The Chronicles of Woodworking in a Can #9: I have just been busy

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Blog entry by cmckerliesr posted 04-28-2010 03:42 PM 1168 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I often feel guilty about not getting back to write more about working in the can. But the truth is I have a busy life and sometimes, I just let it slip by because there is just not enough time in the day.

I spent the last two weeks battling a virus on the home computer, which was not detected by my McAfee software even though I pay them a yearly subscription fee to protect 3 computers on my network. I won’t go into details, but after 6 scans by Malwarebytes, and several Microsoft deliverables from Microsoft Live, and one that lasted 33 hours using Viprerescue (recommended by Microsoft) I am finally virus and malware free.

But I also have so much more I need to do to the can. Like add electrical outlets and a breaker box. Then I get caught up in the fact that I could really use a bandsaw (which I am saving for and should have in the next month or so). Yeah I know, my priorities are just all screwed up. But some times I just more caught up in actually doing projects rather than improving the can. If were not so damn impatient I would of done the improvements first.

I have made the decision that after I get my band saw that I must focus on doing the improvements. One thing that holds me back a little is that I do not have a truck or anything I can haul full sheets of plywood in. So, I put things off because I hate going through the expense and hassle of renting a truck just to get certain supplies. See, before I put in outlets and the breaker box, I want to put OSB sheathing on the walls. Which also means I have to take down the current small upper cabinets that I installed not long ago. This will give me a way to reattach the upper cabinets and I plan on running conduit for the outlets on top of the OSB.

Then I also have the question of insulation. By attaching the OSB to the metal wall, there are pockets every two to three inches where I could put insulation. Part me argues that those pockets would be OK, and another says well it would be best to fill those pockets with foam or some sort of insulation. I’m sooooo confused and torn. LOL!

I know that I keep promising pictures of what it is like currently. But right now, it is quite the mess in there. I am not always the most organized when I work. Some times I get so caught up in what I am doing I just do not put things away when I am done with them. I know! Bad woodworker! Bad! I hang my head in shame now for a brief moment.

I desperately need to get things together, especially the electrical. So any advice or scolding you would like to give, then please do so. I think I can take it!

I desperately need to sell my spindle shaper to make room for the band saw. Not sure I told you all before, that I inherited this old spindle shaper with quite a few custom blade sets from my father. Why, I am not sure. Since I have no use for. May be he was just pissed at me and said to himself. I know how to mess with the boy, I will give him something to take up room in his shop and that he will never use. I would not put it past my father to have done this. But, I am hopeful that the wood shop teacher at the local high school will take this off my hands. Hell, the thing draws so much current, I can not even run it for longer then about 30 seconds before it trips the breaker. Part of me wishes I could just sell it on e-bay or something, but I have no way to get it shipped.

Well enough of my sob story…..

I am working on a birth announcement plate/plaque for a friend right now and I will post pictures of it once it is done in my projects. I am having to make my own scroll saw pattern and since the computer was down with the virus thing for a couple of weeks. I was unable to create the pattern till yesterday.

This will be an 11.5 inch plate with the baby’s name on the top, date of birth on the bottom, and a stork with baby bundle in the center. I must acknowledge Steve Good of Scrollsaw Workshop for his contribution of the stork and bundle. I love his daily patterns and his blog and also thank him for turning me on to Mike’s Workshop ( ) and Fly Dutchmen blades.

I think I have said enough for now.

Take care and keep making sawdust.

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

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#1 posted 04-28-2010 04:40 PM


Hang in there. It sounds like you have a plan that will work!!

Maybe some expandable foam insulation would be the answer to the pockets behind the OSB, although I’m not sure about the costs of that stuff.

Looking forward to seeing the finished plate.


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

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#2 posted 04-29-2010 12:45 AM

I read some where the other day that Mcafee aledgedly sent out a bad file with an update to their anti virus program, may that is what hit your computer

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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