Ice Fishing House Progress
Things are nearing completion out at the ol’ ice shack. There hasn’t been much of a bite so far, but they have since moved the house to a new, secret location. Hopefully they’ll have better luck if it warms up a tad. At least they’ve been having a good time!
Where did we leave off? They had a great idea for the table to be multipurpose. You can lift it off the base and rotate it to fit snuggly between the bench seats and it becomes one big bed!
But could they just leave it at dual purpose? Of course not…
They got out the t-square and drew up an oversized cribbage board layout!
Using screws, they drilled peg holes, then sanded out the pencil marks with a power sander.
Ta-dah! Table, bed, and cribbage board.
Dinner is served. That’s not fish, boys.
Engraving the Table
And if they weren’t all obsessed enough, they decided to add a little special touch to surprise the neighbor who owns the ice shack.
Hmmm, what to name her? They googled some images for “Handle Bar” and went about engraving this into the table. We’ll let you know the significance of the name later.
They mounted a little projector from the ceiling to trace the image down with pencil. Looks like Joe maybe had a couple cocktails at this point. But the letters are all there!
I think he just used a dremel tool to engrave the wood next.
Not too bad!
Then, with the windows open, they spread on a couple coats of polyurethane to seal it.
He loved the surprise!
Outside Flood Lights
You know no project is ever done for Joe without the appropriate lighting. He added a motion-censored flood light and tip-up check light. We grilled him pretty good on why he wrote “on tip check”.
And remember that crazy drawing I had no idea about? Well I guess it was for his light wiring.
So in conclusion, they fine-tuned the light to be sensitive enough to detect any activity outside when fishing at night. If you set up some tip-ups outside the fish house, the light will go off when the flag pops up!
Inside LED Lights
And of course, he always adds a strip of LED lights.
He wanted to make this drop-down piece down the middle of the ice house and put the LEDs behind it, to make it sort of a soft, backlit glow.
He put all the tiny pieces of wood behind the long piece to extend about an inch from the ceiling.
So there you have it. All the kids who visit the ice shack want to play with the lights. And definitely turn it to purple when a Vikings game is on!