Saturday, September 10, 2016

Just love my grandkids!

With the end of summer looming, I made a visit to my logger family.  The county fair was over and the kids were excited about the sale of the pigs they'd raised, school had just started, the guinea hens that were just babies during my last visit, had grown and were now roaming the yard and woods around the house (and making a hell of a lot of noise!).  The new young chickens still weren't laying but they were hopeful for eggs soon - or the chicken dinner the lazy non-layers would become!  It was hot, but cooled down in the evening and you could feel fall coming on.  It was a wonderful time to visit.

Three kids, school, extracurricular things, dr's appointments, shopping, logging business stuff -  Logger daughter was back and forth to the BIG town (1 hr and 30 minutes away) like it was just down the street and around the corner.  

I was able to take in a high school volleyball game that logger granddaughter took part in, and my youngest logger grandson played in a travel ball baseball tournament.  And, we picnicked at a local winery.  Edenvale-it was such a nice place and the Cabernet was delish!

The rehab/remodel of their new home is somewhat at a standstill.  They have all been so busy that there's been no time to focus on the house.  But, logger daughter wanted to bring a bit more control to the boy's bedroom and really wanted them to have desks, with just a couple of drawers for "junk".  Once I finished them and had them set up in their room, the edict was "NOTHING BUT A LAMP AND AN ALARM CLOCK IS TO BE ON THE TEST TOP - OH, AND BOOKS WHEN YOU'RE STUDYING!"  She's really tired of their rat-packing ways.  

So, the desks.  I thought they should look like they were built to go with their beds.  Logger SIL, as usual, had plenty of boards for me to pick from!  This is a blessing and a challenge.  The boards are usually milled to real size - a 2x4 is really 2" x 4" instead of  1-1/2 x 3-1/2" like the boards I buy at the big box stores.  Measuring is the bane of my existence and I have to be more careful with these personally milled materials.

The drawer fronts were left natural, like the bed platforms, but we stained the basic structure of the desks a rich, dark brown.  
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Varathane Early American   
Everything got a couple of coats of polyurethane - I searched for Minwax or Varathane poly, but none was to be found.  I bought a really, really expensive quart of water-based poly at the local ACE Hardware.  I can't remember what it was, it started with a C.  Worked great, but boy was it expensive at around $25 -I usually pay about $9.

Working at the Logger's home is more of a challenge for me.  Although Logger SIL has tools, they aren't mine and I'm not used to them.  Plus, at home my garage is my shop.  Their garage is still holding things they moved, and huge slabs of wood SIL milled.  (these slabs are being sold for table tops).  So, when I'm there, I pull the tools out of their garage and my shop is then out in the open.  In this case, I was in the sun.  

Pieces in the background are sitting on split logs - very useful to have around!

Testing drawer fit - in the sun.  

The end result is very similar to Camper Grandson's new desk (here).  But, these desks are regular desk height and have drawers, not just crates.  

Youngest grandson's desk

Oldest grandson's desk.  You can see a little peak of his bed frame.  He would rather sleep on the floor, so his bed is close to the ground.  Next time I'm there we're going to raise that bed about 8". 

The boys share a room that is like two rooms in one.  They each have their own side of the space, with their own closet.  I think the original house was added on to, and these extra large "dual" bedrooms are the result.  Very interesting set up. 

I like them, Logger daughter liked them, and the boys said they liked them.  I'm not sure they'll be able to keep the tops cleared!  Good luck with that, boys!

I'll bring the 2x4 stools up next time!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Summer - Where oh where has it gone?? And, how do I have a Grandson going into HIGH SCHOOL!

It seems like I've written less and less in my blog these days - and I want to change that!  I've been busy, but that's no excuse.  The sole purpose of this blog was to keep track of new things I built, attempted to build or completely failed at.  At some point, I hope in the far, far future, I may have difficulty doing things and, God forbid, remembering things.  That's when this blog will bring me the greatest pleasure, and hopefully, will be something my kids and grand kids will read, and re-read as they remember their old Mom and Grandma.  So, I need to keep up with this stuff!!

I've had a busy couple of months.  I traveled to see the Logger Family, and then flew to Colorado to join the Camper family.  The Docs have been busy, too, but I've managed to see them and Baby Doc a few times over the past few weeks.  Family - it's what keeps you going!

And, I've been busy working on projects.  My last couple of posts covered the major projects, but here's a run down of the most recent  big building project:

Camper Grand-son's bedroom:

My oldest granddaughter is going to be Junior in high school.  I've gotten used to that.  But now, my first grandson is starting high school.  I'm not sure how that happened!!!  RC wanted a new look for his bedroom.  Sooooo, his mom decided to go for a rustic, industrial look.  I think we hit the mark (except for the dresser, which came first and was supposed to be melamine-but that's sort of close).   I used 2x materials (fir) for the bodies and tops of the desk, nightstands and headboard.  1x basic pine boards for the crates and headboard panel.  Minwax early american stain was used on the bodies of everything, and layers of early american and weathered oak were used for the tops of the desk and night stands.  Weathered oak was used for the crates and drawer fronts.  All of it was sealed with matte polyurethane.  The tops got several coats of poly and should withstand anything this boy has in store for it!  Each piece has metal braces at joints and bolts added for the "industrial" look. (not all the metal pieces were on when these pictures were taken-hmmmm, I thought they were!)

Dresser for the closet.  The closet was going to be a major redo using melamine, but after building the dresser Camper daughter decided that just moving the wire shelving around a bit might work just as well.  She was right, so I decided to try to tie the closet storage into the bedroom by using pine and the same Minwax stain for the drawer fronts.  


Night stands (note the initials added to drawers-last picture in group)

Desk (Bar height. Numbered crates are not drawers so they can be removed easily)

Wall decor (heavy wire hanger,  (hand painted, close to scale of official US Flag.  Distressed, then waxed with AS dark wax.  Frame is rough 2x white boards leftover from work done on my house.  Stained to match the headboard, 1 coat of polyurethane.  Flag is inset in center of the frame.  The back of the frame is an homage to RC's favorite sport - fly fishing!  I don't know if he'll want to flip it that side, but if he's missing fishing, he just might!

There's also a big "drawer" for under the bed.  It's on sliders and hopefully is easy to pull out and push back in.  It's not for things he uses every day, but it should hold his guns and all his fishing poles!

It's still to be delivered and put in place.  Waiting for some other things to be moved out of his bedroom.  Ryan has been using, since he first started sleeping in a bed, the same bed that his dad used.  It was made by Camper SILs grandfather.  It's beautifully made of oak, with drawers and bookcases beneath the mattress.  It's big and heavy and has to be taken apart and moved to another room.  That bed is an heirloom.  The stuff I've made RC is not!  I hope he enjoys using it but, he can use it for as long as he wants, and when he doesn't want it anymore, he should give it away (if it's still in working condition!) or burn it!    Welcome to high school RC, I enjoyed making this and hope you enjoy your new room and that it gets you through the next 4 years!