... or lights or heat or a sump pump – that’s not really how far back I’d like to take my traditional woodworking experiences, to be honest with you. I have a hard enough time removing power tools from the equation. I’m afraid I’m quite used to some of today’s modern conveniences.
So for the past few days, while Mother Nature once again proved her superiority, I’ve been worrying more about whether or not my basement is going to flood and if my pipes will freeze and less about what design I’m going to use when I build my tool chest.
Give me a furnace or a ceramic space heater any day of the week this time of the year! Heck, I’ll even take the subtle warmth of my 500 watt overhead halogen lights at this point!
Fortunately, I just got word from my wife that our power is back on. She went home on her lunch break to see if the rumors were true. The furnace is now blowing hot air, the water heater is gearing up for Dana’s two-hour bath tonight, and the cats have probably already terminated their temporary “huddle for warmth” alliance.
It’s amazing what we take for granted these days… In fact, I’m getting ready to take advantage of yet another medical and technological feat. On Thursday, I go in to get LASIK eye surgery.
But I’ll do my best to not take this for granted. I’ve already talked with several people who’ve had the surgery, and they all mentioned the same thing – that we become reliant upon our prescription glasses to protect our eyes and after that surgery I’ll have to be much more aware of such dangers.
As far as woodworking goes, I’m already looking into new eye protection for the shop. I’ve decided to go with some close-fitting, fully-sealed safety glasses. Actually, I’ll probably go with two pairs of them – one pair with air vents for normal woodworking and one pair with absolutely no venting for my amonia fuming and use of any other hazardous chemicals or finishes. I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to spend money on such things!
Come to think of it, though, I’m just thrilled to be able to focus more on woodworking and less on bailing out my sump.
Oh, bother… I just realized my DVR wasn’t able to record the three Wood Works shows on DIY this last Saturday because my power was out! Oh, the HuMANITY!
Tragic… simply tragic.
-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com