Mews, part II

If you missed the first post I made about mews and building my own mews, you can find it here.

This is only a brief update about how my mews are coming.  It’s taking a lot longer to build it then I thought it would take and I have less free time than I expected. I bought some more 2×4’s, enough to finish making the wall panels.  It’s taking awhile to get all of the wood because it’s pretty expensive and I can only fit so much in the back of our Elantra.

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Sarah and I buying 21 2×4’s

I still need to buy the wood and plastic for a roof, as well as the 4×4’s for corner posts, but it’s certainly coming along.

I only finished one panel and half-finished two others since my first post about mews.  The two that are half finished are the front panels that will have barred windows.  I don’t have to 2×6’s and 2×3’s to make the windows, but the frames and bottom panels are assembled and both are painted.

The panel that I finished I’m actually rather proud of.  Sarah brought home a piece of glass, 36″x24″ or something like that.  I thought I’d frame the glass and install it on the side panel for the equipment room to allow some light to get in.  I wasn’t sure exactly how to go about it when I realized the simplest solution – cut a channel into the mid-brace 2×4 and then cut a second brace and two side pieces to frame the glass.  Cutting the channels wasn’t overly difficult with a radial arm saw, though I was a bit worried the whole time about the blade catching the wood and shooting it out into the driveway.  I ended up having to offset the blade just a hair from the center line and making two passes, flipping the wood around for the second pass, as the glass was wider than the saw blade.

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Cutting the channels in the window framing.

This left a thin strip of wood, perhaps 1/64″ to 1/32″ thick between the blade cuts.  It was easy enough to remove with a wide wood chisel.

After cutting the channels I painted the window frame pieces and the rest of the partly assembled panel – didn’t want to get paint of the glass once it was installed.

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Window framing, after painting

I had to cut the section out of the panel where the window was going to be installed.  I ended up propping the panel up on some 2×4’s and using a circular saw.  It may have not been the safest way to cut the hole, but it worked.

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Painted panel before cutting the window hole.

After that the panel was as easy to assemble as all the rest of the panels, predrilling some holes and zipping screws in.

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Panel with the framed window in place

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Closer detail of the window

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The cordless drill died after I predrilled the holes but before I could put in most of the screws. I laid a screw next to each hole so it would be quicker to finish when the battery charged. Sarah kept calling it my art project, and I thought it was even more so when it was illuminated by the car headlights.

So far the total cost of materials breaks down like this:

35 2×4’s – $136.53

9 3/8″ 4×8′ plywood – $146.01

5 lbs 3″ wood screws – $30.16

5 gallons white paint, paint roller, brush, paint tray – $87.71

TOTAL = $400.41

As I said earlier, I still need to buy material for the roof, as well as hinges for the doors and figure out what I’ll do for the floor, so this price will go up a bit more.

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