And—this is an important detail—start the next column with the tongue-piece you ripped off the board before the corner (unless it’s really small, like under 3/4-in.). Carefully cut around penetra- tions. When in doubt (for me, almost always), make a template, test it out, then transfer your lay- out to a full piece. Sometimes you can clamp two pieces together and just drill a hole in them to let the pipe through. For our Kohler shower control, I installed the bracket and added clear latex caulk to the top and sides to shed water. To cover the top edge of the wood shower, I ripped a thin bat- ten from a piece of Southern Yellow Pine just thick enough (about 3/8-in.) to butt into the corner blocks flush. A few dabs of clear caulk and some brads hold it in place.
FINISH The finish is always what you see and feel. I love a natural wood look, but I also love the way wood feels when it is painted.
A sink vanity and shelving made of reclaimed lumber maintained the rustic decor of the man-cave bath- room.