(Carson was at a Church camp in Colorado and wasn't able to be there)
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Saturday, August 29, 2009
The other gentleman in the flight suit is Capt Cline. Amy's sister Ashley was there with us as well.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
So when we left our daring hero last he was trapped... oops, wrong story. When we finished last we had only made the 3 box sets. I went to work making the trim that goes along the top while Trinity started manufacturing the boards for the drawers.
The boxes are 39 inches wide, so with a radius of 1.5 inches, the box would allow 13 circles to fit tangentialy. I made them with a radius of 1.75 inches so they would over lap just right. Setting the center each radius 1 inch from the top of the trim gave enough material at the top to allow them to be attached to each box.
After everything was cut out I glued them to the tops of each box and I tacked them on with a nail gun.
The boxes needed a lot of work pluggin the screw holes and sanding, so Trinity started building the drawers while I was working on the boxes.
So, Trinity and I had the boys (he has a son the same age as Mitchel) and we got pretty involved and were there until midnight. The boys were great though. They played around in the sawdust in the shop and with some big lego blocks Trinity brought. Around 9:00 they got pretty hungry, so we made a Taco Bell run and set up the DVD player in Trinity's truck, which we pulled inside the shop to allow for better "baby monitoring." The boys were such troopers and they had a blast! The shop is right by the rail road tracks. They went nuts and made sure we took them outside to see the it go by.
Here is the finished product! (It still has a couple things to build, such as a base and the guides for the drawers... along with a couple "Zack" touches which are classified, but they will be released after Amy has seen them.) Anyway, I think it's coming along great and I can't wait to put some paint on it, glaze it, distress it and then lacquer it. What do you guys think?
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This is the fountain my father and I have been working on for a couple weeks. I didn't get any before and after pictures to give you an idea of the structure under the fountain, but I'll just say it involved a bit of a retaining wall, a lot of cinder blocks and some serious construction glue. The sides are still not finished (the membrane can be seen along the edges) and we're still tinkering with the flows, but it's pretty much finished. Here's a couple of pictures.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
I recognize that placing this on my blog kind of blows the surprise, but the surprise isn't that she doesn't know that I'm building it, but more in HOW I'm building it (and probably to her, that I can build it!) So, here are some pictures of the box portions being biult. I'm going to build the drawers next. In a shameless plug, and to give ample credit where it is due, my friend Trinity helped me by using the facilities at his job, Stellar Millworks, Inc. They are a fine company company who produce a great product... if any of you are in the market for custom wood works.
The planks were run through the wide belt sander to bring them to the final 3/4 inch thickness and for the desired finish texture
The planks have been laminated (glued), squared up and sanded. They finaly needed to be cut to the 14 inch width before the box sections could be cut. The saw we used for this step is called a Sawstop. It senses when a material besides wood hits the blade and stops it within 2 to 5 teeth. This stoping speed would result in just a nick on the part of the body that touched the saw. It's really quite amazing! After the planks were ripped to the appropriate width they were run through the belt sander to finish the edges.
The planks were finaly ready to be cut into the necessary pieces for the boxes.
Now the boxes could be built.
Plugs were made to cover the screw and fill in the hole made from counter sinking the screws.
Here is one of the three boxes. Two of the box sets have 3 bays, while the bottom box set has 2 bays for storing items that are larger and that we'll have more of. Now all that they need is the crown molding, paint and the distressing. I didn't put them all in the picture because I don't want to give too much away right now!
AMY, YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE THIS!