23 hours ago
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I had a day off today. Mid-week days off are sorta sweet...you're off everyone else's 9-to-5 Mon-Fri schedule, so you can have a little more freedom than a Saturday.
I was going to work on building shelves in the basement, but given the glorious weather today, it would have been a crime. I will do that when it's raining this fall. I decided instead to build some Leopold Benches.
Aldo Leopold designed these benches years ago, I have no idea when. They were made so that they could be build by almost anyone with a saw, drill, screwdriver and a crescent wrench. I cheated a little and used a power saw, power drill, and a palm sander to get the slivers off the wood. The outcome was satisfactory.
I recycled a bunch of wood from the shop, from racks were tore down to replace with Aquaracks. All I needed was three 10' 2x8s. Everything else was cut out of pieces left over. The rest will be turned into kindling for next year's fireplace.
I think if you had the right set-up and a few people, you could make these by the dozens. They're deceptively comfortable, simple, and authentically rustic.
Posted by canoelover at 6:12 PM