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.