A Morning At The Brown Workshop

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Blog entry by Phil Brown posted 06-08-2007 08:01 PM 1113 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not everbody around here works as hard as I do.

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I had to post this shot of our neighbors cat who follows my wife everywhere and has to be right on top of everything she’s working on including the computer. She’s decorationg a couple of flea market chairs to sell as plant stands. In behind is her animal hospital. She feeds the squirrels off the trunk lid of the car. See the seeds sprouting.

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I stayed in the shop this morning for a short while working on Jim’s Casket. It will be Friday night tonight on my trucking run, usually a crazy busy night in the two urban centres I drive to, and between the traffic will be thick with cottagers and travellers. It’s gone from freezing to boiling around here overnight so tempers on the road will be hot as well.

I started the base color coats this morning, layering on thin soupy coats of matte black.

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Looks good, but gotta sand it down.

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Base coat, 2 layers of black sanded smooth.

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Two more layers of matte black added. Imperfections will be puttied on this coat and 2 to 4 more thin black layers will be added before clearcoat.

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Finally a quick mockup so I can go to work with a picture in my mind to keep me company. I hate leaving the shop unsatisfied with my progress.

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Its hard to see but I’ve pulled the corner pieces out 1/4 inch proud of the moldings and filled the gap with a smaller molding. I will refine this a little bit but I think this will be the final profile.

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Now I can head off in the Freightliner with a good focus, and I should be able to finish this project on the weekend.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#1 posted 06-09-2007 06:34 AM

I’ve often thought I’d like to do a casket. Never really been asked and I’m not sure how well received it would be. “Hey Dad! Look at this!” I like this one, nice work. That cat looks like my daughter in the shop.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 06-09-2007 11:50 AM

I’ve had cats that just had to lay on whatever you were doing. Drove me crazy but at the same time I loved it.
My daughter’s two cats don’t do it- and I kinda miss it.

Love the sprouts on the car. Made me laug.

The casket is looking wonderful.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 06-09-2007 02:32 PM

Speaking of cats and caskets… I had a woman called me once about building a casket for her cat. My schedule at the time didnt really facilitate my doing it. So i recommended she think about buying a styrofoam cooler at Wal Mart. She hung up on me. LOL

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#4 posted 06-09-2007 04:29 PM

Miles: Good cat story. I made a quick casket for my daughters cat. And she really appreciated it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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