2014-06-30 14.58.18

Walking Around Portland – Ladd’s Addition

Ladd’s Addition is definitely one of SE Portland’s unique and interesting neighborhoods. The streets run diagonally and weave around four rose gardens and a large circle at the center of the neighborhood.  Most of the houses are Craftsman style Foursquares and bungalows, with some mid century ranch style homes and cottages mixed in. For more info on Ladds Addition check out the Ladds Wiki
2014 02 28 15.56.11 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionSo much brick and sky. I Don’t know why but i had to take a picture.

 

2014 02 28 15.59.07 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionAn interesting inside corner window.
2014 02 28 15.59.54 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionBottle and cob planter. Nice artistic touch!

 

2014 02 28 16.07.47 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionTurns out there are a lot of churches in Ladd’s.

 

2014 02 28 16.07.56 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionNice bungalow.  (sorry about the picture)I like the combination of the pebble finish walls and bold colors.

 

2014 02 28 16.08.35 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis is where Ladd himself lived back in the day.

 

 

2014 02 28 16.11.00 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis is an interesting spanish style home. Not quite the norm for Ladd’s Addition but part of what I like about Ladd’s are all of the unique places sprinkled throughout.

 

2014 02 28 16.12.05 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThere are houses with barn style roofs sprinkled all over Portland. This one looks like a portland barn style house crossed with a cape cod.

 

2014 02 28 16.16.23 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis just seemed like a particularly Ladd’s style collection of houses.

 

2014 02 28 16.17.37 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionI learned about Little Free Library on this walk and so can you: http://littlefreelibrary.org/

 

2014 02 28 16.18.02 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThere are many large Craftsman Foursquare style houses in Ladd’s. This one’s purple!

 

2014 02 28 16.21.26 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThinking about getting some angles for my entryway now.

 

2014 02 28 16.22.39 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionHere’s a fun garage door painting!

 

2014 02 28 16.26.40 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis place striking in it’s simplicity.  Once again I like the pebble finish walls.

 

2014 02 28 16.27.22 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionYou have to see some collections of bungalows to get Ladd’s

 

2014 02 28 16.29.43 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionI like all of the yard art at this house.

 

2014 02 28 16.31.37 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionMore churchy goodness!

 

 

2014 06 26 20.03.24 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis house is just interesting to look at!

 

2014 06 26 20.12.42 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionI like how many houses there are in Ladd’s Addition that seem like there tucked away in the woods.

 

2014 06 26 20.17.30 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionA cute little cottage!

 

2014 06 26 20.23.34 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionSome cool retroness!

 

2014 06 30 14.58.18 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis is a church that was turned into a house. I got to go inside once. It’s  a very cool place!

 

2014 06 30 15.06.43 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThe big round patio balances all of the angular details of this house nicely.

Meet the goats featured

Walking Around Portland – With Goats

 

 

On This walk around Portland I was joined by Winter and Atho from the Belmont Goat herd and owner Jess Kurtz.

The belmont Goats will soon be moving to the lents neighborhood If you’ve spent time on the east side of portland you’ve probably heard of the Belmont Goats. If not don’t worry they have their own website: www.thebelmontgoats.org. There’s also a crowdfunding campaign to help with the cost of moving the goats here: Help Move The Goats

05 20140401 164133 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsJess and Atho take off across the street. 

 

04 20140401 164052 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsI like the contrast of old and new in this neighborhood.

 

06 20140401 165114 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThis house was painted with only one color. I like the effect.

 

07 20140401 165154 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThe goats tried to go up pretty much every set of stairs we passed.

 

08 20140401 165243 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsNice victorian house! The goats approve of the rosemary in the yard.

09 20140401 170844 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsGetting close to home. The goats are excited to get back.
10 20140401 171149 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThe Goats are popular! We returned to find a news crew. Check out the KGW Story.

 

11 20140401 172335 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThe reason the Belmont Goats are moving is because the land is being developed, so this is a wide open view that will not exist for long in Portland’s central eastside.

 

12 20140401 172611 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsWinter says goodby.

 

02 20140401 163258 Walking Around Portland   With Goats Snack time!

For those of you who came here to see pictures of architecture and not goats I’ve included the following pictures from other walks in the neighborhood:

13 2014 04 01 19.18.46 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsI like the exposed structure on the facade of this building. It brings interest to an otherwise nondescript building.

14 2014 04 02 11.36.27 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThis building has always been interesting to me.  It seems that the design was meant to be viewed from the street that it faces but given that it’s the tallest building in the area it’s quite visible from all angles.

 

15 2014 04 02 11.28.08 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsI’m a fan of unique designs! It’s refreshing to see something that looks different than everything else around.

16 2014 04 02 09.58.47 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsI feel like I just stepped out of central Portland for a minute.

 

17 2014 04 01 19.20.02 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsLooking down Burnside at Big Pink while straddling Northeast and Southeast.

 

 

2013-06-19 17.25.28

How It’s Built – Stairs built with a Domino Joiner

These are a set of stairs that were built using a Festool Domino Joiner. The Domino Joiner is a somewhat recent addition to the tool world.  The Domino joiner cuts a mortise sized correctly for a “Domino” (a pre manufactured hardwood floating tenon made by Festool)

01 2013 05 29 09.58.41 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner This is the site built jig made from scrap wood that I used to mark the end cuts on the stringer and the tread locations.  The jig is double sided so it can be flipped to mark both stringers.  Once marked, the jig is clamped to the stringer to act as a guide for the saw to make the end cuts, then again for the domino mortices. 02 2013 05 29 09.58.58 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner   The hole in the jig is the size of the stair treads and is use to mark the stringer. 03 2013 05 29 11.02.42 300x225 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner This is one of the marked stringers. With a project like this it’s important to mark the stringing before making any cuts to make sure that your measurements work as anticipated. The stringers on this project were cut from  4″ x 12″ x 10′ pieces of Douglas fir. Pieces of fir that big are expensive and usually take time to order. A miss cut would be a huge setback to the project. 04 2013 05 29 11.07.03 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The stringers after the end cuts were made. 05 2013 05 29 14.44.35 300x225 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner   The  jig being used as a guide for the Domino Joiner. 06 2013 05 29 14.44.45 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The jig has a stop block that the base of the Joiner rests against to set the location of the first of four mortises that correspond with the mortises in the ends of the stair treads. 07 2013 05 29 14.45.35 300x225 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner I cut three uniformly sized blocks out or scrap plywood that when placed against the stop set the spacing for the mortises. 08 2013 05 29 14.46.26 300x225 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The jointer with two blocks against the stop. 09 2013 05 30 09.28.44 300x225 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner Since the finished floor wasn’t installed yet,  I could screw down some scraps of wood to hold the treads in place while cutting the mortises in the ends of the stair treads. 10 2013 05 30 09.29.02 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The green pieces of wood on either end of the tread act as a stop to push against when their opposite of the end that’s being cut. On the side that’s being morticed, the wood strips provide a consistent surface for the base of the Domino Jointer and set the height of the cut. 11 2013 05 30 09.29.54 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The same blocks that were used to space the distances between the mortises on the stringers are then used to space the mortises in the ends of the stringers. This makes certain that the mortises  match up. 12 2013 05 30 09.31.00 300x225 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner Jointer with three spacer blocks. 13 2013 05 30 09.56.28 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The ends of the stringers with the mortises cut. 14 2013 05 31 16.07.37 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The top flight of stairs being  set into place. 15 2013 06 12 12.57.35 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The stairs in place with the first slat installed. 16 2013 06 12 16.01.52 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The bottom ends of the slats were cut to match the angle of the stringer and installed with a domino. 17 2013 06 13 14.14.13 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner

Carrying on with the slates.

18 2013 06 13 16.33.30 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner Yay More slats! 19 2013 06 17 14.11.03 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner I drilled into the edges of the slats with a countersink bit and screwed them into the stringer. I set the screw heads deep enough that they could be concealed by wood plugs. I used a plug cutter to cut plugs that matched the size of my countersink bit. The slats shown above that do not have holes have already been plugged. The plugs are glued in place then cut flush with the surface and then sanded. 20 2013 06 19 17.25.28 300x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The stairs with the slats installed. 21 2013 06 19 17.25.46 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner The stair well with the slats installed and no handrail. 22 2013 06 28 18.16.44 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner Handrail transition at the landing between the flights of stairs. 23 2013 06 28 18.16.56 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner Top view of the stairs. 24 2013 06 28 18.17.55 225x300 How Its Built   Stairs built with a Domino Joiner A view from outside of the stairs and a matching slat wall above. At the time of these pictures the landing floor hadn’t been finished and not all of the finish had been applied to the handrail. Maybe I’ll make it back for better finished photos some time. I’ll post them if I do.

Working with The Domino Joiner

The company that contracted with me to build the stairs are the ones who handed over the dough for the Domino (it’s not a cheap tool) and specified it’s use on this project. Having never worked a Domino I was interested in taking it for a spin. I always like trying out new tools!

Overall the Domino worked great. I think the idea is to bring the ease of use of a biscuit joiner to a mortice and tenon system. however with the setup and jigs necessary to accurately cut mortises for all 104 Dominos that were required for the treads alone, it seems like I could have just gone with a traditional mortice and tenon approach. On this job, separate jigs had to be created to make the mortises in the treads and stringers. With a traditional mortice and tenon, a jig similar to the one I used as a guide for the Domino Joiner, could act as a router guide to cut one large Mortice per tread in the stringer. The Tenon on the end of the treads could have been cut without the use of a jig using a table saw with a dado blade or a router with an edge guide. Also the “Dominos” that are used with the Domino Joiner are an added cost that would be avoided with a traditional mortice and tenon system.

While I’m glad I got to check out the Domino, I don’t see myself running off to purchase my own anytime soon.  If you’ve used a Domino Joiner let me know what for and whether you’ve found it to be indispensable or like me find it to be “just another neat tool.”

 

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Food stains your clothes what about wood?

Recently there was a massive turmeric powder spill in my kitchen. If you’ve ever cooked with turmeric you will be aware of it’s ability to turn anything yellow. Not wanting to waste the spilled turmeric I decided I would try it out as a wood stain. For my first attempt I kept it simple and just mixed the powder with some water and applied it to a piece of structural grade plywood that I had in the garage and let it dry. Next I decided to apply some oil to part of the wood to see how that affected the appearance. In keeping with the rest of the project and given the fact that the project was carried out in my kitchen I opted to use Olive Oil to coat the wood. In general oil will bring out the richness of the wood. Note: I have no previous knowledge of Olive Oil having superior characteristics for wood, also it’s expensive for the purpose. It was just more fun to extend the food grade building materials experiment then it would have been to go with a more traditional choice.

Turmeric works! How about Wine?

Since I was already mucking around in the kitchen I decided I may as well try wine on the other side. Similar to the Tumeric I applied the wine with a rag let it dry then oiled part of the wood to compare the results.

2014 03 17 11.53.34 225x300 Food stains your clothes what about wood? Turmeric stained plywood. The darker portion also has a coat of oil.

2014 03 018 225x300 Food stains your clothes what about wood? Wine stained plywood. The darker portion also has a coat of oil.

After applying the stain I applied a water based polyurethane. So far everything has worked out well and there haven’t been any problems with the combination of materials. In working with nonstandard materials there’s always the chance that the chemical makeup of the materials will be incompatible. problems with incompatibility in materials will usually present themselves right away but sometimes finishes will degrade or lose adhesion over time due to chemical incompatibility.  I’ll continue to monitor my sample and post updates if anything changes.

Have you made use of non-construction materials in your finishes? If so let me know!

 

 

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ReUse Desk

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This is how my office looked before.

After Front 300x225 ReUse Desk

I combined the table and small chest of drawers that I was using for a desk with some plywood 2x4s and paint I had in the the garage to make this.

After Angle 300x225 ReUse Desk 

I also use the room for recording music sometimes so I put the desk on castors so the room configuration can be changed easily depending on what the space is being used for. The platform below makes it so my trash and recycling cans move with the desk.

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I secured my power strip and cords to the underside. Anything that I may want to reconfigure is held by rubber bands hooked over screws. The rubber bands allow me to keep the cords coiled up but I can easily pull more more slack up through the top of the desk if I need.

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Notice my computer speakers are also mounted to the under side of the desk in the corners.

As with many reuse projects I’m happier with the outcome than I would be with anything I can buy.  It’s built around what works for me and has a story to it. I find that I change the configuration of the room more than I thought I would for all kinds of reasons, sometimes just to break up the monotony of a project.  Also I like unique designs and I know there’s not another desk like this one out there.

 

2013-09-03 13.22.38

Walking Around Portland – East Side waterfront / Industrial Area

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I’ve walked by this house many times. I’m not sure what to say about it… some homes just have presence.

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There was a tower last post too.

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I like your style!

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A building in the trees.

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I don’t usually see the Ford Building from this angle.

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There’s something striking to me about industrial buildings.

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Wait for it….

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I don’t know how this came to be here but I’m glad it did!

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Does anyone else think this is a peaceful view or am I just weird like that?

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An interesting shaped building.

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Good advice! Even the graffiti around here is pleasant! 

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It seems that some things have changed around this place since it was first built.

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Sadly I still haven’t been in the train museum -I’ll enjoy it from the outside for now I guess.

2013 09 03 13.44.45 300x225 Walking Around Portland   East Side waterfront / Industrial Area

Portland’s getting a new cable-stayed bridge – by the way I recommend doing an image search for “cable-stayed bridge“.

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Notice the submarine in the background? There’s a submarine that they let people go on and a train museum within walking distance of my house. I haven’t been in either, what’s up with that???

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There are cool train cars to see outside though.

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There’s Oregon Museum of Science and Art (OMSI)

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Solar Car Charging station. Do other people think solar panels look cool?

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My name is boxxy

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It’s nice having the waterfront trail to walk. such good views of downtown.

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Another tower.

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I like the modern facade and shaded south side windows.

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The color of this building plus the tracks make for a cool photo.

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The burned down “Taylor Electric Supply” building.

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There’s an Oregonian article about it. It says something about the place attracting photographers.

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“Skate park!” was my first thought!

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This installation is called  Inversion: +/-

Southeast Portland Building

Walking Around Southeast Portland

 Portland is a great place for walking. One of my favorite things to do is walk through different Portland neighborhoods and look at the houses.  The Walking Around Portland  series will be made up of the photos I take on these walks.2013 09 02 13.25.47 300x225 Walking Around Southeast Portland

There are a lot of craftsman details added to Portland porches.  This is a different style than I’ve seen before.

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I love that the Tibetan prayer flags.  They are so well matched to the rest of the house!

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Cool metal medallion!

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I rounded a corner and came across an unexpected tower!

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One thing I noticed when I moved from Colorado to Portland is that people tend to use a lot more color here! I like bold color choices!

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Plant cave!

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I like the red stairwell.

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Rusty metal often looks cool when done right.

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I was able to chat with the owner of this place a bit. He’s been using salvage materials to add to the house for years. There are tons of little details everywhere. I could look at this place for a long time. It’s awesome what people do with reused materials in Portland!

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Interesting modern building.

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This is a beautiful building!

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See what I was saying earlier about cool rusted metal!

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Plant wall.

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Bike… bike rack. This way your bike won’t be lonely while you’re gone.

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I like this color combo.

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Cute Gnome House!