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