New Work

April 2nd, 2013

A sneak-peek into a home Nautilus Construction has recently trimmed out. More pictures to follow soon! Stay tuned.




Big Beam Joinery

October 29th, 2011

Sometimes, having a pile of tools is all you need to get the job done. Even if you don’t have the right tool for the job, most of the time one of your workmates does. I mean, lets face it – we finish carpenters are die-hard tool junkies. When we see another carpenter who has something that will get the job done better, faster and stronger, we have to have it, right? Right.

Even though we finish carpenters are sometimes fools for new tools, actually buying a tool that you will only use once in a great while, just isn’t an option. Either because the tool is too expensive to justify buying, or the shipping time makes the tool purchase prohibitive.

The short of it is – I was working on a project, and discovered I needed a big saw. Or at least a way to cut glue-joint surfaces on an 8″X 12″ Doug Fir beam at a 45 degree angle.  For what, you ask? One really big Doug Fir fire place mantle. The mantle was to be constructed of one beam stacked on top of another, and was to wrap the chimney chase on three sides. The bottom beam was sized at 8″X10″, with the bigger 8″X12″ beam stacked on top.

To achieve cabinet-quality joints in such big timbers was going to be a challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

Paneling an Octagonal Ceiling

March 9th, 2011

For any construction contractor to be successful, it takes hard work, creative thinking, and the ability to connect to the dreams and ideas of our clients. These facts are tested continually in many different ways.

For instance, in the same home in which Nautilus Construction installed the radius trim we also installed wood-paneled ceilings throughout. It presented a couple of challenges most carpenters don’t run into very often.

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Milling Radius Window Heads

February 22nd, 2011

I recently worked on a custom home that required radius window trim. It’s always a challenging and interesting task to create this special kind of trim, so I thought I’d write a bit about it.

There are a few ways to go about making radius window head pieces. The approach you use depends on the brand and model of window you are casing. In this example, we are working with ‘Eagle Brand’ windows which are manufactured with the jam piece in place. In other words, to trim out the window, all we had to install were the sill, apron, casing legs, and head piece.

In some cases, you can template the radius portion of the window and have the millwork supplier fabricate them for you. This is a pretty expensive option, and for this particular project, supplier wanted $250.00 dollars a piece. We had eleven windows in this house, and we were able to make the head pieces in approximately 2.5 working days. This amounted to substantial savings we were able to pass on to the client.

Here is how we made these particular window head pieces. Read the rest of this entry »

Timber Passages

February 17th, 2011

Hello, thanks for stopping by.

Shown here are a few photos of Timber Passages installed in a custom home in Sisters, Oregon. The style of this home is true to its surroundings, Mountain Lodge.

The timber passages here are set up to fit inside the rough opening and it worked out really well. The framers did a good job in leaving us with enough room to achieve a 48-inch finished opening, with one inch reveals between the legs and the head piece.

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February 11th, 2011

Today is the official launch of the Knot Blog and the new Nautilus Construction website!

A huge thanks go out to my awesome web designer, Adam Zarudny, who is responsible for the gorgeous design, and without whose help this site wouldn’t have happened.

Another thanks also goes out to my wife and her company Emerald Bay Photography who provided all the photography on this site.

Generously too, this website is hosted by Jake Ortman at Orty.com.

Please check back frequently for project updates and general writings on finish carpentry.