A journey into the workshop. #89: Prepping stock for the mission ish dog kennel... My jointer is WAY too small...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 03-25-2014 07:50 PM 1383 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I put up a post about this yesterday on my personal blog site at”":

A few years ago, I gues probably 4 years ago now, I came across a great deal on some farm harvested walnut from Craigslist. I think I paid less than $2.00 bd/ft for what he called 4/4, although according to my measure it is just over 5/4. The stuff has been sitting in my lumber rack waiting for a project. I am filling the cracks and securing loose knots / bark inclusions getting it ready to joint. However I am running into a SERIOUS problem…

The stock is on all but the pieces I have already used, a minimum of 8.5” wide. So even an 8” jointer would be too narrow for this stuff.

The solution is to use Marc Spagnulo’s suggestion from years ago and make a simple planer jointing sled. Yeah I cut up a piece of flat plywood and dug up my hot glue gun. The glue gun was the hard part! My wife had it buried in an old tote.

I figure how that i have found the glue gun, It’s just one of those simple cheap mini glue guns with the short sticks, I am going to build a nice box for it. Not like the one I made for the hole saw cups, but an honestly nice divided box, perhaps with a sliding lid to contain the hot glue gun, or at least similar sized ones once this one goes bad, and a bag or two of sticks…

I figure a couple of these boxes, and I can keep on in the shop, and give a new, clean, pretty one to my wife for her crafting.

Some may have noticed I am not spending a lot of time in the shop this month. I am in the middle of a major project at work and have been working ghastly hours Double shifts plus most of the month. I will be done here by next week though…

The good thing is the work I do tends to have me waiting on progress indicators a LOT… so at least this weekend I have some shop time. But it is going to be auto shop not wood shop time. I am doing some transmission repair on the lumber wagon, and doing a lot of the 100K mile service, admittedly early. I am looking at spending about 10 or so hours under that truck this weekend…

To prep for that work, I had to replace my old Blue Point air ratchet. I can get a rebuild kit from Snap On for it, but the Snap On man is hard to find in office buildings, and they don’t have store fronts… So off looking around, it looks like the Harbor Freight Central Pnuematic #47214 3/8” air ratchet has a pretty good reputation among the car repair crowd.

So I swung by Harbor Freight for some items needed for the weekend job..

Air ratchet.
Air Compressor accessory kit. It was cheap with a coupon, and I am NOT taking my Snap On blowgun to my BILs shop for fear it won’t come back with me… I also grabbed some mechanics gloves, and a set of hex keys. For the life of me I can’t find my old SAE set and have been needing it…

I am now set up and everything is packed so that when I get there, all I need to borrow from the BIL is the lift, a flywheel turner, and an air hose…

I need to figure out a way to not be busy… My wife has a different idea of vacations than I do… I personally want to go hang out on a hammock under some palm trees with a drink in my hand you know?

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#1 posted 03-26-2014 02:14 PM


Vacation focus is somewhat age dependent, job related, and but highly individualized. Vacation for me is primarily stress relief, so I do nothing related to my job, except when I tack vacation onto a job related conference.

Because of the stress of my job, I learned that I had to focus vacation strictly on recovery. I learned to let Sherie make all the decisions while we were on vacation, and we both learned to include a lot of unstructured free time. While I am in La Conner, I will spend considerable time just tinkering in the shop, and Sherie will do a lot of quilting.

I never set goals for myself on vacation, and I avoid getting relatives into the mix most of the time. If relatives will vacation using my rules, then they work out OK. And we do tack on the occasional visit with relatives, but always include quiet down time for me. Physicians, in general, seem to structure vacations around themselves, rather than other family members. It is about survival. We either take care of ourselves, or we burn out in our job. To put perspective on it, remember, when I am on call for a weekend, that is a 72 hour shift. That happens every 4th weekend for me.

Is this have anything to do with your vacations.? Don’t know, but keep in mind that we all have limits, and vacation is not just an opportunity for fun, it is necessary for continued productivity, just like a good night of sleep.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 03-26-2014 03:38 PM

When we go on vacation, Debi likes to do and see everything. I am the polar opposite. The good thing is that usually once a year, I at least get one long weekend vacation that I go at my pace. It is called Deer Season. We hunt slots meaning that we do not shoot anything that is good breeding stock. I passed on 6 bucks this past year and came home with nothing but photos and a well rested mind and soul… A good weekend if you ask me…

In the Summer, Debi and I went to San Antonio to catch George Strait at the Alamodome. While we were there on a 3 day weekend she wanted to do the tour of the San Antonio Missions, do a walking Ghost Tour of downtown San Antonio, do a tour of the San Antonio Riverwalk, etc…

I humor her on these trips, and it’s not just her. Since I moved away for college, I spent a good number of my vacations travelling back to Oregon to visit with family and friends, and they all want to show off this or that, go here there and everywhere. I typically fly from Texas, get picked up by my brother in Portland, drive to Bend, visit with Brother, Sister in law, Mom for a day or so, then down to Salem to visit Dad & step mom for a day or two, then go to the coast for yet another whirlwind tour of places I wore out in high school for a couple more days, then back up to Portland to fly back to Texas… By the time I am done I need a vacation from my vacation! And IF I am lucky I can squeeze some time in to visit old friends.

I have already told family and friends next time we are going to Oregon, I am going to rent a Beach House either in Newport, or Lincoln City, and everyone can come visit me at one of the Mo’s chowder house locations, or hang out on the beach. I am NOT getting hauled around the state spending my entire vacation in a car again!

You know, I think I just need folks to fly to Texas, and meet me at the Deer lease. We can sit quietly in the deer blind, or up in a tree stand watching the sunrise before we go back to camp to chill out there…

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 04:56 AM

I have rented a beach house on the Oregon coast, and that is a cool deal. We are off to La Conner in the morning, so have to get to bed. Getting out the door is a real chore in my business, later….................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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