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A journey into the workshop. #59: Bummed out by the weather...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-08-2010 06:18 PM 3671 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 58: A teeny, tiny bit of progress, car problems, and leaving shop for good reason... Part 59 of A journey into the workshop. series Part 60: Air Conditioning a windowless garage workshop. »

So as y’all by now know I am anxious to get my fence along the bayou put back up after Hurricane Ike, took it, and several small, and one large tree just on the city side of it down. Now those trees just on the city side weren’t ONLY on the city side, but more like 90% on the city side. I guess since I own 10% of the stumps, and it is interfering with MY fence, I had to take the stumps out.

In true red, white, and blue Texas tradition, the method chosen was of course… Barbecue. Simply put, I made a containment ring of simple steel flashing, put it around the stumps, filled with charcoal, lit it off, and kept an eye on it, and kept it hot until the stumps were gone. Now I didn’t have enough charcoal, or flashing on Memorial day weekend to get the job completely finished, and my plan was to get it going again this weekend for the last 2 small stumps that need to be gone. Unfortunately the weather had different plans for me, rain, rain, and more rain, 2 months late, but rain… I mean holy cow are we getting rain…

So the fencing material is staying in the gara… er…. shop. Another set back. I just can’t catch a break with this project!

Okay now that it has been raining, the attic has been, well… Not nice, but not horrible either. So up the stairs I go. First thing I find, a duct hose for an unused bedroom knocked off and the AC blowing cold air into the hot attic. Not good… Reattach the duct, find the failed clamp, realize WHY it failed, reinforce the flex hose / duct with HVAC tape, and reattach with tape and sheet metal screws. Problem solved for now. More on the A/C system later…

A box fan went upstairs with me, as did my work gloves, respirator, safety glasses, and utility knife. (Note to self, utility knife blades need to be changed more often than once every 4 years!). I now have 2/3 of the house / attic covered in R30 fiberglass roll insulation on top of what was left of the original, collapsing R-19 fiberglass / cellulose roll garbage from 1984. I have found 2 electrical junctions in the attic, that apparently the rocket scientist that did the wiring in my house determined had no need for an electrical box or wire nuts, jut twist and tape them. So a trip to Lowes for electrical supplies was in order… The things I have found in this house make me furious with my inspector… But I digress…

Actual in the shop time since last week has been fairly limited to cleanup, and even that, has been restricted to just picking up stuff from the floor, sweeping, and emptying the dust bin. However there were some notable additions to the shop.

A while back, I think it was on Sawmillcreek.org that I saw a fellow turner that cobbled together a dust hood for his lathe out of a floor register box. Now he had cobbled together some sort of funky clamping system based on C clamps. Not my ideal. So I thought about it, and ended up with a package of 4 1”dia x 1/8” thick rare earth magnets, and epoxied them to a 4×12 4” ducted register box. The far side lip got straightened out with pliers and a mallet / workbench. The gaps were closed up with HVAC tape, and the entire thing was massaged to maximize airflow. Now collecting shavings off of the turning tools isn’t happening, but dust collection from sanding operations is top notch now… I was able to succesfully collect sanding dust from a cedar test spindle that I was sanding with 80, 120 and 220 grit. I am a happy camper…

On top of that, my MLCS pattern and flush trim bit set arrived, bringing great joy for the project that needs a new pattern cutting bit ( I did something STUPID and ruined my last one). Now with those bits, I realize one vexing problem. With the panel raising bits, and other special profiles, I am getting a nice collection of one and two bits here and there that simply don’t fit the ready made boxes. I need to design and build something to store these. I have a cabinet design I have been working on to compress my 39 drawer parts bins into half as much wall space, and since I have 3 of these, and the cabinet is designed to also house my MLCS 66 piece router bit set, I am considering building in storage for my loose bits into this cabinet… And I better hurry, I have a few more profiles to go…

Likewise, I have the 30 piece Skil 1/4” shank router bit set that simply is useless to me now that I have the larger MLCS set. Everything I used in the Skil set is covered by the MLCS set… I am thinking about selling, or giving away to the right home the Skil bit set…

During my cleanup, I finally had enough of the paint rollers staring me in the face, while my table saw accessories were stowed away in an old plastic tool box. I finally decided to make this right. Now all my table saw accessories are within easy reach on my peg board, and the paint rollers, roller frame, painting pads, trim shields etc… are in a tool box, ready to be carted to wherever painting is going to happen…

I still have tons of projects to get done, but at least I am making progress in the right direction. God willing and the creek don’t rise, I will be able to get them done…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



6 comments so far

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Ecocandle

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 06:44 PM

You are indeed making progress, good job.

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 06-08-2010 06:46 PM

I broke down a number of years ago and bought a bunch of metal box cutters that hold spare blades, and a whole box of new blades. So now I can get to a new blade quickly, just open up the cutter handle and pull up a new blade. I had the same problem you had, letting blades get dull.

The other day I found out an outside receptacle had not been wired during the last remodel. So I have to track that one down. The first remodelling we had done, the kitchen/dining/my office/bath, the contractor used an electrician that he eventually fired. Never did like him. Fortunately that is the only bad item I have found. But I sympathize with your issues.

Otherwise, just getting through the work week.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#3 posted 06-08-2010 07:16 PM

Funny thing is, I am using the metal handled heavy duty utility knives. I have 2 Ace Hardware yellow ones, and a couple of Lime Green Stanleys… I have handles full of blades, just too cheap to change them until I eke out the last bit of usefulness out of them…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 06-08-2010 07:45 PM

I remember the day when I sharpened box cutter blades….........(-:

To solve the overly frugal habit I bought a whole box of blades so that I would not have any excuses. Same with my razor scrapers that I use a lot (bird cage cleaning as well as the shop). I buy razor blades for the scrapers in large quantities.

I have a little pen knife that I use a lot in the office and elsewhere. Xacto. Came with extra blades, bought it about 20 years ago. I have actually sharpened the original blade, and finally replaced the original one this year. Still have 3 left…......hmmmm….....have enough for 60 more years of use…................(-:

We have some interesting parallels in the way our minds work…............(-:

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#5 posted 06-08-2010 07:55 PM

If that doesn’t frighten you nothing will.. :-D.

FWIW, i bit the bullet, a coworker of mine mentioned that he saw Home Depot had the A/C unit I have been wanting on sale, for like $150.00 less than Amazon, and free shipping, only problem is I have to pay sales tax, but no biggie, so I save $120.00 and shipping costs… I am having a Royal Sovereign 14K BTU portable unit brought in, so I get to work on the center post of my garage SOON. Woo Hoo!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 06-09-2010 06:41 AM

Very Cooooooooooooooooooooooool….............(-:

......beddie time…..............

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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