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Garage and Sander

Good evening everyone!

After our usual Saturday morning of house cleaning, the boys and I got out to the garage.

We pulled the last of the wood out and rearranged some doors that were up there to create a floor. Then we started to put the wood collection back in. I was up in the space to get the rest out and got Kyle, my 9 year old, up there to help put it back in while I was on the ladder with James and Josh below handing me the wood. Kyle enjoyed being up and in there and got all dusty. We put a lot back but still have quite a bit to do.

Any body need wains-coat, base-board, crown molding or other trim wood come and see it. It will cost you nothing, nada, zip, zero. I just want it gone. I got it free with other wood I wanted, also free. It was a take all or none offer, so I took it.

Next I mounted the sander to the counter top and of course had to test it out. How did I do what I did before with out it? Quick and easy and the wood looks good and feels so smooth even with a 60 grit. I need to get a couple finer grits too and some sort of dust collector. I don’t know if my shop vac is good enough.

So are there pics ? You betcha! No before pics and just shots from below from afterward and of the sander and its table. Here they are.

Later, Harold

stairway to heaven!

My wife taking a peek!

Doors for floors

Sander and its counter top table

Garage fixed

Hello everyone!

Just a short post today.

The garage joist is fixed and all is safe! I know good carpenters and got Carl to come out earlier and look at it and he did the job today with a little help from me. He only needed the help because of my wood collection that was on top of the joists. I had to move and lift some of it so he could get the new joist in place. So thanks Carl! I bet you did not know you would get two mentions in a blog!

I started work on putting a table top together for the sander. It will fit the counter top I saved from the dump.

Well I am off to my Thursday night code class. Maybe I will make some saw dust when I get back.

Later, Harold

Looks good!

East to west

West to east

Garage pic

Good morning everyone!

Just a quick post this AM. Maybe one later.

I did not know I had a pic of the garage last night so here it is.

I bet the wood joist said ouch!

Later, Harold


Wah! and WA

Good evening everyone!

I am finally getting to my blog post for today. It is late!

It seems like it was a busy day but with not a lot accomplished. No school for Josh today. So I slept in a bit later than usual. Finally getting out to the garage to start some re-arranging for the fourth time since late August after a garage sale. So I happen to look up and what to my eyes does appear?! Well it wasn’t St. Nick and his reindeer! One of the horizontal 2×6 joists has a mighty big split/crack in it! Of course it is the one that the garage door motor is hanging from and the other side of it is where I want to put an attic stair. WAH! I was just out there Saturday and all was fine then.

So I emailed a carpenter friend and he came right over to look at it (thanks Carl) and gave me some peace of mind. (whew wah a bit less) It has to get fixed. I also called my insurance just in case, but looking back and forward (kinda hard at the same time) our deductible is probably more than the cost so why did I call.  (Wah) Well, I will find out when the adjuster comes.

So why was Josh off today? WA PTC today and tomorrow. So we went today and met with 5 of his teachers and tomorrow we will meet with 3 more. He is doing really well, just like his 2 older brothers did. I guess the apples don’t fall far from the tree!! HEY! HEY!! HEY!!! Family stop laughing and get up off the floor! Well any way they are the fruits of our labor!

Then on Mondays I have been taking a class down at the union JAC building on back-flow. This will help me prepare for a 4 day class and test to get licensed by the EPA to test and repair back-flow preventers. That’s the thing about plumbing, as opposed to other trades. We are licensed and what we do is technically over-seen by the EPA. Our Chicago motto is “The plumber protects the health of the nation”. Think about it! How does the water get safely to you to consume and how is it safely disposed of afterward?!

Now for the woodcrafting WA. It is time for more ornaments to be shown and they are WA ornaments. The WA football ornament was the hardest to get right. But eventually I got it how I wanted it to look. These are done in the same manner as others and no one has guessed yet. Come on take a guess! The winner gets a freebie! Here they are.

I have ideas for other schools too!

Later, Harold

WA football



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