A journey into the workshop. #92: Slow weekend. Fixed an old electric bass guitar.

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I had very little shop time this weekend. Mostly due to family events, and the Super Bowl, but I did get some time in there…

I cleared off the workbench, and laid down some old raggedy towels that I have dedicated just for shop use, and drug my old 2002 Ibanez SR480 electric bass out to the shop. The bottom strap button screw hole has been flaky since it came from Ibanez new. I finally had enough of it and was going to fix it…

I sourced up a small piece of mahogany from a friend that had some left over from his projects. Literally just cutoff that would have ended up in the fire pit soon if I hadn’t used it. And I managed to cut a nice 1/4” plug 3/4” long, just enough, ish… I drilled the pilot hole, and trimmed the plug so it would sit flush, and then got to gluing…

After it sat for 24 hours drying, I pre drilled the pilot hole for the strap button screw, I ran the screw in where it should be, and viola! better than new!

I spent a bit more time in the shop cleaning up the junk, shavings etc… And finally, it has finally been dry enough that I managed to get the last of my Christmas lights down. I am not the last one of the block, but this was particularly bad. Every weekend when I have had the time, the weather has been downright foul until this week, so down finally came the C-9s that take oh so much care to put up and down!

I have more cleaning to do, but not going to happen tonight. I have been on a big weight loss / fitness kick lately, and I am paying the price for the workouts. I have muscles screaming at me that I didn’t know i had! Oh well, hopefully it will stop hurting soon! They were right. Getting older isn’t for sissies!

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 08:12 PM

Travel day yesterday, now back in Anchorage. I overdid it for a few days in the shop in La Conner. I made and installed French cleat to accept the old cupboards that we were removing from the kitchen remodel, and then installed select items from the available cabinets. Also used flow standing cabinets. Two were used for pedestals under my static workbench replacing some adjustable plastic saw horses. Perfect height cabinets for the purpose. But all that involved a whole lot of pushing, carrying and lifting beyond what I do routinely. So today I am avoiding heavy duty exercise. My wrists and hands got the worst of it. Ham strings as well from squatting and getting into strange positions.

Yes, getting old is not for sissies, and since I am going to turn 75 this summer, I am definitely getting into the well aged group…..........

I have a few projects to post, and I suspect I will do that over the next two weeks.

Your tale of the plug for the strap screw reminds me of a La Conner project I did last year. Had a towel holder that came out of the wall. The plaster was just a little too torn up. I repaired it, and then put a piece of wood underneath the mount, painted the same as the wall, and contoured to the shape of the mount, just bigger. Then I could put in 3 plaster screws over a wider area, and the fourth actually reached a stud. I am going to replace two floor standing toilet paper holders with wall mounted ones, but will again make a custom wooden back plate to allow stronger and more widely dispersed attachment.

All for now, keep up the weight loss program, you will never regret it…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 08:49 PM

Tonight’s schedule is get off work, head over to the massage therapist, and then go home, rest for a couple hours and then ruin the massage therapists work. I trashed my shoulders with workouts this weekend, but I just don’t want to stop working.

Today was a bad slip diet wise, mostly due to timing pressure. I had to run to the Dental Surgeon at 1:00 and my wife decided I was going to take her to lunch at noon. So we rushed to Wendys. Got a bunless burger, a salad, and un sweet iced tea.

The kid working the counter looked at me like I just ordered a skinned cat for lunch when I asked for a bun less burger…

We should have gone 2 doors down to Five Guys burgers, that is a regular menu item for them and they do them well, but no salads… :-(

I guess my grilled fajita chicken salad can wait until tomorrow.

On the dental surgeon, I broke one of my molars a few years ago, and have been getting an implant done, this was the last appointment before they fit the crown. Looked awesome to the surgeon so I am good to go. And my dental insurance still stinks.

Will be doing more shop cleanup later this week. The Hardi Panel needs to leave the shop, and I will be hammering on the remainder of the cleanup, folding and putting away drop cloths, making a turning tool rack and then getting after the shavings…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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