Friday, December 30, 2016

Little Library: Final Touches (4).

Voila! Fini!

Signage Tells the Tale. All Done!

When I attached the final sign this morning, bottom of the front door, I gave a little cheer. Looks good, I thought. Then I opened and closed the door a few times. Feels good, I said to myself. Good n sturdy!

 Five feet of post. Have shovel, will travel.

Red arrows are on each side of the library too. Good 'sell job'.

I think I can say this now.... the workshop is officially closed for the rest of 2016!

(That being said, with three little free libraries on order, I will be opening its door early February, sooner if I get the itch.)

Stay tuned for 2016 IN REVIEW.

Please link to Little Library: Final Touches (3).

Photos GH

Monday, December 26, 2016

Little Library: Final Touches (3).

A Sign I'm Getting Very Very Very Close to the End.

Little messages tell the tale.... Trade Books!

It's also about time to make a phone call:

"Good morning. Are you ready for me to dig a hole in your  front lawn? See you real soon."

Photo GH

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Little Library: Final Touches (2).

Final Little Jobs on the Big Project

The Little 'Free' Library stands ready for the Final Touches

As I come down to the wire I have to inspect the library closely. I see I need to give the plexiglass a wipe - it collects dust like a magnet - then vacuum the interior and check the security system.

 All four walls and roof panels are solid. No 'wobblies'. Check.

 Solid pine strips inside door frame are solid, will act a drip edge. Check.

 Base is tight, as are ship lap edges on three walls. Check.

 Corners look and feel snug. Check.

 Door catch lines up with outer door snap. Snap! Check.

Platform and collar for the five-foot 4" x 4" support post are painted!

So, I can begin work on the last little job.... signage. Check.

First, I need a cup of dark roast to steady my nerves. 

More to follow.

Please link to Little Library: Final Touches (1).

Photos GH

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Little Library: Final Touches (1).

Last of Its Kind.

The gray barnboard is the last in stock, perhaps forever!!

I'm going to miss loading up the trunk of my Honda Civic with 16-footers of gray barnboard from Fenelon Falls. I enjoyed a handshake deal with a local lumber yard for several years, but it has come to an end. (If you hear a lonely coyote howling at the moon, that could be me!)

That being said, I have also enjoyed the process of turning the last of the barnboard into a 'little free library' for someone in my community. The gray lumber, rich brown cedar roof and sturdy red door (w plexiglass) look A1, in my opinion, and I am but a few days away from adding the final touches, i.e., attaching signage, placing a few used books inside and making a delivery.

 A bit of painting yet to do before I can say, "Fini! Voila!"

Stay tuned.

Please link to Little Library 13

Photos GH

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Custom Boat House (5).

Voila! Fini! Ze End.

The Pankhurst M is ready for rough waters.

I enjoyed adding just a few of the details that accompanied an actual photo of this tugboat. Horns on the cabin roof, a life preserver around the entry hole, a few bumpers along the side.

That being said, the recipient may like to add flags to brighten up the poles. Fire away, I say.

Two sturdy poles will accommodate flags or flag lines

The interior of the birdhouse is of goodly size and will accommodate a large family of sea-faring birds too... or landlubbers!

Sail on.

Please link to Custom Boat House (4).

Photos GH

Friday, December 9, 2016

Custom Boat House (4).

Down to the Final Details.

A fall request for a custom birdhouse was accompanied by a good photo (above) and after deciding not to carve a tugboat's hull from a pine log - however, I have a good hatchet - I got down to business.

And business has been good, so far. The birdhouse is a goodly size and the boat's hull (2D) looks like it is seaworthy.

The home stretch is called 'A Few Final Details' and I should be packing up (and sweeping up) the workshop within a few days.

Let the winter of 2016 begin.

Link to Custom Boat House (3).

Photos GH