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BUTOKUDEN Dojo
1581 Browning
Irvine CA 92606 USA
Phone: 866-DO-KENDO

Foundation of the building

The first step of the construction will be to dig the foundation of the building. It will be extremely dusty, so we will cover the construction zone with a huge plastic, so we can still keep practicing while the construction goes on.

Butokuden Dojo before construction

Here are some pictures of the Dojo taken before the construction.

Construction Starts!

We have started construction on February 20, 2012. This is a good day to start construction on the Japanese and Chinese calendar. The construction crew, and E-BOGU staff, gathered for a celebration.

Building Permit

This is what I was waiting for. Finally our Building plan has been approved. Now we are ready to start building!

Roof Leak Problem

We had a big storm last night. And we started to have leaks from the roof. I went up the roof, to check what was happening, and there was big puddle near the drain area. There were a lot of leafs from the neighbor and that was causing clog in the drainage area. It took me a half day to clean this.

Finally, Dojo Floor is Finished!!

After 4 layers of Matte Finish polish, the floor looks beautiful!
Here are some pictures. I can not wait for to practice on this new floor.

Layer of floor finish

After the sanding is done, they will place 4 layers of matte finish coat on the floor. I did not want to put any coat, in order to leave the natural floor finish, when practicing, but the floor guys recommended that we put some type of finish. That way, it will protect the hardwood from water. These pictures shows the floor shining, because the sealer is not dry. I chose the most natural color, which is the transparent finish, in order to be able to see the natural floor color.

Sanding down the surface

The next step is to sand down the surface of the top layer. They brought in this machine that you ride on, and sand down by driving on the floor.

They finished placing all the maple surface!

After all, it took them about 1 week to finish nailing down all the top layer. It looks very nice! I can’t wait to practice here. Right now the surface is still rough. The next step is to sand down the surface with a fine sand paper.

Placing the Top Layer

They had to let the wood “get used to” the nice Southern California climate, before start nailing down. So the floor guys were gone for a week. Now they are back making noise again. They have started nailing down the floor pieces, just like a puzzle.