The Chronicles of Woodworking in a Can #8: Still Working in the can

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Blog entry by cmckerliesr posted 03-25-2010 07:50 PM 1215 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi All!
Well as I am sure you can tell, I do not spend a lot of time at the computer. Hence why my blog entries are so few and far between.

As you all know by now, I volunteer on a search and rescue team and recently went to Haiti along with my wife who is also a team member. I did it before, but I want to thank all of you again for your posts about that trip. Things are pretty much back to normal and I am still working in and on the can.

There are a lot of improvements that I still need to make to the can such as running an actual electric service to it. The problem is that I am just too damn impatient. I waited a long time to get a workshop with some kind of room to it and now I would rather work in it then work on it. Literally right now I am running a long drop cord from an outlet on the house to the can and then using other cords getting power where I need it. YES! It can be a pain in the ass. It is my goal this year to actually have an electrical service connected to the can. Then I won’t be just the man in the can, I will be the man in the wired can. LOL….OK, that was stretching it a bit. But it was funny as hell in my head.

To show just how committed I am to just working in the can, I just bought a DeWalt 788 Scroll Saw and stand, instead of investing in the electrical. I guess my priorities are a little messed up. But hey! If it bothers any of you too much that I do not have an electrical service connected to the can. I will gladly let you come over and do it for me. LOL.

I’ll be honest, there are times that the constant plugging and unplugging of cords really pisses me off. But I usually get over it in a hurry as long as things go right. So as you can tell I have not really done any upgrades or modifications to the can in some time. OH, wait. I did drill some ventilation holes at the back of the can as close as possible to the roof. Wow major renovation! It wasn’t much, but I got a wild hair one day and thought the air needed to flow better in the can. So I drilled some quarter inch holes through the back of the can. It did make some difference.

As with everything, it takes money. I am just getting back on my feet after being out of work for a year. Speaking of money. Anyone know of anyone looking for a spindle shaper? I inherited a spindle shaper from my father after he passed away. Not sure why, since I have no use for it. Plus my current electrical system can not handle the current draw. But, it is about 40 years old with a rebuilt motor that probably has all of about 28 hours of so of use on it. My father also had at least a dozen specially made knives for it which I also got. I am thinking of trying to donate it to the local high school. But whom ever gets it will have to pick it up, since I have no way to haul it any where. Plus that sucker is heavy as hell.

Alright, well I have rambled on enough for now and I wanted to let you all know I am alive, the can is still intact, and I am still making sawdust.

OH a couple of quick things.
As you all know too, I do not get around to posting a lot of projects on here. I have mentioned a few like the two part hiking or walking stick. I have ran into some real problems getting that to be functional. But I may post the progress and issues I have been having making this. Also, I am working on a scroll saw project (hence the reason for buying the DeWalt) for a friends birth announcement.

So look out for it soon. The more I think about it, the more I think the two part stick will make some interesting material. So, I will post all the information and what pictures I can about it soon. Hint, the problem is not so much making it, as much as it making it to where it can withstand a certain use. But I promise, I will post all of it including the kind of sloppy jig I made to drill holes into the blanks on the lathe. The blanks are too big to fit in my drill press.

Enough of all that. I have said too much. Take Care and Warmest Regards!

Keep making sawdust, maybe one day it will become a tree again.

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 01:42 AM

There you are! I was just wondering about you the other day as it got warm here. Wondered how things were in the Can?

I will have to drop back to read the post, I have to get out to a meeting.

Good to see you back.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 03-26-2010 06:47 AM

You will have to posts some pictures of the upgraded “can”. Would love to see how things are developing.


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

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