Hi gang. So Summer is over, and Fall has hit (me square in the jaw). I made it through my six (6) month probation at my new job, but my time even on the laptop has been limited. Let alone get any sawdust days.
The deck is complete, with a pergola, and a grill gazebo (with a solar light (with remote))for Ken. Only one gate didn't get made this year, but that one is the one that will go down to our "beach" when we get it done, and it's the one that will be open 99% of the time anyway, for the dogs to get down to the yard.
I didn't want hinged gates on the deck. For one, the main gate is extra wide, which in my opinion, would have a tendency to make the gate sag. So I did some investigating, and we built rolling gates instead. I love how they came out. Ken decided that the area under the pergola is to be a seating, rather than a eating area, and he has plans for a sectional going around, (along the left side, and the end of the deck) since we both love to come home after work and chill on the deck, both of us tending to "nap" for a bit, as well
having the sectional will allow both of us to stretch out and rest a bit when we get home next summer.
Some of you may remember a post I did some (many many) months ago where I showed the pumpkins I planned on doing. Well, they were finally cut two (2) weeks ago, and today they actually got most of the paint on them. I still have to do some fixing (painting is NOT my strong suite) and it's going to have poly brushed on starting tomorrow, I'm sure.
I also recently did a post on the jointer Ken found for me. Well, I took it to my buddies in my Structural Dept. at work, and they made me a fence for it. I'll try and post a picture of the job they did tomorrow. It only cost me a pan of brownies (with pecans, though... this was "extra hard" according to my Structural Foreman
) They took her apart, said the blades are still amazingly sharp, and I didn't need a belt, either. It was out of alignment; the belt was rubbing on some metal. My foreman put 'er in line, and said all is well, and he's actually jealous of the find. I told him, however, that the extra cost of the pecans on those brownies was a bit steep; I had to put a second mortgage on the house for the bag of pecans for those brownies!!
In truth, I work with a great bunch of guys, and lucky to have them. I was told that when it IS time to sharpen the blades, to bring it in, that we have a machinist who will sharpen it for me.
So there's my update, and what I've been up to.
I've been fortunate enough to also work with someone who said I can print out my larger patterns. We have one of those large printers that our project managers use for blue prints, and one of them said if I make the pattern, he'll print it out for me. in landscape, it can be up to 36" high, and the length is endless. Portrait: 36" wide with the height being as tall as I want/need. That's a pretty big canvas to play with! I have another pumpkin pattern that he printed out for me. It's original design was meant as a tealight holder. I've made it 3 ft. high by almost 4 1/2 ft. wide. IT will likely end up being a project for spring/next year. The shop is a mess from recent additions, and doubtful I'll get to make it till then.