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Blog entry by TrBlu posted 01-30-2014 12:53 PM 672 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second “snow” day from work.

Great chance for some shop time, right? Here is the temperature inside my garage shop.

Considering it is 7* outside! that is probably pretty good. Guess, I won’t be woodworking today either.

Don’t like the weather in Alabama? Just wait a little while. It’s supposed to be in 60’s this weekend.

On a side note: Southern Rednecks and ice/snow can make an entertaining combination.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim



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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 01-30-2014 01:34 PM

You Southern boys crack me up. That’s my everyday temperature in the shop from October through April, just turn on the heater and go to work.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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johnstoneb

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 01:49 PM

50 is where I start working. At 60 it’s time to start turning the heat down.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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ScottKaye

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#3 posted 01-30-2014 01:51 PM

At the moment, my shop is sitting at 40° and it is 4° outside. Right now Im only doing 30 mins at a time out there and then come inside for 30 mins to warm up my hands. Kinda tough to cut out small parts on the table saw when your hands are cramping up from the cold! So the first sign of numbness/cramps I turn off the saw and go inside. I have a 1500w ceramic heater and a 1500w oil filled heater running out there. The problem is it takes all day to get the shop heated to a point where I can work continuously. Roughly about 50°.

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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TheWoodenOyster

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#4 posted 01-30-2014 03:08 PM

TrBlu, I am right there with you. I live in Texas and this year has been a really cold one compared to the usual. It has been mostly 20’s thru 40’s with the occasional high of 65 or so. I know, you northern guys are calling us big ole wimps, and that is understandable. We just don’t know how to deal with the cold like y’all do. When I set up my shop, I never even thought about putting a heater in, it literally never crossed my mind. But I really can’t work out there unless it is 55 or above. fingers go numb too fast, especially using my all-metal block plane like I was the other day. I am excited for some warm weather. I’ll definitely consider putting some heating in my next shop.

I will say this to you northern guys, you may be able to take cold better, but give me 110 and mosquitoes everywhere and I’ll thrive. I eat 100 degree days for breakfast. I am a wimp from December to March, but I get a little “tougher” when the warm weather rolls in. Just the way we were all raised in various parts of the country.

P.S. You can’t finish or glue anything when it is that cold, so it can be pretty hard to make a whole ton of progress.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 01-30-2014 03:30 PM

I’m really glad that I put the heat pump in my shop. It’s well insulated and according to my guestimation it’s going to cost me around $50-$60 a month average to keep it 60 degrees in the winter and 80 degrees in the summer. I figure that 6 months a year (fall and spring) I’ll be able to get by with just the ventilation fan and keep the heat pump off. For 40 years I’ve worked in large manufacturing plants with no heat and air; however, now that I’m older and retired I can’t take the heat and cold like I used to. This has been the coldest winter that we’ve had for the last 10 or 12 years.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 01-31-2014 01:27 AM

I’ve seen that Redneck winter sports thing: skiing behind trucks through town was my favorite. Y’all will be fine as long as the beer holds out. If the beer trucks can’t get through…........now THAT is a problem!
Hang in there. Spring is coming!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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TrBlu

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#7 posted 01-31-2014 01:39 AM

Based on the forecast Spring starts tomorrow.

Got to love Alabama.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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Radu

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#8 posted 01-31-2014 03:29 AM

People in Atlanta were complaining for being stuck in traffic for 10 hrs. People in Los Angeles were saying: “you don’t need snow for that”

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lightweightladylefty

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#9 posted 01-31-2014 05:00 AM

We’re back to T-shirt weather here. The temperature was over 50 degrees warmer today. It hit 32F! Not even 3 inches of snow today. Just a little north got 7 inches. Nice weather compared to most of the rest of winter so far!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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lightweightladylefty

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#10 posted 01-31-2014 05:16 AM

We’re back to T-shirt weather here. The temperature was over 50 degrees warmer today. It hit 32F! Not even 3 inches of snow today. Just a little north got 7 inches. Nice weather compared to most of the rest of winter so far!

L/W

Sorry about the double post. This dial-up is intolerable!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Billp

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#11 posted 02-05-2014 11:39 PM

In my home town Muskegon Mi. we have had over 100” of snow as of 2/0102014. Lots of sub zero temps with wind chill as low as 40 below. We’re on the east side of Lake Michigan ,so the lake creates clouds lots of clouds. We hardly ever get sunshine this time of year. My uncle lives in the upper pensula of Mi. A couple of years ago he had 3 foot snow banks still in June. So I quess it could always be worse.

-- Billp

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Mark Shymanski

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#12 posted 02-23-2014 09:29 AM

50 degrees is a nice temp to work at, any warmer and you gotta strip down to your t-shirt, now put a minus sign in front of that and that is what my back yard has been looking like…well – 49 with the windchill but still pretty darn chilly :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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