Maintenance Week

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Blog entry by T. D. Reid posted 12-27-2011 03:24 PM 1164 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

First off I want to thank everyone for your warm welcomes to Lumberjocks and thank Kelly aka Master Sergeant for giving me the idea to make my Avatar Sergeant 1st Class Orville P. Snorkel from Beetle Bailey. Being a retired Sergeant First Class from the US Army is a huge part of my identity and as my wife told me last night Sarge fits me.
This is the first maintenance week that I have taken sense wood working has become my full time job. For those of you who follow Mark Spagnuolo on The Wood Whisper web site will remember several months ago he took a week off to recharge his battery and that’s where the idea was born. My plan is for the next eight months while I am build the furniture for our house and refreshing my lost wood working skills is to take one of these after every build. With a shop full of new equipment that I plan to carry me in my new business I want to make sure that it has a solid break in period not, break period! That includes me and as Mark had talked about on his site that includes taking care of yourself something that most of us have a hard time doing.
Yesterday was not a complete loss, even though it was close to one. I lounged around the house all morning setting up my blog, entering projects into lumberjocks, making chili and building a catapult that my 8 year old Tom got from Santa. The catapult was great! It came with clay to shoot and we found out that if we fired it from the kitchen table the clay balls would stick to the sliding glass door. Marianne and I have blended family made up of 4 boys; the oldest two are mine 22 Brendan, Hunter 19, and the youngest two are hers Alex 17 and Tom eight. It has been really cool over the years to see on Christmas morning what gift turns out to be the favorite. Tom this year loved a hatchet that he received in his stocking. Leather handle and sheath that can be worn on his belt, sharp enough to scare the living day lights out of his mom.
I took a marvelous one hour nap yesterday afternoon, nothing better in the world. Then out to the shop to clean out the cupboards of old paint, stain and finishing products that have been in there more than a year. I took measurements for a shelving unit to go the wall behind my miter station (check out my shop pictures), then sketched it up the old fashion way on graph paper. I’ve tried Sketch up but, I’ve determent that I need a class on it before I use it again. Maybe I will get around to that next year at the Wood Working in America conference.
Last thing that I did for the day was to browse through my Wood Magazine back issue CD (great investment) for plans on building a sandpaper storage center. I found what I was looking for and will build only one project the sand paper storage center this week. I looked for plans to also build a router bit storage center. I found several plans and what I will take a few days to build so; I will wait until my next maintenance week to complete it.
Today is going to be filled up and not as lazy as yesterday. Tom and I have to go to a box store and pick up a couple sheets of plywood for the storage system and then get started on it. If I’m lucky I will complete it today. I still haven’t decided if I’m going to practice sliding dovetails on this project or use dados. More than likely the later of the two and then practice the dovetails on scraps.
Head to the shop its calling you-Todd

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 12:30 AM

You hit the nail on the head, The Army was and in many ways a big part of me. I hope it never goes away, I love being part of the best Army in the world. I chose Msg Halfmast as my avatar, as I was a 63Z (maintenance) for the better part of my 35 years in service and read the “PS Magazines” religiously.
I am just now getting into the woodworking part of my life. I had very little experience in construction/building before my wife and I dove head first into building our retirement house. Now that the house is done now I need to finish the interior one room at a time (we only finished the interior at bare minimum for the inspection).

Have fun, that’s what it is all about!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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