June 28, 2005

Building Fences

This past week and weekend involved both building up and tearing down. But first, the building. Many weekends ago, my husband and father dug great big, three foot deep holes in the ground and put in fence posts and filled the holes with concrete. Then, due to all sorts of life going on, the project came to a standstill.

My father came back for another visit last week and work began again. He not only knows how to do lots of things, he's a good motivator and teacher. Pickets and rails were cut, the fence posts were cut down to the appropriate height and the short fence sections were installed. During this part of construction, I helped keep the children away from the dangerous tools, a boring, but necessary cog in machine.

The fence now needs a good gate to make it complete and keep the dog in the backyard. Justin and my dad got out the portable tablesaw Justin got for his birthday back in the early part of the year and put it to work for the first time.

By the end of the day on Saturday (my dad's last day with us) the two of them had cut all the lap joints and had a frame for a gate.

Besides keeping small children far away from the tablesaw, I also painted a decorative iron piece that we will be putting into the gate.

We want to paint all the surfaces before we fasten the gate frame together, which I think may be my job this afternoon if I can get the girls to nap at the same time.