Sunday
Apr212019

building display cases

I know I have been quiet in this space.  I have not been sick or traveling.  I did have a funeral to go to which having a good person die is always sad.  This was Koda Bear's  other grandmother who died so all of Tuesday was mourning her and supporting that side of the family.

What I have been doing this week is brushing off old skills and learning new ones to build the display cases for the boyos.  Monday, I ran a table saw for four hours after spending eight hours building a cut list.  Knowing what I do now, I would have changed cut list.  I would have spent another four to eight hours on it to really make sure I had what I wanted.  Another spreadsheet would have been created!  I learned a lot since Monday.  This was just the first step.

I had help with the table saw.  I am not big enough to manhandle 3/4" plywood sheets by myself.  I just do not have the wingspan or the the strength.  But when it was all done, this was the pile that was brought back to the shop.

Knowing what I do now, I would have made this pile much more organized. I would have probably taken a day with the cutlist to do that.  I got tired of "which piece of wood do I need and where is it."  That was me. I said it out loud a bit but thought it a lot!

To build the display cases, I learned how to use a pocket hole jig.  The first time I tried to use one, I was totally confused and ended up not using it.  Now, I can run of these like a pro.  Not that I cannot get better at it, because I can.  

By the end of Wednesday or mid Thursday (I cannot remember anymore), the frames for two of the three display cases were built.  The corner one still needs to be built.  I handed it off to my Beloved because he was having a tough time installing drawers so I may finish it.

The next step was building drawers.  Lots of drawers.  The boyos decided they wanted mostly drawers and not shelves for knife storage.  It started out as 32 drawers total.  It is going to end up with 37 drawers total.  After yesterday, I now know that I have that I have to remake two more because I built two too big.  I need to add more clearances. 

My biggest learning here is that I should not have precut my drawers.  I could cut the drawer heights I wished and the lengths of the sides but the front and back?  No.  Going from the computer to human measurement and divider placement did not keep the drawer sizes the same.  

But most of them are done and ready for installation.

That is what I spent nine hours doing yesterday.

I got really good at installing drawers.  This is another places though that I can tell that I have been working with too many computer generated clearances as a scientist and not human hand done clearance.  An extra 1/16th or 1/32nd of an inch here and there would have been helpful.  

I would say we are half way done with the display cases.  There are more drawers to build, more to install, and the corner case to finish building.  Then, the drawers all need faces and the countertop needs to be built.  So far, was this easier then Ikea?  But, the display cases are better dimensions and less expensive.  Now saying that, the counter top is going to be a custom butcher block that I will probably end up building.  The total could run more then Ikea.  But for an artisan knife shop, artisan display cases make since.  The cost, including labor may come in to less then what installed cabinets from Ikea would have been.  

I was asked the question, do I enjoy this?  I do.  There are times that I am frustrated but I am learning new things.  I think the frustration levels will go down as I have better skills.  Also, I need to know when stop better.  I have come in from working on this project this week and been so worn out I could barely move.  Last night, I hurt until I went sleep.  I am better this morning but I can feel it.  

I have been asked to put together a quote for a corner seating area in one of the boyos kitchens.  He does not enjoy wood work.  After this is done, at least to putting the counter top together, I will give him that quote.

It is an interesting windy road I am traveling.  It is awfully fun and I am incredibly grateful that I get these choices!

Saturday
Apr132019

something that is finished!

I finished a forever shawl yesterday.  I had come across some Blue Sky Alpaca alpaca and silk blend on clearance last summer.  It felt so nice to the touch!  I decided to make a shawl out of the strange number of skeins I bought.  And I like having a forever shawl of some style in progress.  It is inspired by Ines Cruz who knits.  She knitted something similar from alpaca gifterd to her.  But knit gives a very different drape.  Though I will not undo this one!

Well, this one is done.  It is heavier then I would really like for the size it is but it is a comfort.  It is a comforting weight.  And so soft!  The colors are natural and I like how they all come together.

I have also been playing with the camera on my phone.  How do I take pictures of what I make when I do not ask for help.  The hands in this house are very busy and sometimes I do not chose to wait.  Someone will eventually take the picture but I have been having fun with the timer on my phone.

I do not currently have any more forever shawls in the works.  That is mostly due to having three sweaters and a dress that are being crocheted.  I also am working on a dress that is heavily embroidered.  And mending.  Never forget mending.  Mondays seem to be about mending.

Plus working on the display room for the boyos.  If I were to win the lottery, all I would "buy" myself would be a room with a lock on the door.  Or maybe a cabin with a lock?  A truck cabin with a lock?  The capabilities of making a cup of tea and having some quiet for making. 

Thursday
Apr112019

almost

This quilt is almost quilted!  I am finding everything is taking much longer then it used to with two small boys in the house.  As well as helping more with the boyos' knife business.  It used to be I only worked on the business cards and ran errands.  Now, I am being asked about cut lists for cabinets.  I will actually help build those cabinets so I am not surprised.  It is what happens when you gain more skills.

I had the conversation with Koda Bear about finishing what is started today.  I have a lot of works in progress and I am focusing on finishing each.  There are some works in progress that are really about me keeping my skills sharp, like spinning.  Or for the shop, like this quilt.  But I find that works in progress keep multiplying.  I am finding I need at least one day a week for mending.  I like the intention of very much but it does take away from what I am trying to do otherwise.

This is my life.  And that is okay.  Building these cabinets will be interesting.  Then, I will build the truck cabin for sharpening.  The plan is for me to continue doing what I am doing and become the mobile sharpener as well.  The biggest impact is that I do not get to travel as much as I would like.  That could change with time. 

Everything changes.

Tuesday
Apr092019

changing my mind

I know months ago, maybe even a couple years ago at this point, I had crocheted myself a cream cardigan.  I like it.  Kind of.  It does not really fit correctly and I really need something less structured.  And I truly wanted something more lacy.  That is what I get for trying to reconstruct a thirty year old memory.

I had a couple skeins of that same yarn left, so I decided to start another cardigan in a different pattern.  Pretty but based off a granny square.  When I really wanted lacy.  It was not holding my interest as I was making it.  I think the directions were hard for me to get my head around, plus the granny square pattern. versus lace.  

I pulled out that start.  I still love the yarn but I really want lacy.  Since I have been playing with motifs, I decided why not.  The fabric of the motif is soft.  It will be lacy.  I can make the sweater more unstructured. 

It also travels better with me in this shape.  The boyos have plans for me which will require more portable projects.  After I do all the carpentry they are plotting.  The display room.  The truck cabin for sharpening.  Remodeling the kitchen.  The dining room shelves.  The.....  I was purchased tools.  The funny thing is a lot of times I do not have the physical strength in the upper body that they have but I get the projects done.

Saying that, I really need to finish my yarn box.  Blue's cradle got in the way.  Then Blue arrived.  Building a sweater this way also gives me chance to have quiet.  Meditate.  Quiet is very hard to come by.  Space is hard to come by.

Maybe I will have pictures of the finished yarn box soon as well as a sweater!  I have a dress to lay out as well.  Fabric on the way for fancy dress.  Life is always busy.

Friday
Apr052019

about the level of thought I am at

It has been a good week but there has been a lot of change.  The boyos are building out the shop to include a display room for knives.  The whole back yard and shop feel like a mess!  Wednesday felt incredibly overwheliming but it keeps getting a bit better each day.

I was thinking about writing about making English muffins but my brain has not words.  Instead, all I wish to do is sit and spin.  Or sit and crochet.  Forever shawls are about my speed currently because I do not have to think.  I have a sweater I am working on and there is a little more thought involved there.  But there are a few more stitches involved.

I have started to do some researching into dyeing yarn.  I would like the ability to take some of the white fleeces I have and make them something else.  I love the natural browns, blacks, and whites but lets be honest.  I am a bit of a klutz and white yarn will not stay white in any garmet I make!  Color is a good thing.

Off to more research and crochet!