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by SDR
Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mid-Century Modern housing designs vs children
Replies: 10
Views: 7789

Saw this on another architecture site, but the discussion there devolved into a discourse on Modern vs Traditional. Yawn. I'm interested in the phenomenon, formerly confined largely to arty European or Latin American residential work intended for publication, but now spreading (it seems) to domestic...
by SDR
Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Two guys making concrete blocks
Replies: 7
Views: 3339

Wow. Yup, the future is at hand . . .


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by SDR
Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:42 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Two guys making concrete blocks
Replies: 7
Views: 3339

There must be something we don't know about the dark-colored thin-wall blocks being made in the video. But the mechanism built to produce them quickly, easily, and uniformly -- on a simple flat surface, where they remain to dry or set -- shows considerable ingenuity, and (I expect) a lengthy term of...
by SDR
Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Two guys making concrete blocks
Replies: 7
Views: 3339

by SDR
Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Two guys making concrete blocks
Replies: 7
Views: 3339

Sounds like a hopeful proposition -- all my best to you. It would be great to see a new generation of screen blocks sprouting in the fruited hills and pleasant plains of Los Angeles ! Without having seen the video (yet), as an old had at making things I will say this: Consistent methods yield consis...
by SDR
Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Film Culture’s Obsession With the Architecture of Lautner
Replies: 2
Views: 1906

". . .he worked on a couple of Wright projects before moving to Los Angeles in 1938. It was a city with enough money and devotion to innovation that he hoped to fund some of his own work, though he found much of the city loathsome, ugly. Still, it was here that he produced most of his—and L.A.’...
by SDR
Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:21 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: American Standard Ming Green
Replies: 16
Views: 8700

Is it a miracle that you still have the matching seat and cover ? Or are they available ? Are the parts made (and colored) so well that they can take endless cleaning ?

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by SDR
Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: American Standard Ming Green
Replies: 16
Views: 8700

This one's sold, but -- I see it's a slightly different model. What would you accept ?

http://www.coolstuffiscoolstuff.com/pro ... px?ID=2759
by SDR
Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Neutra's Hailey House...
Replies: 7
Views: 4126

Sweet. Lots of images when you find them. This one won't last long . . .


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by SDR
Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:09 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Ok, just a little carport brainstorming....
Replies: 8
Views: 3161

Thanks, Robb. I knew you would have looked at all of the possibilities. I like your ultimate solution. Bon voyage !


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by SDR
Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Ok, just a little carport brainstorming....
Replies: 8
Views: 3161

Robb, with your gently pitched roofs, I wonder if you'd want to have your new carport match that pitch ? It would be sort of a butterfly effect, with the portion that's closest to the house continuing at that slope, then reversing for the carport proper, so the tool shed end would be highest. This w...
by SDR
Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:00 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Simple And Efficient: The Case Study #18
Replies: 5
Views: 2710

by SDR
Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Home Interior Restoration (Wood) Help
Replies: 22
Views: 13428

Hmm. Sounds like you've been the route. Shops I worked for sprayed lacquer and conversion varnish, mostly, so I got used to the look of a sprayed finish. Deft was something I could do myself with a brush. Too bad its so fragile; I'm told not to use it where surfaces get wet. But we're on to other th...
by SDR
Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Home Interior Restoration (Wood) Help
Replies: 22
Views: 13428

Useful info. The alcohol part is interesting. Having brush-on finishes dry too quickly can be frustrating -- but for the early coats perhaps it's helpful ?

Where did you find the Target Coatings product ?

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by SDR
Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Home Interior Restoration (Wood) Help
Replies: 22
Views: 13428

Thanks, Panton-ite. Maybe there's an alternative that has the properties of tung oil but a different odor ? While I have you, what would you say gives tung oil its envied reputation ? Danish-trained woodworker Tage Frid taught us to use a mixture of linseed oil and shellac. First and second coat was...
by SDR
Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Home Interior Restoration (Wood) Help
Replies: 22
Views: 13428

Finish is my weak point as a cabinetmaker-furnituremaker. I've always had help in that department. Lately I've been using water-borne polyurethane products with good success. Traditionalists insist on oil-based finishes -- I have no argument with that, other than convenience. Stay away from brushabl...
by SDR
Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:23 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Home Interior Restoration (Wood) Help
Replies: 22
Views: 13428

That's right. Good point.

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by SDR
Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Simple And Efficient: The Case Study #18
Replies: 5
Views: 2710

Ellwood and Soriano seem to have led the field in the use of light steel framing and shop-built cabinet units which acted as partitions. Did others do so as well ?

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by SDR
Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:33 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Home Interior Restoration (Wood) Help
Replies: 22
Views: 13428

You don't want to sand some finish off and leave some on. Once you start, carry it through until you have as uniform a surface as possible -- or any subsequent steps (even leaving it bare) will almost certainly produce an uneven, splotchy color. Use a paper dust mask when doing serious sanding; maho...
by SDR
Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: David Wright house in peril -- petition
Replies: 0
Views: 3519

David Wright house in peril -- petition

http://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-phoenix-save-the-david-and-gladys-wright-house http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=David+Wright+house&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=d1U2UPYbx8atAeqMgfgH&biw=1203&a...
by SDR
Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: How ya fixed for blades!
Replies: 9
Views: 6893

Less is more ? After purchasing who knows how many cans of Barbasol over the years (I have a full beard but must shave below the jaw) I finally discovered that freshly-showered skin, still moist, needs no lubricant -- just a good disposable razor. Maybe it's just me . . . ? My dad was an electric-ra...
by SDR
Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Fallingwater's cousin...
Replies: 6
Views: 2513

Yes, Robb -- the problem probably started almost as soon as the house was built. Mr Wright liked those names -- many of the houses have them: Wingspread, Samara, Auldbrass, etc. Sorry to confuse you with Johnny ! Now how did that happen . . . Anyway, thanks much for the new material. The Halls deser...
by SDR
Thu May 17, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Palos Verdes Estates Home No Moore
Replies: 3
Views: 5557

[If I may . . .] more Moore images, etc :

http://savewright.org/wright_chat/viewtopic.php?t=4418
by SDR
Tue May 15, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Landscaping : A how-to guide.
Replies: 25
Views: 15592

Yes -- please fill us in (if you're still out there) ! I'd like to know how gravity affected your crushed rock, and how the borderless-border technique behaved over time. These facts would help others immensely with their own landscape plans . . .

Thanks !

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by SDR
Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Help identifying MCM credenza
Replies: 8
Views: 6609

Thanks, redlotus. Bender's on it . . .

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by SDR
Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Help identifying MCM credenza
Replies: 8
Views: 6609

by SDR
Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Help identifying MCM credenza
Replies: 8
Views: 6609

Sweet ! Looks like maybe cherry ? The blond streak -- nicely centered, probably by chance -- is sap-wood (found near the bark of the tree), often thought of as a visual defect. That's why production manufacturers like those pigmented stains; they can use wood that might otherwise be rejected. Your r...
by SDR
Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:07 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Help identifying MCM credenza
Replies: 8
Views: 6609

That's pretty cool. I don't know who made it. Looks like you have a little repair to do on the second door -- the bottom pivot hinge has become detached from either the door or the cabinet ? Of course the frame is solid wood -- but all the panels, including the top, are veneered. This is the only wa...
by SDR
Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Any other Mid-Century Modern Forums?
Replies: 9
Views: 5001

Pathetic. Fear rules, doesn't it ? Lotta Livers are engaged in flare-ups "daily" ? What country are you living in ? Lotta Livers are the nicest posters on the Web -- and not because they are forced to be ! Competition is The American Way -- except when my wallet is in play ? This is my las...
by SDR
Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:33 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Ennis-Brown House in Trouble
Replies: 69
Views: 23943

A sense of humor is apparently not a prerequisite for the management of this forum. . .!

hear ?


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