Monday, April 30, 2007
There's something very fufilling about planting a tree. I think I figured it out - the fact that the tree will be there 50+ years after you place it in the ground. However, after I told a few people about the new plantings, they asked if I got a permit. I didn't realize a permit was needed so I now need to look into it. I know there is a suggested list for tree plantings and since the dogwoods won't grow more than 20' tall, I should be okay.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
I even primed my dog, Scully. Actually, she just sat on a drop cloth.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I drew up the idea on AutoCAD of what I wanted then printed it on 1 to 1 scale. Hopefully, my fellow coworkers who may be reading this blog won't report me to the appropriate corporate authorities for using work related tools for fun house crafting projects. Anyway, I cut out the shape on paper, as shown here.I then traced the outline of the shape of the table's feet from the paper to 1/4" plywood, which came as support in the shipment of the tin ceiling panels.
Putting my $20 jigsaw to use.
And the final template....
I actually have to modify this template (or redo it) a bit to make it work with the reclaimed timber that is available, which is just decreasing the height by 1/4". Since the table top is so heavy, Dennis (the table maker) also felt making it a few inches wider would be a smart thing.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I really like what I see so far. There is plenty of character with the knot holes and bolt holes, etc. It will be 'roughed' up slightly, as well as oiled so it will lose that slightly butcher block look.
The next step is to design the feet for this massive top, which is really heavy. I worked with Dennis on ideas to "engineer" a base, as it will definately need it. He's a great guy to work with and I highly recommend him.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Here's that cherry tree I mentioned in a previous post. I'm not sure if it's at it's peak bloom point, but fairly close. Since it's raining a lot lately here in Portland, I wanted to take these shots during some sun breaks. After looking at these pictures, I realize how immense this tree really is and I wonder if I should consider getting a professional to prune it properly.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
I made full use of the day and at the end of it, got out the outdoor furniture for a fresh coat of oil. I never though I would enjoy this Adirondack chair as much as I have in the last few years I've had it, but the placement next to the waterfall, along with space to throw the ball for Scully makes it pretty difficult not to love it.
Check out the birds eye view:
Saturday, April 07, 2007
It's going to be a trestle type table, like the table I ate dinner at as a kid. Here's a CAD sketch of it, though it's probably going to change slightly for ease of manufacturing:
Friday, April 06, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
My next step is to retouch the pieces that this happened to, take them to get refired and hope for the best. Otherwise, I may be starting all over. This trim tile part of the dining room project has really been a hassle and progress for this is, should I say......"crawling". Here are the pieces that did make it out successfully and I'm pleased with.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
The shiny look is very exciting and I can't seem to walk through the dining room without taking notice with my mouth agape, but I'm off to Home Depot to purchase some white paint. And it has to be oil based paint, or else it'll make the tin ceiling rust because the tin ceiling is really a steel ceiling.