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Greenhouse / Workshop

Greenhouse / Workshop

Several of my readers have informed me that I should post new content in the winter, even if it means leaving the garden behind for a few months.Until the weather breaks, I’ll be showcasing some of my winter projects.

Closet Construction in my Living Room

Closet Construction in my Living Room

Due to the Global Economic Downturn, I’ve been contracted by Saint Nick Industries (A subsidiary of North Pole Productions) to produce some furniture for children in the immediate area. The thinking is locally produced presents are far cheaper, often better quality, and ultimately carry a smaller impact for the environment and the bottom line. The best part is my addiction to producing things, whether it’s picture frames for friends or winter squash for consumption, I really enjoy the work. Above you can see just how far the addiction extends…. right into my living room. On the light blue screen of my laptop rests the construction plans, which are easily visible while I connect each piece together.

Kitchen "Warehouse"

Kitchen "Warehouse"

Once the presents were nailed together, I moved them into my kitchen for storage.  In the background my Dwarf Bananas continue to grow, while in the foreground, I find little room for my self at the table. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t mind eating while standing.  The skeleton frame from my living room two photos above now contains all of the pieces of it’s construction, and it’s joined by three train tables stacked in front.

Stained Train Tables in the Greenhouse

Stained Train Tables in the Greenhouse

I learned an appreciation for stained furniture while helping my father restore antiques years ago. He often allowed me to take over portions of his projects, and I always though he was sick of the work. Now that I reflect back, I understand that the work is the reward, and the outcome is a reflection of that time invested. While I thought I was helping him, Dad was really teaching me.

These train tables were for a particularly promising character…. The Little Gardener.

Stained Closet

Stained Closet

The birch stain I used for both projects turned out to be perfect. I had planned this whole project out with great detail, but nothing prepares you for how great the finish product looks. The true payoff this time was the warm fuzzing feeling I got after helping the elves load these items onto the sleigh. Once the reindeer disappeared off into the distance I was left with a sense of accomplishment that is hard to describe. I hope Saint Nick Industries requests my help again in the future. Till then, I’ve got a few other ideas brewing….

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