Yes, it’s getting close, but extra hard toward the end. First on Saturday I freaked out about the Irishman starting work while I was helping my dad fix his car, even though it turned out that everything he did without me was FINE. But I got down there to help/micromanage him for the second half of the day. Then today, more of me being difficult. It was finally time to confirm my second woodwork order, closing out a purchase that I started planning last April. So I should show you, the Tague Lumber place in Malvern is the fanciest lumber yard in the world. Literally.
The first was special order woodwork for upstairs that’s slightly fancier than the original. I decided that even though I wanted to be historically accurate, I could handle being just a little bit too fancy.
Downstairs I decided on a stock item that’s slightly plainer than what it’s replacing. Compare these:
Yeah, they’re really close. Really close. But the old trim, aside from being warped, missing chunks, gummed up with bad paint jobs, and not enough there for my new doorways, it’s a little bigger (especially taller) and fancier. And somehow I just like it better.
So today I went into Tague’s online catalog to look up an item number for something practical… and gasped.
There it is. The TL-3166 is my header cap. It’s perfect. I want it. And it’s a special order item. That means that it won’t be arriving on Wednesday with the other woodwork. I’ll be picking it up. In 16 foot lengths. Which just means they’ll have to be cut in half. There’s only gonna be 4 so it’s fine. I also don’t know how much it’s gonna cost yet, except that it will definitely be about double. So if it’s crazy I may have to go back to that pretty nice but not quite perfect TL-35. I mean, the money is flying away fast now. But even if I do go back to it, I’ll be picking it up myself now. But it’s not fun making things easy, is it?