Travel adds excitement.
Travel adds stress.
Travel also adds a story – or three
As one might expect one of our longest journeys made for the most stories. This one started as a stair, a mere 1800 miles away. We were hired by a contractor to do a curved stair in the Key Largo area. Sight unseen – we worked and designed off their measurements, sending a full sized floor plan for them to lay out at the site and approve. This was a freestanding irregular curved elliptical stair. We added some curved treads and risers, curved rising railings and iron balusters. Price wise not a huge money maker, but it wasn’t that long after the bust. We were eager to do what would turn into a magnificent stair. From the full size patterns, they realized the initial run of the stair was too long. Major catastrophe avoided! We made the changes in design and went straight into production.
Not to oversimplify, but four months later we had the mahogany stair, railings and balustrade completely assembled in the shop. Wonderful! We usually take a nice deep breath at this point – almost to the point of giving ourselves a hardy pat on the back- then we realize we still have to load, transport to the site, get it inside, get it to fit and then finalize by installing the rail and balustrade. So much for that pat on the back.
The back of our shop has a drive through 16′ x 14′ door. I’ve always wanted to build a big boat in there, just so I could ease it out of that doorway. It works great for stairs as well. I loaded up with the assistance of a tractor lift and a few straps. After carefully lowering onto our open trailer, we built a nice knee wall underneath for support. Screwed everything down securely, and double tarped everything, just in case – although I’m not sure why – it never rains in the south!!
We’re ready for the 26 hr trek. One thing about long road trips – it’s a good practice to not overthink everything that could go wrong.
Come back next week as we continue on our journey.
Until then take five!