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Old 08-28-2011, 11:35 AM   #5371
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thats what the missus is there for
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Beautiful pics Keith! Are the flowers in the last picture "four o'clocks"?

The list of work you have for today would take me weeks to complete. That's if I was able to do all of it .
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Thanks Jim:

The missus' leg is still not good. Now there's some sort of problem with her foot as well. It all seems to be muscle/tendon/ligament related.

That rail really is better in the flesh than any photo.

As for your table, well the arbutus moved quite a bit, causing some cracks in the varnish. I think I will sand off the old varnish and see what happens with three or four coats of this urethane. Nothing to lose by trying.

Can't get at it today...I have to clean the surface of the old pond liner with soap and water, then try to stretch out the new liner, then get two coats of urethane on the top windows (sanded then down last night), water the Japanese garden, water the missus' garden, get some more grout on the living room floor and clear out part of the generator shed so I can get at the big pressure water tank to move it over to the house.

Not quite sure what I'll be doing after coffee break.

I guess I will be building the new headboard now that I think about it!
We are hoping your wife gets much better really soon, that has to be tough on both of you.

My stars Keith, that would take me a week to do even if I could do it at all.

A little wood movement with cracks just adds character to somethings, I like natural happenings sometimes.
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thats what the missus is there for
Yeah, but for Pete's sake don't keep reminding her!
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We are hoping your wife gets much better really soon, that has to be tough on both of you.

My stars Keith, that would take me a week to do even if I could do it at all.

A little wood movement with cracks just adds character to somethings, I like natural happenings sometimes.
I'm with you Jim on that one, most of the time. It's when the varnish starts to open up that causes a problem. Once water gets in underneath you need to do something about it soon.

I think I will give it a good sanding and then get the missus to make up some sort of cover for the wintertime. No idea how long that might take.
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Beautiful pics Keith! Are the flowers in the last picture "four o'clocks"?

The list of work you have for today would take me weeks to complete. That's if I was able to do all of it .
I have no clue whatsoever what those flowers are. I'm sure the missus does...so if she is going to make another attempt at a short walk today I will ask her.
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It was a somewhat futile effort to clean the liner this morning...not so much washing it, but trying to keep up with the debris falling off the trees, as it was a bit windy.
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My pal told me the liner he gave me was 35' by 35'. Not quite, it was 28' by 30'. The only thing I could do with it was to put it on diagonally, and it was barely big enough to cover the extremities of the original liner.

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth I always say. Can't complain about a freebie.
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First thing I put a coat of urethane on the top windows this morning. The sun dried it in nothing flat.
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There is some improvement with the second coat - yes, I have it on already. And I think I will be doing a third coat later this afternoon. This stuff dries in the sun in minutes, it's amazing.
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I got the pieces for the headboard roughly cut to size. Now I have to decide on the precise measurements before they are trimmed.

The original bed had the headboard tilted back at 11, and I was going to do that as well. But for a couple of reasons, it's going to be upright, minus the tilt.

If the bed was going against a wall, the angle might be OK. But when I did a mockup of it, it just didn't look right, so vertical it is.

Here's the top rail for the headboard, 8 feet long.
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Keith if your rail is prettier in person than the picture, it is out of sight, it still reminds me a lot of a yacht. By the way, how is my table doing now days.
That's exactly what I was thinking - that railing looks like it belongs on a luxury yacht.
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That's exactly what I was thinking - that railing looks like it belongs on a luxury yacht.
Aw heck, they don't make them that nice just for any old luxury yacht!
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I did say I would try and clear out half the generator shed to get at the water tank.

Did that, unearthed a brand new in the box flooring air nailer and a box of 10,000 staples to go with it! Never been opened.

I decided I had better pull the tank out before it became surgically attached to the genny shed...after all, it must have been there for about 10 years. It had a 5 year warranty, which probably expired 5 years ago. Better hope it still works as it has never been out of the box.

Looks like the mice have had a field day with that as well.
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I did manage a little machine work on some of the headboard.

I carefully measured the end verticals both for the notch to fit them to the side rails and for the countersink holes for the lag bolts which will attach them to the bed.

I cut the notch on the table saw using the dado blade. Taking very narrow cuts at a time until the full depth was reached.

Usually the dado head will leave a surface with small ridges...use your paring chisel to smooth it out.
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