Entries in wood working (5)

Wednesday
Jul102019

breakfast nook and table

I have been having a difficult time figuring how to blog when I am working on a carpentry project.  I think there is a definite bit of I am not used to that energy being used that way.  I am also not used to being outside in Texas heat for hours.  By the end of the day, my brain cells do not rub together let alone what to make words.

But yesterday, all the benches were taken away an dthe table was finished.

The funny thing was that I was given the wrong dimensions by the boyo who I was building this for.  So, I built three storage benches instead of two.  And the new one was huge!

I never did get a chance to take a good picture of all three together.

But the storage works.  They work as seating.  Hopefully, they will survive two small boys.

Then, there was the table to build.

The whole thing took over 40 hours to build over about three weeks.  The original time estimate I saw was 20 hours.  But I put bottoms and backs on the benches which were not part of the original design. There were three instead of two.  The last bench was almost seven feet long.  And I do not think the original estimate included the table.  Basically, it was $100 and 10 hours per item.  It probably would have been more if I had done each individually.  Or used better wood.  This was just from Home Depot.  Which I may not go to anymore.  Bleah on the CEO!

I was still trying to do other work.  Other home stuff.  Coaching.

I did buy myself two new tools.  A new hammer and a new table saw.  The table saw is because I hurt myself on our old one and I keep thinking about small boys helping me.  This one has technology that will stop it from cutting flesh.  The hammer is because my old one needs to be rehandled and has not been yet.  

What else took time away from this project was I am learning to sharpen knives the way the boyos wish it done.  I am going to be runnin the  mobile sharpening truck.  After I build it.  Guess what I get to design and build next.  Ideas are welcome!

Tuesday
May142019

Display room

Except for a few small pieces, the display room is done for Serenity Knives!

It has turned out so nicely.  There have been people through it as we were finishing and everyone who has seen it has been impressed.  I think that we were all ready for it to be done.  I basically took the weekend off from all things that did not include a crochet hook or sewing machine except coaching.  

Now, it is time to look at the next projects.  My hand is healing which allows for easier typing.  My truck is again street driveable after the tree fell on it during the most recent sets of storms.  I get to design and build the sharpening truck next.  And I will be the mobile sharpener.  I will still be in this space but I will have to figure out how.  

I also have been asked to design a breakfast nook with table.  It would also need storage so it could be interesting.  I have the dimensions and it will just take computer time.  I do admit to drooling over wood at the lumber store.  I would not mind building myself a $3000 dining room table but I do believe that is out of budget for this family.

I need to refinish my dining room table.  Between hot dishes, pizza cutting, hard writing, and over 20 years of use, it is time.  It is a Pottery Barn round table which they no longer make.  It is a nice size which it is why I would refinish instead of purchase or remake.  I may make something similar if there is another home.  It sits 8 comfortably and we have had 10 around it.  I like the round because it allows people to talk more.

There may be a bench commissioned too.  I will see.  My hopes are not up about that one but I liked that I put it into the universe.  I do like working with wood.  I still love working with fiber but this feels just as creative.  Sometimes very similar and sometimes very different.

Let us see what I get pulled into next!

Sunday
May052019

countertops

I am still doing wood work. That is easier with my finger then typing!  The counter tops are mostly done.  I did the majority of the sanding and finishing of them.  I actually overdid, again.  There were a few days that the end of the day was me barely walking.  The last of the finishing will happen after they are installed.  I can see them getting dinged.

I went up to a 2500 grit sandpaper.  These are so lovely.  It makes me wish to redo my dining room table.  Soon.

I have to admit that I have mostly been living on toast with raw honey on it.  My best friend sent me the honey from New Mexico.  It is my most favorite.  I do not eat it with a spoon but on oatmeal bread?  OH, MY!

I took pictures but I could really not share.  There was a storm that came through here on Friday night.  A tree came down.  On my truck.  My truck runs but I cannot open the hood.  Because it is a 1992 Chevy truck, I feel like the insurance company will total it.  So I am keeping my eyes open for another truck.  A work truck.  For very little money because that is what I have right now.  I do not wish to take out another vehicle loan.

I feels like there are so many opportunities coming to me.  Such an odd feeling after the last couple of weeks.

Sunday
Apr282019

and the build continues

The display cases are still being built.  The display room keeps getting a little closer to being done.  Everything is looking really good except it takes time.  Which is not a surprise.

Maybe the surprise is that as much I continue to learn, it goes as fast as it does!  All the drawers are now built.  I ran out of drawer slides so two more drawers to be installed.  I need to figure out the fronts of the drawers and the doors.

One of the biggest accomplishments was getting the counter top built.  It is not what was planned but it turned out well.  The shop across the neighborhood came in very handy and my Beloved went and worked with Trevor to create this.  I sanded.  I am going to sand some more.  It is close to being near finish sanding but I may just take some more care.

What I have not mentioned is that I am now injured.  I set up a piece of wood poorly on the table saw and it popped.  When it popped, the tip of my middle finger hit the blade.  No more and nothing to save.  I have not actually looked at it.  I am told it is healing well and I know it could have been worse. 

I have ordered a Safe Stop Saw for our house.  My thought was I was going to start having small boys wanting to help.  I was not going to take a chance with them if there is technology available to stop small fingers from being removed.  I am grateful that I did not lose more of the finger.  

One of the funniest things about it, is that I have been asked if I did it in the kitchen.  Honestly, I am surprised it has not been there.  I have some nice scars.  But the finger is healing.  And I can tell it is taking a lot of energy because I am doing everything I do.  Then I need a nap.  It will be well.

Saturday
Feb022019

The monster has arrived!

Ziggy Monster has arrived.  About a week early.  Because he is a pound smaller then most of the babies that have been born into this family, he seems very small to me. 

I did well though.  I had gone to the thrift store to look for clothes for him.  Babies just grow so fast when they are small I thought why not.  I had found a elephant printed onesie.  It has been the only thing that has fit.  He will be coming home in it.  

With him being a week early, most of the projects I am doing for him are not done.  I enlisted Koda Bear's help to sand this morning and I got the cradle put together.

All the edges are sanded so even though it is not stained or polyurethaned, it can be used.  It does not rock very well because I just had a circular saw to cut all the corners.  The boyos took a grinder to it and helped me with the hand holds.

The cradle can be picked up but there is a hope that it will be able to be swung.  I felt the hand holds might be a way to do that.  Because it sure does not rock very well.  I will see if the Tall Short person wishes for me to stain and polyurethane it.  It will be up to her.