Not exactly woodworking, but close enough. #10: Plans for the weekend...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 10-15-2010 09:08 PM 1152 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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LOML has been feeling a tad under the weather this week, so we are going to take it somewhat easy this weekend. Sunday is more or less blown out for me, but tonight, and tomorrow afternoon is time to get things done. Which translates to getting my fat behind back out into the shop, and cleaning, cleaning cleaning… I have the 4 totes I bought from Walmart to use for holding stuff while moving it across the shop walls, well they are empty now. So now is the time to get busy. Now LOML has other ideas for this weekend, but I need to steer her the right way. She wants to decorate for Halloween / Thanksgiving. So I am planning on making the deal of… I’ll dig out the decorations for her to put up if she’ll give me the time to get more progress in the shop done.

I have also realized that my changes in dust collection ducting design (I added the overhead to handle the Shark Guard) will require additional blast gates, so I ended up on Lee Valley’s website and ordered 4 more blast gates…

You see LOML is getting antsy about “all those pipes” laying on the shop floor, and wants me to do “something” with them… So something WILL happen with them hopefully this weekend.

Chances are good, I will need some additional wyes, and at least 2 caps that I sort of forgot to add to my plumbing shopping list…

Now for the REALLY fun part. In order to make room for the 4” duct, I will need to move the plastic shelving unit away from the wall (go figure, I am also trading places with the dust bin, and mechanics tool box…

So as I trudge through the insanity that is cleaning my shop, I am making progress toward a cleaner, healthier work environment. And the timing couldn’t be better. God willing and the creek don’t rise, I am planing on having that convertible crib out in the shop in the next 2 weeks to start the refinishing project on that, in order to have it, and a couple other items ready for Christmas vacation when Mom comes down to visit us…

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 01:08 AM

Sounds like Sherie bargaining with me. She reminds me that she has an all day conference tomorrow, medical diagnosis/procedure coding I think…and points out that if Kermit’s external otitis isn’t better tomorrow, perhaps he ought to go back to the vet. For that, I will trade her making dinner tonight and Sunday, and I will work in the shop some more this weekend. Today the architect was over the second time regarding the last one-third remodel of the house, and probably a couple of times more will do it. Then we will get our contractor to schedule it. Hate the remodelling, but this will be the least intrusive one-third, just the living room and the master bedroom. The living room is mostly used just for TV, and we have a good TV down in Sherie’s hobby area and a good smaller one in the kitchen-dining room combo area. The guest bedrooms will handle our clothes and sleeping arrangements, so no problem there. There are two full baths in the house other than the one in the master bedroom, so no problem there.

Peculiar things are happening in the shop. I am doing a staged glueup thing, so it is a little slow, but not particularly difficult. I am making this dust collection dodad so that I can finish the project table top (it was making way too much dust while routing the slots in that one inch of MDF, but since much of the top is done, I am constantly using it to do glue-ups for the dust collection dodad, using Rockler holddowns and such). I will use the project table top temporarily in one of my old project tables (the old tops lift off, and this top is the same size, and it is reversible, with pedestals to support through routing and sawing on one side), and then finish up the super sled.

All of the above is totalling typical for my crazy inventive nature, and I am having a blast.

Good luck on your cleanup. You are behind me in some ways, such as tool and space organization, but ahead of me in infrastructure. You will pass me up because I am too old to do the intense marathons that you are capable of.

The job still gets me at times, no lunch (I never eat breakfast) until 4:00 PM yesterday, I am sure you have been there…........


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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