Sunday, September 28, 2014

Quick Post

Good Sunday Afternoon,

I promised a blog today so a quick post just so I don't break a promise. We ended up going camping and I had no time or internet to post.

I also mentioned I would update you guys with a list of projects that are in the works. So really quickly I have a few projects that are half done like most people I know.

  • Antique rocking chair - just need to upholster it
  • Vintage steamer trunk - just need to repair the veneer on the lid
  • Antique china hutch - needs a complete rebuild
  • Crokinole board - needs a couple finishing touches then it's done
  • Several shop jigs - need to tweak so they work properly
  • Tool chest and cabinet - need to complete

So, just judging by the list of these I will be busy until the new year. I know it doesn't look like much but each one will require several hours of my time except the steamer truck, that one just needs some ambition. I also have an order for six pens and each one of those will take two hours. That is a commission job so it take priority over the other non-paying jobs. 

Have a blessed day and hug a mom. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New Direction

Good Sunday Morning,

I am going in a whole new direction with my wood working. I want to get more into hand tool or traditional woodworking. I have a few power tools I won't give up for a while if ever. So, I guess I will be a hybrid sawdust maker.

First off I will tell you the back story of my shop building. I am the proud owner of a 9' by 20' building that I got from my father-in-law. All I had to do was pay for the move! It is an old railroad office (think ATCO trailer) the first order of business was to strip it out and rewire it. It had two circuits for plugs and one for lights and only five plugs and two lights! I stripped it all and moved the panel to the west end of the shop, mostly because I'm cheap and didn't want to spend money on more large wire to connect it. The west end of the shop is closest to my house. Once the new service was installed I ran new wire for plugs and put in lots of plugs and circuits for those plugs. I now have a dedicated plug for my table saw, compressor, band saw, dust collection, two circuits on my bench and one circuit for lights. I also installed a 240v plug for my electric heater. I know your thinking, "Wait, you said you were cheap and didn't want to spend money on wire to connect the shop. What about the cost of the breakers?" Well, as an electrician I have acquired a few breakers over the years and the panel in the shop and the panels I usually use for houses are the same brand so, I had breakers for the shop. I know that none of my tools will ever trip a breaker even if I was able to use two or three at the same time but, you never know what will happen down the road.

I also boarded up a window on the north side. For two reasons, first, I needed a place to store my lumber, both sheet goods and dimensional lumber, the window was in the way of that. Second and almost as important, I have a very nosy neighbour on the north side of my property and he often stands on his deck and looks into my back yard, I didn't want him watching me work all the time. After I finished wiring the shop I rearranged the lights and added four more.

Now, there is still more work to be done in the shop, I still have to finish boarding the walls and I want to rip up the old flooring and put down new hardwood but that will have to wait for a bit. It is a working shop and I can't really afford to install new walls and flooring right now although I should plan on doing that soon as I need more light and the insulation is not helping with the light situation. I also have an antique exit light that I want to install over the exit, mostlyy because it is just gathering dust in my basement right now and I want to display it.

This post ended up being a lot longer then I had planned, so I will sign off now. I will be back next week and let you know about a few projects that I have started and a couple I have finished and what is on the horizon for me.

Until next time, have a blessed week and hug a mom.