This morning I delivered the 30 Cajons allowing me to reclaim space in my shop which desperately needs to be swept and vacuumed.
While I have been working in my shop my wife has started Christmas baking. She has made nine different types of cookie, 150 cookies each type.
I got involved in a quick repair of Eva's necklace box, some how a grandchild managed to knock the back off of the box last weekend. No big deal, a job for glue and clamps. (you can never have too many clamps.)
|necklace case repaired, |
the white back was the bit glued back on,
One of my favourite wood workers on the Net is Izzy Swan at Think Woodworks. A while ago I watched his quick video, simple holder for woodworking plans. I was a quick little build that solved a problem for him in his shop.
I took that idea today and made a couple of changes to the document holder that Mr. Swan made.
My holder is larger, 12 x 17 inches and has many more holes drilled in the front edge. My plan is to use this holder as a working surface when I am drawing, painting and colouring with pencil crayon. I have been playing around with "Fine Art" for about a year. Drawing and painting have proven to be a satisfying pastime for me that is portable, quiet and not too costly.
|3 x 5 miniature that came third|
at the Rockton World's Fair this past Thanksgiving
Having a dedicated drawing board means that I can move my work around to chase good light and comfortable seating and as well to not have to put everything away every time I take a break.
Aside from making the working surface larger and adding more pencil holes I opted not to use clips to hold the paper down, instead I screwed a thin strip of wood down at both ends of the top and slide the paper underneath the wood strip. I felt that this system for holding paper was more versatile than clips. I recognize that this system will only hold 3 or 4 sheets of paper at a time effectively but I think that will not be an issue.
|you can see the strip and screws in this photo|
It's the weekend, get out there and make something.