A journey into the workshop. #56: A busy weekend. Not sure I got enough done...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 05-24-2010 04:35 PM 1466 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So the weekend was full of all sorts of activity, not all of it in the shop, but enough…

I finally got back to LOML’s planter box, finished it up. Finished up my BIL’s grave marker cross for his cat, (photos pending, I took them, just forgot to put them on Webshots…).

I FINALLY got up off my lazy butt and yanked the 40T Diablo off of my Table saw, and dunked it in the blade cleaner. 3 to 5 minutes my fuzzy tail! However after about 45 minutes of soaking in the solution, and giving it a GOOD scrubbing, the pine resin FINALLY came off… I was thinking that the blade was, well since it was so inexpensive, not worth sharpening, and most likely a goner… I nicked myself pretty easily reinstalling it… Guess it IS still sharp after all!

I also spent quite a bit of time this weekend tending a fire in my back yard. Actually it is about 10% in my back yard, and 90% on city property in the Bayou… You see the city has NEVER wanted to do a (expletive deleted) thing about cleaning up that Bayou, or taking care of the hurricane damaged trees back there since Hurricane Ike… Now I got the thing cut down immediately following the storm (it was broken , and had taken my fence out, came frighteningly close to my house too!) So after months, and months and months of Stump Out that just wasn’t doing enough, I managed to take a bunch of the busted up lumber from the old fence, and cut it into manageable pieces, and am working on burning the remnant of the stump out… Now even after close to 2 years of drilling, using Stump out, and round up, this sucker is still WAY too solid for its own good. Now after about 8 hours of tending fire, I have the stump burned out about 50%..... BUT the part where it was intruding on MY property is burnt away finally… I COULD simply chop away the remaining root on my side and get the fence line even, and then just let the city deal with their junk, but I want to do the job right and finish getting this thing out of here. Since I am stuck at home for Memorial day weekend, barring any rain, I will continue this project.

Out of all the fence posts that were still standing, is one that I replaced about 2 years prior to Ike, due to rot. Now unlike the original fence posts that were simply buried directly in the soil (don’t ask…). Mine was set using a post hole digger, and set in a concrete footing. No problem just dig around the concrete and dig it out (the post needs to move) right? WRONG… More roots. BIG ones… I am actually seriously considering just cutting the post off with my flush cut saw and leaving the concrete in the ground for future generations to worry about…

So with the steps needed to get the fence installation started, I am now seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. You see, for those of you that don’t regularly follow my blogs, I have the fencing material staged, and ready to be installed, and taking up half the floor space in my shop…. You hopefully you understand why I am so anxious to get this fence back up… Not to mention once THAT is done, I can start on leveling a gravel pad for a skid foundation shed… Which in turn, will get my lawn and garden stuff out of my garage, which of course, will get even MORE space for my shop…

Now I do have a bit of a problem now that I have started cleaning my blades… I have an OEM Ryobi 36T blade for my saw (made by Freud Italy) which needs to be cleaned, BUT… once I get that done, and I am done with the solution, I understand I can put it back in the bottle. Is that a good idea? And is it a bad idea to keep it in the cleaning tub? FWIW, I am using one of those Rockler blade cleaning sets, you know the one that has, well what appears to be like a Giant tupperware container for soaking your blades in…

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#1 posted 05-26-2010 04:08 PM

I think this is the equivalent of moving furniture in the house. And then when you find that the furniture doesn’t fit or look right, then the wife suggests that it is obvious we have to remodel to accomodate the new furniture arragement.

Then when you get done remodeling, your wife says the old furniture doesn’t look good with the new, remodel, so she goes out and buys new furniture.

Somehow, with a simple furniture move, she ends up with a remodel and new furniture.

I know what you are doing…..............(-:


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#2 posted 05-26-2010 05:19 PM

I am glad you know what I am doing. I sure don’t sometimes…

Seriously though, yeah, feature creep is the bane of my existence… I have been working on that stump pretty much every night after I get home for the evening… Last night I finally got it down below grade, I just need to keep going until I am at least 6” or better below grade. Much of what is left is charred, and I probably need to get in there with a sledge hammer and just pulverize it and then scrape that out, and move on to burning the rest out… I may actually be able to get my fence posts lined up this weekend. THAT has me VERY happy!

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#3 posted 05-27-2010 02:24 AM

It’s really sad that you didn’t take my suggestion to use DYNAMITE on that stump, because you would have saved so much time!!.....(-:

But given the fact that you are going to masticate it to death, it is good that you seem to have a sharp set of chompers….....(-:

I am on call this weekend, all four days. Sounds like you are in the barrel also…................

Gad zooks….....finally got to 64 degrees today. Kermit and I have been sitting on the front porch while I enjoy my Kindle, now reading a persverse fictional confection, Stieg Larsson’s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo’. Will have to read the rest of the diabolical trilogy I guess, now that I am into it…................

.......on occasion I traipse down to the shop, and glue on another layer of my project table revision, or is it an obsession?

‘twill be interesting to see how it works….............

Jim and Kermit

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