I was bored at work, and figured I’d try something new on here. I wan’t to post 7 pictures that sum up my week by day. And I’ll attempt (no promises) to do this every week.
So here goes nothing;
Monday- Helped finish Dad’s table and got it to his house.
Tuesday-I worked on Dad’s xmas present. Pretty much finished, just need to clean it up a little.
Wednesday- I met with Britt after she got off work, ran some errands, then finished shopping for my groomsmen gifts. but it was relaxing in a hot house that was the best part of that day.
Thursday-Thanksgiving! on the new table. (ya, I’m a little proud of the table). Dad got chairs the night before. They match pretty darn good.
Friday- Day after thanksgiving xmas decorating! While I was at work, Britt went to Potlatch and helped her mom decorate (yearly tradition). Britt also grabbed our new xmas tree. (so sad that it’s fake….)
Saturday- Darren and Kori hosted thanksgiving. I got off work a little early so B and I could make it on time. Scott and Darren were supervising the turkey while it was frying. So a few of us supervised them…
Sunday- Just another weekend workday….passed the time by watching some Psych.
So for Dad’s Christmas present, I figured I’d build him something for his revamped/uncluttered Garage. And beings that we are a beer drinking family, I figured I could build him a Cap collage.
First I grabbed some old pieces of wood that I found in his garage when I cleaned it out a month or so ago. Then I painted “Jeff’s Garage” on it.
Then I had to find a 1 1/8″ hole saw. Which was tough to find in a set without buying a brand new one. (I ended up borrowing one from Britt’s dad). So I used Grandpa Chuck’s drill press to ensure even/level holes.
Then Britt and I carefully placed the 102 caps needed to fill every hole.
Then came the hardest part. making the pry-off caps fit. See when you pry off the caps with an opener, it bends the metal so the cap can come free. so I took a pair of plyers and bent them back into shape the best I could….it sucked.
Then Britt and I started glueing them in.
Then the Finished Product.
The last step will be to shine up the Caps
Merry Christmas Dad.
Dad needed a new dining room table, and we actually had an old butcher’s block table in the garage (that your’s truely cleaned out a few weeks back). So we decided to strip the paint off the old thing, and stain it a natural wood color. So since I’m closer to Lewiston, I took the table to my grandparents in Clarkston so I could work on it after work with some help/advice from my Grandpa Chuck.
Here’s the table (Before). Ugly, I know.
Then we (That’s Grandpa Chuck) took it apart so we could strip everything properly.
Then we started by stripping one of the legs. expsoing some darn good looking wood. It should stain up nicely.
Then we stripped the table top, and threw some pre-stain on it to help seal up some of the cracks, and prep the wood.
Then we started staining. At first I thought it was going to be too dark. but it turned out pretty good. We stained the legs black so we could have black chairs.
After it dried we threw on a clear coat, and started putting it back together. We got all new hardware for it. Bolts/screws/etc.
And here it is in Dad’s house. Just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.
Last night, Britt and I woke up at 3am, to what sounded like, someone/thing trying to open our bedroom window. So like any Idahodian I grabbed my pistol. Both dogs were freaking out, barking up a storm (of course Maclin was).
When I pulled the curtain back, totally expecting to see some psychopath outside our window trying to kill us, I saw this;
Our house is half underground (we live in the basement section of a duplex) and this Racoon go stuck in the Window well and couldn’t get out! I was able to snap this one picture before s/he finally climbed out of there.
So much for going back to sleep after that! (although I had to get up anyway, it was time to go to work).
Just another working weekend for me
Last night as I was coming home from working on the Stove Project, It started snowing. and snowing actually pretty hard for a bit. And by the time I got home (after having a quick Gambino’s Lunch with Britt) we had enough to cover the ground.
Here’s a pic from the ride home.
Since it was gonna be a cold night, I made sure I got a fire going as soon as I got home, and our dogs just love laying next to the hot stove.