Thursday, March 20, 2014

Day 2 for the woodworking challenged.

It was another lovely day, and it should, today was the first day of spring!! WOO HOO!! We've waited for Mother Nature to show her feminine side and today was a good taste of it. I was charged, had my water and Top Bar bee hive plans clutched in my fist.

Bruce gave me a lesson in planing lumber because I needed some wide boards not to be so thick. He asked me the obvious, "Why don't you use a thinner board?" "I would," I replied, for the third time, evidently he missed my answer the previous two times, "but there are no wide, thin boards!"

So I planed and planed, trimmed, marked, re-measured and cut carefully and would have given anything to get a visit from Bob Villa. Heck, I'd even settle for Tim the Tool Man Taylor. When I quit for the day, I had 6 sides, our sister in law, Sue, wants a hive also, 6 ends, 5 were 11 1/2 inches wide but I had a rogue that was 12 1/4 so I sent him back to the table saw for shortening, I'm not sure what happened there, and 6 follower boards, 2 to a hive. They are the guide for the bees to 'follow' while making their combs.

A growing pile of sawdust under the table saw.....

....and a respectable pile of wood shavings from the planer.

I had about equal that amount stuck to my cotton gloves, note to self, wear leather gloves tomorrow, and in the pockets of my sweatshirt. My glasses had a coating of dust and I was prone to sneezing fits. I also had a horse chow sack of wood scraps to help build a fire in the kitchen stove. I was craving a cold, adult beverage and my back was giving me the business, planing is hard work.

Besides, Murphy was waiting for me to come home and play ball....

.....and when you have this cute puppy, you don't disappoint her.


  1. Oh, Julie all the work you are doing to make some bees happy! I think that I need to come and help you for a day before our assembly day.

  2. Julie, Thank you for all the hard work. Can't wait to help put them together and actually have bees. Yes, Murphy is the cutest puppy in the world.............

  3. You are welcome and the worst is behind me, just the top bars to cut, they are small and light. I'm getting excited and can't wait to have a build day!

  4. Wow Julie you are making great progress......way to go !!!!