Winter Works

The wood working projects continue as per our usual winter with other activities thrown in.

Santa’s workshop was very busy here again this year as was Mrs. Claus’s. Ron crafted an art table and benches for the grandchildren and I took care of finishing it. The benches slide under the table. The oldest is enjoying it immensely, the youngest just believes it was invented to climb on.

Santa also made some beating boxes out of left over cedar and a drawer for my antique table that came sans drawer. Mrs. Claus also sewed 4 charity quilts and a plethora of other items that ended up as gifts.

More work continues, yet again, on these seemingly endless tables I dreamt up. Let’s face it that while I wanted to be the lead on this project it’s a bit complex for me. I didn’t even realize one builds a table upside down nor did/do I know all the names of the parts. We still have slats to measure so we can build the base but before we got to that each brace had to be filed down to fit the slot on the facing board. We had anticipated that as the blades for the table saw could only but slot a certain size and it was about a blades worth short.

Once we’ve dry fitted it all together then we will build the tongue and groove top and cut it to size. Then we will put it together for real. At some point in time that top will need 3 to 4 coats of Diamond Finish. I suspect it will all take some time because x 3.

I also suspect that it seems highly unlikely that the real carpenter will get to the window pieces again this year. Which is too bad but maybe I can hope for early spring. The unheated garage plus the finished basement make it hard for cutting intense projects.

This will likely be the last update here until we finish said tables. Meanwhile we both enjoy the look of the veranda daily. It just completes the house. It looked fabulous decked out in lights and frost although I failed to get a picture of both it seems. Despite trying to keep it a dog free zone you can see by the tracks how well that has worked.

So that’s the one deep of winter post for here.


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Assorted Sundry Items

We are both working on individual wood working projects. Although I started mine in April he completed his before me. While I am happy for his progress it feels like I have been slugging away for eons.

The new outdoor furniture came with several cushions. They need a storage container for outside. We’ve got salvaged hardwood galore so he has planed it down and sanded it. He’s building a box.

He was contemplating how to make the top and sorted it out. In the meantime we decided on no finish at all to the wood. We will just let it naturally weather. Colour wise that will suit the space well, just hope from a wear point of view that the wood can withstand the weather. Turned out very stellar; leather handles, nice latches and a brass lid lifter.

A year + ago we found 12 antique table legs. They weren’t cheap but we bought them anyway. They were covered and cracked with several coats of paint and grime. That took loads of time in the spring and fall to get rid of but persistence is a good trait.

That plethora of hardwood mentioned above will be used for the 3 table tops. Loads of discussion and research about how to finish them as they will be used in my attic space. Which means the finish needs to be durable and cloth/paper friendly. The table facing is salvaged from a different house and we have had it for a long time. So it was finally design decision time about colours, stains and finishes. Happy to report that this next stage has gone faster than I anticipated it would. Loving this new Varathane Diamond Finish! Then finally it will be time to build the tables!

I’m excited about that part as for a long time I’ve wanted to improve my skills. 95% of the time he does the cutting and creating. I want to take the lead on it and do the cuts and building. I will need his expertise for sure but we have the plan drawn out and some of the cutting I will be confident with. It’s how the legs marry to the table face that is complex.

This is the first year in ages that we’ve actually done building projects in November. Seems most years we’ve needed a break to rejuvenate ourselves after our summer of construction.

Up next for me will be turning old windows into picture frames. Up next for us together may be a couple of hardwood cube boxes with tin ceiling tiles for a top. Think they will be stellar as outside end tables. Plus the grandchildren need an arts and crafts table for their playroom so that is also on the list.

The last “biggie” for the carpenter is to create window trim pieces for every single window. All 31 of them need 3 pieces. Then the painter will have to stain and varnish those along with the windows (that’s a spring summer job for sure). It’s a big job as each window will have to be custom created.

Even with our winter projects we will find time for R & R. Well our version of it that is — which will involve soccer, skiing, snow shoeing and time with family.


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Break out the Prophecy

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Self-congratulatory pause

Seems like a self-congratulatory pause moment to me; in the space of just a few days we’ve accomplished a significant milestone.

The veranda walls are sided and have the final coat of paint applied. It always sounds so easy when you type it out but the doing of it was not quite like that. Each board had to be custom cut on the pillar side to fit the stones. Caulking applied for weatherproofing and then that coat of paint; which can be elusive to apply in the fall with the weather being somewhat temperamental.

Once that was completed we moved on to creating the front railings. All the wood had to be purchased, milled, sanded, primed,assembled, first coat or yellow and then installed. Final coat of yellow happened as soon as he finished each section I was behind him with the paint brush.

It looks amazing. The design came out so perfect and the execution will stand the test of time. Onward to the flooring; the blueskin is down which was a challenge. The cedar tongue and groove needs to be dug out, installed and sealed. Hoping by next weekend!

Definitely a self-congratulatory pause — I even blogged it the same day it was completed!


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