Side view mirror

I had hoped, unrealistically, that this whole landscape “thing” would be in the rear view mirror by the end of the weekend. Alas, as per usual, it always takes us longer than we anticipate so it’s just in the side view mirror at this point.

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Landscaping ..finally

Eons ago we designed the garden for the purpose of having a circular driveway. The original garden and road size seemed right at the time. We’ve come to accept that the road width felt too narrow for some drivers if a vehicle was parked.

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“Done” this

The torrential rain leaked through the old roof. This apparently was the final straw. Lock stock and barrel the building was abandoned for the partially completed house on the hill. The stage begins here. Continue reading

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I am quite sure that isn’t even a take off of a word! A shelf. Shelves created. Shelfed.

I am happy to report that we worked on a quick and easy project over the holiday weekend. We are at a supply slow down in our window frames to picture frames so couldn’t really make much progress there.

We looked around at other areas that required finishing touches and came up with a relatively easy project.

There is a tiny wall area behind the bar that needs shelves. We have salvaged plate rail from the University Drive house.

A bit of demo and they were apart and cut down to size. A few hours later they had been chemically stripped and coarse sanded. Not long after that the final sanding was done and the inset lines ready for paint. This was a lot less arduous than the table legs (9 versus 144) so it didn’t seem to take long. We then trialed stains. We have very little oak in our prairie four square and it doesn’t stain at all like fir.

We decided to highlight the difference and we went with a light honey colour. The gel takes forever to dry though so I had to slow down and wait the 24 hours. Then it was a few coats of Diamond Finish. Meanwhile Ron marked out the appropriate height and screw locations.

From start to finish 5 days! It seems like a record in our life of long term BIG projects. It was fun, cost zero and looks great.

It will limit the purchasing of new scotch as the shelves are full!


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Order Up

Its been a significant length of time since I did a blog post here. It is after all a house blog and if we aren’t doing house projects then I don’t blog here. BUT today we did something!

There is a moratorium on

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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 holding 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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