Posts tagged "carpentry"
Fence Repair 2014

Fence Repair 2014

Saturday, June 21 was the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year. It also happened to be the day we started repairing the fences. The three-board fencing was originally installed in 2004, when we built the farm. Being made of wood, it requires periodic maintenance. After ten years, several boards and a few...
The Cupola

The Cupola

A year ago, I had the idea of adding a cupola to the garage, the least attractive  building on the property. Adding a cupola, punctuated by a wind vane, would significantly improve its appearance. Reasonably priced cupolas are available online, in several styles and sizes.  Costing between $200 and $850, they come complete with copper roof and wind...
Barn Cabinets Installed

Barn Cabinets Installed

After all four cabinets were completely assembled, there was enough lumber remaining to build a fifth.  So building one more unit gave me a chance to time a complete iteration of the entire process – start-to-finish . All the cutting, gluing and clamping required 5.25 hours.  Then the unit had to dry overnight.   These first steps...

Barn Cabinets Assembled

The third phase of this project has been the most time consuming.  Parts had to be glued, clamped and allowed to dry – several hours minimum. A bottle neck resulted from an acute shortage of clamps.  I only have two.  Ideally, each 41-inch door would be held together with three clamps each.  But with the...

Cabinets for the Barn

Barn owners invest a great deal of time and attention in their animals, facilities and equipment. The price of that dedication is often a cluttered house with mud-tracked floors.  A cluttered barn, on the other hand, will not to be borne. Our barn aisle is swept clean daily, tack suspended neatly from hooks along both...
Summer Vacation 2011

Summer Vacation 2011

This year, my to-do list is benefiting from an extraordinarily long summer vacation…fortuitous, since the list of things to do is also extraordinarily long.  I spent a couple of leisurely days editing, reviewing and prioritizing my list.  Then it was time to plan and execute item one – the garden fence. A few searches on...

Arena Lights

Another backlog project has been finished:  The riding arena now has lights. In winter when days are short, the barn crowd still wants to ride their ponies.  Perching a spotlight in the hay loft doorway and casting the beam onto the dressage ring my be marginally effective, but isn’t practical.  Unless there was a full...

A farm needs a wind vane

When we first moved in, our little farm consisted of three plain buildings and some fencing.  That was significantly more than the armpit-deep weeds that covered the landscape when we purchased the lot.  We’ve made improvements since then, but something has been missing.  Well, there is always something missing or in need of change.  In...