Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (4).

Back Indoors, Paintbrush in Hand.

The library roofs are now trimmed in western cedar.

Next, it's time for some juggling.

On the one hand I need to sort out hinges, door pulls, cupboard-door-style magnets, and the support poles and platforms. On the other hand I need to spend time indoors with red paint and a brush. 

A solid stand equals a solid installation in 2 - 3 weeks.

Never a dull moment inside or outside The Workshop.

Please link to Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (3).

Photos GH

Monday, March 20, 2017

Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (3).

Time for Paint and Lotsa Trim.

It's time to bring part of the job - related to three little libraries - indoors.

The three doors are ready for paint, as are several other items, e.g., signage and rain guard.

After I checked that each door fit to a 'T', I started adding the first round of trim to two roofs. Thick cedar roofs with bold cedar trim.... look AOK.

 Each door sits straight and true.

 Trim now covers the roof ridge, and front and back edges.

 Cedar trim lines each roof.

Two coats of red paint, coming up!

More to follow....

Please link to Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (3).

Photos GH

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (3).

Thick Cedar Roofs.

Library Number 3 is underway as well.

A South London client will receive a 'little free library' soon after the order (for two) for a North London park is completed. I recently decided, since the saws and sanders were already set up and running smoothly, to work on the third at the same time.

And I should run out of room to move in the workshop by next Tuesday!! : )

Cedar roof panels are one inch thick, and after careful measurements and saw cuts (for the overlapping process), are ready for glue and nails.

Once the third roof is attached securely into place, I'll work on three doors.

Stay tuned.

Please link to Little Free Libraries, Well Underway (2).

Photos GH

Monday, March 6, 2017

Little Free Libraries, Well Underway (2).

Good Progress - Solid Cedar Roofs.

The tall and the short of it!

The two cedar roofs are very solid - made from 1-inch thick deck boards - and each roof slat overlaps its neighbour to prevent leakage. Measuring and cutting 'the overlaps' is a slow process but very much worth the effort if each piece eventually slides into place beside its neighbour without complaint. (And, there were no complaints over the weekend inside the workshop).

 The short boy is up front, the tall boy is behind it, ready to go

 Now, side by each, the difference in height can be seen clearly

Each roof slat overlaps with the next. Rain, go away!

This week I will continue work on front doors, trim, signage and a few other details.

Stay tuned.

Please link to Little Free Libraries, Well Underway.

Photos GH

Friday, March 3, 2017

Little Free Libraries, Well Underway.

Getting Ready For a Rewarding Spring.

One Library ready for delivery, Another is underway.

Morse Code in the snow outside the workshop.
"Spring is coming soon, so get busy, Gord" 

Good thing I have a dependable heater inside the shop. The last few days have been kinda chilly and I hate using the table saw and sander when my hands are cold.

I find it is very difficult to change a saw blade in winter. Nuts, bolts, wrenches and blades are very cold to the touch and it's almost impossible to replace one blade with another. And when I sand lumber with cold fingers I cannot feel when my fingertips are skimming over the sandpaper (and losing skin) - until I wash my hands for supper! Eeeyouch!! 

That being said, during a warm spell I got a head start on a lengthy spring "to-do list" and good progress is being made on 'little community library' projects.

Two new libraries for a London park are on the move. 

 I keep to a strict script. The weather does not!

Just wait 'til you see the sturdy cedar roof and solid front door.

With a half-dozen birdhouses in the batter's box, and in spite of the snow, I'll soon be cutting strips of white pine for a front door and a stack of cedar for trim.

More to follow.

Please link to Upcoming Projects: Libraries and a Shadow Box.

Photos GH