By popular demand, I present to you the “Before” photos of the new home!
There are many, MANY, great projects planned for this house and property!
There has been a lot of exciting developments the past few weeks. Paramount of which is the purchase and move into our new home! Amongst the chaos of Realtors, lawyers and mortgage brokers I did manage to complete the cargo rack for my Tacoma in time to transport the first of our possessions to the new digs.
The process is lengthy and about as exciting as watching stain, or urethane, dry. In fact that is precisely what I did for almost 3 weeks. Each night after the 45 minute commute home I had enough time to apply exactly one-half of one coat of either stain or sealant to the disassembled cargo rack.
The following is largely a photographic documentation of the finishing process, and as a bonus, the first few truck loads of items we moved into the new place using the still-not-fully-cured cargo rack.
Surprisingly, I was actually able to reach my goal stopping point on a build in the allotment of time I estimated! With a little assistance from my Dad during the waning hours of daylight, I ended up packing it in well after night fall, and just minutes before the rain started.
The Tacoma Rack was a sort of shotgun project with little planning other than a napkin sketch from just about a week ago. The primary aesthetic was to be determined by the type of wood I would be able to salvage from the property. I was pleased to find a few old barn beams roughly the same dimensions and I began leaning towards the clear sealant timber-framed look.
After fully assembling the frame it was clear that the clear sealant would be a difficult decision as there were many varying ages and qualities of wood pulled together for the final product. Currently I am researching a few methods and products of spray applied bed lining for a final surface coat. But I didn’t want to get the old beams wet until they were sealed with something.
The remainder of this week I plan to sand, prime, and finish the lumber to hopefully have it completed by next week. As long as it was fully assembled on the truck though, I couldn’t resist trying it out. I was relieved to find that two full kayaks are capable of laying flat side-by-side, and the big 29er still fits on the bed mounts without a problem.
Of course to fully understand the load carrying capabilities I had to crawl up there myself and see how it felt…
…a bit high, but with the addition of a sheet of 4′ x 8′ plywood it would work nicely as a sleeping platform.
One last exciting recent development, crawling around in the rafters of the barns this weekend searching for quality lumber, I managed to pull down an old push reel mower that has been stored up in the rafters for as long as I can remember. I was pleased to discover it still worked quite well and will work great for the .12 acre lot our future home sits on.