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Knitting needles

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

My latest shop project is a set of circular knitting needles for my wife. I turned the kneedles from a bit of bamboo that I ripped down to a small piece. After smoothing the ends, I attached flexible plastic to the ends with a little nail (head cut off) and superglue. The kneedles are a size 6 with a total length of 16″ including the plastic string.

The chickens will come to roost

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

At long last I have completed the nesting box for the chicken coop, the last step to make their lives complete. It took me a while to get back at it, but now it is done, and it is nice.  It hangs off a slanted board that holds it tight to the wall and has a hinged lid to open to get eggs and clean out the nesting material.  Now I can finish the siding on that side and it will be a beautiful thing to behold. I was worried about insulating it and making the lid so it would open completely, but neither seems to be a challenge. No insulation, this is a summer nesting box, made mainly of plywood. It also happens that the lid won’t open up fully because it runs into the roof before it gets that far. I figure if it gets too cold, I can take the nesting box off and insulate that side a make a simple nesting box inside for the winter.

Caleb and the kids came over and helped and Theresa took the kids to the library in the bike trailer. Fun times!

New chipper

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I went down to Puyallup to pick up a new Jimna Chipper to put on the John Deere. It will chip up larger branches than my old shredder. Now I have no fear of the piles of brush that get generated when I take down trees for my projects. It is really quiet!

The wood pile

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

I worked on the wood pile today. I found lots of interesting plum wood out there and cut up some to investigate the spalting possiblities. My grandson helped me move it further to the back to make room for a tool shed that I am building behind the chicken coop. Once the tool shed is moved from it’s current location to the new home I will have room to build a new roof to cover my large pile of turning wood.
Then, I will have dry wood to work on in the shop to make new and exciting projects.