Travels and Images
WEEK 24 2005
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Picture of the Week
Saturday 18 June
- went to a party at a friends house. Since there was just a day left
on the 'no questions asked' return policy at Costco I decided to try
out the camera under water. Seems to work fine...
It was a very nice party. The pre-teen boys had a great time, of
course, playing various games. Present also was a small child, who,
once equipped with a small life vest and "floaties" on her arms quickly
lost her concerns over water deeper than a wading pool and was
venturing out on her own into the pool (carefully watched by Dad, Mom,
and just about everybody present) and performing a fairly respectable
Friday 17 June
Friday - back on the road, down to Lancaster. I'll have to finish the table when I get north again in a few weeks.
Thursday 16 June 2005
- they say that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy. So my
patio table refinishing is undergoing another delay: in this case the
'enemy' was the weather, in the form of a huge front coming in from the
I am down to the finish sanding, about, having finished with the 80 and
150 grit stuff. Then I think an application of 'Liquid Sandpaper', per
the advice of my friend Tim, and then the stain. The new putty applied
last night dried nicely, and looks to be about the same color as the
old putty, and hopefully will absorb the stain about as well or poorly
as the old putty. Once the stain dries we can apply a layer of
clear varnish, and the table will be set for another ten years.
Somewhat less, of course, if Mike decides to rebuild that Z.
Protection for when it started raining:
A plastic tarp to keep the rain from 'raising the grain'.
Wednesday 15 June 2005
Wednesday - the finish on the patio table
that Dad built has been getting bad. It's been ten years or more since
the varnish was applied, and between the weather and my brothers 240-Z
paint over spray, it was showing it's age. So I decided to re-finish
it, since the weather was so nice.
Note the grain showing through varnish on the top, and the gray primer across the end
We tried a couple of different finishes on the bottom of the removed
plank, to check the coloring, which you can see in the picture on the
right. I can't find a Varathane Teak finish anywhere (must be out of
style), which is
what I think was applied, but did find a Red Mahogany coloring that is
similar, if not applied too thickly. So we'll go with that.
The plank at far right was removed - note the missing wood putty in the screw holes.
I had originally planned on removing all boards and refinishing them in
the shop. Unfortunately the screws were gripping extremely well, and it
was a major effort - requiring drilling and a pry bar - to remove even
one board. That board, made of soft redwood, sustained some damage from
removal, so I decided to leave the other boards in place and refinish
the top and sides only. Since they are all that shows weathering I
think it's OK. I refastened the one plank, and reapplied some wood
putty, which will hopefully dry to the same color as that on the old
Tuesday 14 June 2005
Tuesday - up at my father's place.
Amtrak liner, passing the old station in Martinez.
Monday 13 June 2005
Monday - on the road.
Heading down the I-5 (the 'Grapevine') into the California's Central Valley.
Sunday 12 June
Sunday - taking it easy, getting ready for a trip, so light posting here until I get back.
Pollywogs, I think, over near the desert woodlands park. They all made a mad dash
for cover when I first appeared. I imagine just about any bird would find
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