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Shop Notes #9: 2 steps forward and one step back.

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 152 days ago 814 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Working in the shop. Realized I’ve been pretty quiet. LOL! Posted a blog on my buddy Murphy who joins me just when things look like they are going well. He probably takes instant trips everywhere? Like your shop? LOL!

Had to take the sign down my wife and I made after receiving a letter from my recent employer about my signing a non compete agreement. Took it to an attorney, who gave me the pragmatic facts. Court filings take ninety days. The agreement is all in their favor. Bottom line is I’ve limited funds and few clients. The time limit is 6 months. Four to go.

The furniture I have been refurbishing and rehabbing is for my local office. It’s taken longer than I expected because I do something right and then try something and screw it up. They call it “one trial learning.” But I did the chair glue up today. Found one error compounded itself today in my final assembly. ( More learning?) I will not be designing any chairs in my future with 3/4 inch stringers! compound angles a definitly more critical with small pieces.

Found a Delta 18 inch scroll saw on Craig’s list that I will be going to see on Saturday.

I drove through blizzard winds to purchase a real deal, A new 1.5 hp electric motor for a hundred bucks Lesson Farm grade. if you are interested send me a PM. Weighs 40 lbs and I have a UPS down the street.

I’m glad I have Charles Neil’s “Chair making made simple” DVD or I’d be totally frustrated with all the compound angles in this chair.

Looks like I’ll be finishing the chair and desk in the next week and I will post them as my LJ buddys have requested.

How’s your shop work going?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher



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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 152 days ago

I’m just working. .....on a shop. Hope to post about it this weekend. Hope your problems get cleared up. Keep on moving forward.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 152 days ago

Moving a little more forward than back.

Looking forward to what direction your shop takes. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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kiefer

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#3 posted 152 days ago

Oh those surprises and stumbles in life ,look at the bright side and keep on trucking .
I am working on a new workbench and vise and stay indoors most of the time as it is -30C outside but it sure get some stuff done in the shop .

-- Kiefer 松

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 152 days ago

Kiefer,

I am getting close to being done with it, LOL! Is the sybbol in your name Kanji. kana, or katakana?

Worst winter in 30 years.Itis nice to have heat in the shop.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Box

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#5 posted 152 days ago

Stuff always happens that gets in the way and problems come up…but staying busy and moving forward always keeps things moving in a positive direction. Chalk up all the roadblocks as experience and laugh at them.

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 152 days ago

I am beyond sick of winter. It’s been many years since we’ve had this crappy of winter. So much to do and I can’t do any of it.

so your no compete agreement, does it mean you can’t work or just can’t advertise? You must be very good if they were afraid that you could damage business that much.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 152 days ago

Greg,

Thanks you call it stuff I use the phrase Sh_T happens! I have more toilet paper than most. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#8 posted 152 days ago

Monte,

Its a control issue. They used the excuse that I had customer complaints, rather than my age and adhd to “let me go.”

The clients found me and asked me to open an office and then they accused me of soliciting there clients! As I said “no money.” And few clients. So legal advice was do other things to build my business while waiting to put my sign up again.

I actually want people to get healthy. It requires learning skills just like my screw ups in the shop. LOL!

Thanks. Yep it’s getting to be a big vacuum. LOL! The sun is shining and days are getting longer. Then it will turn 90 degrees!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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JohnnyStrawberry

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#9 posted 151 days ago

Gee, I don’t believe this legal sh.taround…
Here is much warmer than there and even than here usually. The best timing for me. :-)
I’ve been upgrading my new shop for a few weeks now. I bought a garage and I don’t have to use much often the electric heater. Pretty much insulated now though.
Doing metalwork lately. An inner security door(insulated), security ceiling(insulated), and some interesting lighting. :-) I may post those somehow.
I just finished the new lumber rack yesterday. :-)

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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Woodbridge

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#10 posted 151 days ago

Hi Tom, as I’m sure you know they are just bumps in the. I’m looking forward to your chair and desk posts.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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DocSavage45

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#11 posted 151 days ago

Johnny,

Thanks! You can post but just follow the posting rules. After all it is about your woodworking journey? Lots of LJ’s posting on their shop development. Haven’t seen a light fixture like that one in your shop.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#12 posted 151 days ago

Peter,

Since reading and studying about woodworking I’ve been really impressed with chair complexity. Charles Neil did a great video explaining chair building and principals awhile back. Guess there wasn’t a big demand, but I’m fortunate to have one. Thanks Charles!

I appreciate your support. Thanks! Sometimes the bumps can cause accidents?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Bluepine38

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#13 posted 151 days ago

Second Monte on the crappy winter. We get snow and it warms up and it is to sticky to ski on, great for
snowmen. We get snow and it drops below zero, get 4 days of skiing in over a 2 week period. Now we
have snow and blizzard conditions. My snow plow is mounted on a 1950 Craftsman lawn mower, it can
handle light snow, but not 6 to 12 inches, so I had to get the mail lady unstuck from my driveway. To
cold to ski, bit I am getting plenty of exercise shoveling snow. Supposed to snow and get colder tonight
and then next week it will be up in the high 30’s, I might get in a few mornings skiing before it melts off.
Guess these weather swings are going to be a fact of life, so I will have to get used to them. Maybe next
week I will get some more shop time in.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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DocSavage45

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#14 posted 151 days ago

Gus,

Maybe during the really cold and grass growing time you could bore out the cylinders and get some bigger pistons? :-)

The woodtool man did a great video on a plywood sheet doubling as a snow plow. put it on the back of his van. If you have a straight piece of concrete it works great.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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PhilBello

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#15 posted 151 days ago

It’s amazing how fast time flies by if you don’t think about it… six months will be here and gone in no time. The whole deal must be frustrating, but at least you’ll have time to finish off your furniture renovations before you find yourself snowed under with Clients! ;)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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