It’s that time of year again: Autumn in New England. The most beautiful time of year anywhere in the world. I’d take New England Fall over any other season in any other location. It’s also my most productive time of the year for woodworking. To wit:
The guest room bed frame finally got a coat of paint. General Finishes Milk Paint is such a joy to apply and I think their Driftwood color goes with anything. I need to eventually add the chamfer detail on the base of each leg, but it works for now.
The entire guest room is actually done now, replacement ceiling fan and all. If it weren’t on the southwest side of the building, I daresay I’d make this the master bedroom.
I also upgraded the workbench a smidge by increasing the capacity on the crochet. 1.75″ just wasn’t enough. Adding a 0.50″ red oak spacer (a species I find similar to ash in many respects) brings the overall capacity to just over 2.25″.
Finally, I started work on a couple of bench appliances. One is a benchtop bench, that starts by laminating some old 3/4″ plywood that I reclaimed from up in Vermont. Four pieces of 3/4″ plywood makes a 3″ thick slab that is stable and heavy. This will likely replace my Milkman’s Workbench as my traveling woodworking bench.
The other benchtop appliance is a David Barron-style shoulder vise that clamps onto the benchtop (like a twin screw Moxon Vise). This will likely end up as another ash/red oak amalgamation and is made from scraps as they become available. And I plan to re-purpose the screw and hub from the failed face vise.
There are a few bigger things in the hopper, but for now I’m still clearing projects and making shop furniture.