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Over at the Streets of Nuremberg, the idea of posting something that you love shown in detail was recently shared. While I don’t have a scale model of anything at the moment, I thought of a big object with some small details while working on the back door project. I was spending some extra time to cleanup and prepare the area where the original posts, original porch floor, and reinstalled trim all intersect. These boards have survived for two reasons: the quality of the wood and the fact the previous owners have made sure it was painted.

National Lumber & Box Company – Hoquiam, WA

The original porch flooring was laid 123 years ago and is old growth Douglas Fir. Down in the basement, the back of the boards are marked with the lumber mill that produce the flooring.

After all the loose paint, old chalking, and dirt was cleaned from the damaged areas, I filled the missing pieces and gap with a structural epoxy filler called WoodEpox (Abatron). It is a two part product that has the consistency of a light dough. It holds its shape and can be worked just like a hard wood when cured. I have found this product to be the best on the market for repairing damaged wood (as a side note, I have received nothing in return for mentioning their product). You may be wondering, why not use chalk? By repairing these missing pieces and filling the gap, I create a better barrier against water intrusion than if I put chalking in this area like the last painter. Chalking is not really designed to bridge large gaps or to be used as a filler. It is a great short cut to a great looking paint job. But it won’t last. I view my ownership of my home as more of a caretaker role. The work that I am doing is to restore and preserve the history of this house. After all, this project is all about doing it right the first time.