A journey into the workshop. #52: Projects at a standstill. New shop items on order, by order of SWMBO...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 03-22-2010 05:16 AM 1375 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So Friday night, after dinner and helping with cleanup, I am doing some work in the shop. I’ve got the planer put up, and was doing some “put that away or I will never find it again” cleaning when SWMBO strolled out into the shop, and announced that I MUST clean this mess up.

It would appear that to her, the ability to find the floor is important… Now I stood back and analyzed the situation… I could have argued with her, but those of you that are married know how that will come out, and honestly, she’s right…

So I casually stroll out to the PC, and go to Amazon. I know you are wondering WHY I would go to Amazon when I have been told the shop needs to be cleaned up…. Simple. Extension cords. Specifically the ones laying willy nilly across the shop floor need a place to live. So after being on my Amazon wish list for 3 years, I finally ponied up the pitifully few bucks and ordered 2 Wonder Winders.

For those of you unfamiliar with Wonder Winders, they are a little basket, with a winder handle that spools out extension cord, then winds it back up into a neat coil in its basket, so I can just unplug, give the handle a few twists, and my cords are stowed.

Well according to the email that came in earlier today, those have actually shipped… Unfortunately since it was shipped via USPS, even though I have a tracking number, the USPS website is useless for tracking. However I have never had even media mail take more than 5 days to get to me, so by next weekend, I will be installing these…

Well back to the cleanup. I had several large boxes I was working with for shipping some things out that didn’t pan out, that simply went into the trash. Then more cleanup of old cat litter tubs (I had tried making a router dust collection enclosure, the idea SOUNDED good, but the litter tub is a PAIN to get on and off… Long story short, abandoned that idea…

Anyway, I can now walk through my shop without killing myself. So overall it was a good weekend…

I got the Stump Out back into the (expletive deleted) stump right in the middle of the fence line, so that I haven’t been able to get the fence back up… Well to keep the Stump Out IN the stump, and from mother nature washing it out, I went ahead and covered the stump with a large trash bag (keep the rain off of it). Now the middle of the stump had already started to soften, so I am hoping I should be able to dig / kick the remainder out by the end of April. If that goes as planned, then the fence goes up, and that half of the shop gets cleared by Cinco De Mayo… Later than I was hoping for sure… It starts getting hot then, and the insulation and electrical aren’t done yet…

Oh well a piece at a time. I may be blogging about my incremental steps toward shop success one minor victory at a time for a LONG time to come… Hope y’all don’t mind!

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 03-22-2010 07:23 AM

Hope your new circuits do away with some of those extension cords!

Minor victories, I have minor advances, not much for victories, you know what I mean.

My longest extension cords in use are about 6 feet long, thanks to that permanent obtascle in my shop…......Peter Power Pillar. Actually, my power situation is serendipity, and a little practical knowledge re the juice. I really can’t believe how you function with your electrical situation.

So here is to more amps, here is to the juice, may the power be with you.

Have a good week… the way, you are beginning to sound a little like me, and that is a baddddd sign…......(-:


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#2 posted 03-22-2010 03:52 PM


I am actually not opposed to extension cords. They really come in useful for powering the electric leaf blower!

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