Best shop floor ever

It all started with a post on the local buy/sell/trade Facebook site that Heather follows. During the shop build she showed me a post advertising 3/4 oak hardwood that was being pulled up at a local house and thought it would work for flooring the shop. ¬†Sounded good to me. They just wanted it gone…

Making room – The shop goes up

Time to slip back into project mode for a bit. With our trip to France done and the great retaining wall completed it was time to get some building done! First came the fence. That was a one day project that went together just great. Ray and I started laying things out and getting the…

Been travellin’ – Chapter 3 (Paris)

After Versailles, we settled into a pretty full 5 days of travelling around Paris with the intent of seeing as much as we could. And boy did we see a LOT! Day 1 started off with a short walk to visit Saint Chapelle and the Conciergerie. The stained glass at Saint Chapelle was truly amazing….

Been travellin’ – Chapter 2 (Paris/Versailles)

We arrived in Paris late afternoon at the Gare du Nord and hit the ground running. We had planned to go to Versailles the next morning with our friends Jeff and Sue who had also it turns out were in Paris at the same time so we headed over to the information booth to pick…

Been travellin’ – Chapter 1 (England)

You may or may not have noticed the lack of posts over the last few months. Heather and I have been travelling. A lot.. But we’re home for a while now so it’s time to get back to work. Shortly after the retaining wall was finished we hopped on a jet and headed over to…

The Big Pour and the Big Reveal.

Continuing on with the retaining wall project, with the forms all completed and ready the concrete pour was scheduled for last Tuesday at 11 AM. We had the pumper truck all lined up and the operator had scoped out the situation and said he’d have no problem getting it all the way to the back…

The Big Dig – Part 2… And more

Initially I was going to break this saga into 4 parts but life being what it is you have to roll with it. Parts 2 and 3 ¬†are now stuck together. Yolan arrived as scheduled Monday afternoon to start digging out the old retaining wall and made quick work of it. With the finger attachment…

In Between Times

I like to keep myself busy. In between all my regular projects and house stuff and everything else going on I like to fill in time. Sometimes it’ll be reading a book or having a nap but sometimes I like to just fool around with new things. This recent adventure is a good example of…

The Big Dig – Part 1

A couple of years ago I noticed that the landscape tie retaining wall between our property and my sister’s was starting to give out. We talked to Kathy and the consensus was to get it pulled down and to replace it. We decided to bite the bullet and go concrete this time. Not cheap but…

Ain’t no lightweight – Part 2

Well the end of a (for me) lengthy build has me quite pleased with the results and ready to get on with something new. Mike’s new wine/liquor rack is now finished and ready to go to it’s new home at his place in Victoria. Before we took off for a week in Mexico I did…

Ain’t no lightweight! – Part 1

My pal Chuck sent me a picture of a wine rack/liquor cart that he was going to build out of wood and it looked really cool. The cart is 28 inches square and 16 inches deep and sits on casters. Chuck designed it so that it could fit in his closet and he could roll…

Yuho builds a box

Yuho has come from Japan to soak up canadian culture, travel, and have a break from university. She visits Heather during the week for conversational english and some writing practice and to learn more about life in Canada. Heather and Yuho have gone shopping, have done some cooking together and other things and last week…