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    Creeker's Past Week's Accomplishments

    11 Mar 2019

    Greetings,
    As of 8 days ago, I injured my Sciatic Joint and have been out of commission since a week ago Sunday. Good thing I have a job where I can work from home! Anyway, last week, we got the house framing done on my daughter and son-in-laws house (that's where I injured myself), it's in the dry and internal framing is almost 100% complete. I hate being "down" because I have so much that I need to get done and can't. My hope and prayer is that I can get well enough this week to actually start doing light-duty stuff. I guess we'll see how this goes though. On a good note, The LOML has changed our eating plan and I've lost 8 pounds in the past 10 days. My hope here, is that we've stumbled on the correct combination that our bodies decide to let go of the extra weight we have collected over the past 35 years.

    That's it for me, so what did YOU do this past week?

    Best of weeks to you all.
    Thanks & Happy Wood Chips,
    Dennis -
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    I got all fifteen drawer installed. Each was fitted one at a time cause it was the first time I've done wood side mounted slides and inset drawers. Came out pretty good. just missed the mark on the gap at the very top by a 1-2mm. Guess the drawers maybe a little tighter fitting then I calculated. Also got the first coat of tried and true original finish on.

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    Back problems are no pleasure, for sure. I hope things calm down for you soon, Dennis. Sounds like you've also picked up that dropping any excess weight will definitely help with that and other potential health complications. I recently got back to my cycle trainer (a CycleOps Fluid II) and hope to be back to running/jogging by the time Spring decides to show up. I've been exceptionally desk-bound and lazy over the past year and know that I can't continue this way.

    On a positive note, I did manage to finish routing out the mountainscape image for the sign backing that I'm building (pic below). I'm doing a little additional research before I get to pouring the epoxy resin, to be sure I get the process done right and minimize the amount of sanding that I have to do after the resin cures.

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    Dennis, sorry to hear your back is causing problems. It is no fun and can be very, very long term. Hope you can get back to work quickly. I did some more work on the new outfeed table/storage cabinet I'm making for the table saw. Also, my SO wanted two more cabinets in his workshop, so I pushed him into planning the details (number/spacing of drawers, door swing etc) and got the carcases made. I'll pick up some BB tomorrow and start building the drawer boxes later this week.

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    'Hope you feel better soon, Dennis!

    I kinda took a "down" week last week to chill a little from a few weeks of pretty intense CNC work from my previous commission and other running around. So honestly, I wasn't in the shop much at all other than sitting down at my bench (lowered to desk height) and working out the joinery details for my new commission that will utilize Domino Connectors. That was pretty pleasant. I also, of course, ordered a bunch of materials and things for that work and this morning I picked up the larger portion of the soft maple that will get turned into a large piece of furniture for this job...a TwinXL over Queen bunk bed for the clients summer shore home.

    Oh, and I also "did a thing"...and ordered a new vehicle for myself. I got the 7-year itch. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Becker View Post
    Oh, and I also "did a thing"...and ordered a new vehicle for myself. I got the 7-year itch. LOL
    "Ordered a new vehicle...", after that recent response about buying off lease?

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    Dennis, sorry to hear of your injury.

    I carted the pieces of my new sander downstairs and built a mobile base for it.

    I also went out on a service call....................Regards, Rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Ontko View Post
    "Ordered a new vehicle...", after that recent response about buying off lease?
    The buying off-lease advice was relevant to that particular poster who wanted a good used vehicle. I don't buy used and don't generally buy off the lot, either. I want what I want so I order it exactly to spec. In this case, it's a Subaru Ascent Touring to replace my 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit which is in tip-top condition with 108K mostly highway miles from when I was doing business travel. I don't need the towing capacity anymore (sold the horses) and even with it lowered (air suspension), it's hard for Professor Dr. SWMBO to get in and out. The Ascent has the size I prefer (and more cargo space for lumber ) and is more comfortable for the boss, too.
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    Hope you feel better. Last week I flew to Memphis, rented a U-Haul, and drove some of my grandfather’s furniture all the way to Florida to put on a boat and ship to myself. Along the way I stopped by Woodcraft in Birmingham and bought a Rikon 17” variable speed drill press. I also stopped in Atlanta and made some salespeople happy at Highland Woodworking, adding a Rikon 14” professional bandsaw and a load of hand tools to the pile.

    FYI, the 15’ U-Haul gets about 7 MPG on the highway.

    Next I rented a car in Jacksonville and drove to bike week in Daytona Beach. It was as I expected- mostly wealthy wanna-be’s that probably couldn’t turn a wrench to save their life, but the other 20% were great folks with nice bikes. I’m torn between the Indian Chief and a retro Harley. My wife said, “It’s your money- if you want to buy a bike, I won’t stop you.” So you youngsters are going to ask which one I got. Well see- I’m experienced, and have learned the female language. Translated to English, what she really said was, “Hey it’s your money, so buy it if you want, but I will never let you live it down, and you won’t be getting any for the length of time you own it.” Well, no bike, but I have a new bandsaw and drill press.


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    Yes, we had to lay the bandsaw down but it is on the back side where the steel structure is, which is the only way you can lay it flat. It will be upright on the boat- I made sure of that when I dropped it off.

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    That Indian sure is purdy.
    Good pick up. It takes years to learn the female language, many never do.
    Please help support the Creek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Page View Post
    That Indian sure is purdy.
    Good pick up. It takes years to learn the female language, many never do.
    I'm still learning. I'm waiting for the Rosetta Stone "what women really mean" version to come out.

    Yes, the Indian has been a dream of mine for a long time, and now I even have the money to buy one. I can't tell you how hard it was to walk away from it. I have for a long time been looking at a kit that they make to build a replica of a Harley Knucklehead, but the kit plus drivetrain would cost what a barely used Indian would go for. I would actually prefer to build a bike, and now I have a shop with room to build one.... hmmmmm.... and the wife doesn't have access to that shop... hmmmm.... someone stop me.

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    Nah, they come around. Just be open and above-board about your life insurance plan, with her and he kids (?) as beneficiaries.
    Young enough to remember doing it;
    Old enough to wish I could do it again.

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    Decided that I wanted to do some gardening, and needed to clean up the wood pile, anyway;
    Sorted the logs I've had drying for about 2 years, put them on a slab after debarking them, and the started cleaning the garage/workshop.
    I need a little more room to put the Harley on a lift so I can change the oil & filter, tighten the steering head bearings etc, for the riding season.
    Filled in some foster-child generated holes and other stuff getting ready to paint inside, government agency "encouraging" me to get the place fixed up by paying for his damage.
    Managed to injure my left forearm muscles doing too much weights at the gym - no upper body stuff for a while, just core & legs plus cardio until I heal - nothing as bad as your injury, Dennis, but annoying. I've had siatic issues in the past, no fun.
    Young enough to remember doing it;
    Old enough to wish I could do it again.

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    Sorry to hear of your back issues, Dennis. I hope you heal up quickly; don't rush it, though. I had a rather frustrating week of hand wringing over some seam splits I'm seeing in veneer work I've done in my own house, fortunately. With lots of input from many of you here I decided the only remedial action I could take on what's already built was to buy a humidifier. That arrived last Friday and I've been faithfully filling that beast ever since. The good news is the RH went from 28% to 45% in about 30 hours and has stayed there ever since, as long as I keep filling the water jug. The even better news is most of the veneer splits I was seeing have closed, and others I thought looked suspicious no longer do. Longer term I'm going to switch from PRG back to Unibond 800 or West Systems epoxy for all veneer work. With that behind me, I hope, I'm back working on completing the kitchen upgrade project.

    Jim, I look forward to how you like the new Ascent. I've had 3 Outbacks that have been great but have been eying the Ascent.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by John TenEyck View Post
    Jim, I look forward to how you like the new Ascent. I've had 3 Outbacks that have been great but have been eying the Ascent.
    We have a 2016 Outback Limited with Eyesight and a 2011 Outback Limited in the driveway for Professor Dr. SWMBO and our younger daughter respectively. My move to the Ascent Touring will make it a three Subaru at one time family. The Professor has had two other Subarus in the past...a Forester and something early a long time ago. I really love my Grand Cherokee, but my needs have changed and this seemed like the right step for us. Subaru kicked in an additional $750 rebate for our loyalty over and above the VIP pricing I had available to me because of membership in the Philadelphia Horticultural Society where Subaru is a prime sponsor of the Philadelphia Flower Show.
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