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Water Hole

One of last big changes for the Church is to have running water inside. Yes. This beautiful old church has never had indoor plumbing, in all the 135 years of services, weddings,  Christmases, funerals, and even during the recent Reign of Raccoons.

We need a potty!

We need a potty!

So in December of 2014, we started excavating the stage in the front of the church. We needed room for a water tank, and that was a logical place to put it. Of course, we didn’t realize that there was a floor under the stage, so taking out the floor was a two step process!

Two levels of stage. Who knew?

Two levels of stage. Who knew?

We have to get down to the bottom of this! The tank is here!

300 gallons of agua, coming soon!

300 gallons of agua, coming soon!

It’s going to lay flat in the space cut out of the stage.
Cutting out the flooring out was a messy job, as usual.

Is it snowing in here?

Is it snowing in here?

No, it’s just the usual airborne dust. It was definitely time for masks. While Mike worked on the stage, I fiddled with another project: the doors.

We found these old wooden doors in the antique shop in Bay City, Michigan where our set of display cases is currently being housed. They are gorgeous, no? That is if you can see under the paint and the fact that they will have to be totally resized to fit the Church.

Imagine it the size of the blue tape. With no paint!

Imagine it the size of the blue tape. With no paint!

Mike sanded the flat side and the paint came off well.

Belt sanders are powerful.

Belt sanders are powerful.

Sometimes a little too powerful, as we found out.

Divots happen…

Divots happen…

The other side had the interesting bits. The fiddly bits. That’s the side that I attended to.

It's in rough shape.

It’s in rough shape.

The paint was actually pretty thin- just a layer of primer and the black, making us wonder if they had been redone before.

Comes right off.

Comes right off.

Progress:

More elbow grease, please?

More elbow grease, please?

The fiddly bits had to be done by hand.

Better, but not best.

Better, but not best.

It turns out that there is a tool that is made for this kind of work. Fiddly work. It’s a sander that looks like an iron! It’s the Ryobi Corner Cat!

I assume "ponceuse" means sander!

I assume “ponceuse” means sander!

It’s very green.

It's very interesting…sniff sniff…

It’s very interesting…sniff sniff…

And, most importantly, it’s awesome for the job.

Works like a charm.

Works like a charm.

It came as a surprise from Mike, and it is now my favorite piece of equipment, after the Robosaw, of course.

Robosaw has been repositioned for maximum convenience.

Robosaw has been repositioned for maximum convenience.

More on the amazing Robosaw in the next issue! For now, we’ll let the dust settle.

But it's almost February!!

But it’s almost February!!

Stay tuned for wood, amazing wood!

 

– The White Church Gallery