It feels good

I’m proud of our boys. Mike and Matt have grown into really nice adults and it feels really good to know that they are moving through their lives with great attitudes, good work ethics and a willingness to help out when it’s needed. A while back I posted about the linear actuator control system for…

Not my best work.

There! I said it! I tried something the other day that didn’t turn out quite as well as I had hoped. Don’t get me wrong, it turned out fine and will work for what I want. It even looks good if you don’t look to closely, but it’s definitely not my finest work and at…

Valentines Day and no 12 step program for me.

Okay maybe it seems like a bit of a weird title for this post but bear with me. It will all become clear. I love Heather and I love scrap metal (definitely in that order) 🙂 . Now Heather and I don’t normally do the whole Valentines Day thing. I like to think we take…

The floating shelf project

With the library/office done I was looking for something to spiff it up a little. Don’t get me wrong, it looked great and is a nice comfy space to hang out in but the corner over the desk seemed a little bare. I could have hung a picture or two but Heather suggested rather than…

Nother new year, Nother new lamp

Seems like lamps are my thing now. Not to the exclusion of everything else but I’ve been making a lot of them. Part of it is that Heather REALLY likes lamps but part of it is also the fact that I like to make functional things and lamps are really functional. I like to dig…

Design on the fly

This past Saturday it was time to help out my pal Darren. He and his wife are living in their 5th wheel trailer on their property on Gabriola Island while they get ready to build their cabin. This winter has been pretty cold so far and really wet so Darren was hoping we could put…

Digging for gold in the scrap pile.

Last week before it started to snow here I took a trip out to an industrial complex where I pick up a lot of scrap metal pieces. Sometimes I can look at things and right away say ” Oh yeah I know what I’m going to do with that” and some stuff I take on…

Holidays over – Back to work

Okay I guess that title isn’t exactly true since I’m retired, but you know what I mean. Heather and I went to Arizona for a few weeks and then to Utah for Thanksgiving with family. We had a great time. Bummed around, sat in the sun and swam in the pool, met some new people,…

Mistakes can work

Now that the solar shop is up and running and I can actually move around my welding bay in the garage I decided I’d make some good sturdy handles for my workshop doors. I had some 1 inch tubing and 2 inch by 1/8 flat stock that I thought would do the trick so I…

It’s the little things.

It’s been quite a while since I posted here. I’ve been busy. The big thing lately has of course been getting my solar workshop buttoned up and ready for the rains and cold weather this winter. But of course it’s not all work. I have also managed to get out on the river and do…

Ain’t no lightweight – Part 2

Well the end of a (for me) lengthy build has me quite pleased with the results and ready to get on with something new. Mike’s new wine/liquor rack is now finished and ready to go to it’s new home at his place in Victoria. Before we took off for a week in Mexico I did…