people stop by to check out the action. I think John is explaining the cabinet to our curious neighbor here. He now has all five boxes assembled and primed. Here are a few more pictures of the process. Even though these boxes are painted, the woven corners show through and add a nice detail. Stay tuned for the final product.

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This bathroom had some charm from the start with its orange-bottomed clawfoot tub and cheerful checkered yellow vinyl flooring. It also had a nice view of the Golden Gate.  After a while I decided that it could use an upgrade.

Hearst Castle Guestroom Bath

I kept the tub, but gave it a fresh coat of fireball orange on the bottom. I made a curved sink counter out of a big slab of redwood salvaged and milled by Matt Mcbride. The toilet was moved to the other side of the room. This way the view can be enjoyed while seated and there is more space for the sink.  I replaced the old toilet with a dual-flush Caroma.

After visiting the Hearst Castle guest room baths, I chose white hex tile for the floor.

The mirror goes wall to wall and all the way to the ceiling for simplicity and so that two people can get ready to go out at the same time. The fluorescent sconces by Justice Design give off a warm glow. The other light in the room is a LED recessed can over the tub.

The secondhand unprotected brass faucets and shower valve are from Ragnar at the Sink Factory on San Pablo, and the nicely patinaed soap dish and towel bar from a secondhand store in Portland, Oregon.

Curved, white-washed corner shelves are filled with colorful towels and plants, and a mural of flowers and butterflies is underway on the back wall behind the tub.

I kept the 100-year-old door (no faux distressing here, just hours of labor with a heatgun and then a sander to take off the layers of paint)

Thanks to Darren McElroy (general help,)  John Mcbride (electrical, plumbing, trim carpentry, and sheetrock help,)  Matt Mcbride (big slab of redwood,)  Dan Lewis (paint removal),  Lara Cushing (demo,)  Ragnar at The Sink Factory, Peter Renoir Plumbing (moved the toilet,) & J & D Glass & Sash (mirror) for their help.  Thanks to my downstairs renters for sharing their bathroom for a while.

Don’t remodel your only bathroom without a good plan.


Great Article about bathroom remodeling by Matt Cantor in the Berkeley Daily Planet

dual flush toilets

Justice Design Group

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Some fresh photos of the small studio taken by Lenny Gonzalez for your enjoyment.  I will be writing more soon about the design and green features of this tiny building.

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