Lintels

Finally getting some shop time in this weekend after spending every spare moment of the past couple of weeks prepping the garden for the growing season.
Projects seem to be piling up faster than we can finish them.
It’s been a busy winter with work and reno’s but spring brings longer, warmer days and more time spent on fun workshop projects.

Progress on the Workshop window and door lintels is happening slowly.

The workshop has 3 doors, a large 9ft wide window and a patio door. Each of them has 4inch fir trim and will be topped with a custom designed lintel.

These start out with my rough pencil sketches:
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get fleshed out in Illustrator:
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Derek takes the files and sets them up in 3D software to plan the cuts then the magic starts as we watch the CNC make an idea into a real object.
Our new Fein sanding and cutting tool makes the finishing go a lot quicker:

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Here’s a pic of one of the door lintels. Still lots of finishing to do and the final varnish but you get the idea.
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I’ll post more photos when they’re all up!

Our First House!

Several years ago Derek and I started vacationing on the beautiful Sunshine Coast and fell in love with Roberts Creek.
Last year in March we finally made the move and rented a cabin by the beach for a few months while we waited for the right home to come on the market.
We found our house in summer and moved in September 1st. The past few months have been non-stop renos, yard work and getting the workshop built but we’re finally settled!

Here are a few photos of our home:

Before Renos:
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After Renos with the Shop:
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We live right across from Henderson Beach – friends and family are welcome to visit šŸ™‚
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First Christmas

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The shop with CNC resurrected! We’re currently cutting the header boards for all the doors and windows. You can see one partially finished on the tablesaw (centre) The giant slab of oak on the right is part of a bowling alley floor which we are upcycling into a giant workbench from.
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This year will be fun with the new workshop!
Stay tuned for lots of project progress reports coming soon!

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2nd Clock project

Here’s a brand new clock we’re in the middle of making. The top shows the design, below that are a few snapshots of the first two layers cut. The base layer is a 2 inch thick slab of walnut, next is the maple, the top layer will be tigerwood. That’s the orange top part in the drawing. We will be cutting the tigerwood this afternoon. We’ll bring is along to Maker Faire in whatever stage of completion it happens to be. This one is much bigger than our first clock, Ā measuring about 2ft wide….working our way up to a grandfather clock.Image

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I’ve been hanging around in the Fur section of Dressew a lot lately. Dressew is the best fabric store in Vancouver. It’s huge! They also have the largest selection of fur fabric anywhere in the lower mainland, which attracts a certain…clientelle.
Before you ask, I wasn’t buying any to wear! I’ve started on a few new projects which require vast quanities. The first is Oleg the Yeti:
Oleg the Yeti in progress
He’ll stand about 30″ tall.
I’m making a Sasquatch next!

We cut out the fox and raven parts of the pub sign today on the CNC, so I’ll be carving that soon hopefully.
Also, we’ve almost finished the clock – just need to cut out the 3 engraved brass circles and secure the clock part in place.