I finally have 3 coats of stain on the deck. I ended up waiting a while – like half a year, as this seemed to be the stronger argument out there on the Internet for when or how soon to stain a deck. It seemed to really suck the stain up and so I’ve decided to try to quench it’s thirst and have gone over most of the horizontal surfaces 3 times using the Olympic brand of stain. I really like how the water beads up now after a rain…
Ohh.. and by the way, you may have noticed that the site is a different URL/domain name now instead of “junkwood.info”… I’m just being thrify as the renewal price isn’t as attractive the 2nd year, so I opted to get a different one. Hopefully this doesn’t mess you up too bad if you’re following along.. I tried to force the old site to automatically forward to the new “junkwood.info” name.
And to further prove how cheap I’ve become, I’m planning on posting next on the home-built lawn aerator that I “built” from junk I had mostly laying around in my garage and my brother’s. 😉
Ohhh.. one more thing.. here’s an update RSS Feed link as well..
Ok.. I know that this isn’t a real woodworking post, but I thought it might be interesting to see the Top Bar Beehive my brother and I built in some of the previous posts in action, so here’s a video of it for you to check out. My brother added some metal legs, a roof, and of course some bees to it.
I’m no expert, but it sure seems to “bee” working just fine!
The weather was finally perfect today so I pulled out the power tools and set to making the printer stand that I had planned out in Sketchup.
I first cut all the pieces to length and then started making all the necessary cuts and dadoes to allow the pieces to interlock.
I saved the left over pieces from the rabbet and decided to use them for the braces farther down the legs.
Luckily the other parts were wider and I could use the cheapo surform plane for them.
I like using a big rafter square for squaring up things. Maybe just the plastic is nicer to hold than cold metal on a cool morning.
I could have gotten away without countersinking in the screws, but it does make things look a lot nicer. I suppose it helps control the wood from splitting a little bit.
I put a little glue in some of the joint even though it probably wasn’t necessary.
I nipped off the corners for the feet even though it wouldn’t really make much of a functional difference.
And here’s the stand all finished!
The weather has certainly not been cooperating here lately for me to be able to pull out the powertools and start another project. I don’t really care for doing woodworking in the garage with the door down without being able to capture all the sawdust and keep it out of my face. Hopefully the sun will come around again soon.
In the meantime, I’ve been planning a really simple project for a printer stand for my work made from four 2×4’s. Here’s a sketchup drawing of it which I hope to start on the first chance I get:
I am debating about whether to include the lower brace to help stabilize the legs… I only drew in one of them. In fact, it probably isn’t really needed, but I suppose I could add a little shelf in there in case they wanted to store extra labels.
My brother and I tore into the beehives today and pretty much got them completed. That is all except for the legs and lids, which he is planning on taking care of himself. We ended up spending most of the morning and afternoon working on them and made a lot of sawdust in the process. Maybe it is time for one of those nice dust collection systems? Anyway, we started by cleaning up the glue squeeze out from the glue-ups we had put together last week.
After cleaning up the glue, we sent the boards through the thickness planer a few times. It definitely gave my planer a run for the money. I could hear it slowing down as the oak is older and very dry. We were planing pretty much the full width (>12″) that the planer is made for. Most of the boards needed to be 12″ in width so we ripped them down to the correct size.
After we got them all ripped to size, we needed to cut them to length. I remembered my old cross-cut sled I had made quite a while back for another project. It would speed up the cuts and save us the trouble of using the chop saw and having to flip the board around, repeat the cut from the other side and hope the kerfs line up.
After finishing cutting all the main boards to length, we set to cutting the trapezoidal boards from plywood that make up the follower boards. These follower boards apparently have some sort of purpose in helping control circulation, delineating parts of the hive and preventing the bees from swarming – something beekeepers try to avoid where a portion of the bees decided to leave the hive.
We put a little larger than a 3/8″ dado in the top bars that will receive the follower boards.
Here’s a board inserted.
We are making two hives. One for my brother and one for my sister, so two sets of everything!
Now with the follower boards cut, we set to making the top bars.
We made quick work of cutting the top bars to length. A wood clamp is what we used as a stop block to make sure all the top bars were the same length.
Once we were done cutting the top bars (I think there were 50 total for both hives), we began building the main body of the hive.
I like when assembly begins… that’s when I feel like we are really starting to make progress.
The hive will be nice and solid and the oak should make a long lasting hive. We used corrosion resistant deck screws to attach the end pieces.
Here’s two pictures, one without and one with nearly all the top bars in place.
With the top bars:
Almost done with the main part of the hive.
I just love using the forstner bit. It makes such a nice clean hole when compared to a regular spade bit.
Here, the main part of the hive is completed.
It was getting late already. That’s always how these projects seem to go.
My brother will finish the legs and top cover at his place. I’ll try to post a picture of the fully completed hive once he has that all done.