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Dave Talks #4: Shop cleanup. Solo folding a giant drop cloth...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 07-20-2016 02:19 AM 734 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Cleanup in a hot shop, recycling issues, various projects, and finding just the right wood. Part 4 of Dave Talks series Part 5: Dave builds and installs a Shop Vac shelf. »

Some jobs just need more space.

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If you can’t read the box in the video that I am moving between totes. That is an older Avon soft sided cooler with built in radio. My wife bought that years ago thinking we’d use it. I have never had it out of the box…

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



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 07-20-2016 04:14 PM

I have folded items that big before, and there is no substitute for laying them out on a clean surface, and a lawn usually fits that need.

Perhaps more memorable for me, were the days when I canoed in northern Minnesota. You took everything with you, and kept it to a minimum, because you were going to carry that pack, and the canoe and paddles, over portages. When I was in my prime, I would carry a pack, and the canoe, and kinda jog over the portages so that the canoe lifted off my shoulders a little every step. That relieved the pressure, and made the portage time shorter. Couldn’t, and wouldn’t do that anymore.

The big deal was cramming everything into a small space, and careful folding was of the essence. Difficult if a tent were wet from rain, however. When I was in California for a year we hiked overnight in the Sierras a number of times. Due to the mild and relatively dry climate, we just carried a large tarp for about 6 to 8 people to sleep under. With ropes we configured it into a shelter as needed.

Creating a more robust drill press table in the shop, watering the gardens, and just working at being lazy. It has been very warm by our standards, with temperatures in the high 70’s lately. My wife lived in Conroe for a number of years as she grew up. She has become relatively heat intolerant over the years, and gets a rash from the sun. I don’t think she will ever live in Texas again….......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 07-20-2016 05:23 PM

Yep. The concept behind the big fold is the same as folding up a tent. HOWEVER, in the last (mumble) years that I have been camping, I have never had to fold a tent solo. I was just having fits getting my wife to pitch in and help with this thing so I figured it was a good go at shooting a video. I look awfully funny sped up in the video though.

Getting that thing out of the shop did clear up a mess of space. It is amazing how much floor space a wadded up drop cloth / sheet can take up in the shop!

Tonight is going to be putting up the window A/C, and maybe, just maybe get that Hardi Panel out of the shop!

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

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#3 posted 07-21-2016 12:09 AM

Getting that AC up and running has got to be a total game changer in the shop for you at this time of year. And I thought the sped up video was just perfect. You got the total scene in the fraction of the time, and it definitely was fun to watch.

Wadded up anything is a space hog. My mother always said, clean and ironed clothes take up less room in the suitcase than dirty clothes. Nowadays, try to avoid much travel, except to La Conner, and I just bring a small carry-on. I have all the clothes I need, very casual and cheap stuff, down in La Conner. We take one suitcase still for Sherie, but I suspect she will get out of that sometime next year. But the suitcase is convenient for the occasional shop item and such.

Still working on my drill press table, and then will come the cabinet. Nothing difficult about anything. You just have to think ahead, and it demands some meticulous work and planning. Drill press tables, other than being flat, and having a fairly straight fence, are not very demanding. It isn’t like making a sled or a RAS table. They need to be flat and square, because that is what you are making with them. But drill presses need to be perpendicular to the bit, and after that, not too demanding.

Since I don’t work from plans, except my own, I am always figuring things out as I go along. I am basically emulating the old purchased table, but everything will be more robust and customized. That table did work for a number of years just fine, so I am not going to reinvent the wheel.

Later…................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 07-21-2016 06:35 PM

Funny thing is, I got another new tool, but it isn’t exactly woodworking related, unless you count being able to get above standing timber to try to find downed wood or something like that.

It’s a low(ish) cost quadcopter (drone) to carry my action cam. The documentation stinks, but at least I figured out how to hold my phone to it so I can control the camera in flight!

Oh and if you are even vaguely interested, it is a Blade Chroma drone with the GoPro gimbal and Spektrum DX-4 controller.

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

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#5 posted 07-22-2016 02:23 PM

I don’t have a use for a drone, so I never looked into them much. They do have a lot of uses for other people and businesses, but I am not that person, I guess. But you must have reasons to have it, so I am expecting great movies soon….......(-:

Finally cooled down a little yesterday, and we are into a week or more of rain. Hope to get some shop stuff done today, since I am off to an early start. Not too productive yesterday…...

It looks like you tried to include a picture in your comment, but it a placeholder is all that shows up.

Later….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 07-22-2016 06:19 PM

One of my other interests is camping / hiking and pretty much all things outdoors. I want to do aerial videography of say Bluebonnet covered hill sides in Central Texas, the beach in Bolivar Peninsula, the various waterfalls through the region, etc..

The problem with drones isn’t the drone itself, it’s people that abuse what a drone can do. Respect people’s privacy and there should be no problems, but some people just chose to be jerks.

I am on a bit of a tear with the video stuff, mostly my let to sit idle too long college education in communications I guess…

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

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#7 posted 07-22-2016 07:34 PM

Just a story if anyone is interested. Your video reminded me of the time…
I bought a military surplus canvas tarp that was 50×50. They fork lifted it on a pallet into my truck.
I had to cut it down to 30×50 to cover the basement of my cabin I was building. I took it to a parking lot and rolled it out of my truck. (actually bent my tailgate) After I cut it I had to strategically fold it into my truck as I went because there was no way I could have lifted it into my truck after it was folded. Then when I got to the cabin, I had to unfold it out of my truck onto the roof to spread. Sounds easy but took a little bit of thinking to accomplish.
Ahh, the memories….

-- My “MO” involves Judging others, playing God, acting as LJs law enforcement, and never admitting any of my ideas could possibly be wrong or anyone else's idea could possibly be correct -- (A1Jim)

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#8 posted 07-23-2016 04:34 PM

Dave
That makes sense. I figured you had a special interest in something that would use the drone. You usually purchase things after some consideration.

jbay
......and I bet that tarp smelled terrible as well, since the preservatives the military use aren’t usually the most fragrant things…...........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 07-24-2016 12:54 AM

Just read the military tarp story. Too funny! I bet that was water sealed canvas. That stuff weighs a ton! Thank goodness for plastic / poly tarps!

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

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