We recently crossed a milestone at our house. We are no long a minivan family after almost 18 years of having one. This makes the wife quite happy and she really likes her new Kia Soul. However, I lost my way to haul stuff home from Lowe’s. So, I got to thinking and looking. I just can’t justify a truck… So I decided to see what I could do with my roof rack on my Kia Rio. I have a rack that I use for my kayaks, so it was just a matter of ripping a 2×6 I had lay...
The drywall was finished a couple weeks ago and my Mom painted most of it. It looks great! We went with eggshell white just so it would brighten the room up, but not shine at the same time (my Mom’s advice, not mine). All the garage doors are now on and we can finally lock up the shop at night! All the outlets in the woodshop are now powered: I have four 220v outlets and the rest is filled with 110v outlets. I do not plan on having 4 machines that require 220v, I just wanted options on ...
Here we are getting to an other part where the dad determines the success of the outcome of the race for your child. We need to look at the weight. It can not go over 5 oz. So I get out my postal scale and get it as close as possible. Sorry about the tung, this kid takes after his dad. I had to drill out some cars, others needed a lot of pennies added. (This is cutting into the grocery bill) I could use a good October beer at this point. 24 wheels. First I would clean the...
Ok, 6 blocks; 24 wheels; 24 axles and six racers. Check-in on November 17th; the race November 19th. Any suggestions? I’ll keep you posted.
I made the trek to my wood supplier that gives us free scrap wood for our Toy Making outreach at the Mason Dixon Woodworkers. These toys are given to underprivledged children at Christmas time. We usually make about 1300 or so toys each year. This is my catch from the past week. Approx 200 BD ft of Honduras Mahogany. A lot of it is 10/4 square and 30 to 35” long. I can get all of the wood that is less than 36” long. I’m also going through his cuttoff bin and taking all Sa...
I got these drawers fitted before I closed up for the winter: This is the first time I’ve done inset drawers, and it was a bit easier than the hell I’d imagined it to be. The weather was already pretty cold and dry when I fit these though, so I assume they’ll swell in the spring. I haven’t glued them up just in case. I did learn something though. Having cut the dovetails on all the very close but not yet fitted parts, I was able to shave the bottoms of th...
No pics yet or anything, but after looking at an ‘06 Ranger at the Ford dealer with 42k on it, I kind of fell for an ‘05 Tacoma with about 85k on it at the Toyota dealer. A little older, a bit more used, but it just had a lot more I wanted. It’s a certified pre-owned with 3yr/3k bumper-to-bumper, and 7yr/100k drivetrain warranties, power everything, AM/FM/CD, access cab – 2-door, but has a small back, and little half-doors that make loading things/passengers back there...
I was not expecting to ID this tree this way. At the end of my street is a tiny triangular park – by tiny, I mean maybe 0.2-0.3 acres – lined with what I’ve been guessing might be some kind of Eucalyptus. They’re tall, twisty, and have a peeling or splitting bark that reveals many multicolored blotches beneath. Today I learned what they are while looking up a Chinese elm my friend told me fell in the wind storm this week. It was 70 years old, and 50’ tall. I w...
My son Sam, now 2 ½, is a certified car nut. He has about 200 of them, which he can identify by model and color, and those are just the Hotwheels/Matchbox sized cars. He and I spend hours on the living room rug playing with cars, driving them to various locations on the rug which he has identified as the grocery store, the car wash, the “whippy dip” (does anyone outside of Cincinnati call a dairy bar/soft-serve ice cream place a “whippy dip”?) etc. Anyhow, we were sitting at dinner, my...
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