Important New Tool Added to the Shop for Summer

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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 07-20-2007 07:58 PM 1335 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a quick note to show a photo of an important new addition to the shop. Last Fall a neighbor said that they had a large window air conditioner that I could have if I wanted it.

I waited all Fall, Winter, Spring, and half of the Summer, but did get the big unit installed this week. We have had a very mild Summer here in Kansas, with lots of rain, cloudy days, and cooler weather than normal. So, why rush into installing the window a/c unit?

Then, I saw the forecast for this week to be normal heat, lots of sun, and so I knew it was time for the installation. So, this week, I have been enjoying the coolness of working in front of an air conditioner.

For those of you that are suffering with heat, and not wanting to go out in the shop, this type of relief may be just the thing you should consider. I’m sure it is expensive to run it, but it is more expensive for me to be sitting in the house not working because I am exhausted and too hot.

Just thought I would share,
Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 07-20-2007 08:01 PM

Sissy …. LOL

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#2 posted 07-20-2007 08:04 PM

I get the opposite from air conditioning , it causes chronic pain instantly for me. No air conditioning for me. lol

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#3 posted 07-20-2007 08:15 PM

Looks good. If you move your M&M stash to the shop, you may never leave. Is that a 12” jointer I see, or a narrow workbench? Just kidding, I set tools on mine all the time.

-- Duane Kohles

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#4 posted 07-20-2007 08:16 PM

Oh…I’m drooling. It’s been 35 degrees with 80% humidity here. I’d love one of those units!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 07-20-2007 08:20 PM

Mark – hafta agree

Last year my father had replaced an old small AC unit with a larger one, so I have been using it this summer. We have had a couple of stretches with temps in the mid to upper 90’s and one over hundred. Compiled with humidity in the 80-90% makes working with sawdust nasty. The corn leaves are curled straight up; look like praying hands. Praying for rain! Also keeps the moisture down; couple of years ago before we had the shop we used an unheated non-insulated garage. I had purchased a new saw with cast iron top, about a month later the humidity was miserable. Worse was when I saw all the surface rust on my new saw.

-- Joel Tille

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#6 posted 07-20-2007 08:20 PM

mot, I assume you mean 35° C, right? I don’t know about you, but when it’s 35° F outside, I don’t want an air conditioner.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#7 posted 07-20-2007 08:23 PM

And how’s your greenhouse footprint today? LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 07-20-2007 09:33 PM

Good for you, Mark! A free air conditioner is a gift from God.

I live in the South, but if it wasn’t for A/C, I don’t think I could. The only place I don’t have it is my shop – but maybe somebody will give me one someday ;^D (or I’ll just buy one).

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 07-20-2007 11:09 PM

Great Mark: When I sold my house in NJ. The purchasers put in Central Air. I was up getting a load of wood from the barn and I noticed the new airconditioners. I asked them if they wanted to get rid of the old window unit.

They siad its yours. So I took it out and installed it. 22,000 BTU of comfort. It doesn’t drop the temp in the shop. But it keeps it at the temp when i turn it on.

It’s usually about 74 when I go to the shop and it stays that way all day and it driops the humidity.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 08-08-2007 12:33 AM

Bet your glad you added this tool – just saw the national weather

-- Joel Tille

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#12 posted 08-08-2007 12:38 AM



-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 08-08-2007 02:12 AM

Mark’s next project is an ornate mantel to surround the a/c unit. Carved corbels. ;>)

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#14 posted 08-08-2007 03:45 AM

This summer has been miserable – hot and humid… Obi – No picking on the rest of us not in CA – It ain’t 72 and sunny everywhere else ya know ;)

we have three units around the house, though I’m with Don, I prefer to use them as little as absolutely neccessary.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#15 posted 08-08-2007 03:58 AM

LOL – Obi, Bill and I are in the central valley. Think 105 degrees….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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