I met Raven today at Starbucks, it’s been awhile as she just got back from Sweden for two weeks living on a farm and doing a rock concert.  See Swedish Roots for her blog on the trip.

We bought coffee and headed over to the farmers market, Raven bought some carrots and eggs, I’m set, we headed home. We talked of her journey, so much fun times.

We need to make the vardo road worthy, tie things down. We looked at ways to secure the small refrigerator, deciding a strap secured to both sides with buttons would hold the unit in as well as shut, removable when on location.  The bench is an issue, the bench backs need to be secure, however, the corner bevels need to be in place first. I have already cut the corner bevels and spent the rest of the morning fitting them in place with two compound angles on top and a neat slope forward where the benches fit. Raven continued the endless details, but managed to finish a side corner.


Lunch of bagels, lox, cream cheese and pea sprouts, munched at the vardo table, very tasty. After with maps of  Sweden places, interesting to see.

More detailing as I tromped about inside making it difficult. I cut the bench back braces to fit the corner bevels at 45 degrees. I have already cut the stock at the same angle as the bench backs, these are top pieces to secure a toggle to hold the bench backs on the road. They will also secure the benches from rising on a road bump. I used two thin pieces of scrap paneling to hold the braces above the backs as I secured them with screws secure in the middle to stud, loosely secure to the outer panel edges.  I cut toggles from some scrap mahogany, sanded, drilled and counter sunk to fit and firmly secured to the center studs.




Next I need to install blocks in the floor to secure the benches in place on the road. The above should hold them down in place on a bump.

It’s getting hot even with the blessed cloud cover. We head to Sally’s for a belt with spray water bottle in hand to keep cooler. Raven finds a good belt as well as a great picture book on Sweden all cheap. Back home, Raven needs to head up the hill for a class while I dig out some walnut and cut a couple screw buttons on the lathe for the refrigerator belt to attach.

A good day, more as friend Joe shows up for table saw repairs and penny stove building from empty soda cans.


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