Dailey Woodworks

Shed Door Replaced In Bryan

Replacement Door Installed in Bryan

There was once a sad, neglected shed in the back corner of a lot in the Carter Creek area in Bryan TX.  The previous owner neglected this shed and now the existing doors were unusable.  We pulled out the rotting double door (that was an interior door) and replaced it with a single 36″ wide steel door.

Identifying the Problem

Ok…That’s a little tongue-in-cheek in this situation.  The new owner of this house has been slowly fixing things and upgrading things to suit her taste since she bought a nice older home in Bryan.  Great house, nice neighborhood but like any older home it’s time for some renovation and maintenance to make it last another 60 years.

Never use an interior door for an exterior application

This shed, although an eye-sore, wasn’t a huge priority. Therefore, we focused on some interior improvements to the main house first.  But when the owner could no longer access her garden shed because of this door, the priority level was bumped up.

Need a new door? Check out our Door Buying Guide!

Defining the Scope of Work to Fit Your Budget

We decided to replace the door with an inexpensive steel door and replace the siding on only one side of the barn. . Replacing all the siding will come at a later date.

Sometimes budget dictates the scope of work that you can afford to do.  We get that.  By breaking this  project down we could do the door and one side now, then at a later date go back and replace the rest of the siding.  We also offer six-month zero interest payment plans through PayPal Credit.  Get those essential home repairs done without cleaning out the emergency fund.

New Door, New Siding, Fresh Paint

Doesn’t this look a lot better?

A new door, new siding, and a fresh coat of high quality paint.  This job only took about 3 days from start to finish.  The home owner did decide to splurge in one area; installing a Kwikset Key Pad Lock.  Key pad locks allow you to use a code to unlock the door with out a key. No more walks of shame back inside to get your keys!  I love them and the added convenience is worth the upgrade.

What’s the Home Improvement Project You’ve been Putting Off?

Fall is a great time for smaller home improvement projects.  Let Dailey Woodworks help you get it done right.  CLICK HERE to go to our contact page and tell us about your project for a free estimate.

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Barn Door Installations in the Brazos Valley

It has been a while since we posted anything about our barn doors! We build custom wood barn doors and offer installation services for Bryan, College Station, Caldwell, Brenham, and the rest of the Brazos Valley.  Here’s some of our recent barn door projects.

Baby Boy’s Nursery in Bryan

Double Barn Door Bryan Texas

This is the first full bypass barn door system we’ve done.  With the limited space of this bedroom there simply wasn’t room for a traditional out-swing closet door, so barn doors to the rescue.  We installed a full length header to support the weight of the doors.  Our standard practice is to stain this to match the doors.

These doors are a 42″ K-Brace stained in Weathered Wood.  To order yours click here.

Kitchen Pantry Barn Door in College Station

Pantry barn door for kitchen College Station Texas

While I’d love to take credit for this Kitchen Remodel, that credit goes to my friend Buck the Builder.  He contacted me to build a coordinating barn door for a pantry in a hallway.  A regular door would have blocked access to the hall when it was open.  With a barn door you wont impede traffic getting your Pop-Tart while everyone rushes out the door on their way to school and work.

This is a 30″ mid-bar design on our standard 6.6ft track.  The header was left a contrasting color to tie into the kitchen.  Getting the right color for this door was a little bit of a challenge.  We mixed and matched a few different colors to get the effect that our customer wanted.  To order yours click here.

A Desperately Needed Shop Door Facelift

Barn door for garage in Burleson County Texas Caldwell Somerville Snook

The garage door on my shop was literally disintegrating.  One day, half of it fell off the track, and almost ruined one of our custom projects. It was scary but my chiropractor appreciated the extra visit.  An over head door is really just in the way in a small shop so barn doors it is.  Technically in this application they are double carriage doors.  My wife picked out the X-brace design and we took out the eye sore of a garage door, framed out a jamb and installed these.  Still need to get it all painted…

We bought this property a little over a year ago.  I forgot how bad this place looked when we bought it.  There’s still an overwhelming amount to do, but we’re making progress.  You however don’t have to suffer through a long, live-in-flip.  You can hire Dailey Woodworks to renovate your home in a quick painless manner :-).

These doors are 42″ X-Brace Doors, mounted with common gate hardware.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook so you can see the finished product.

Getting Barn Doors for Your Home is Easy

Barn door order form for aggieland

On our barn door order page we have upfront pricing on our standard sizes, colors, and installation service.  We can custom build almost any size from barn-door-baby-gates, to massive over-size barn doors in a variety of styles.  We’ll build your barn doors and have them installed in just a week or two from your order date.

Barn Doors also make for great farmhouse style headboards.  To order yours click here.

 

 

 

Murphy Bed For A Client In College Station

We just finished up this Murphy Bed for a client in College Station.  Right now in Aggieland, we are all about College Football.  Every few weekends, Bryan and College Station are overrun with people coming into town for college game day.  With a seating capacity of over 102,000, Kyle Field at Texas A&M is the biggest football stadium in Texas (including pro football stadiums).  That’s a lot of extra friends and family coming to town.  Wallbeds are great for adding additional beds for gameday guests.

Guest rooms are great for people who have friends and family stay with them regularly.  But, at the same time, an extra queen size bed takes up a lot of floor space in a room that mostly sits empty.  That’s the same issue that Stacy was facing.  She needed a place for guest, but also wanted her craft-room.  So she got both.  We built and installed this awesome queen size Murphy bed in an average size room.  When folded up the bed only takes up 17″ of floor space.  We also flanked the bed with two 2 foot wide book cases with fully adjustable shelving.

Starting with the Best Materials and Hardware

We’ve recently switched to Purebond Plywood for all of our cabinetry builds.  It’s a fantastic, environmentally friendly product that I loved using on this build. Learn more about it here.

Milling up all the parts

The hardware we use is simply the best.  I’ve actually been criticized by fellow online woodworkers for spending $299 on a hardware kit, because they “can make the kit themselves for $50.”  No. No, you cant.  I can spend days searching and finding the hardware the kit contains, figuring out how to make it all work safely and consistently, or I can purchase a high-quality hardware kit with a lifetime warranty that allows almost anyone to operate a 150lb folding queen size bed easily, with one hand.  I gladly guarantee my work because I’ve carefully chosen the parts that go into my products and builds.

 

For the finish on this bed, we used Durapoxy by Kelly-Moore Paints.  The color was custom matched to the existing trim and cabinetry throughout the house.  If you’re in the Bryan-College Station area, I highly recommend Hill Country Paints.  In fact, they are my exclusive paint and finishing product supplier because of their superior products and amazing customer service.

Matching the Existing Cabinetry

A fun challenge for this bed was to match the style to the existing cabinetry in the house.  Honestly, this was a lot more work than I expected.  I ended up getting a new 70-piece router bit set just to match all the profiles (darn, more tools to buy…noooo!)

The cabinet door facing we applied is actually a four piece build up.  Starting from the outside we used pre-primed radiata pine. This is a very stable and easy to mill material that is a great value on paint grade projects.  We set up a combination of table saw jigs and router bits to match the the outside profile.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t come across in the pictures well.  The second piece is a stepped cove that we have sitting about 1/8 of an inch below the white frame.  The third piece is the faux raised panel that starts at about 3/16″ thick and goes up to 5/8″ thick before meeting the final piece.  The fourth and final piece of this build up was the trickiest.  It’s an Ogee paired with a round over.  To create this, we started with a 1×3 and routed it on edge to create the Ogee, then flipped on it’s side to route the round over.  The final step was ripping the finished and fragile trim off with the table saw.  The recessed field is the plywood foundation of the bed.

Flanking the Murphy Bed with Book Cases

Adding two bookcases to the sides of the bed really sets it off and helps balance the bed in a room.  It’s completely optional of course.

 We built these book cases with the same material that we build all of our paint grade cabinetry with.  Since the book case was over 7ft tall, we needed a fixed center shelf to keep the cabinet from bowing out over time.  The rest of the shelving is completely adjustable thanks to 1/4″ shelf pins.

Murphy Bed Installation

It’s important to have everything out of the room where your Murphy Bed will be installed on installation day.  Installation, adding trim, and any touch up painting typically takes only one day. We bring the pre-finished bed pieces and build parts and assemble it in place.

Final Touches

After installation, we paint the trim, perform any touch ups, then thoroughly clean the work area.  If you already have the mattress, we are happy to install it for you as well.

If you’d like an extra game-day bed, extra room in your spare room, or just love the concept of a Murphy Bed installed in your home, check out our Murphy Bed page to start the process.

Reclaimed Staircase

Rustic Pine Staircase, Reclaimed Pine Staircase and Handrails

Home Remodel in Caldwell TX

I love projects like this! We took a boring and unsafe staircase and made it beautiful and safe.  Using clear southern yellow pine for the treads and reclaimed pine beams and lumber we created a unique rustic staircase that suits this barndominium.

Unfinished OSB Staircase

Like most staircases, this one started with OSB.  If you have an ugly staircase, don’t worry, it can be transformed into something that suits your home and style.

You’ll notice that this staircase does not have any kind of handrail or safety rail.  It was quite unsettling at the top which is about 14ft.  A proper handrail that meets code is essential for safety and ease of use.

This is the outside or barn area so there was really no need to do what we did here.  A simple handrail would have been fine.  However, we are slowly taking this area and polishing it up to look like the beautiful rustic home on the inside.  I think we succeeded.

For the treads and landings, we used clear Southern Yellow Pine.  Using Clear Pine for the stair treads vs Knotty Pine stair treads costs more but yields a better result.  Clear pipe lumber is more stable than knotty pine so there will be less chance of splits, warps, cupping, or twisting later on.

DIY Rustic Pine Stair Treads for a Farmhouse Staircase in a barndominium
Clear Southern Yellow Pine Stair Treads

The handrails are made with reclaimed lumber.  The story behind the lumber is really cool.  The barndominium is built on land that has been on this family for generations and is near what amounts to a little ghost town outside of Caldwell, Texas.  In this community there once was a store.  The store belonged to my client’s grandmother.  Many years after the store was closed it was torn down and much of the lumber was saved.  This is the lumber we used for the handrails.

rustic farmhouse staircase with reclaimed lumber handrails
Handrails made from reclaimed pine

To hold the posts in place we cut a half-lap joint in the wood so that it could sit partly on the treads and be connected to the sides with lag bolts.  This makes for an incredibly strong post that won’t be going anywhere.

Once everything was installed we sanded everything and started the finishing process.

The prep for finishing is always time-consuming but is the key to a great looking finish.  We spend about 4-5 hours filling nail holes and sanding everything up to 220 grit.  After thoroughly cleaning off the dust we started from the top and worked our way to the bottom staining all the treads with English Chestnut by Minwax.

Sealing the treads was the same process of starting from the top and working our way to the bottom.  We did two coats of Minwax Polyurethane for Floors. I absolutely recommend going with the oil-based formula.  You’ll need mineral spirits to clean it up but an oil-based polyurethane will hold up longer than a water-based polyacrylic.

Here are the finished treads with the risers done

The final step was to build a safety gate for the top landing.  My client’s children and grandchildren come to visit and keeping the grandbabies safe is crucial.  We built these gates out of reclaimed lumber in the same way we build our custom barn doors.

 

This was a great project and the second I have done for this great clients.  We built a Murphy Bed for her last her and we have several more improvement to make to this barndominium in the future.

If you live in the Brazos Valley we are happy to help you with your next carpentry, remodeling, or home improvement project.  We serve Bryan, College Station, Caldwell, Snook, Somerville and surrounding areas.  CONTACT US today to schedule a free estimate.

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A Space Saving Folding Workbench – Perfect for Cramped Garages

Murphy Table, Folding Workbench,

Custom Woodworking in College Station TX.

This folding workbench is a great addition to any garage or craft area with limited space.  In its folded position, it only takes up 6″ deep of floor space.  When set up, it’s a rock solid 32″ deep workbench ready for your next DIY project.  The best part is you can build it on a Saturday for less than $100.00!

Purchase the Plans to Build Your Own at My Etsy Store

I was hired by a nice couple in College Station to help organize their garage.  They asked if I could install shelving and also build a folding workbench like they’ve seen on Pinterest.  I’m a carpenter who loves building unique woodworking projects, so I get really excited whenever I get a call that starts with “Hey, I found this thing on Pinterest; can you built it?”.

Fold up craft tableI drew up what they wanted in SketchUp. SketchUp is such a valuable tool for woodworkers, carpenters, and remodelers.  Being able to build and modify custom cabinetry or woodworking projects digitally gives your customers a much better finished product and allows you, the contractor, to more accurately price a job.

 

I finished the workbench top with two coats of Minwax Polyurethane for Floors.  This product is very durable and makes a great top coat for high use areas like wood counter tops, work benches, tables, and…um…floors.

Watch the Youtube Video to See How It’s Made

Photos

This Fold Down Craft Table is great for the garage or can be jazzed up for a craft room or sewing room.  The uses for this are endless at pegboard like we did and it can serve as a space saving leather working table, Potting Bench, Jewelry Making Table, etc. The uses for this are only limited by your imagination.

To Purchase the Plans to Build Your Own Click Here!

 

Office Remodel

This was an Office Remodel in Bryan TX.


I don’t do a lot of commercial work, but I will for certain situations, namely friends.  My mechanic and former employer from WAY back called me to refresh his office space.  I wonder why?

The paneling had to go.  Scratch that,  everything had to go.  We did a full gut of the office space.  Lights, ceilings, walls, floors all replaced.

We had planned on simply replacing the ceiling tiles on the drop ceiling and painting the cross members, but because it was so old it was easily damaged beyond repair.  We redid the entire ceiling and installed new LED office lights.  This was the first and hopefully last drop ceiling I install.  I think it turned out well.

The next phase was drywall.  We did a light knock down texture painted gray.  Trim was a nice cream color and doors a deep red.

The old used-to-be-red vinyl tiles were replaced with a nice ceramic.  This was installed by a sub-contractor as I’m no good at tile work.  

Once the walls were painted, tile work done, and trim installed it was time to install a coffee bar.  We went with a budget friendly option by using inexpensive yet high quality stock cabinets.  These were solid oak face frames and drawer fronts with complete plywood construction.  NEVER buy particle board cabinets.  We stained them and installed them.  A local countertop company installed some nice granite.

Cleaned up and ready to move back in…

Finished

A huge THANK YOU to the owners of B&B Automotive for allowing Dailey Woodworks to renew your office space.  If you live in the Brazos Valley and need a good mechanic they are the people to go to.

Rusty’s Remodel Part 2 (Bedroom Addition)

Home Remodel in College Station TX

Check Out Part One of this Series

Last week I showed the before and afters of the exterior of this home.  One my summer helper and I finished the exterior repairs and painting we moved inside to build a wall.  This rental was to be targeted at college students so another bedroom would help maximize the income potential of this property.  The front den/living room was fairly small and there is a large common area that connects what is now the Living/Dinning area to the kitchen.

The process was fairly simple.  Build a wall seperating the entry way from the living area.  Install a door, build a closet.  For the closet we used a nice, and expensive, double mirrored sliding door.  I was impressed with how easy it was to install.  We then waited, forever, for the electricians to finish their part then finished the drywall and painting.

Rusty’s Remodel – Part 1(Exterior)

Home Remodel in College Station TX

I was leaving Home Depot, again.  When I get a phone call.  On the other end is an excited guy who just bought his first rental property, and he’s writing a book about it.  Okay….? That’s different.  He wanted me to build a wall or something.  We set up a time to meet for an estimate and I head back to the house I was painting.

As a carpenter/small business owner I come across all types of people and personalities.  Most good, some annoying, and a few bad.  Then occasionally you’ll meet a guy like Rusty. Someone who is genuinely a great person, and then you get to work for him.  It also turned into my biggest job since moving back to the Brazos Valley.

He originally wanted an estimate to convert a Den/Living room into a bedroom.  Texas A&M University is the life blood of College Station.  Rusty purchased a house near campus that is a prime candidate for students.  More bedrooms more rent, it’s that simple.  We talked about the scope of work and I ask him to let me give him a bid on painting the exterior, doing some cabinet work, etc.  We talked about how he needed the job done by the first of August, I said I could do it, we finished at the end of the first week of August…which was not entirely my fault.

Here is the Exterior Work:

 

Husky Office Space

My multi-month office project is now complete!  This space was built in a ~10,000sq/ft warehouse to be the office for the local HVAC company.  The owner framed it out, planning to do all the work himself. He ran out of time and hired me to take it from studs to a finished 900sq/ft office space.  I did a little bit of everything.  I did all the insulation, drywall, drywall finishing, painting, doors, and trim.

The owner and I laid a lot of the tile together.  I didn’t have much experience doing the tile, neither did he, and we couldn’t find a local tile guy.  We did about 2/3 of the office space, then decided tile wasn’t for us.  He was able to find a guy locally who was willing to work on trade for some HVAC work on his house.  Win-Win-Win

 

Painting the Jennings’ House (Exterior)

My first major job since going into business full time for myself was painting the Jennings’ house.  Their home is in good shape overall but was in need of a face-lift.  They have metal siding and a metal carport that the paint had pealed off and rust was starting to form.  There was also a little bit of rot on the back porch I repaired.

After a good pressure washing I started masking everything off for spraying.  I’ve been wanting an airless sprayer for a while and this job provided me the opportunity to get one.  I don’t have the money for a true professional grade sprayer so I went with the Wagner Power Painter Pro it is a cup style so it’s great for small jobs and it included a 2 gallon backpack for extended use.  I can also purchase an extended hose for spraying from a 5 gallon bucket.  I gets heavy after a few hours of spraying.  We used bright white Rustoleum oil based paint.

I also replaced the back door.  Next up we’re repairing some drywall and painting inside.

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