Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Year 15, Week 06, Day One (week 703)

Year 15, Week 06, Day One (week 703)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
02-23-14 Saturday
    85 degrees blue sky with some puffs over the Everglades which got thicker and wandered over into our area by noon. I did see a few driplets from a cloud on my windshield while I was driving to some yard sales, but I think it was just making sure the valves were working and I was out of it after a couple blocks and it was just dots on the windshield. A light breeze made things comfortable. This weather report is brought to you by the City Of Pompano Department of Tourism.
    I went to the Gold Coast Wood Turning Club meeting on Thursday. It was fun to get out with some old friends and make a few new ones.
    The demonstration was on making a platter from a board. I have done that many times, even making some platters that were carved into with a scene or logo. He was using a big Mahogany board that was a used as a bumper for a yacht. It was a strong two inches thick. There were a few tips and techniques he used that were new to me, but it was basically what I always did. It reminds me that I need to take time to sharpen my tools again, not just touch them up with a stone.
    The turning clubs have what is called an INSTANT GALLERY. The members bring their work and set them out for display and you can look them over, handle them if desired. Then later in the meeting, we tell about what it is, what we did and how we did it. One member made a strip sander, used for sharpening tools, completely out of wood. That was impressive to say the least. He was an engineer and is always making things out of wood where metal or plastic would normally be used. I would love to be able to do that.
    I had not done any wood turning during the past month so I was unable to bring anything in to show. I am not sure if I will be able to do it next month either. I will have to see.
    I spent more money this weekend than I should have. I got some good things but still should not have spent so much.
    I picked up a pair of fire place poker sets. One will be for my brother, the other is for my nephew, both of which do a little black smithing. One is brass colored, while the other is black iron. The black iron one looks cool and if I had a place in my house to display it, I would keep it. I don’t have free space in my place so it will have to be given away.
    I also picked up an electric chain saw. My electric saw needs a new chain. This one came with a gallon of chain oil.
    For low priced sales, I got THE ILLUSTRATED PROFESSIONAL WOODWORKER. I really have no need for it. I have a thinner book that is similar to it that I have not looked at after the month I got it. I doubt I could find that one. This was a dollar. I also got a whole bunch of gift boxes, likely a lifetime supply. I did not count them but a good guess was 30 of them. I also got a couple other items all for two bucks.
    In Mom’s general area are the cheapest gas stations in the county. Thursday, I had to put in a little bit of gas at $3.45. Saturday, I completely gassed up at $3.29. Big difference at 16 gallons.

    I went to Lowes Hardware and picked up some glue and epoxy. I forgot to get the wipe-on varnish I was really after. Darn. A while back, I had chipped the ladle I was making. I had a temporary repair done, but wanted to make it permanent. I got some food safe epoxy that can take some heat and used that to glue the chip in place, along with the pegs I had made for that for the temporary repair. I used my knife to remove the surface epoxy.
    I need to finish up the handle and do a little more work on the inside of the bowl and then the ladle will be done.
    The brass colored fire poker set has pot metal finials on it. I broke the one on the stand. After stuffing a bit of paper towel into the hole so it would not bleed deeper, I poured some epoxy inside, then slipped a dowel into it, then put the second section in place and poured in more epoxy into that. The final appears to be strong enough now. It has a screw on cap so that will be hidden most of the time.

    I had Mama kitty on my lap and she became a furry puddle of cat at my touch. At one point I was rubbing her chin and she grabbed hold of my hand so I had to rub her chest with my finger tips for quite a while, as my other hand petted her all over. She was disappointed when I had to put her on the ground to do some work.
    I did nothing I planned to do today.
    I will not be doing any woodworking tomorrow. I am “taking a day off” by doing work at home.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Year 15, Week 05, Day One (week 702)

Year 15, Week 05, Day One (week 702)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
02-15-14 Saturday
    51 degrees early morning 75 degrees in the afternoon, blue skies early morning with brisk breeze, sky filled with puffs as the day wore on until they dominated the blue sky. This weather report was brought to you by the City Of Pompano Beach Department of Tourism.
    We went yard sailing after breakfast. We hit quite a few places. I got out of it cheap. I got a light coat for two bucks, a Calvin and Hobbs book for a dollar. We then found a church yard sale.
They had electric wheel chairs, walkers of different qualities. I did not see any canes and was going to be leaving without anything. Mom looked in the same are and found a Quad cane and a regular cane covered in pink roses, almost unused. I purchased both of them. Mom got a book she had wanted.
I got rubber feet for the new quad cane. It is the next size bigger than the ones I had been using. It is lighter, the base is smaller, which makes it easier to handle than the emergency quad cane I was using. The rose cane is now at home in case I need it there. I already have two canes in the truck.

I brought up my small carvings and some turnings I had at home. I sat down and picked through the bins and boxes. It was a real surprise.
I found a whole bunch of Christmas ornaments I wished I had at Christmas time. It would have made the selection a lot better for people. I also found a extension cord switch box I was hunting for during the past six months. Plus I found drop spindles (spinning fiber into thread or yarn)  I had lost, and had no idea where they went.
What happened was that I had them at the art show last year, and everything went into bins and were delivered at home and never looked at again.
The extension cord switch box is what I use to turn on and off my mini lathe. I thought my brother had borrowed it and it disappeared. He did borrow it at one time, but that was well before the art show last year.
I had two broken pieces to take care of. One just needed gluing back together.

I did not get much else done. I was running out of time. I emptied a box and a bin, which helps. Some of the pieces will need a coat of varnish A few pencil heads I made previously needs a bit of paint for hair or touch up on faces.

I hope to get some work done tomorrow. Every thing I do now is one less thing that has to be done later. One thing I have to do is to dig out all my big carvings and examine them carefully as to their condition.

I will see what I actually do tomorrow.

Year 15, Week 05, Day Two (week 702)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
02-16-14 Sunday
    49 degrees early morning 72 in early afternoon. Mostly blue sky all day, good breeze but did not blow around a recloseable bag I had sitting on the workbench. This weather report was brought to you by the City Of Pompano Beach Department of Tourism.

I had crock-potted some turkey bones Friday and put them in the fridge. I took them out and put them back on the crock pot heating unit. I found it was not working. I did everything I could think of, Including plugging and unplugging it several times. Before I was going to leave, I took a spare cord out. It worked.

I grabbed some pieces off my shelves and took them to Mom’s. I washed them and then put them in one of the bins after they had dried. I had two broken pieces. One, the lid of one of my pumpkins, had the stem come off the lid. I drilled for a dowel and glued it back together. I had a sleigh I made the very first year I made Christmas ornaments. The edge chipped off in the center. I gently carved back the wood until I got rid of the chip. I have a little touch-up to do, and then paint it again. Bells and sleighs were two ornaments that never sold. They were not well made.

I had a Stanley bench plane that I had left under the awning. It was developing surface rust. I took it apart and cleaned it. While I was doing that, a little shaft disappeared. I could not find it anywhere. I took a small Allen wrench and after measuring it for length, broke it by rocking it back and forth, held in the vice. I put the plane back together after I finished cleaning it up. Mom came out and I mentioned it. She dug out a magnetic wand and swept the area. We heard a click one time and she found a screw. A bit later we heard a click and it was the shaft. I swapped out the allen screw piece. That went into my dremmel box. One never knows when something like that is needed for some project.

After lunch, mom was going to a President’s day concert put out by a local church. She invited me to go. I cleaned up the back area, putting everything away. The concert eliminated any chance of doing anything else for the day. The concert was great so I am not too sad.

I’ve been laying wrong lately and my shoulder has bothered me. Yesterday, I lifted my hand cart into the truck, and even when I was levering it in so I was not really lifting it, I felt it in my shoulder so I had to swap hands. This will just be another thing that will make getting ready for the art show rather interesting.

Next week, I must go through my big carvings and see what repairs have to be done and decide whether they will be easy enough to get done quickly or put them back on the shelf, repairing them after the art show. I do know that some will require new wings to be scroll sawed out. The way things have gone so far, I am not totally sure if I will get time to do that.

I will see what I actually do next weekend.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Year 15, Week 04, Day One (week 701)

Year 15, Week 04, Day One (week 701)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
02-08-14 Saturday
    Indian fog early morning – Apache. Fog at my place, fog at mom’s fog about half way to Mom’s with clear air between. Lots of small clouds, a few pregnant grey, with blue sky between them, with quite a bit of sun. Light breeze most of the day with the temps in the low 80s. This Weather report is brought to you by the Cities of Pompano Beach, Wilton Manors, Sunrise, and the City of  Dania Beach, Departments of Tourism.
    Today was a Yard Sailing day. There were no yard sales when we left the restaurant. Mom was heading to a meeting and I had something else scheduled for the day.
I intended to go to the Renaissance fair, but decided to get my woodworking from the antique shop instead. That, when you really look at things, is much more important anyway.

I had some time to kill before I was to get to my destination, so I went high capacity yard sailing. I headed up farther North of us and worked my way down the back roads of Light House Point. I think I hit five yard sales in that area. At one yard sale, I found a bag that I think might have been for a CD player. I went to my truck to measure to see if my little laptop would fit and I had left it at home. I decided to get the bag since it was cheep. At another yard sale, I picked up another bag, bigger, but not padded. I went into a second section in Pompano and ran across another bag. It was about the right size and the woman said she had a laptop of the same brand as mine and had it in the bag. The laptop was stolen so she was getting rid of the bag. I got it also. All three bags were the same price.
The City of Wilton Manors has a community yard sale once a month. This was the day. I had a devil of a time finding a parking space, but finally found one. It is in the parking lot of the city hall. I walked around the place looking at the tables.
 The stuff I really liked were some antique wooden molding planes. One guy had taken a Stanley router plane, one that is a tooth that hangs down below the sole of the body and chip away the wood as you push it along. He had added Purple Heart handles and plate on the bottom. It was mint condition. He also was asking a price well worth the way it looked. I did not have that kind of money even if I really could have used it.
I ended up buying a standard medical adjustable height cane. It was cheep enough. It was a nice walk. I did miss one section that had the farmer’s market. I will remember that next time.

I picked up three bins at Home Depot. I need them for the art show, and afterwards will use them to make some room here at home. Of course, next year I will have to get some more.....

I got to the Candlelight Antique Shop in Dania and talked to Marty, who runs it. I then loaded my work into the bins. I was surprised that except for the two cannons, everything fits in two bins. The cannons were big enough where the barrel of the biggest cannon stuck out of the bins. I will bring this or other stuff back to the antique shop the month following the art show.
I usually stop at a thrift store right nearby when I am in the area, but I was a bit tired and in a hurry so I skipped it today. I was there last month anyway. The stuff I really want usually won’t show up that quickly.

I stopped off at home to get my laptop so I could check out the bags I got and see if they would work.

Back at Mom’s, I unloaded the bins out back and napped I was actually wore out. . Afterwards, I put the laptop in the last bag I got.

I did no wood working besides getting my stuff from the antique shop. I petted the kitty and she was thinking of melting into a furry puddle of cat when something caught her attention and she leaped off after it.
    Tomorrow I hope to do some wood working, but more likely go through the work I picked up and see what their condition might be in.
    I will see what I actually do tomorrow.

Year 15, Week 04, Day Two (week 701)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
02-09-14 Sunday   
    82 degrees, foggy in the morning, sunny with patches of fast moving North-Bound clouds in the early noon, thickening up later in the day to a solid mass of clouds. This weather report is brought to you by the City Of Pompano Department of Tourism.
    I got to Mom’s house and dug out the bins from yesterday. I took a bucket of soapy water, sat and washed every single piece of woodworking I had brought home. This allowed me to examine every piece I had, see what condition they were in, and remove accumulated dirt and dust.
I have to replace the price tag on many of them and might adjust the prices while I am at it. Most pieces could use another coat of varnish and buffing. I found two pieces that need repairs. One was a dress vase that has a crack in the strap, and the other is a little Tababulia dish with the bark still on it. There was a crack in part of the bark. A dab of glue should suffice, along with another coat of varnish to seal it.

A friend came over so I was showing some of my other work. I found that several of my fairies have broken wings. One has a mushroom that was like an Umbrella, where the stem broke. I will have to do some serious repairs on these or not have them at the art show. I will have to see. I am not sure if I will be able to get around to scroll sawing more wings and installing them between now and the show. I will have to see. I should take out all these big carvings and see what condition all of them are really in. They will all need to be cleaned. I will have to sit with several kinds of little brushes and get into the crevices.

I have some stuff here at home that I need to bring up. I first have to figure out where I put them. I will look at the condition of all of them to see what needs repair and what cannot be shown.
I do plan to spend more of my table space on my small carvings.

Next week, I hope to do some real wood working, some good yard sailing, and go over my large carvings and see what condition they are in and figure out what needs to be done to repair them.

I will see what actually happens next weekend.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Year 15, Week 03, Day One (week 700)

 leg brace
 knife block with sharpening iron
 machine vice
 Florida Gater (FSU) bag for my carry crochet
 view of weather stripping plane from bottom
 view of weather stripping plane in place
books on quilting, crochet and lace

Year 15, Week 03, Day One (week 700)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
02-01-14 Saturday
    82 degrees, Sunny all day, some light clouds in the morning, some puffs built over the Everglades. Nice breeze helped. This weather report is brought to you by the City Of Pompano Beach department of Tourism.
        YARD SALES!!!
    We hit several yard sales. Actually it was an extended yard sale day. In the morning, after Breakfast, we hit a couple yard sales. One woman gave me three books just to get rid of them. The one I was interested in buying was THE CROCHET ANSWER BOOK by Edie Eckman. I have gone through three quarters of the book and saw several things I need to follow up on, and a few things were explained better.
    Another book she gave me was CRAFTING WITH LACE by Joyce Elizabeth Cusick, and then COTTON THEORY QUILTING by Betty Cotton. I plan to send the last two books to my sister who does quilts.
    I later headed out again on yard sales, running the long route. I picked up another leg brace. The one I have is beginning to show wear on the straps.  Then hit several yard sales in a row. One I got a book for a friend, and a Florida Gator bag. That bag now holds my "travel" crochet stuff. I retired the now tattered insulated bag I was using. I also found a missing check book in a part of the old travel bag where I tucked the insulated inner lining of the flap as it had come apart. The check book was tucked in a spot it was not noticeable. I never "scrunched" the bag which would have pointed it out to me.
    One sale had a SINGER sewing machine. I did not have the hundred dollars to get it. It had a few other things that were interesting, but I knew I did not need them.
    Another yard sale netted me a flat machinist vice and a STANLEY NO. 387 WEATHER STRIPPING PLANE. Other than three thumb screws to hold depth stops, it is all there. The vice will go to my brother, The prices were excellent. The price of the vice was a fraction of what I saw on line when I later checked it out.
    The fourth yard sale had children's stuff.
    I was right near (about a block) a big church yard sale but did not see the signs so I missed it. All these yard sales were bigger, having more stuff, than most. I would have really loved to have gone to the church one. Those are always the best.
    I was told about a city sponsored community event right near where I was so I finished the yard sales and went directly there.
    This event had loads of vendors, some free food, music, entertainment. There was a bounce house and a wheeled train ride among other things. It is a small place, but they have a nice looping walkway that the vendors line up on. I walked from one of the beginnings, to the very end and back. I only rested one spot and then not really long enough, to watch some martial arts kids showing off, after which I walked to another section where they had dancing.
    When I finally walked all they way back to my truck, I was weary. I ended up napping as soon as I got back to Mom's house.
    Other than sitting outside under the awning and petting the cats for a while, I accomplished no wood working.
    I will see about doing SOMETHING in wood working tomorrow.

Year 15, Week 03, Day Two (week 700)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
02-02-14 Sunday
    82 degrees, a shock wave of liquid sunshine hit at about eleven, then blue hazy skies and sunshine after that. This weather report is brought to you by the City Of Pompano Beach Department Of Tourism.
    I checked the radar and thought I would be well north of small area on the radar that was coming on land. I found that it was closer and bigger than the radar showed. I got to Mom's area and saw one yard sale, which was one we stopped at yesterday. I kept seeing mist on the windshield. I got to Mom's house and the sky broke open. I dashed in and got the thumb screw of the plane I got yesterday and got wet.
    I then went to the Ace Hardware store, which is about two blocks away. They did not have the thread of these thumb screws. This is a machine thread instead of a standard thread. I have to go to a specialty store to get the right thread. The worst of the weather was gone almost as soon as it started.
    The weather killed any mood to work outside. It was wet and humid. I even tried to work with my little laptop computer outside but the glare was too bright for the dim screen. I went inside and other than petting the cats a couple times, outside work was done.
    Next week does not look good for wood working if the weather is even slightly good. the local Renaissance fair starts and I want to go to it. It is best for me to go early, in the first two weeks, so I have time to recover and prepare for my art show next month. If the weather is even the slightest questionable, I likely will forego going to the fair and more likely do wood working of some sort.    If I go to the fair, I can write off Sunday as a recovery day.
    I will see what actually happens next week.