We gathered to celebrate Mom’s 92 and enjoy each others company one last time at the 3rd avenue home in Durango.
Our ‘first trailer’ was a 2014 Nash 23D. Weighing in at just under 7,000 pounds dry and 24 feet, it was the perfect trailer to learn to love the RV lifestyle.
We spent the first 2 ‘seasons’ testing out the lifestyle with a 1999 Ford F250 diesel left over from our landscape business. We were able to join a church outing, visit Colorado relatives, and explore the pathways from the PNW to Colorado.
We stopped off in Albuquerque Camping World to shop for a propane heater for the Nash and came back with an electric fireplace. (in a new fifth wheel)
In 1980 we left Durango in our Volkswagen van with all our worldly possessions. We lived in a tent that we pitched next to the van. It was really a great tent (if you were in the desert) and had an awning that magnetically attached to the top of the van to create a breezeway. Fast forward to now.
Theresa made aprons from the tent canvas for each of the woodworkers pictured. Really meaningful material for a useful item. Here we are posing with our aprons (Zach, Caleb, Andy and Papa).
Sometimes you just need a spot to store some fresh images. This is that spot.
I dug a piece of 1 x 10 out of the old chicken coop for a project, not really sure what project. As I attempted to remove some of the peeling paint off one side, I discovered something interesting.
Beneath the really heavy layer of yellow paint was another layer of red, which I can only surmise was either primer or stain. Once I got the stain off, I discovered that this old board was actually something more like hardwood than the pine I was expecting. The center was a light color and the outer edges look like walnut or some other brown colored wood. I could guess that the boards might be cherry or maybe even some sort of nut.
I had quite a time with the paint heat gun and an a spatula, finally drug out Dad’s old Sears belt sander, hooked up the vacuum and went to town. By the time I got that side stripped, I was pretty sure that this board needed a special project. I coated the wood with linseed oil, let it set and proceeded to apply several coats of clear water based varathane.
In the back of my mind, I was deciding to make a trash can for the living room, something you use most days and a regular furniture piece for the room. I did not want to cut any of the beautiful brown wood off the edges. My thought was to add vertical strips on each corner and cut dados and wood strips to join the corners. The board was long enough to make 12 inch sides and use the remaining piece for the bottom.
The size kind of got away from me, and my beloved thinks it is too massive for a trash can. In the spirit of usefulness, she suggested we might use it to hold a plant. I think that might be just grand.
Here are a couple shots of the finished product:
I really like the contrast between the brown and light. The background on the second shot was messy, so I had a little gimp cleanup to do.
Originally I was just going to leave the old yellow paint on the inside,
but I could not stand to hide that beautiful wood.
Here is a shot nearly finished on the workbench:
I finally got around to purchasing a replacement lathe. My old lathe was just too big for my little shop. I attempted to make a lathe out of various bits and pieces, and even turned a couple items with the lathe, but holding the work was sketchy at best.
The new lathe is smaller, a 10 x 18 1/2 hp lathe from Harbor Freight. Considering the source, it is actually pretty nice.
When I got it home, I unpacked it right away and turned it on and investigated to make sure it would suit my purposes.
In order to get it off my workbench, I made a quick stand out of a couple lengths of 2 x 10 by cutting ‘finger joints’ by a combination of scroll saw, band saw, jigsaw and chiseling. Still yet to create/design are shelves or drawers to hold the supplies.
I turned a top (of course) and a couple flat bowls just to investigate how it works.
Ben celebrated his 4th birthday at the Seattle Children’s Museum with friends and family on Dec 13, 2014. He had lots of fun and got some great gifts. He and his friends ran around the museum, or perhaps walked quickly when the parents could make that happen.
We just got new granite countertops and did some miscellaneous cabinet work on the kitchen and I thought it would be good to add some along the way pictures. I still have some drawers, shelves and doors to finish, but the new granite looks great.