We loaded the heavy bench on the Miss Cuddy in East Boston.
Hard at work sealing the curved window panes of the lantern room at Graves Light.
Mike from CCI Construction waves as he starts work sealing the roof of Graves Light.
The original 1903 architectural drawing was our guide.
Here’s the Watch Deck (kitchen) door, from the inside.
The new hinge is in place, painted to match the outside of the Watch Deck door.
These custom-built stainless steel replacement hinges should last another hundred years.
The bench is bolted to the iron floor of the Watch Room as the center of our new kitchen.
Installing it as the kitchen centerpiece was the next step.
It took four of us to hoist the bench up the outside of the lighthouse, with wind making the job more adventurous.
Refurbished bronze ship lanterns will provide electric light to Graves.
Art Graves drills into the cast iron ceiling to prepare installation of restored ship’s lanterns.
Section of the curved mahogany bench for the Graves Light kitchen, built by NMT Woodworking.
Building a custom curved set of mahogany benches was a labor-intensive job.
Nat of NMT Woodworking with a section of the mahogany bench set he built for our kitchen.
The stovetop design, from computer to metal shop.
With his high school engineering education and his own imagination, Wyatt designs the stove.
Wyatt’s bronze stovetop, after it came back from the metal shop.
A new desktop is built of oak.
Its shape fits the curve of the lighthouse wall.
Finished, polished, and ready to go.
We built this out of an antique office desk, with a new curved top.
The staircases on all levels of Graves Light now shine with the new electrical system.
Dave and John haul up each lens panel.
A close-up of how we built the brass frame.
Wyatt designed the bronze frame by computer, and built a full-scale wooden mockup.
John and Randy assemble the flash panels to adorn the kitchen on the watch deck.
John, Dave, Joe, and Randy remove the 1970s lantern floor.
John Nelson and Randy Clark do the final fit.
All finished! (For now)
Jocelyn clears things up as we reach our final steps.
Three sections assembled on land.
Dave sweeps up by the first fire in Graves Light’s new potbelly stove.
We used the original 1905 chimney assembly in the granite to install the 2016 replacement.
The joint where the new assembly (left) meets the antique yacht smokestack (right).
In South Portland, Maine, the new chimney assembly is ready to ship to the lighthouse.
Jim and John fit the chimney into place.
A still from an inside-the-pipe video of John Nelson welding the assembly together at his Maine shop.
The Murphy bed under construction at NMT’s shop.
Nat Towl puts the finishing touches on the Keeper’s Suite.
Plenty of compact storage space on either side,
Folded out and ready. All quartersawn white oak.