Journey in the Woods

Monday, February 26, 2018

Finally built the counter edge the way it should have been.

For a number of years already, this counter edge has been failing to live up to my ideals.  For some stupid reason, I thought it would be cool to have the cob/plaster edge come up and over to the granite counter.  stupid.  Of course it's a vulnerable edge, and, guess where my kid sits and smashes stuff?   Here it is looking horrible:

A while back I'd made a new wooden bumper for it, and spent time oiling it and getting it ready, so that it would match the older bumpers well.  I think that matching idea worked out well.  However, it was also stupid to build the thing in my shop (like a J) and then try and fit it to the counter.   I was most concerned about the way the joint would look *in the wood*, but it turned out to make it much more difficult to fit to the angle...  I should have put in one straight piece, then fit the second straight piece, then worked on the joint.   Well, maybe.  It's true that the way I did it, I know that the joint looks good, and that it's solid (I was able to screw and glue the thing from the inside of the angle) 

Another angle.  Now I'm lime washing the heck out of the whole area to try and get the wall to look a bit better... and I did a re-plastering.  Note above how you can see some of the plaster chipped off when I dug out a channel for the wood. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Meters and Blueberries

Really happy with my cheap new volt meters showing me what the house and the freezer batteries are at with just a quick glance: 

and now I have to figure out what to do with my ever-growing blueberries.  How can I protect them from the birds and the deer?  Will probably just build deer fence cover things. 

Monday, January 08, 2018

Organizing the charger wiring

*Finally* got around to getting my battery chargers wired in properly.  I've been working with these things 'on the fly', just carrying them around and using jumper cables and stuff to get through the proof of concept stage.  Now that I have it all worked out, I mounted the two different battery chargers (that create 27v or 54v DC from 120 AC from the diesel gen) in the electronics area and wired them in with super thick cable.

Now I can simply start the diesel gen and plug either of these in at the outlet and charge either the house (tops out a 56.8v ) or the freezer batteries (tops out at 27.1v I think).  

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Little Table Refinishing

Who needs a little card table?  No one, really, but...

Got quite messed up by rats while in storage, and it was already cracked and poorly repaired when I got it from my mother.  

I decided to put a little redwood stripe in it, for flair. It was also very handy. 

Thursday, June 08, 2017

More Outlet!

So, for a long time during building, Melissa and I argued about how many and where outlets should go. I didn't want to put more in the kitchen because I wanted to limit the number of possible gadgets that could be run at any one time.  That was dumb.  With basically only one outlet available, when we both are doing stuff, often one person is in front of the one outlet.  

So, years after realizing this and pointing it out to people, I came up with an idea on how to add an outlet.  Once I had the idea, it only took me a couple of months to get around to doing it, and then only an hour to actually do the work.  

I cut a hole in the veneer and plywood between the pantry shelves and dropped in an outlet box.  The box sits inside the pantry shelf that houses a 5 gal bucket, which rarely comes out of there and doesn't bump it anyway.  

So, finally, we have increased our outlet accessibility by 100%

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

refurbished a hand plane

I didn't need another one - this is the exact same model as the one I use, that was my grandfather's... but I couldn't let it sit and rust away.  I hand carved (obviously) a replacement front handle and found a screw to replace the lost one.  Got all the rust off, and put the blade on my grinding wheel - ready to go!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Woodshed

So, my junky old woodshed spot was looking pretty sad, and I decided this extra wet year that it isn't big enough to hold enough wood to get us through these longer wetter weeks, so this old thing had to go:

I went over to the neighbor's, who has a treasurer trove of materials that need to be pulled out of the woods.  I found these old HVAC ducts:

So I grabbed a bunch and flattened them out as recycled roofing tiles: 

Then organized some old-but-still-solid pallets:

and then put the roof on: