May 2019 News

I just returned from a week at Tassajara, the Zen Buddhist Monastery deep in the Ventana Wilderness east of Big Sur. It was their twice annual work period and I was a volunteer carpenter helping with an array of projects to be completed before guest season begins for the summer. There is never a shortage of things to do. Last year I helped move a 30-foot gently arched Japanese bridge upstream on Tassajara Creek. This allowed for its subsequent reconstruction and the ease of movement of fire equipment. This year my projects were much more humble – I repaired doors. Doors to the dining room, doors to dressing rooms by the pool, and doors to the luggage room. Believe me, there is joy to be found in a smoothly operating door! For me, it goes along with the happiness of a car that will start or a toilet that will flush.

Sustainable Wood Countertops

Sustainable Northwest Wood offers a full line of solid wood surfaces that are made from sustainably harvested local hardwood and softwood species. Inspired by the old-world butcher block, these solid wood surfaces showcase the color, durability, and beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Sustainable Northwest Wood’s offerings include:

  • Big Leaf Maple
  • Campground Blue Pine
  • Douglas Fir
  • Myrtlewood
  • Oregon White Oak
  • Pacific Madrone
  • Restoration Juniper
  • Tanoak
  • Willamette Valley Walnut

From FSC® certified woodlands in southern Washington to the sunny hillside slopes of the Rogue Valley, the region’s many fertile forests provide the lumber for Sustainable Northwest Wood’s solid wood surfaces. The mineral content in the soil imbues these woods with rich colors, dramatic veining, and beautiful variation in the grain.

Sustainable Northwest Wood partners with small mills throughout the region to cut and kiln-dry the lumber and manufacture the solid surfaces. Ask where yours came from — they can share the story behind each piece.

This is the first in a series of posts designed to help you succeed in your home projects.

Tip #1 – Squeaky Floors!

One of the biggest complaints people have about their floors is squeaking. Most squeaks are located not in the actual floor material, but in the sub-floor! Nails can spring loose, allowing the sub-floor to move up and down when you walk over it. The wood squeaks on the nail–hence your squeaking floor!

This means, the best way to prevent squeaks is to check your subfloor while your existing flooring is pulled out, before the new floor is put in. Walk all around and listen, checking all the seams. If you find a loose spot and hear a squeak, install a screw near it, through the subfloor into the floor framing or joist, to secure it. This will reduce the chances of the subfloor coming loose again.

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