Blessed are the queue jumpers, for they fill a 3 day weekend and leave our hands covered in glue: Charlene and I started construction on the hull this weekend, in luan and redwood. We think we’re building a fairly robust hull, but we are going to glass the seams, and we’ll probably end up building a few extra ribs to brace the bottom a little more robustly. We got the sides cut and fitted, and the bottom glued on but not yet trimmed. There’ll be a bunch of scrapin...
During this episode we’ll watch the transformation of a dull and lackluster backyard into an oasis for growing our own delicious vegetables. Well, I might be exaggerating a bit but it sure looks a lot better than it did before. I’m a little lazy, and don’t want to duplicate posts from my personal site here, so if you want to see the full story you can access it here.
On the one hand, you could suggest that I’ve been inspired by Napaman's Stevenson Weekender build, and his Puddle Duck Racer build. On the other hand, you could blame the Bodega Bay Fish Fest Wooden Boat Challenge, which I got roped in to last year because the Sonoma County Woodworker's Association sponsored a team, we won, and this year Tom Segura and I worked with a team of teenagers who managed to compete and get around the course without sinking (with only a little input from us)...
This phase of the project is just about the general construction of the raised gardens. Cutting things to length, measuring things (maybe that should have gone before cutting things), drilling holes, cutting dadoes, and stuff like that. I didn’t try any new or fancy techniques this time so I won’t waste your time with a lot of words. I’m sure you’ll get the gist of it from the pictures, so enjoy… Cutting the posts to length. That was easy! The side rails al...
I’ve got my own site where I like to write about my projects so rather than duplicate them here I’ll just provide a little teaser. If you’d like to read the full post just click here. Since these gardens are going to be placed right at the end of our patio we decided to make the sides facing the house a little more interesting than just some redwood rails. We stumbled upon this company that sells wooden tiles for use indoors and really liked the look so we decided to give it a try ourselve...
Last week I got sidetracked on SIDETRACKED in order to mill our 80 foot redwood tree that was getting too dangerous to keep. We dont live on a huge tract of land…just a small little home with a smaller front yard…about 60 years ago someone decided to plant a redwood tree…I have seen a picture of it when it was only a year old…and it was tiny… By 2012 it was so huge for its spot that it had outgrown its safety—-at some point someone had topped the tree y...
Well, here it is. The plan for our raised gardens. These aren’t your typical raised gardens mind you. These are like ’6 Million Dollar Man’ type raised gardens. Gentlemen, I can build them. I have the technology (and the lumber)… I don’t want to give away all the details right now so hopefully the image will satiate you all for the time being. Rest assured there will be more to come.
Well, I came up with a solution for paring the star and here is how it came out:.first I cut out the pieces to their overall dimension and cut 45’s on the intersecting ends,....then I pin nailed some strips to aid in the glue-up,....laid out the cut-out and facet lines, cutting the exterior on the b.s. and planing the edges to the mark out lines,....glued up the shaped pieces using some high tech clamps,.. ..using the cut off pieces as wedges, I was able to secure the star while pari...
Moving right along. I have milled all the pieces and have run up a few dry fits to get my construction sequence ironed out. Thanks to the sketch up model, the pieces turned out well measured and cut with one exception that repeated four times. If you look hard, you will see them, but it only identifies the project as mine (I always have at least one mistake). ..For ease of milling, I decided to extend the corner braces through the post instead of stopping them half way through.....The g...
It’s been a while, but I’m back again (I╒ll be glad when I reach retirement in about 20 months, but whose counting?). I was asked by the Alter Society ladies if I could repair the old Creche (that’s a fancy term for a Christmas manger scene). After doing a close inspection, I told them that I could not repair it but given time, I could rebuild it…......... I’ve got till next December. When facetiously inquiring what the job pays, I was assured that I would recei...
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