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First go round…

I’ve always liked making things but have’t had a lot of time up until recently.  I decided to make an address sign for our place so dug out a couple 6×6 rough cedar posts, milled and planed it then biscuited it together, routed out some numbers, painted and clear-coated it then mounted the finished product.  There are quite a few glitches on this project; dimensional post caps for non-dimensional wood; a few router slips (thanks to a scare one day from Manuel!) and a few slightly warped boards (clamping in one direction but forgetting the other) but overall it turned out OK.  I may do another one this winter to improve a few techniques.  I also have a rowboat to build but that, as they say, is another story.

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Holiday projects…

I had a nice Christmas break but like many, if I don’t leave home, I keep finding small projects on which to work.  Over Christmas, I had a few key things to go.  First off, was to create a weight for the back of the truck, a vehicle useless beyond belief in even the thinnest snowfall.  A few measurements and some concrete later, I had a block weighing about 190kg ready for action.  Luckily, the form I constructed was accurate enough to allow Bob’s warped fork-lift arms under, enabling me to lift it into the truck; now I just need some snow to test it.  The address sign was something I started before Panama trip but figured it was time to dust off the router and get ‘er done.  It’s gorilla-glued to a rock at the front of the house – so far, so good.  Finally, I cleared out a path through the blackberries to the pond, hauled out a few storm-snapped trees, bucked them for firewood and then took the trunk of one alder to make a bench.  By late spring, I figure most of the bushes will grow back and we’ll have a nice little sitting area to watch life on the pond.

Happy New Year!

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