Monthly Archives: August 2009




Cute Project- 2 sheets of cabinet grade Birch plywood, an unfinished ornamental glass French door from Habitat For Humanity  ($65.00 A BARGAIN) and bingo! a built-in display cabinet for fishing rods,golf clubs and even the odd pike or spear!

Photo Courtesy Elvia Marsh

Photo Courtesy Elvia Marsh


Boy this took me back to my Seabee days. 

Rodney Marsh is a master musician, fluent in at least half a dozen musical instruments.

As such he works free form within a basic structure of  notes and tempos. So it was no surprise when he called me to help build his new shop on Person St he did it piece by piece, note by note, if you will, until he was satisfied with the result.

We started with a stack of plywood and a pile of lumber and commenced to cutting and sawing and nailing for two or three weeks before we came to finish.

And the outcome is as unified and organic as any of the jazz he plays.

 Which is how the Seabees did it back in the day- a box of tools, a stack of lumber and build whatever needs to get built.

Thanks for the memories Rodney.


This idea works best on a painted door. (New glazing muntins on stained doors have color disparities).

A glassworker supplied custom dimension bevel glass panes  for the existing panels on these two six panel doors.

With very sharp tools I very, very, very carefully split off the muntin section from the one piece molded rail and stile, removed the panels and inserted the glass. 

A little touch up paint on the reattached muntin pieces and a dramatic difference inside and out for this entryway!

Try it, you will like it!

Welcome one and all!

Today is my first day in the Brave New World of Cyberspace after years of infrequent forays.

Here we can talk about all things Handyman- how to fix things that should not be broken before they are ruined beyond all repair.

Questions and comments are welcome.