So while I was waiting for shingles to complete the roof on the Kringle house, I started laying siding on the reindeer barn.
People complain about the high price of Starbucks' coffee, but they have that big bin of free wood siding next to the sugar packets, so I think it's quite a good value!
The barn is a laser-cut kit I bought on the big auction site. It is only wall and roof panels of 3/16" plywood with door and window openings blasted out. Footprint is about 12x15". Lots of room for eight tiny (but scale) reindeer. Plus Rudolph.
The siding will be stained with red India ink/alcohol.
There will likely be lots of photos of these structure builds coming up as I am on a push to get as much done on the 3-rail holiday layout before the family arrives for Thanksgiving.
While on the subject of the workbench, I saw a pinterest photo of an LED work light. It was cool, and I had most of the parts laying around, so I built one.
I had part of a self-adhesive strip of bright white LEDs left over from installing them on the riser of the step going down into Dawn's office. I had a 12v/5amp power supply and a barrel jack, so I went to Home Depot and got a 6' strip of aluminum and two c-clamps, stuck the LEDs to the strip, bent the ends at 90 degrees, and drilled a hole to feed the wires through the strip, wired it up and clamped it to the bench.
Total cost about $8.
Don't give me grief about my messy workbench. I have six projects in various stages of completion on it.