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Workshop Ramblings #1: What Happened to the Warm Weather?

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Blog entry by brianinpa posted 2005 days ago 826 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The past few years Mother Nature has spoiled me rotten. Winters here in Pennsylvania have been mild with warmer than normal temperatures and little or no snow to speak of. I was always able to keep my garage heated with nothing only a small kerosene heater, but not this winter.

I would use this time of year to do most of my wood working because when it is warm and there isn’t ice on the water, I’d rather be fishing. When it is hot, my MS won’t allow me to stay in the heat for very long – saw blades and health issues do not mix! This winter cold temperatures have forced me to stay in the house and watch my “honey do list” grow, and grown, and grow. Temperatures are staying in the single digits or in the teens. One day we had a heat wave in the high 30’s, but that wasn’t warm enough to get me out of the house. This winter has me considering ripping out the walls in the garage and adding some insulation and installing a new door that would keep the cold outside where it belongs.

My lathe and chisels long to be used and the saw blades are hungry for some wood. I have picked up several “new” tools that need (and want) to be restored but the weather just won’t cooperate. I keep checking out all the projects here on LJ’s and long for the sound of the saw doing it’s job in my shop – if only it were to warm up…

Someday soon winter’s cold will head south for the summer and warmth will once again reign. I just hope it hurries up!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.



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lew

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#1 posted 2005 days ago

And you live in Lebanon- a warm spot in good old PA :^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 2005 days ago

Here in Maine mornings have been -14 to about 7 degrees for a long period of time. It hits about 20 or so during the day. I have a non vented gas heater that i turn on about a half hour before I go out to the shop. It gets as warm as I want but costs a little to heat. shop is fully insulated 25×25 feet garrison on top of the garage.

Good luck getting back in! It won’t be far off.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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SteveKorz

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#3 posted 2005 days ago

I’m not a fan of winter, either. If my shop was temperature controlled, I’d say “bring it on.” But, it’s not… so until it gets warm enough to heat reasonably with a wood stove, I’m inside too.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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brianinpa

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#4 posted 2005 days ago

Lew,
I was out in the shop a few weeks ago and the wind from the blade on my table saw only made me colder… If I see my breath, I don’t bother anymore. I find that the older I get, the smarter I become.

Dan,
I was stationed in Brunswick from 91 to 94 and loved it while I was there: my wife and I even celebrated our anniversary at Cook’s Lobster house this past summer. The other day I watched a home video of our sons playing in the snow after the storm in 93 (36 + inches in less than 24 hours): I like the snow, but you can keep the cold.

Steve,
Glad to see that I am not the only person suffering!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Mario

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#5 posted 2005 days ago

It has been the samr for me in Michigan. I pruchased a small woodstove for the shop and this year it has not been able to keep up. It takes three hours to heat the shop up and by then it is getting late to get much work done. I can’t wait for spring.

-- Hope Never fails

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brianinpa

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#6 posted 2004 days ago

Mario I know what you mean. If my wife didn’t have to park her car in the middle of my shop, I could keep the door closed and keep it heated, but she always opens the door and lets all the heat out: I lose all the time!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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kenn

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#7 posted 2004 days ago

Hang in there Brian, this too shall pass. The current snow forcast keeps getting downgraded, we’re down to 2” in the last prediction I saw. Plus with this global warming, spring will be here soon enough and we’ll have to fire up the mowers. Take care.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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brianinpa

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#8 posted 2004 days ago

Kenn, I fear that old man winter may be tightening his grip. I will glad when I hear birds chipping, and grass growing.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#9 posted 2004 days ago

1/28/08 15” scheduled for Southern Maine… yippii! I love the snow.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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brianinpa

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#10 posted 2003 days ago

Today we got 4 -6 inches even though Kenn said they dropped it to 2… On top of that there was about 1/4” of ice. You can keep it all! Grass is so much easier to take care of…

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Mike44

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#11 posted 2001 days ago

Brian, I lived in Lebanon for about 27 years, (actually Cornwall) now we live in State College and if you think it is cold there , it is allot colder up here. I have not been in my shop all winter. The temp outside right now is 24 deg. and the wind is really blowing. Feels like 10deg.
We used to live right next door to the Blue Bird Inn, I went past there a few weeks ago and the property has gone downhill.
I also have my shop in our two car garage and it seems as soon as I do get it heated up my wife does the same thing , comes home and opens the door.

-- Mike Lebo

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