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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Wow, a Workshop!

We've been keeping ourselves busy up at Cascade Bluff, with very little snow to play in and howling damp winds making outdoor fun not so fun these days. Y'all remember that we now have two garages? One just went up this summer (see previous posts) for vehicle storage, and the original one (our very first building) converted to a "workshop" that had yet to materialize, was just a sort of a dream in progress.... Well, that workshop is finally beginning to take shape!

We had a simple wood stove put in one corner, and boy does it put out the heat! Nice and toasty for indoor work...

 We started with building a work bench. What self-respecting workshop doesn't have a work bench, after all? Here is KMO at work with the circular saw...

 Hmm... ought to go back and review the operator's manual, Kathy... looks like you've got that saw blade at the wrong depth... and didn't you learn to keep that darned saw shoe level with the material yet?....Oh what the heck, no matter... plywood is plywood... and two by four's are two by fours, sort of...

 Those black objects behind the wood are brackets from a company called 
"2X4 Basics" and they are every workshop loving girl's dream company! No need to cut funny angles, no fancy designing... just cut up the scrap lumber and scrap plywood and  follow the pictures (hardly a single word on the instructions, just somewhat obscure diagrams and arrows pointing suggestively at things like screws and drill-drivers...) That is, if you've saved the instructions... ("What happened to the instructions, dear?" "Instructions? What instructions? You mean that pile of paper I just used to start the fire...  oops!... quick, Val! go download the instructions off the internet!!")
 ...And: VOILA! a workbench, made of the leftovers from our cabin!
 Yes, it does have a top, and here's Val smiling proudly with the nearly finished product!
 Have I mentioned yet how pleased we are with ourselves?
 Here is our first successful workshop project. Our wood shed off the east end of the "new" garage needed some shelter from those cold, snowy north winds, so here's what we came up with. Again, using up the scraps from our construction project was mightily satisfying. And, no, the scrap lumber didn't all come in the exact right lengths... Kathy got to use her circular saw again... and again...
 Pretty nice for a couple of old crones who don't know much about guy stuff, huh?
 Here's the second project: the continuing evolution of the Worshop Extraordinare... more "2X4 Basics" stuff.  We did need to go and buy more 2x4's for this part, after hunting through every pile of scrap lumber on our site four times to make sure no other gnarly old 2x4's were left... Ah, it is SOOOoooo nice to finally feel like our garage/workshop is getting organized! We love our contractor and his crew, but myGAWD are they messy! Now we have only our OWN mess to deal with! (And yes, we are neat-niks!)


 Every work bench needs some pegboard, right? (Hope the company is right about "2X4 Basics" workbench holding 400 lbs per shelf... watch out, Kathy...)
Yes! we remembered to chisel out the hole for the electrical outlet before putting the pegboard up!!

 Pegboard's up....

 Woo hoo! Ace Hardware is our buddy! Maybe we should 'friend' them on Facebook...
 But up at Cascade Bluff, all work (even fun work) and no play makes Kathy and Val very dull ladies.  There is ALWAYS time to slow down and enjoy the view. Here is Lake Superior in all her silvery beauty...
Stay tuned, we are hoping for some real snow and looking forward to winter outdoor fun! Check in once in a while to see what other mischief we are up to...

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