Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Living Room Part II: The Revenge

When we left off last time, we had no living room floor.  It got a little worse after that.

Once all of the old joists were cut away, it allowed Jason and Dan to really see what was going on with the remaining structural timbers.  The sill running along the back of the room and the sill beneath the living room door and supporting the main stair case were both in ruins as well.  Luckily, with the living room floor out of the way, they were able to support the upper story from inside the room and replace the old timber.  They make it look so easy!

The two offending old sills

Supporting the upper story

Out with the old...

And in with the new...

That only leaves us with one original sill in the living room, and it’s still remarkably strong.  The one bad stud that Jason had to cut out was mortised into that sill, and Jason, the true craftsman he is, used the original stud as a template and carved chamfered tenons in the new stud so that it would fit in the old timber in the same way.  It made me tear up a little bit.

Ye Olde Tenon

It's the little stuff that really matters.  Even the little stuff that will be hidden in a wall for (hopefully) the next few hundred years.

Check back to see how it all goes back together...!