First Kieran and his sister came to stay with us for three days and he and I got busy and finished his tool box.
I also spent some time painting, the puppet theatre needs to be ready for next weekend, so it got another coat of paint and then Eva makes the curtain.
There is a 3/4 dowel as a handle for moving the theatre about and a 1/4 dowel for the curtain. The paint is good now, one more coat will make it excellent.
Spread out on my saw horses are the two rub rails off the Pinzgauer.
You can see the rails in this photo. The rails I sanded and finished with tung oil are clear and will stand out nicely against the typical olive drab paint.
Once the paint was sanded off these birch rails sucked in plenty of tung oil.
The last job but certainly the one that was most important for world security was the refit of the aircraft carrier. I found a nice piece of Baltic birch plywood and replaced the splintery deck that we'd put on the boat last time. Rushing the job to keep a five year old happy just meant that it had to be done again. Have you even noticed how some customers behave like five year old kids, and then are grumpy when the result isn't want they wanted. I had a painted friend who used to say, you can have it quick, you can have it cheap, or you can have it well done. But you can only have it one way.
Incidentally Kieran learned it was refit because the hull and the control tower were the same, only the deck was changed.
My plan is to take a couple of days to work in the yard and to slip away for a couple days bike riding in the warm summer breezes. It has been an excellent August so far, good for gardens, good for biking and cool enough that we've only turned the air conditioner on one for two days this summer.
When I get back to the shop I am going to look at Jack Houweling's tool caddy plan. I think that he is on to something good.