If you were following this blog last summer, you might remember that I tried taking a bit of a break. The plan was that I would only share photos on Mondays. Of course, this is me, so words were involved. Still, Mondays from late June to early September are among my shortest posts. Ironically, they were quite popular. That either says something about my photography or my writing – let’s not explore that.
Beginning next Monday, I am going to attempt this semi-break again. This year, I am going to try to include some “artistic” photos in the mix. Of course, as long as the isolation/semi-isolation continues, those pictures may be from the park while walking with Maddie.
The State of Connecticut entered Phase-II on Wednesday of last week. Restaurants are now open at 50% capacity and a host of other restrictions. Museums are allowed to open, but none of the ones I want to tour have announced their schedules. Gyms are open, but I’m not taking any chances. I’ve successfully avoided gyms since college, and I’m not going to risk changing that behavior. Libraries are allowed to open, but I haven’t been to ours in a while. Maybe I will go update my status, so I can take advantage of the online activities, in case the opening is short-lived.
I did eat in two restaurants last week. I went to Skooter’s Diner on Friday for Fish & Chips, and I went to the bar I visit on occasion (hey, every Saturday is an occasion) on Saturday. Originally, I thought that I wasn’t going be among the first to go; I was going to wait and see how opening went along. It turns out, going first may have been the better option. Both venues were empty when I was there. The bartender told me they are getting more people each day, so next Saturday, I might be back to calling in a takeout order. I’m still not willing to get sick for a beer. It’s easy to judge the capacity of both places by looking at the parking lot. I tend to go early, even for a senior citizen, so maybe this will work out.
I know some of you are waiting (or perhaps you already jumped to the gallery) for pictures of the mission bookcase I’ve been working on. As of yesterday afternoon, it is ready for final sanding of some exposed surfaces, stain and finish. Those steps have to wait until the humidity drops below 90% – probably sometime in September, the way we’re going – but you should be able to get a feel for the final product.
You may recall that the bookcase is designed to match the writing desk I featured last November. Both are made from pine (not normally associated with Mission furniture) and are/will be stained with a Mission Oak dye stain. The surface of the desk is made from a piece of ungauged slate that was left in my garage by the previous owner. I did not have much of that slate left, but I had enough to incorporate it into the drawer front of a small drawer under the center fixed shelf.
I made a couple mistakes during construction. Most are/will only be visible to me. One that I was hoping would only be visible to me, caught my wife’s eye immediately. Yes, she edits my woodworking, too. On one side of the upper section, the long tall slats were bowed. I either cut them too long, or I cut one of the mortises too shallow. In any case, I sawed the slats out, chiseled out some of the mortise and reinserted the slats. It does look better – thanks Hon.
The rest of the explanation is in the gallery. Click on any photo to enter a slideshow that will reveal the entire (long) caption or skip that if you like. Note: The Editor doesn’t edit the captions. All typos are my doing.