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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…

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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.

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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.

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Swift (Reconditioning)

I spent most of the day yesterday refurbishing this swift…

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Both its wood and metal needed a thorough cleaning…

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Disassembled it was curious to find that the centre spool is spring loaded…

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Caked grease was easy to remove from the metal parts; I used 600 grit emory cloth to remove the worst rust followed with steel wool.  Wood was cleaned with a solvent.  I was surprised to find this much greasy dirt on the parts in contact with the fibre, but now think it to be normal if it was ever used over decades with home-cleaned wool that may have retained more of its lanolin…

I lightly used a wire brush on an angle grinder to clean the base.  I re-greased the internal parts and linseed oiled the wood.  How functional and beautiful!

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…it’s really a nice machine…