Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tool Chest continued

The chest was badly water and oil stained. Its waiting for a delivery of oxalic acid and some hide glue.The hide glue will be used to glue in new felt in the bottom of each drawer and the top.That way the glue will not rust the metal bottoms.
With oxalic acid ,I hoping to bleach the wood to a consistent color.Then I will either apply linseed oil and a shellac finish or a stain and a satin poly .I'm hoping the first choice works I will of course test it on some scape pieces.

Machinist's Tool Chest

I inherited a number of tools from my father in law, who passed away earlier this yr.Among the tools was an old wooden tool chest in desperate repair.I know I should have left it alone but its was heading for the dumpster when I grabbed it.Its not a Gerstner, its a Star . Parts are hard to find and match .I'm putting these up a bit late. I should have posted what it looked like the day I brought it home. Progress to follow .All light piece are new red oak which I salvaged from a couple of 100 yr old tables heading to the land fill as well.

Deck repair

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What do you do in retirement? LOL.
A deck repair I did last week.The deck was nonconforming to state and local codes .All the powers at be allowed me to do was replace the decking and sister up any rotted timber .I was not allowed to put any new posts in .Pray we don't get any Nor'easters for a year or two.:-)

Friday, November 19, 2010

LeeLa the Lemon Girl, PLaneTS

LeeLa the Lemon Girl, PLaneTS: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"


Osage orange. Planted extensively before the invention of barbed wire.There are a few hedges around here. Left over from the old days .They are few and far between .You can always find them in the fall when there is the occasional "Planet" hanging from a branch.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Season Extenders

This is the first time I tried poly tunnels to see if we can get a few more vegetables before it really gets cold.
From the left .Cabbage,broccoli,spinach .Lets see what happens in a few weeks.

I added the stain

JUST ADDED THE STAIN .SPRAYED IT ON AND TIPPED ALL THE BOARDS . I CAN'T BELIEVE IT TOOK 4 HRS. I hope it drys over night if not it will be sometime in the spring before a second coat .Tomorrow looks like the last day above 50 for a while.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Next Years Garlic

One of the gardening sites I go to said that about 70% of all garlic in the US is from China.True of not I'm trying it for the first time ever.
Instead of looking at my feeble attempt watch this.