Best shop floor ever

It all started with a post on the local buy/sell/trade Facebook site that Heather follows. During the shop build she showed me a post advertising 3/4 oak hardwood that was being pulled up at a local house and thought it would work for flooring the shop.  Sounded good to me. They just wanted it gone…

Making room – The shop goes up

Time to slip back into project mode for a bit. With our trip to France done and the great retaining wall completed it was time to get some building done! First came the fence. That was a one day project that went together just great. Ray and I started laying things out and getting the…

The Big Pour and the Big Reveal.

Continuing on with the retaining wall project, with the forms all completed and ready the concrete pour was scheduled for last Tuesday at 11 AM. We had the pumper truck all lined up and the operator had scoped out the situation and said he’d have no problem getting it all the way to the back…

The Big Dig – Part 2… And more

Initially I was going to break this saga into 4 parts but life being what it is you have to roll with it. Parts 2 and 3  are now stuck together. Yolan arrived as scheduled Monday afternoon to start digging out the old retaining wall and made quick work of it. With the finger attachment…

This is what it’s all about.

I really enjoy my projects and building stuff but what I REALLY like is to see them being enjoyed by others. Nate and Sally received their lamp yesterday and Nate sent me a picture of the lamp in its new work space. Wow!! I think it looks great there and I think they’re liking it….

It’s the little things

Sometimes it’s the little things that you do that give you the most satisfaction. That’s the way it was this week. I shipped the lamp down to Nate and Sally via UPS this week. Because I don’t send much stuff well, anywhere really, the process of getting all the paperwork in order, scheduling the pickup…

Unscheduled projects – part 2

Or actually today it’s a project that should have been scheduled a while ago but just didn’t make the cut. Today was another laundry room day. We’ve had a leaking front door seal on the washing machine for let’s just say longer than a month. I think a drawstring on some shorts got caught when…

Unscheduled projects

It’s a good thing I didn’t have anything scheduled today. Last night when I heard those fateful words coming from the laundry  room – “Umm, Bob could you come and take a look at this?” I knew something was up. When Heather uses that particular phrase in a certain way I know my toolbox is…

Winter can go now

I know I shouldn’t be complaining. Winter here is nothing like they get anywhere east of us but I’ve had enough. On the island we’ve been spoiled over the last few years with relatively warm winters and little precip. This year has been pretty much the opposite. Yes indeed the snow and cold is much…

The solar project

When the retaining wall gets replaced in a couple of months I’m looking at getting rid of my mishmash of storage shed/garden shed/wood shed constructs at the side of the house and rebuilding a new bigger better all in one purpose built shed/shop for doing metal work and forging as well as storage for my…

What’s the worst that could happen?

The other day our garage door opener started making a horrible grinding noise and then stopped lifting the door. Crap…. Now that door is pretty important to me because that’s my ventilation when I’m welding. I know I can lift it manually and stick a chunk of wood under it to get some ventilation but…

Organization is the key

I know it, I really do. But I have a problem. I get working on something, move onto something else and then eventually find that because my actual work station is fairly small I grab the stuff that I’m not using and throw it up on my workbench resulting in… Well you see the results….