A new shop in the making #18: Cedar scalloped siding on and light hooked up

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 08-02-2008 01:33 AM 4606 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: Inching closer to moving day Part 18 of A new shop in the making series Part 19: Gas is hooked up??? and cabinets are ready for the install »

At the risk of being seen as slacking off I humbly submit my most recent efforts.
“The Boss’ as she has become known let me know that the shop would be best served with a faux frontage to drop the visual height of the building .
To do this I hand cut and milled some 45 lengths of 3/4”cedar fencing into cedar siding, cut and fitted same, marked the lengths with a snap line and painstakingly cut each in the form of semicircle.

Next painted and reinstalled each and every board.
The job took the better part of 8 hours and I suppose looks O.K.
Now she want me to build arches on each side to tie into the siding boards.
I may never get finished .
My gas fitter stood me up for about the 4th time.
He may be in for a bit of disappointment come Tuesday after this long weekend.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 08-02-2008 02:29 AM


I hate to have to say this, but I can see why she’s the boss.

It does look real good.

I am surprised the window planters aren’t installed yet!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 08-02-2008 02:33 AM

It kind of has a facial quality to it with two eyes , a nose and a forehead with neatly trimmed bangs : ) Nice job

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 08-02-2008 03:15 AM

Bob. She lets you play, so don’t get too mad. After 45 years I gotten to the point it only delays the process to suggest something different.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 08-02-2008 04:08 AM

Looks real nice Bob. Thanks for the update.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 08-02-2008 01:29 PM

looks great Bob…..............I like the window planter idea

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 08-02-2008 03:51 PM

Today is “install the eaves trough day”.
I have already had a request to design corbels on each side to accomodate hanging baskets and the 2 planters are to be scalloped as well.
I’m concerned about end grain exposure but apparently they can be replaced when they crack! :-(
The steps into the shed are to be curved Allan blocks or similar.
Oh joy!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#7 posted 08-02-2008 05:57 PM

I think your wife did have the right idea. It does make your shop look better.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 08-02-2008 09:53 PM

Do you still think that this is your work shop? Maybe “she who must be obeyed” has an ulterior motive for all this extra work.

One thing is for sure – it is a fantastic looking project – I hope you get your heating up and running soon, for sure, either you or ”The Boss” is going to need come the winter. 8-)

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#9 posted 08-03-2008 01:13 AM

I hate it whne they are right. -Too humbling and it smarts a bit.

Toni, you may be on to something:
Last year I introduced my wife to woodworking and shortly after I had a brand new 18” bandsaw.
This year I start making a simple shed in the back yard and it now looks like a guest house.

Does this mean I’m on my way out?

P.S, -apparently corbels on each side would look nice too if they had finials to hang planters on.
The front step up would be ever so much nicer if it was done in architectural stone and in a semicircle.

I will never get inside to the tools!
By the time I take my Tyenol and my A-535 rub I’m no contest for logic. <vbg>


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 08-03-2008 06:32 PM

I’m glad someone has taken control of this project! I’m just catching up, Bob. I’ve been gone. It’s really looking like it’s coming along.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 08-03-2008 06:44 PM

Looking too good to be a workshop Bob. Looks like it might become an Arts and Crafts shop :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 08-03-2008 11:20 PM

Hi Mot. Talk about sweat equity. Man O Man!
I have dropped about 20 lbs on this little venture.

Gary this place can become a lot of things but “arts and crafts” is not going to be one of them! <vbg>

I knew a guy a few years back that completey turned me off scroll saws and scroll clocks and firewood bowls and crafts in general.

Every time I see some of this stuff I think of that goon. <g>



-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 08-27-2008 05:53 PM

Where is your shop? I just got back from having been away; I go to look at “Bob’s shop progress” and there is a guest house. Next time in Alberta I hope you have a vacancy (I’ll take the planer/jointer bed if it come with breakfast!)

It does look great! I’m looking forward to seeing the inside.

-- SM

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#14 posted 08-27-2008 06:21 PM

SM- We always have room for company here!.
Thanks for checking out my progress

The foot print is small so I have to be careful how I arrange my stuff inside.
Built two high boy shelves for the once in a while stuff to run along both sides of the main floor at the 8 foot level.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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