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Tool thoughts #53: Polar Vortex & other thoughts.

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Blog entry by NedB posted 01-29-2014 05:24 PM 637 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK gang, I’ve finally ‘surfaced’ from a work caused hiatus, now here it is the end of January and I’m jonesing for shop time. Unfortunately it is hovering around 0° outside. I live in central NY, and I’m pretty unimpressed with cold and snow as a rule. 0° however is a hard limit for me. I’ll go out and do my job, but I’m certainly not going to go out and make much in the way of sawdust.

Work has changed for me this past week. I stepped down as manager back to being just a driver for the courier service I am contracted with. I did this for more family time, and a whole lot less stress.

This will eventually lead to more shop time once the weather improves. I’ve got my insulation project waiting for me, I bought it back in October intending to put a dropped ceiling to keep the ‘heat’ in. Didn’t happen, and it hasn’t mattered. I’ve been out in the shop exactly twice since I picked up the 2” rigid insulation pieces.

My wife and I sold a fair number of cutting boards this fall, so I’m going to be cranking up the planer and so forth once it gets warmer. (Heck, I’ll settle for just about freezing…) She does a great job at sales, I’ll stick to making the product, and we’ll be hitting the show circuit this spring.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com



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Ripthorn

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#1 posted 01-29-2014 06:06 PM

We just moved from Cicero down to Austin, TX. We moved just after the first round of Polar vortex about 3 weeks ago. I must say that the two times they have had a little ice down here and cancelled school I had to laugh. But I sure am glad that I’m not there for the current round of it. Before I left I was telling friends that NY certainly wasn’t giving me any reason to regret leaving. Good luck staying warm!

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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NedB

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#2 posted 01-29-2014 06:37 PM

Brian, Austin is a great city, hope your move went well, and you enjoy it down in takes-us!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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2x4xDoug

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#3 posted 01-29-2014 06:58 PM

I live northern Indiana and this winter has been a tough one for us. The garage is so cold that my wife is lettin me carve in the living room!

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#4 posted 01-30-2014 02:14 PM

Good to hear from ya ned…what kinda cutting boards you got left? wife wants one….rather buy one from a lumberjock than from the store…

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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#5 posted 01-30-2014 07:12 PM

Steve, dropped you a PM re the boards on hand.

Doug, that’s got to be really cold! of course I’ve taken over the living room for glue ups on some boards from time to time…

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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#6 posted 02-02-2014 10:20 PM

Well, I got out in the shop today and made a pile of sawdust. Project pics when I get it finished…

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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