Winter in MN

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Blog entry by jbschutz posted 600 days ago 1121 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year ago, I blogged about waiting for winter here in Winona, MN. Oh, we know it is coming, but it is always anyone’s guess when and how much. This year, November gave us a few cold nights, but nothing in the way of snow. In fact, I didn’t put my fishing boat into storage until Nov. 26….and that was a pretty nice day, too. During that last week, I got out fishing three times and brought home some nice messes of crappies. The neighbors love getting a meal of filleted fish.
Now, both the car and the truck have their spaces back, except when I need more shop space for my wood projects. I now have a lathe and a router table to take up space, and my lumber piles are out of control. I admit to being a lumber hoarder…but I don’t want to be cured. Every time I need a little piece of wood for a project, I seem to find it in my hoard, and I congratulate myself on being so frugal and having great foresight.
The holidays are approaching fast, and I have been making toys, boxes, candle holders, Christmas trees, sleds, etc with a fervor that I don’t seem to have the rest of the year. The garage/shop is cold, but I can stand a half hour at a time when a Christmas gift for my grandson is the motivation.
Happy Holidays every body at LJ….keep the sawdust flying.
John Schutz

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 600 days ago

Nice post John. Happy holidays to you also.

p.s. – you’re right about hoarding. “this piece of wood is going to come in real handy, just as soon as I know what it’s for”.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#2 posted 599 days ago

I live in Apple Valley, so I’m only an hour or two from you. This is my first year trying to work in my unheated garage. Starting around Thanksgiving, I had to have 2 heaters going when I’m out there. I bought some compression gloves and a mad bomber hat to wear while I’m out there. They work pretty well as long as I keep busy and moving lol. Enjoy the winter!


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#3 posted 599 days ago

Heh… you write this, but it’s in the 40’s and raining… in December :-P

I live in the twin cities area as well… last year I was working outside in March… it sucked (since we own snowmobiles)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#4 posted 599 days ago

Well, I feel for you Northern guys – it’s 66 deg. and sunshine right now here in Louisiana! We only get a few ays out of the year that it’s too cold to work in the shop. Of course we are cursed with the occasional Hurricane.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 599 days ago

I guess I’m curious what people’s definition of “too cold in the shop” is… the last time I was working out in the garage it was around 46-47 degrees in the garage, and I thought that was a good temperature… sweatshirt and pants and I was golden

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#6 posted 599 days ago

My definition revolves entirely around how much my hands hurt after 15 mins in the shop. The 40s are fine. The 20s and below suck. My shop/garage is unheated and uninsulated and also gets very little sunshine due to a big tree across from it. Gets really cold in there. I have a radiant heater mounted on the ceiling above my workbench and a little oscillating heater fan that sits on the chest freezer and blows across my work area.


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#7 posted 599 days ago

When it’s below 10-20 degrees it becomes very tough to function. Sometimes I need to anyway, but it’s not pleasant. This should be my last winter with no heat. Starting to frame and insulate the shop. :-)

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#8 posted 599 days ago

Stay warm way up yonder!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 599 days ago

Yep – another mild winter in Minnesota…..(I’m ok with that btw…) and I’m a wood hoarder too John, no apologies here either…:) The basement shop is a bit dusty, but stays warm in the winter…..

Good luck on those gifts there John and Merry Christmas…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#10 posted 599 days ago

Time to fill up my Ready Heater here in South Dakota for the cold part of my shop and put the tarps up around the shop area to keep the heat in. I don’t think we can have another mild winter like last year. My wife said I can’t by more wood or I’d have to get up and start and warm her car up and scrape her windows. I think I have plenty of wood for the winter.

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#11 posted 599 days ago

I grew up in Northern Minnesota up on Lake of the Woods in Warroad…...I live in Indianapolis now and do not miss those cold -50 nights! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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