Finally a nice day, and I have the afternoon off!
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
So, as has been well documented on this blog, we spent the latter half of 2020 and most of 2021 transforming the yard at the side of property - we built raised beds, constructed stairs and walkways and enclosed the whole area with deer fencing. For some reason, all my blog posts on this project was refer to this area as the "front yard" even though is is located at the side of the house. Which would be fine, except that now it is time to work on the proper front yard, I have to come up with another description...hence this is bit of the property is of now the "central yard."
Apart from digging up some of this area so that we could expand the driveway and installing the new walkway, all we have done with this area is dug up the odd dead bush or small tree. There is no irrigation in this area (yet), so anything that it still alive is clearly drought tolerant.
Sunday, January 15, 2023
It's been a long time in the making, but our basement expansion/workshop construction project is complete enough to allow the cameras inside for the inaugural Workshop Tour. Thanks for watching, and I hope you enjoy the tour.
Saturday, January 14, 2023
I love my cabinet saw, but what I really need (next) is an outfeed table. I'm not sure if Sawstop sell outfeed tables, because I didn't bother looking - why would I, when I can make one myself using the Alm Fab design you can see on YouTube. My table is based on this design, only it is bigger, made of thicker material, and has two integral support legs.
The outfeed table is constructed from two pieces of 30" x 44" plywood which is just less than 3/4 of an inch thick...for a total of a bit less than one and half inches. I cut one piece very accurately, and then used a flush trim bit on my new handheld router to make the second panel exactly the same size. I also used the router to make two 3/4 inch wide groves in the top panel, which align with those in the bed of my saw.
Same saw, different angle!
Coming Soon: Video tour of the Papa Sheep Workshop™
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
This project feels like it has taken as long as the driveway.....while the outdoors works were going on I was slowly chipping away at the decorating project, in between watching the World Cup and being down with Covid. Last time around I was finishing up the repairs to the walls in the bedroom and bathroom. When that was done, I installed the mounting bracket for the new lighting fixture. The paint color was still undecided at this point.
Onto the vanity. The dated granite countertop had to go - we will be replacing it with something modern and keeping the sink and vanity unit.
Friday, December 30, 2022
The sump pump that we installed in the newest part of our basement has been working very well over the last year or so. The only slight issue is that the discharge line was never properly finished because we were waiting for our new driveway. This is how the exterior portion of the pipe looked a few months ago:
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