We’ll be leaving Az. on Friday to head back home to Vancouver Island for the summer. It really is like living two lives in two separate worlds. There are however some similarities and that’s a good thing. One is that I have well equipped (although quite differently) shops in both places now and can continue on with my puttering almost without interruption.
I was looking back at the past five months today and was pleased to see that I had actually accomplished a few things this year aside from just being mean to golf balls and hanging out in the sun. I thought I might share the reminiscences.
I finally, after owning this place for seven years, finished closing in my carport. The photos below show the progression. The first is my basic shop when we bought. It consisted of an open carport with a roll-up door and a $30 table saw. It got some of the original renovations done, believe it or not.
That just wasn’t going to cut it for me so the following year I started my love affair with ShopSmith, the small shop wonder. It needed a cabinet to spend the evenings and summer in so one wall of the carport got closed in with some cabinets, a bench and the said SS garage. At this point, and until this year, the other two walls of the garage / shop were decorative brick and air. This meant that the almost ever present wind had a quite clear shot at the shop and in the winter even in Az. that can be colder than I like.
So this year, before getting into other projects in the shop, I decided to get working on the shop and finally got it sheeted in.
I even added a new bench and built in my HF dust collector. You can see it in the second photo above in it’s original glory. This is so much more convenient.
Once the shop was cozy I got to building a new workbench, a few boxes and some new tools. I think it was a winter well spent and as I had a good time almost every day, I’m going to call it a success.
Here is what I have to show for my winter spent out of the B.C. rain and the Az. bars.
Thanks for looking in. I have to go and eat what ever is left in the fridge for dinner tonight. As you wind down your stay in either place the meals get …... interesting. :-)
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