Hello again fellow woodworkers. It’s now officially 1 year since the new shop/garage was built. I should be completing my big bench build this week and bringing the car back in at night, but sometimes things get put on hold. It just so happens we helped a friend with an elderly parent and the entire front of the shop is filled with bags and boxes to be donated to the Chicago Epilepsy Foundation. Gives us a wonderful feeling to be able to help them in their cause. A lot of people seem to feel compelled to dump ice over themselves but simply going through your closets and finding gently used items you can live without is just as important. There is no fanfare or anything like that, but like woodworking being charitable is it’s own best reward.
Needless to say I can hardly get into the shop till pickup and certainly can not paint. So things are quiet this week and I find myself having shop time withdrawal. I suppose for me the symptoms are staring at the walls of my house and imagining cutting holes in them and filling them with built-ins, along with trips to the big box store to price out lumber for next years projects.
And of course the weather is rapidly changing. This makes things interesting because the big bench I am finishing is getting painted and painting under 50 degrees is not a great idea. I had thought about staining it but I really wanted a very durable protective coat and as the bench is built mainly of heavy duty pine and Douglas fir dimensional lumber the wood itself is not the prettiest. Also I believe the paint will give it the monolithic look I am going for. The bench-top will not be tackled until spring but the table-saw will certainly go on as soon as the painting is done and the bench comes down off the saw horses. Going to take a bit of cribbing for that and the economy wood section of Menards is a welcome friend. Afterwards there will lots of material for the fire pit. The used cribbing, not the bench, unless I mess up and drop it.
I going to do a good sized blog entry on the bench once it is done. For now I have to cool it for just a few more days. I hope you will stay tuned.