• The Berry Patch,  Woodworking

    Goji Trellis – Random Weekend Project

    Spent the morning down at Beard Park and had a free afternoon. I’ve been feeling the need to do something constructive with my hands so since I had all the odds and ends needed it was time to build a trellis for the goji berry bush we planted this spring. Making this trellis was relatively easy as I had some 6 ft trim strips so the most complicated part was matching the appropriate drill bit for the screws so there is no splitting. After anchoring the trims together on one end I used some scrap 2×6 ends to curve the boards and then finished by cutting some horizontal strips that…

  • The Garden,  The Vineyard,  Woodworking

    Raising of the Grape Arbor

    This year’s big project was building a Grape Arbor that would also serve as the future entrance to our garden. Last year I found these plans while searching around and thought to myself you know two of these would span the entire width of our garden. If you are going to do something might as well go all out. Step 1 – Preparing the Foundation As with most projects it isn’t as simple as cutting and nailing the wood. First is measuring the locations for the posts and digging some 2 feet deep holes for our cement footers. Doesn’t help that it is April so the ground is still a…

  • Woodworking

    Beds and Trellises Round 2

    With the first rounds of Trellises and Beds looking good in the yard now for Round 2! With the late snow new spring plantings are delayed. One of the great things about ordering with Stark Bros is they don’t ship until the weather is good for planting, looking at chain stores and even nurseries their stock has already bloomed and the continued cold spell is not treating the plants well. Sunday and Monday was full of chopping 24 2x4s to make 3 more trellises and 10 beds. It’ll let us get all the new plants and the cherry trees boxed but still leave the Apple Trees. I guess there will…

  • The Berry Patch,  Woodworking

    Cleaning up the Blueberry Patch

    April Weekends are for yard work and today we installed the new Blueberry Beds. When we planted the bushes last year we put them a little to far down and so this means burying the beds partially into ground which will also help keep them from moving. Pick-Axes sure do come in handy working around the yard they are perfect for taking the top layer off of an area. A quick dig and some mulch and the patch is complete. Rounded off the day getting the Raspberry Trellises assembled and rough placed around the yard. Doing a quick count of things left to make and it looks like 30% of…

  • Woodworking

    Raspberry Beds/Trellis

    With the Blueberry Beds complete time to get the Raspberry Trellises together. The best part of straight joins is the ability to pre drill the screws. With the Trellis post centered on the edges decided to make the ends joined on the outside. It makes the overall footprint skinnier but better supports the post. Also decided to add some corner joints to make sure it doesn’t torque. After getting the bed assembled.. more staining, and more still to come to get full coverage.

  • The Berry Patch,  Woodworking

    Building Continues on the Blueberry Beds and Raspberry Trellises

    The great thing about working remotely is that in addition to being able to work from home, there isn’t any “set” hours to the day beyond those I define. Which makes it perfect for tackling all the Spring Yard work. Today we’re continuing the blueberry beds and raspberry trellises. After all the prep work yesterday I found myself in production mode: assemble, assemble, assemble. Its good to be outside and working with my hands. A little more staining and getting the bases for the raspberry beds together and we’ll be ready for the new arrivals… maybe, we still need to get the beds created for the cherry and apple trees.

  • Woodworking

    Weekend Projects : Prepping the Blueberry Beds

    With new trees and bushes on the way I better make sure the existing ones are well cared for. This Sunday’s project Miss Caprice joined me in prepping for the berry beds and Trellis. Showing her the “V” technique for marking lengths so you know where to make your cut. Cutting all the pieces to size, tHen getting the top and joints stained before starting assembly of the blueberry beds. We decided to go with hexagons, was thinking about octagons but I think the hexagons will draw the eye better. We’ll see when they are all installed. Hopefully will be able to keep working on everything over the next few…

  • Woodworking

    Weekend Projects – Bench building with the Family

    Nothing like spending the weekend with the family. Even better is when the kids are all in to do some “building”. We got our hands on some true 2″ x 8″ barn wood this past summer and it was begging to be turned into some nice benches for the front yard. A few cuts from the saw, some screws, a drill; and the kids have helped build their first set of benches. Can’t wait to show these off in the front yard. Of course Lionel wasn’t satisfied and wants to build a full play house indoors with a bunk bed and 2nd floor. A house in a house if you…