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The winter that never ends

Posted by joeabbott on March 15, 2009

winterwinter2Well, my mother wrote the other day and mentioned it was 8 below the previous night, and here I am complaining about a dusting of snow.

From the pics you can see it was a pretty light bit of snow. Back in the midwest we’d consider this a simple dew that got chilly. But this isn’t the midwest and it’s awfully strange to not only be getting more snow but cold enough weather in mid-March to allow for something like this!

Fortunately, I spent a little time in the shop yesterday and won’t have to get out today while it’s cold. Or it could warm up and I may be inclined to give a bottlestopper another layer of finish before mounting it to the stopper.

Yup, I tried my hand at turning wood. It was a bit of a trainwreck but my trainwreck nonetheless and I’ll have to keep it around as a momento of my first piece and a reminder that a person should really make a lot of time to practice that which they want to get better at. I’ll drop a post sometime with details of that project just for fun. If posting pictures of that doesn’t build humility, I don’t know what will.

I also put in a little more time with the SketchUp model of my vise and I’m nearly ready to “mount it to the bench top”. Digitally and in real life. I decided against mounting it for real until I get the model up and working. It will help me find the best place to mount it and give me some positioning reference. I’m not in a hurry as time in the shop is distractingly cold and the last thing I need in a place full of spinning machines and sharp edges is distraction.


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