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  1. General Woodworking Discussion
    My family owns a ~110 year old house with a 150 ft long covered porch. The porch and house is all made of unfinished white oak that was milled on site when the house was built. The porch wood has never been replaced and most of it is still in remarkably good shape. The beams supporting it are in...
  2. New Member Introductions
    Hello. I am new on here. Mainly my time has been spend restoring old stuff vs building new. My son, age 22 and I are about to begin on a journey of restoring his first home oof his own - a 1910 1 story hip roof bungalow in a historic preservation district in NC. My first 2 projects at that...
  3. General Woodworking Discussion
    I have an Ipe porch that is in desperate need of sealing/refinishing ... I have no idea what the best products are, so I could really use some advice from someone who has experience/knowledge in this area. What is a good product to use... that will both provide the best protection, as well...
  4. Wood Finishing
    I have an Ipe porch that is in desperate need of sealing/refinishing ... I have no idea what the best products are, so I could really use some advice from someone who has experience/knowledge in this area. What is a good product to use... that will both provide the best protection, as well as...
  5. Design & Plans
    I need to find patterns for porch brackets. I can find LOTS of sites that sell finished brackets, but I want the patterns so I can make them myself. Any help greatly appreciated! Thanks! Nancy
  6. General Woodworking Discussion
    I have to replace some basic square columns on my porch. They are not load bearing. There is a steel support brace inside them. I want to paint them white. Should I use treated plywood and let it cure over the summer before painting? Or, is there an alternative that I can pain immediatly that...
  7. General Woodworking Discussion
    I am in the process of restoring my front porch. The porch rails are in need of being replaced. They have a radius to them, which I do not know how to figure out, would like some suggestions on that. In addition there is aprox. 12' between the columns and it requires to join to boards...
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