Stories in what we throw away

middenboundA lot of archeology involves sifting through some ancient people’s garbage dump, usually called a midden to fancy it up. From what was thrown away, you can figure out something about what they ate, what they wore, what they had enough of to throw away the broken ones, etc. What might a future archeologist deduce about the guy who threw away some 1 1/2″ x 1″ pine blocks?  Used for ritual purposes, no doubt.

I have begun fabricating and installing the subroadbed supports. Main line roadbed height will be 3″ above the top edge of the baseboards. I flubbed the calculation of how high the supports should be by forgetting to allow for the 1″ taken up by the plywood and Homasote. I only figured this out after I had set up a stop block on my chop saw and chopped a bunch of verticals. Fortunately, taking an inch off is much easier than putting one on.

While I was down there, I glued down some ties on one of the Homasote bits I am redoing so I can test various colouring and weathering methods. I thought the dark walnut stain I used on the previous layout ended up too dark but I didn’t get around to trying to fade it with washes so I will be testing that possibility along with a couple of others.

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