Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Gang Cutting

With all that tree trimming (last January already!) I've had a giant pile of poles/branches that are all about 15 feet long.  I set up a saw horse sort of thing and put about a dozen in there at once and cut them up.  do that for a couple of hours and you have a lot to stack up.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Its Curtains!

Melissa made cloth covers for the south windows that will work both for the summer heat and the winter cold.  They actually make the room seem brighter at night!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Little views of Life

The morning fog was creeping by the office window while my tea was cooling by the keyboard.
 Maki rolls were ordered by the pregnant lady, so out comes the fresh veggies and bamboo roller.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Moving Door

So, the French doors (south, center) have begun to move apart from one anther. I think it's actually the west side of the house is settling a touch faster than the east, and thus the frame is widening a bit.  Why this matters is the catch between the doors doesn't always 'catch', and the door stays open.
 So, even though I spent a bunch of time beveling (is that the right word?) the hinges into the frame back when I put them on, I realize the easiest solution is to move the west door slightly to the east. Here's what it looks like at the hinges before I started:
 And after I put in a little shim behind the hinges, all worked well:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

oh, did I mention about the pumpkin?

So, yeah, not exactly about the house construction, but definitely part of the Journey in the Woods... Melissa is pregnant!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Another Knife Project

Well, this time I did manage to get some photos along the way. Here I cut a rough knife shape out of an old chunk of bandsaw blade (found in the woods):
 well, not too many photos. I then drilled 3 holes for brass rivets and added a piece of oak from a former handle of my framing saw (that had cracked under use a while back):
 and after some shaping of the handle and much filing of the blade, I got down to sharpening the edge with my nice japanese water stone.  Ended up pretty good!

$1 tool rescue

Had a moment last week, so we strolled the flea market. A woman had a pile of rusty tools "anything $1!" and so I dug through it ...