Friday, April 21, 2017

Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (8).

Two for a Park are Finished


Wee 'community libraries' stand tall atop a workshop table. Voila. Fini.

People in the know will be able to spot a couple of differences between these and earlier models.

Because gray-on-both-sides barn board has dried up I now use white pine barn board, knowing it will turn a golden bronze colour over the first two years before showing signs of very light gray.


Because I am out of tongue and groove cedar (1/2-inch thick; also rare) I now use 1-inch thick cedar decking for roofs and trim, and make my own ship lap or overlap style for the roofs. Finished libraries are at least 5 pounds heavier as a result.

Dimensions are slightly bigger than in the past. So, now that they are heavier on two counts, installation should be a lot more fun! : )

Still the same: Board and batten walls and some splashes of colour still seem to set them off nicely, in my opinion.

SHOWING OFF:




Last photo: A third model, for another client, is almost finished. An interior shelf requires paint and installation, signage is needed over the front door, and the platform and stand need to be painted and assembled.


So, guess what is on my to-do list this weekend?

Please link to Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (7).

Photos GH

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (7).

Finishing Touches


Three little free libraries are in the final stretch.

Doors fit nicely and hardware (hinges, door pulls, latches and catches) are solid.

Signage will be attached tomorrow and support poles will be attached to platforms at least by Friday.

 Solid doors and hinges

 Solid door pulls and latches

 Catches (tried and true, above and below) keep doors from rattlin'


Soon, I will be digging a post hole.

Please link to Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (6).

Photos GH

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (6).


Final stages are the order of the day for three 'little free libraries'.

A bit more cedar exterior trim is needed for one of them. Nicely painted platforms have to be attached to sturdy five-foot poles (4" x 4" in size). And a pile of signage needs to be finished and then attached in all the right places.

 Platforms are dry and ready to be attached to support poles

 Finished poles and platforms will look like the above

Lots of painting this weekend!

If all goes well I will be digging holes in a community park some time next week!

: )

Please link to Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (5).

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (5).

Platforms and Signage (Lotsa Signage)

Sturdy red rain guards are in place

One of three still requires cedar batten (to complete for the board and batten look). Then doors, latches, platforms and collars, posts and signage need to be finished. In other words, lots on the go inside the workshop.

I think I've timed my projects not too badly  this spring. The 'little free libraries' (large projects) are coming to a close and the start of 'birdhouse season' (small projects) is a week or two away.




Collars and platforms look better with a touch of paint

Signage, lotsa signage is underway


Photos GH

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (4).

Back Indoors, Paintbrush in Hand.


The library roofs are now trimmed in western cedar.

Next, it's time for some juggling.

On the one hand I need to sort out hinges, door pulls, cupboard-door-style magnets, and the support poles and platforms. On the other hand I need to spend time indoors with red paint and a brush. 




A solid stand equals a solid installation in 2 - 3 weeks.

Never a dull moment inside or outside The Workshop.

Please link to Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (3).

Photos GH

Monday, March 20, 2017

Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (3).

Time for Paint and Lotsa Trim.


It's time to bring part of the job - related to three little libraries - indoors.

The three doors are ready for paint, as are several other items, e.g., signage and rain guard.

After I checked that each door fit to a 'T', I started adding the first round of trim to two roofs. Thick cedar roofs with bold cedar trim.... look AOK.

 Each door sits straight and true.

 Trim now covers the roof ridge, and front and back edges.


 Cedar trim lines each roof.

Two coats of red paint, coming up!

More to follow....

Please link to Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (3).

Photos GH

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Little Free Libraries, Progress Continues (3).

Thick Cedar Roofs.

Library Number 3 is underway as well.

A South London client will receive a 'little free library' soon after the order (for two) for a North London park is completed. I recently decided, since the saws and sanders were already set up and running smoothly, to work on the third at the same time.

And I should run out of room to move in the workshop by next Tuesday!! : )

Cedar roof panels are one inch thick, and after careful measurements and saw cuts (for the overlapping process), are ready for glue and nails.




Once the third roof is attached securely into place, I'll work on three doors.

Stay tuned.

Please link to Little Free Libraries, Well Underway (2).

Photos GH