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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"



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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 2046 days ago

You should have posted your weather video here too.

It is currently -10 in Billings at 7:25 pm and supposed to hit -25 degrees tonight.

Nothing beats the winter like a heated shop!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Karson

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#2 posted 2046 days ago

My shop was about 45 this morning. But I only worked in there for a couple of hours so i didn’t turn the heat on. My shop heater burns about 4 lbs of propane per day. So it’s about 12-15 dollars a day. So if I don’t plan to be ther all day I grin and bear it.

I do use a tyvek hazmat suit that keeps the cloths clean and also keeps the heat in the body. I don’t use any other outer wear. But I’d like it a little warmer. the therm is set to 55 when I’m in the shop and working. The shop is 25 X 55 and 16’ ceilings but well insulated. Just a lot of space to heat.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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8iowa

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#3 posted 2045 days ago

Thanks for the suggestion Todd, I posted it.

Karlson: My shop is 24’ x 28’ with ceilings 103” high. My loft is not heated. I’m well insulated, so my propane consumption is probably about 1/2 yours. My last propane delivery was $2.59 per pound.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Mark Shymanski

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#4 posted 2045 days ago

How was the hunting?

Are those doors coming from the second story in your workshop? So you have plans for a balcony or is this how you load wood up there, like the old hay lofts in barns?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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plepper

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#5 posted 2045 days ago

Well it’s snowing here in Eastern Washington with predictions for snow for most of the day! About 15 outside. I heat a 40X48 shop with a pellet stove I don’t know what temp it is inside but very comfy with a sweatshirt on I use a bag of pellets a day not too bad @ $4.50 a day for heat!.

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8iowa

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#6 posted 2045 days ago

Mark:

No deer this year – snowed out – left four days early.

The overhead doors are for loading and unloading wood while standing in the bed of my pick-up truck. I use the loft for wood drying and storage. See my first blog where I have pictures. Thanks.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 2045 days ago

I love your shop.

I have watched the video 4 times.

I am not sure what the fascination is other than it is a little slice of another place.

It was supposed to hit -25 last night but I don’t think it got below -15. It was enough to freeze the water lines in the crawl space. We are working on warming them up right now – should have let the faucet dribble through the night.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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8iowa

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#8 posted 2045 days ago

Todd:

A couple of years ago I had to deal with freezing pipes in a pump house ajacent to the craw space. It’s amazing what a 100 watt light bulb in an ordinary lamp can do to stave off freezing.

We’re 46 degrees North which puts us on the same line as between Butte and Helena. Lake Superior usually “shields” us from the brutal minus double digit temperatures.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Shopsmithtom

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#9 posted 2045 days ago

I wasn’t sure as I watched the video whether I was seeing your view, or just looking out my window. It was minus 7 degrees here in Wausau WI and I had to go out and blow 5” of snow. It’s the 5th time I’ve done that already this year, and today is just the first day of winter. What am I doing here???

The only bright spot is that my shop is in the basement of my house. There are times that I wish I had a separate building for the shop, but not when the weather is like this….Great story, Manistique is a beautiful area in the summer (probably beautiful on a post card in the winter) and Mackinac Island is a must see. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 2045 days ago

We are getting the idea that the pipe is not frozen under the house but rather underground.

We live in an old house that has a footer only 6” under the surface of the ground. The waterline runs just underneath the footer. We build up the dirt next to the house in the form of a flower bed to create extra thermal protection for the waterline.

I am afraid that after too many days of subzero weather, the pipe may have succumbed to the ever deepening frost line.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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dhg

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#11 posted 2045 days ago

yep, you have a great looking shop up in Gods country. i was disapointed that i couldn’t make it farther than the bridge to see/meet you this summer.
You went a long way for no meat.lol
at least you had your shop to fill the time when you wern’t in the woods.

i don’t think your video is as bad as it is just north of detroit today! i’ts brutal today. about 5 deg with wind about 30mph w/gusts to40.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh ----------www.genesiswoodworks.com----------

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Karson

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#12 posted 2045 days ago

I had an employee that worked for me in St Louis and she was telling about going up to Maine for a vacation. She was talking to a cousin about the doors on the second floor of the shed. She asked what they were for. They said to park the snowmobiles.

She asked how do you get them there. His reply – We drive them in.

We had rain last night, but this morning i drove north and about 10 miles north there were ice on the trees. So it got close.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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