I know it’s not sailing, but it’s the best I can do for now. Between the “Project that must not be named” to the “Job that must not be named” I’ve been a busy little non-sailor.
What I can show you is a little bit of woodworking that had me buy a couple of new tools and try something I’ve not done before.
I have a room with 4 windows and a large window ledge underneath. I basically repeated these steps 4 times. I followed a video explanation from Bob Villa. Here is a close up of one of the windows:
Note that I wanted a 1 inch overhang in the front and on both sides. The first thing I had to do was make a narrow board two inches wider and 1 inch deeper than the sill. That requires a table saw to narrow the board down the long way. Since my table saw died, I had to go buy another one. (that’s tool # 1). When you cut a board long-wise it is called a “Rip” cut:
Next, the sides of the window opening are not perfectly straight so the angle has to be measured. To do that I had to buy this angle measuring tool. This is a Swanson sliding Bevel. (That’s new tool #2)
Then it was time to round the edge with a router. This gives it a nice smooth finished look. Thanks for the router bench Dad. (That’s new tool #3)
Next is cut it to fit with a jig saw. (not a new tool, I’ve had this forever and used it for everything)
Now for a test fit. That’s a good fit! Also notice the rounded top front edge and side edges made with the router.
Now for a little trim underneath to make it pop. This was done with my new miter saw. (That’s new tool #4)
Here is a wider view of the window with the future sill and trim. That’s scrap wood stacked underneath the trim holding it up for the picture
That’s one window. So repeat 3 more times. I won’t bore you with those details.
Now for the ledge. It’s a 14 inch wide shelf, and boards only come in 12″ max width. So I needed to make .1 wide board out of 2 smaller ones. Here are the two small ones.
Here is the Biscuit Joiner that drills little holes in the sides so you can glue little biscuits between to hold the boards together edgewise. The hole in the side of the board is the made by the biscuit joiner. (That’s new tool #5)
Here are the cute little biscuits, they go down the length of the board – I put one about every foot:
Now to put it together.
Then cut to length and rip it on the table saw. I had to make 3 boards for the U shaped window ledge. The back of the boards needed a 3/4 x 2 furring strip for support. I ripped those out of a 2×4.
It all gets nailed with a finish nailer. (New tool #6)
The edges of the ledge were rounded with a router, but this is a hand held one I’ve also had for forever. Not a new tool.
Everything in place, almost done
A little wood filler, a little taking it out and starting over, a little caulk, a little taking it out and starting over, a little more caulk, some caulk , white paint, and yellow paint by the son-in-law and wa-la! Bright like sunshine! Glad that little mini-project is over! Now back to the big project.
Six new tools for CapnRehab! I feel like the Count on Sesame Street … ha ha ha ha. <evil laugh with a Transylvania accent>