Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cherry Bookcase Part II

Along with the rest of this fall's adventures I did finally manage to complete the bookcase and get it finished.

I am quite pleased with the end result.  The client decided she liked the solid skirt so I ended up leaving it as it was.

The finish is a coat of amber shellac to give it a slightly warmer tone and then a few coats of laquer.

This was my first time spraying laquer and it went well.  Once I got the viscosity correct it went on well and I was able to get a finished surface off the gun.

I was particularly please with how the mitered corners on the skirt came together.


It's been a busy fall. After our backpacking trip I started in on building the shed. It went up in a weekend with a few nights of work to finish the trim and another afternoon for the roofing.

Getting the skids level.

Then the platform was framed in.

The walls went up quickly enough that I didn't think to stop and take a picture.

We decided that we wanted to have a door knob which could be keyed to match the house, so I built a frame and panel door. The frame is from two 16' Doug fir 2x12s.  I was able to get 5in wide, vertical grain rails and stiles from them with minimal knots.  Some left over scraps of T1-11 siding was used for the panels. The domino made throwing a big door like this together super quick and easy.

Ready for shingles and shelves.  It's amazing how quickly it filled up.

Before Natalie headed off to Greece for a few weeks with her mom and sister we headed up to St Mary's Glacier for our September ski day.

Conditions were pretty rough, but we got more than enough turns in for it to count.

The dogs had fun too.

Wicket was pretty stoked to get to play in the snow and chase sticks in the lake.

While Natalie was traveling I got out biking with Jeff.  We rode from Kenosha pass which is, for obvious reasons, a fall classic in the area.

Despite somewhat ominous weather we had a great ride and didn't see too many people until we were almost back to the car.

Not a bad view.

It's a great ride, smooth, fast and awesome views.

With Natalie back in town it's been time to get things ready for winter. 

The mtn's are beginning to get some snow, although it's been an unusually warm and dry october.

That should start to change here soon and it will be time to tune up the skis.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lost Creek Wilderness

For our anniversary, Natalie and I decided to take a long weekend and go backpacking.  We originally planned to return to the Holy Cross wilderness, but with the forecast being a bit cold and needing to return on monday we changed plans and headed south a bit to the Lost Creek Wilderness.

One of Natalie's co-workers, who worked as the backcountry ranger for this area, suggested a ~27 mile loop from the Lost Park trailhead.

I took thursday and friday off and spent thursday hauling lumber for an upcoming shed project.

Friday morning we packed up the dogs and headed to the trailhead. This was Lady Bugs first backpacking trip with us and likely her first time backpacking/camping.

She got a pack of her own for kibble and treats.

We stopped for lunch in Lost Park before heading up and over a pass.

After 9-10 miles and getting rained on for a bit we found a decent camp site and got set up.

We had to haul water a ways, but the view from camp was worth it.

Lady Bug was tired and muddy, but loved every minute of it.

Morning came with clear skis and sun to get us dried out before we hit the trail for the day.

We started the day by descending from out campsite into Refrigerator gulch.

The rock formations in this area are intriguing and creek through it gives the area it's name.

Lost Creek is so named because it dives under and through various rocky ridges that bridge the valley.  It makes for an interesting map as the river shows up as discontinuous.

After one final creek crossing we slogged up a few miles of steep switchbacks into a beautiful valley. With one more steep climb before our intended camp we found a great site amongst the aspens and decided to call it a day.

Notice the very tired Lady Bug in the background.

Sunday we hiked across the ridge near a couple of the larger peaks in the area.  There was a large burn scar from quite some time ago which left the area open and resulted in some spectacular views.

We finally dropped back below treeline and found another lovely camp in a meadow.

Lady Bug was ready for camp.

Despite all of her fur she doesn't stay as warm as Wicket, so she got to curl up in dad's sleeping bag.

Soup and cheesecake with a view.

The next morning the girls were ready to go.

Lady Bug isn't as good as Wicket at walking right with us so we leashed them together.  This worked quite well and was pretty entertaining.

Dog train..

Back at the car we loaded up and headed home.