Workbench And Shelving


This afternoon I added a storage shelf over the site of a freezer and built an eight foot workbench along the outside all.

Stain And Trim

I like boiled linseed oil.  It is a natural wood treatment, although toxic if ingested.  It is a drying oil, unlike raw linseed oil that remains wet.  It gives a warm glow to wood.  Mixing it with turpentine allows the linseed oil to penetrate deeper.  I mixed equal parts of linseed oil and turpentine, which is also a naturally derived product.  And I added a very small amount of pine tar to highlight the grain in the plywood.  This is before (right) and after (left) treatment…


I used utility grade 3/8″ sheeting in the storage area on two walls.  It is resilient and can take punishment, not that we are going to do subject them to it.  It is also less expensive.  These were applied to the inside walls of the storage area as we are not concerned with rodents trying to get through them.  This is what the walls now look like.


I was able to add one of the two strips of metal trim.  I cut an eight inch strip out of an eight foot sheet, bent it 90 degrees down its centre, and cut it every four inches so that it would conform to the curved outer wall of the shed.  I screwed it into the metal and nailed it to the plywood with 1 1/2″ roofing nails.  It fits well and looks good.  Tomorrow I will cut and install the other one at the opposite end of the wall and then start on the wood trim.


There Are Two Dangers In Not Owning A Farm…

…one is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from a furnace.

To avoid the first danger, one should plant a garden, preferably where there is no grocer to confuse the issue.

To avoid the second, he should lay a split of good oak on the andirons, preferably where there is no furnace, and let it warm his shins while a February blizzard tosses the trees outside. If one has cut, split, hauled, and piled his own good oak, and let his mind work the while, he will remember much about where the heat comes from, and with a wealth of detail denied to those who spend the weekend in town astride a radiator.

– A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold



It was not until I decided to weave that I gave any thought at all to cloth.  And yet throughout my entire life cloth has touched my skin and I felt, well, naked, without it.  I like the feel of cloth, natural fibres, cotton and wool.  And as I build this shop, finishing the ceiling in one of the rooms today, I find my appetite for weaving being further whetted.  I like the building part, but it is in large measure only foreplay.  Today we put up six sheets of steel, three of which I had to split longitudinally for them to finish-fit the width of the room.  Detail finish work will start tomorrow, and the doors that I will build.  And it is a warm place that holds heat well which here at the beginning of winter is especially welcome and comforting.  Steel.  Over plastic.  Over 6″ of insulation.  Over either more metal or 1″ lumber, board and batten.

There are no delusions here.