Saturday, January 23, 2021

Taking Shape!

See, I really did finish the Stay-at-home-Round-Robin QAL!  I'm ready for the next prompt on Monday.

And I finished the table runner, too.  30" x  42"
It picks up the color of the dining room and the kitchen/family room just through the doorway!
(see-no baseboards!  but that is going to be happening very soon!)
And I did some more work on the square bowl--it is hollowed out and has finish drying on it here.
I love the shape of this--worm holes and all!  It is 6" x 6".  I will be finishing the bottom today.

The closing was delayed-not because anyone had cold feet (gratefully!) but because the bank made a mistake on the check and couldn't issue a new one in time for the closing.  Now it is postponed until sometime next week.  What a let down.  That's pretty common, I know but all the same, it is an emotional roller coaster!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Would I?!

I'm making a square bowl on the lathe!  What a great exercise!  This is the bottom.  Today I will be turning this around and scooping out the bowl portion.
This is the other half of the maple log so it , too, has worm holes.  It is so pretty to work with!
I signed and sealed the first maple bowl.  The signature is working out now and feels natural.  (I sign with the wood burner.)
I also did an hour of sanding on the table top for the drafting table.  I am not taking the wood back to original colors but removing a few decades of dust and grime!  It is smooth and polished now.
I can't wait to sit and draw out the plans for putting base boards in the house!  I have to figure out how many boards we need for each room-I am going to do it a bit at a time-I will put the miter saw to work on this job.  
I also cleaned several old tables and cabinets that will be in the garage sale-there is so much stuff, we could fill another two more portable garages!
It's hard to see, but I also sanded an old cutting board and then polished it with food-safe polish.
I have to figure out what this little table would be good for?  It is only a foot high.  Perhaps we have a piece of glass to go in the top.   

I also finished the table runner on the frame and added my other two borders on the SAHRRQ!

Today we go and sign papers to turn the properties over to the new owner.  It's good timing for us.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Just a Day of Waiting

 What do you do if you have a day of medical appointments and have to do an incredible amount of waiting and waiting?  You knit.  One of a pair completed.  The color matched the sky over head when I walked outside between destinations!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Fat Quarters to Quilting

I am going to join in on the Stay at Home Round Robin Quilt Along #2.  I did a bit of figuring for week 1's directions to make a center block.  (it started last week but I wasn't ready in time!)
I cut out all of my pieces and made the hst's as needed.
Soon, I had all of the pieces sewn and was ready to think about some more math.
I had to add a 1" border to separate the center from the next round.  (you have to think about the size for the blocks to work out for the next round of blocks!)
I got this far with Chris's prompt for the week and Bill came in the house with the news that we are closing on the house this Friday!  We dropped what we were doing and headed over there to finish the house--I scrubbed and cleaned and the place is spit-spot now!  We have a ton of stuff to sort and get it ready for the garage sale in a few weeks!  We worked over there 3 hours and another hour once home again emptying my car! 
I needed to unwind at the lathe for 30 minutes before dinner! A new Maple bowl is beginning to take shape.  I'm going to be trying a new-to-me shape on this one!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Where There's Wood There is....

The Magnolia wooden vase is finished!  It stands 9" tall and 3" wide.  

The wood has some wonderful coloring which is a treat!
The center has a glass test tube, 3/4"  in diameter, glued to the hole I drilled into the vase so I can put real flowers and water into this vase!
This is the tool that came!  It is called a Forstner Bit and extender;  you can see that I am at the very edge of my length for this smaller lathe! (the tail stock is leaning almost off of the lathe rails!)
But I did it and drilled to the full 8" so the test tube would sit well into the vase.
When I went to remove the face plate to remove the waste wood at the base to shape the bottom,


I notice a bit of movement in the middle hole--could those be....termites?!
I freaked out and grabbed the nearest can of pesticide--and sprayed into the hole of the face plate and all over the lathe table as I banged the bugs out of the base!  When Bill came in , I showed him what I had found and he confirmed it--yup, termites!  (Remember, this vase was from a downed branch to the magnolia tree in my front yard.  Were they the reason the branch fell instead of the windstorm?  They certainly weakened the branch, at any rate.)

The good news is, I killed them all and the vase itself was fine.  I learned a good lesson today--it's why woodworkers leave unworked wood outdoors!  I think I will ask Bill to spray my little woodpile!

Monday, January 18, 2021

The Beauty of Wood-New and Vintage

After church and lunch, it warmed up enough for me to go in the garage and play in the woodshop.  (5 1/2" wide and 1 1/2" tall)

The Maple bowl is finished--it is thrilling to make something beautiful.  This bowl was finished way too quickly!

Here is the size of the split log the bowl started as; I can't wait to try another one, I have a fun shape in mind for this one.  First thing tomorrow-well after it warms up again, I have a project to finish since the tool I needed arrived Saturday.

Bill discovered this drafting table in pieces, filthy and covered in cobwebs.  Thankfully, there were no living insects to deal with!
The wood drank the Howard's Feed 'n Wax but it immediately brought the beauty of the wood and metal back from its doom!
The elbow grease paid off and this is indeed a thing of wonder!  The label (in the center of the top horizontal brace) which says it is a Hamilton wood goods, steel goods, Two Rivers, Wisconsin, made in the USA.  A quick search on Ebay says that it is selling for $900-$1000.   New ones sell for $675.
Bill had hoped to get at least $50 at the garage sale!
  Now I have to decide to if I will sell it or to keep it!
It is really a thing of beauty 
and history just oozes from every inch!  Sigh.
I started a pair of socks with the little lacy is calming.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

One Emptied and One Filled!

This is our 'second' property that has been recently sold--there are two more trailers and a garage and several sheds on these 3 acres.  This is the only home that has been occupied in the last decade.  It is a place of many happy memories for all of us.  It was where Bill's parents spent their winters and we visited them every Spring break.  When his Dad passed away and his Mom wasn't well, my parents began to come south for the winter and made arrangements to stay here.  It was a wonderful transition that lasted for almost 20 years.  Bill's parents bequeathed it to Bill.  We have loved this home for 40 years.
How pretty the sun lights it up at sunset each evening...
The old grapefruit tree died but the boys still like to climb it.  Bill will be cutting it down and I will make some bowls out of it, you can be sure of that!  We couldn't have emptied this home today just ourselves, if we had two weeks to do it--these guy were the game changer--they lifted furniture and loaded the trucks and hauled the loads from here to our house, which is only two miles away.  
I have so many boxes just like this to go through!  I will show you the filled portable garage tomorrow--I was too tired when we came in at the end of the day to remember a photo!
I will show you the beautiful Cassia blooms from the tree out front, at the yellow house, the train house;  we add you to the flood of memories we have.  It is time to let you go and make memories for another family.

Taking Shape!

See, I really did finish the Stay-at-home-Round-Robin QAL!  I'm ready for the next prompt on Monday. And I finished the table runner, to...