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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Another Door Opened......

This morning my friend Debi wanted more information about the new workbench. Luckily it still had it's original tag on the bottom. It is from a company by the name of FIGI out of San Diego CA. The copyright on it is 1999. It is in pretty good shape for probably being ten years old. I didn't show you the other two sides yesterday because one has a permanently open drawer and the other had a very boring door......Today I discovered that the boring door opens to a lot more tools. Saws, hammers, and chisels abound! Not so boring after all.


Zar refused to let me put it in the workshop until I put a top on it, so I went to work. It was pretty straightforward. I cut two pieces of foam core that were 1/8" shorter than the top. I glued them to two the inside on opposite walls. Then I cut a top to fit the hole out of 1/8" bass wood. Here you see it as I am ready to glue the top into the hole.

After the glue dried I took a stylus and scribed the lines of the wood pieces to match the ends and did other scratching to match the grain of the wood in the other pieces. I put a bit of spackle in the cracks at the end of the board and then I painted it to match the rest of the top.

Zar is very happy with the new work surface.....I have a feeling that he secretly wants to keep the large work bench set up as a bar. I am going to have to start hiding bottles or he won't get a lick of work done.

Tessie, for some reason, is becoming a tool aficionado. Perhaps she thinks pitching in and helping finish the Clockwork Cottage will bring about the beginning of Spiderwort Manor more quickly.

I will let her keep thinking that. Six hands are better than four, not that Balthazar is all that enthusiastic about helping. I have to twist his arm. He would rather invent than work on his own home. Right now he is working on the Steam computer once again. He says that he can't seem to get the pressure high enough to get it running. I wonder if he has ever stopped to think that my big computer works without steam.....

Anyway, I can now officially put the new workstation in place and he won't have any excuse not to work on the house. I don't think I am going to hold my breath until he starts. It could be hazardous to my health. Back to the grindstone!

See you tomorrow.


9 comments:

Tiffany said...

What a find! I love it when those things just appear, right when you need them. A little gift from the miniature muse. :) And even better that it opened to reveal more goodies. Is that like putting on your coat from last Winter and finding money in it?

Katie said...

It's perfect Casey!!!

Sabiha Barkey said...

I think you have find the most beautiful workingtable,and with all these wonderful tools hidden in it! What I did not understand is why there was no table top? Perhaps it was to keep the wood in it? Someday I want to make a workplace too with all kinds off tools,can I use Zarrs for inspiration?

Caseymini said...

Sabiha, the reason for no top was because it was a pencil cup for a real person's desk. It is cast resin the only things that are real are the rope and the wire hanging on the side. I told a friend that the company that appears to have made it is FIGI Graphics in San Diego CA,USA. I looked it up and there are a lot of their things for sale on E bay. Unfortunately, no worktables right now. Maybe if we kept tabs on it, one would come up for sale.

Deni said...

Oh My goodness how lucky you were finding that
It is perfect for Zar
And all those goodies! wow

Julie Old Crow said...

the worktable is so perfect. don't you love it when you find something that is exactly what youi didn't know you needed!

Julie Old Crow

Ara said...

This is such a great find!! And how fun that the door swings open! Thats the most detail pencil cup I've ever seen! -ara

Kim said...

That is an amazing find- and for it to be in the right scale!!! Zar looks perfect next to it- now he has no excuse for not helping you out :)

Tallulah~Belle said...

Wow what a lucky find - it is great!