Worked a good part of the day in the shop and didn't cut any wood!

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Blog entry by Paul posted 03-16-2007 04:13 AM 1073 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Whew! I need to replace the blades on the jointer and the table saw needs to be tuned.
And I still have tons of dull tools – planes and chisels. But didn’t get to any of that!

I took today off and spent a good part of the day in and out of the shop. But before that . . . Cleaned the bathroom. Dust mopped the tile floor. Cleaned up the yard after Charlie (our dog). Mowed the grass. Swept the drive. Went and got some charcoal and dusted off the grill – company is coming over tomorrow evening! Found an old partial gallon of Round Up and emptied it on the dandelions and thisles coming up in the yard. Yes, the grass is growing in Texas – well mostly weeds right now.

And now even more important, I can’t let anyone see the shop in that state! Hook up an old stereo receiver and speakers I’ve had over in the corner for some time, find a place for it, the FM antena and the speakers. Now, I can listen to music when the machines aren’t running! After long neglect, I wade into “the pile” at the back of the shop, set up the wood storage racks I built on the wall and get all my “never know when that might come in handy” materials and my good wood organized. I still have those five 15” wide by 12’ oak boards I bought at an estate sale 10 years ago. I haven’t built a table and I can’t bear to cut them up for small projects. Still haven’t opened the box for the Porter Cable dovetail jig (see below). Found a home for the tablesaw tenoning jig I got on sale last week and threw a couple of boxes up in the attic. Found a box and stored away the old doorknobs that I’m changing out of the house (never know when they might come in handy).

I’m running the shop vac constantly as things are moved. Where does all these leaves, dirt and sawdust come from? But where would I put a dust collecting system? even a 1 hp portable? I get boxes of scrap hardwood back on the shelves I built to store them and run across the blade guard for my table saw. I decide to put it back on until I can’t cut something as thin as I want because it blocks my fence.

I set a pipe out to thread so I can use the pipe clamp unit I saw in a drawer I opened to put something else away. I cut a sheet of plywood that I unearthed at the back of the shop to place between the box spring and matress on my wife’s side of the bed. She only asked me for that what, a year ago?

I take a picture of a bed frame for lumberjocks that’s completed but I haven’t stained and finsihed because there’s two chests of drawers to go with it that are my next projects. I want to finish them all at the same time so they’re more likely to match. I put the bedframe out of the way near my newly organized lumber so I don’t kick, dent or scratch it while building the chests. Gosh, I wish I didn’t have to work around these bicyles and lawn mowers!

Okay, the lady who dropped off a bed frame six weeks ago called and left a message. It’s not that great a piece of furniture, but it’s “sentimental.” It needs a couple of pins put back in the headboard so the rail can connect. And it will be functional. The headboard is in pretty nice shape otherwise. The rails are scratched all to heck and there’s just one badly scratched up area on the footboard. She wants to know about refinishing it. It has turned posts. Can I refinish the rails and match the headboard? Touch up the footboard? That would be about a 1/3rd of the time of sanding down the whole thing and a complete refinish. I guess I better stop typing and give her a call back.

Tired, need a shower but boy I had fun today!

-- Paul, Texas

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#1 posted 03-16-2007 04:48 AM

You’ve got me tired Paul.

I’m almost in the same boat today. But I was making a vacuum veneering presentation at the woodworkers club.

So I was going back and forth trying to collect everything that I needed for the demo. Oh YA those books, Don’t forget the vacuum pump or it will be one sorry presentation.

back and forth.

They were forcasting 4” of rain tonight.

We got there and unloaded the truck and the rain started. Just in time.

Presentation over Oh look the rain stopped. Load the truch rain starts.

At least the Universe (as Debbie calls it) was on my side tonight.

And no Martin I didn’t get a video. I didn’t even get a picture of me wearing my LumberJocks shirt.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 03-16-2007 06:16 AM

I had half the day off, and hardly got anyting accomplished. Tried setting up the shopsmith as a jointer. couldn’t. Tried finishing a quick project I started Sunday, needed to do some repairs first, now once the glue is dry, if all went well, they’re done. Tried finding wood in the shop and shed for my next project. Proceeded to butcher a piece trying to fix the cupping.

figured on making a few stops on the way to work, but forgot my wallet, so no picking up the parts for my steamer box, no picking up any groceries, etc….

reading about your day, just about knocked me out!

Oh, by the way, as far as Roundup goes…. you can get the same effect (with none of the nasty chemicals) for FREE. Just put on the tea kettle, and pour off the boiling water to kill the weeds by cooking them. Great use for pasta water, etc… Helps me keep unwanted vegetation out of the cracks in the walkways and drive.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 03-16-2007 11:44 AM

Makes me want to go back to bed!!!
You seemed to be flitting from one project to another—but you finished each of them!! I would have gotten sidetracked and got nothing done.
You must be wearing a Martin smile—ear to ear!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 03-16-2007 03:50 PM

What a horrible way to spend a day of vacation—All work and no play. I need to do the same thing. Within the last couple of weeks I’ve purchased plywood that needs to be cut, my wife puts boxes in my garage that I need to put out to recycling, I’ve got sockets and wrenches laying around from auto repair and other projects. It becomes enough of a reason to procrastinate.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#5 posted 03-16-2007 04:00 PM

I’m still looking for the top of my two workbenches. Lately I’ve been spending more time looking for a tool than working. I guess someday I’ll get there, I hope!!
I shouldn’t have any excuse for this.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 03-16-2007 05:22 PM

Oh no Dick, sounds like my shop.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 03-17-2007 04:23 AM

I spent 5 hours in my shop and finally found the floor

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#8 posted 03-18-2007 07:29 PM

Wow, what a job there Paul. I am not sure I could get all of that done in a week, let alone one day.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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