Hopefully our winter weather is behind us. We had several inches of snow and ice on the farm in February and we are ready to shake off the winter chill.
I have spent a considerable time cleaning and re-organizing some things in the shop. I always enjoy taking time to think about my productivity and work flow between projects, but when I am in the middle of a project, I tend to let the shop get a little (a lot) messy. I always hear my mom's voice in the back of my head saying "just spend 5 minutes a day cleaning up your room and it won't ever be a problem." Thanks mom but I have work to do! If you have tips on keeping a space organized in the middle of a project, let me know down below!
I was also able to deliver this dining set to a good friend of mine who just finished building a beautiful home outside of Bowling Green, KY. This farmhouse style trestle table is a very popular style and blends a traditional look with the modern farmhouse. This table is built from solid southern yellow pine and poplar, finished with dark walnut stain and PPG delicate white paint. They decided to pair this table with a matching bench and four chairs that have the x-style back to compliment the table. I was really pleased with the finished product and I think it goes perfectly in their home.
As the lyrics go, "there ain't no cure for the summertime blues." Well I don't get summertime blues thanks to not having to go to the job-job and a healthy dose of natural vitamin-D, but I do kind of get the wintertime blues. I think everyone kind of does--especially with the pandemic this year. But the perfect cure for the wintertime blues is new baby chicks!
For Valentine's day, we got 4 little pullets to add to our flock. There are 2 Buff Orpingtons (yellow) and 2 Barred Plymouth Rocks (black). These are supposed to be really good-natured birds and pretty good egg layers as well. They are growing and getting their feathers, and we look forward to introducing them to our 1 year old Isa Browns.
We do plan to do some coup renovations this spring. A safe place for the chickens to live is a must if you are keeping them in your yard, and last spring we built them a nice little home. We like to let them out and enjoy the yard (and garden), but for the days where the weather is poor or we see predators (there are lots of hawks in our area), we like to keep them in.
We plan to extend the run another 8-12 feet and add some "playground" elements for them as well. These playground elements will be a fun way to utilize scrap wood from some of my furniture projects. I'll also probably save a little pile to use to make fires for the family when the weather is a little warmer. Woodworkers typically have a bad habit of keeping lots of scrap wood around, so what are some of the ways you like to use it up?
What's Coming Up?
I've been spending a lot of time not in the shop lately. Back in September we welcomed our second child into the world and I always try to make being dad always comes before shop time. This being said, I've been spending a lot of time thinking about various aspects of my business, my product line, and different sales avenues. I've done some research into other web hosting sites, but I'm happy
I'm currently in the process of finishing about 900 sqft. of tongue and groove boards for an outdoor porch. My wife's uncle had the opportunity to buy the oldest brick home in Logan County (circa 1812) that has been in his wife's family nearly the entire time. This is a really beautiful home and he is in the process of doing some renovations and upgrades to its interior and exterior. It is going to be an amazing transformation and I'm thankful to be able to play a small part in it.
In addition to this finishing project, I am building an outdoor dining set for some customers in Madisonville, KY. It will be another trestle style table with a medium-dark brown top and a black painted base. Don't tell anyone this but I don't really like to paint furniture. It always looks beautiful when it's done, but in the winter I usually brush on paint since I don't have a good indoor space to spray things. This means lots of drips, sanding, repainting, etc. And since I only use oil based paints on furniture, it means longer drying times.
I'm also planning a pretty big shop purchase in the coming month! Stay tuned to see what is making its way to The Farmhouse Workshop!