"One man's trash is another man's upcoming project"
Admittedly, this pair of deck chairs may look like they are ready for the scrap heap by most observers. But when I spotted them on the curb next to Wharncliffe Road yesterday, ready for garbage day, I decided to rescue them from their likely destination, London's landfill site on Manning Drive.
After I put about a dozen hours of hard work into them, I think the rusty metal and dirty teak will shine again. Since the workshop is closed until March 1 (except for very special events), readers will have to tune in next year to see the final results!
"The clock says 'Happy Hour' but I keep on sweepin'!"
Yesterday Mr. Shop Vac got a major, rip-roaring workout. Layers upon layers of dust disappeared, however, and in the future I promise to cut lumber outside - on windy days - so I can share wood dust and shavings with others.
Soon I will have the shiniest workshop in London.
"Why, I can almost see my face on the shiny surfaces"
I am almost finished my last job in the workshop for 2015, i.e., the Big Sweep. Just about every saw and hammer and piece of wood has been wiped clean. Just about every shelf surface has been vacuumed. I am down to the last shelf to vacuum and handful of lumber bits to save. When you smell a nice cedar blaze, you'll know I'm all done.
"The one on the left is actually two-tone green. Must be the lighting"
Second coats dried overnight and yesterday afternoon, while tapping my toes to a well-used CD, I tapped a few nails into place and - voila! - two colourful and spacious birdhouses are now ready for my next sale, this coming Saturday.
"The rescued drawer handles fit the bill. Happy landings!"
"The cedar base and support stick, attached w screws, can be easily removed"
"I just need thirty minutes to put this one together too"
And, if time allows, I will have a third ready before I head out the door tomorrow morning.
I loved working with the ten short wooden slats I brought back home from PEI earlier in the fall. I was able to build four birdhouses - 11 inches tall, 10 inches wide, 8 inches deep - and with the addition of four wooden spoons I was able to pull in free wi-fi for the birds.
"There are slight differences between the two.
Same deal on wi-fi but different roof angle"
"I wish I had another truck load of that lumber!"
Oh yeh, the birds love getting cozy inside the sturdy grey houses, opening their small laptops and tuning in to their favourite programs. I'm pretty sure I heard a pair of chickadees laughing at an episode of Coronation Tweet just the other night. Good for them. I'm hooked on it too.
I enjoyed dressing up two dust-covered duplexes made out of rescued lumber, from the plywood base, old pine faces (former cupboards) and driftwood branches from Port Bruce. I will do the same 'dressing up' for four more, in the spring of 2016, after I take time off to tidy up myself.
"The Workshop closes in one week. See you in March, 2016"