I traveled the 1400 miles up I 75 from Gainesville Florida to the Upper Peninsula to take in the rifle and muzzleloading deer hunting seasons, and to do a little woodworking if possible. When I arrived at Manistique I was caught in a snowstorm in near "white out" conditions. The next morning greeted us with a foot of snow on the ground. However, "mother" Superior was not done with us. Lake Superior stays at around 45 degrees year round and never freezes over. When a cold blast of Artic air sweeps over the lake it picks up moisture and dumps it on us, almost daily, in the form of snow - usually large powery flakes - great for snowmobiles and skiiers.
After shoveling my way to the door of the workshop I entered and was greeted to freezing temperatures. My Shopsmith and other tools were virtually too cold to handle with bare hands. I certainly can't do woodworking with gloves on! This would be a good test of my new 35,000 BTU Reznor propane heater. I was pleased to find that the shop and all the tools in it were able to come up to about 65 degrees in about twenty minutes. Thereafter, I left the thermostat on 55 degrees when I was not in the shop. This made it possible to enter the shop and get it up to 65 degrees in just a few minutes. These conditions certainly make you appreciate our ancestors, who did not have snowplows, snow blowers, and 4 wheel drive. If they wanted heat they had to chop wood! So much for the "good old days".
I got a good start on my project, a walnut "treasure chest" with a domed top for my 9 year old grandson. I first had to make a finger jig. I made it out of 3/4" birch plywood per the plans shown in "Jigs, Fixtures, and Shop Furniture" Rodale Press 1989. I'll report more on this project later as I finish it up here in Gainesville.
-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"