Category Archives: Custom Woodwork

Nazareth PA Balusters

Nazareth PA balusters on landing (before)The home owner originally wanted to replace the broken and mismatched balusters (Top and middle images) for the stair case as well as the railing on the top of the stairs landing. Take note that they also have young children who like to grab on the delicate balusters while playing and may break the repaired ones. The cost to replace and match the existing pine balusters which dated around 1900 would have been very expensive. So the alternative was to replace all the balusters (Bottom two images) with new stronger ones, match the stain and aged shellac look while keeping the existing handrails and box newels. The stairs now has a new mission style look which the home owners love.

Nazareth PA balusters on landing (after)

Nazareth PA balusters on stairs (after) All of my wood comes from Dykes Lumber in Easton, PA

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Williams Township Columns

Williams Township Old ColumnsThe owners of this  colonial style home were not happy with the spindly turned columns on the portico. They wanted columns designed to fit the existing roof of the portico and mimic the same style and details of the house.

Williams Township Building New ColumnsAll the parts of the column were made off site in my shop and assembled on location.  All the wood boards were primed and the end grain sealed with marine grade epoxy. Stainless steel screws were used to reassemble the columns.

Williams Township Columns after

Using the correct materials and construction methods I can ensure that these columns will handle the weather and sun for years to come.

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Hiding Ductwork

Photo of exposed duct-workWhen you want central air but live in a 150 year old English Tutor style home with plaster walls it is difficult to find a accessible place to put the duct work.

AC duct-work part 1As you can see there is very little room for boxing in the air duct.  Great care was taken not to put any cracks in the plaster wall or ceiling therefore, no nails were used only glue and pre drilled holes for the screws.

AC duct-work part 1In the old days wooden dowels were used for the radius corners for plaster walls. I wanted to mimic that style by using a wide corner round on the drywall corners and then skimmed coated the drywall in order to give an uneven aged plaster look. When painted, it look like it was always there.

AC duct-work part 3There was really no way I could hide the air duct coming from out of the floor and into the wall next to the closet. This was a child’s room, So I built a small bench.

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    “I had a sensitive issue with a large picture window on my turn of the century farm house. Over the years, dry rot and carpenter ants destroyed the framework supporting the window. Mike was able to support the window without removing it, rebuild the framework and insulate the space, and then replace the aluminum siding. It looks great!”
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