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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 2735 days ago 705 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here we are nearing the end of the day and it is time to look back and reflect on what has happened. The following is a journal entry I made early this morning:

_As Rick and I prepare to drive to London, to a woodworking supplier, I am filled with excitement and feel like a little girl on Christmas morning (or a birthday or some other exciting event).

On the surface, I know why I am so excited – we are going to buy tools and supplies for our wood shop.. Oh yah…

But, as I sit here, waiting for the time of departure to arrive, I start to think about what is lying underneath this excitement – what am I really looking forward to, or why is this so important to me?

This question is so important, not just because I want to know what I am looking forward to, but also because it provides clues to what my journey on earth is all about. The answers will give me more insight into who I am, what drives me, what my gifts are, and what my Spirit needs to feel fulfilled.

So here goes: off the top of my head, these are some things that are inspiring the excitement:

- spending the day with Rick
- purchasing something new, something to provide a new learning opportunity for me
- acquiring a new outlet for my creativity, an opportunity to further discover what I am meant to use to express myself
- spending the day with Rick (now, isn’t that interesting that that came up twice!!
- finding something that Rick and I can do together (If you are aware of Gary Chapman’s Love Languages, then you will see the pattern of “needing to spend TIME with my partner”)
- hope — the fire of passion inside me hopes that the day will guide me to something that will be the release, setting the fire free, letting the creativity, the Spirituality, boil out through my work

As I try to find words for this self-expression I can feel the energy build inside me. My hands begin to tingle as the expectation builds and the hope gets stronger. Perhaps today is the day. Perhaps “who I am” will finally be able to be expressed. My heart is pounding, my hands are tingling and I know: I know that this is what drives the excitement.

So what does this say about who I am? Nothing that I did not know before. I am a person of vision and creativity. I need to express myself in a variety of ways. I need to create something, some how. I ache to discover the outlet that is my gift.

This process also reminds me that I am seeking a balance in my life. I am craving that something that will make my life feel complete. Or perhaps put another way, it is telling me that my “comfort zone” of who I am today and what I do today needs to change and grow. I am in a time of transition, once again, and I am excited about discovering the new stage and watching it unfold!

Since I was a young woman, I have wanted to do something with wood. I love the feel of wood, I love the smell of wood, I love the power and the journey of wood, I love the connection between my Self and the Spirit of wood. Perhaps today I find a tool or an idea of how to make this connection sing!

And the excitement builds._

... and so my morning began.

Our firs stop was “Busy Bee Tools” in London, Ontario where we found some really great deals on pretty much everything – including a Dremel Scroll Saw for almost $100 cheaper than what I paid for mine and what I have seen for the price everywhere else I have looked. Anyway, having checked things out there we swung over to Lee Valley to check out their inventory first hand. That was really interesting and we ended up buying a couple of books and a leather apron to keep the sawdust off my lap. Now, working with leather I first thought that I should just make it but since it was the cost of a hide and I’d still have to buy the straps/hooks etc, I thought it was a much better idea just to buy it ready made.

From here, we went back to Busy Bee and purchased a Band saw that Rick really liked and was – a really great deal. We loaded that up in -9 C weather (with a wind chill of about -20C) and headed back towards home.

We didn’t go directly home, though, as we wanted to check out the OneWay lathes at a shop in Boston, Ontario and so we bypassed the house and kept on going, ignoring the semi-blizzard that was starting to create poor visbility in places. But we had a goal …

The gentleman at Chalet Woodcraft was wonderful and talked us through purchasing a lathe. Step 1: take a class to see what you really want to do with the lathe. Then you get a lathe that meets the need.

The OneWay lathes are a little more expensive than what Rick was looking at so that is on hold at this point. The owner did have a display room/sales room with numerous bowls, vases, pens, ornaments, etc. While the guys talked technical stuff I browsed around and fell in love with the creations!

So, with the lathe on hold, we finally made it back home where we next had to figure out how to get a 300 + pound band saw off the truck, into the house, down to the basement, around the 180 degree bend, into the shop, assembled and ready for the test run.

Not sure how, but we managed it, in pretty good time, I might add. And so there we were admiring the accomplishment of the day and ready to plug ‘er in… Yup.. ready to.. ah… oh… doh… argh…....... the machine didn’t have an ordinary plug. Ah, how times change!!

And so here we sit, knowing that a new piece of machinery sits waiting in the basement.. waiting to be used… waiting for power… waiting to be able to be plugged in.

I’m sure there is a reason for the new plug style… I’m sure it is a very good reason… I’m sure that the sales people assumed that we knew… I’m sure that the owner’s manual assumed that we knew… I’m sure that we now know something that we didn’t know 12 hours ago!!

And now… the excitement is on hold.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)



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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 2734 days ago

Debbie check the voltage use on the saw. 210 has a different plug than standard household. Sounds like a great day!

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#2 posted 2734 days ago

I’ll look into that—that was my first thought but it didn’t say anything in any of the papers that came with it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#3 posted 2734 days ago

Debbie: It might not say in any papers, Look at the plate on the motor. It may say 120 / 240 or only one like 120 or 220. If it is a combination motor then you will have to look at how it is wired inside the motor. (The MFG might have put a label (Sticky) on the motor that will tell you how they wired it)

220 is best of you have it in your workshop, because the motor runs more efficiently. It also requires wires that are not as big. A 20 Amp motor wired 220 only uses 10 Amps on each hot line. If it is 30 Amp you need 10 Gauge wire.

-- 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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#4 posted 2734 days ago

Sounds like both a fun and frustrating day. I’m glad to see that you looked at the OneWay lathe. Yes, it’s a little more expensive than some, but worth every extra dollar. Remember, the price will be forgotten soon after the creativity starts, and you will never regret purchasing a quality tool. I think you were given excellent advice about taking a turning course of joining a turning club. That alone was worth the trip.

Debbie, since “Words of Affirmation” is my love language, I want to encourage you to continue this ‘spiritual journey’. But remember, ...what doth it profit a man or woman, to gain the whole world, and forfeit their lives? Mark 8:36

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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#5 posted 2734 days ago

thanks everyone
I know that we have the 220 in the basement but I’ve emailed the electrician that wired up our plugs etc in the shop. Crossing my fingers that this is going to be E A S Y.

Don, thank you so so much for your supportive words. Yes, it was both fun and frustrating. The gentleman at Chalet Woodcraft offers a 2 -day course which focuses on setting up the lathe, sharpening the tools, how to make a basic bowl and a basic spindle type object. This gives all of the basic information plus the experience to start with. Rick will probably sign up for this and then come home and walk me through it all.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 2734 days ago

in the meantime.. Rick just went and checked the saw. The motor says 110/220 and has a regular plug which plugs into the saw itself which has its own cord with the funny plug.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#7 posted 2734 days ago

we found an online manual for the machine. here’s the info:

Power – Your CT016N must be connected to the correct electrical power source, 220-
volt, single phase. This may be hard-wired into a separate, dedicated power box or by
receptacle.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#8 posted 2734 days ago

Well you are getting closer. There are different plugs for 220 and 110 that is so you don’t inadvertantly pulg a 110 tool into a 220 socket. ON the 220 side there are two styles one with the two prongs that go sideways and the other has one prong going sideways and the other up and down. It depends on the size of the wire in the wall as to which plug you use. The wall plug that accepts the two sideways prongs also will accept the other connector.

It may seem confusing and it is meant to be so that the adverage “JOE” uses an electration. But the plugs themselves at Home Depot or whatever the Canadian version is, should have on the plug or box the number of amps that the plug will support.

If you are having an electration come in make sure that he gives you a couple of 220 plugs because IF / WHEN the lathe shows up then you will already have the wall plug for it.

-- 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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#9 posted 2734 days ago

I was once told that you should never plug 110v tools into 220. It will run very fast, but not for very long.

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#10 posted 2734 days ago

I haven’t heard back from my electrician yet – but that’s the way we are going to go with it. I’ve already suggested that we have a look at other tools we might be buying so we can get it set up for that NOW instead of going through this again—especially since we now KNOW. This time was because we were unaware; Next time it will be due to stupidity :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Karson

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#11 posted 2734 days ago

Unfortunatly, both of those times have the same result. Don’t forget a plug for a jointer and a Vacuum system, and a planer.

Once you get all of those things hooked up you will want a dedicated shop and you will get to do it again.

Maybe a larger table saw and an elevator system to get these things into your basement.

-- 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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#12 posted 2734 days ago

the elevator sounds like a GREAT idea!!! I’ll be sure to mention this to Rick and the electrician hahaa

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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