Jefferson Bookcases #20: End of January update

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 01-30-2021 01:23 PM 552 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Been a couple pretty slow weeks on the bookcase front. I’ve had a few other projects pop up, most notably a sign to go on the dog-poop-bag-dispenser station I’m going to be putting at the corner of our lot once the ground thaws a little more, which has required me to learn how to carve round letters better (because there’s lots of curves in “POOP”), and just getting a bit fatigued with building bookcases.

I’ve started on three new (small) plinths to go in the hallway. They’ll hold stacks of four cases of paperbacks each. Between that and another tall stack of paperbacks behind the door, I’m hoping I can get closer to getting all the boxes unpacked.

Plus there’s been time reorganizing the books I do have unboxed. The Jefferson cases have made some of this easier, as I’ve done significant reorganization by moving entire cases of books around, rather than having to take them out of one case and put them into another. The library isn’t organized yet, but it’s getting closer, and I may actually stand a chance of finding a book when I go looking for one.

I’ve also lost a couple days to sloth. I spent the days just reading a book in the house, rather than heading out to the shop, and that felt pretty good too. But my new gouges (a 15mm wide #5 and #7 so I have the right radius gouges for carving the Os I need) should arrive in the mail today, so I can make some progress on the sign, and I’ve cut the lumber for the three plinths to size and cut the dovetails and the curve for one, which I’ll glue up this morning. Maybe I can finish gluing up the other two before the mailman gets here with my new tools.

So that’s the update. No photos with this update. I’ll probably wait until I get the next three stacks of cases built, or at least get a good start on them, before I update again.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 01-30-2021 03:50 PM

I feel for ya Dave!

I’ve hit that point many time where a large scale project just gets kinda boring and some distraction is warranted. Of course I went on a slightly different path than a doggie doughnut bag ‘n tag station, but nothing like some new tooling to put the zip back into your doo-dah.

I like how your case design has already paid off, more work but I know how I can get with organizing and the modular approach is ideal!

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#2 posted 01-30-2021 04:28 PM

Dave, I would say that slowing down with the cases is a good thing to do. You’ll have better steam on them after doing something else for awhile. They’re not going to go away. LOL. Read a book, take a walk, excellent.
Is it that cold there you need the ground to thaw out? I have a lot of project to get done right now but decided to clean and reorganize the shop. Makes me feel good.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 01-30-2021 05:22 PM

Thanks, Splint. Yeah, when I was hoisting full cases around the other evening, and getting some useful organizing done without having to move individual books, I felt pretty smart about it. And if we should ever move, and I don’t have to pack and unpack all the books, I’ll feel really smart.

Dave, I agree. Reading again today because it’s windy and chilly out. 30 with a 25mph wind. The ground is frozen in spots, but it’s dry enough that there are places where it’s still pretty loose and a post would tip over in the wind. I don’t really want to be out there digging a deep enough post hole in this weather, and waiting for things to thaw is a good excuse. Plus I have to call the utility marking people because there are phone, gas, cable, electric and water lines all running within 10 feet of where I want to put the post.

Our ground here is caliche. Basically broken bits that washed off the southern end of the Rockies. It can be crumbly when dry, or hard as a rock, depending on the exact mix and whether it’s had water to set the concrete. I’ve got a pick and mattock for digging holes to plant trees or posts, but it’s hard work. And with the pandemic, we’re trying to minimize the number of contractors, so I’ll probably be digging that hole, plus a half dozen for trees in March or so, myself. It’s good for me, right?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 01-30-2021 10:34 PM

just dropped by the Nabiac NSW motorcycle museum on my return back home

Some interesting pictures to show

I thought this might be Dutchys bike!

I have more if of interest.

-- Regards Rob

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 01-30-2021 11:56 PM

Pretty, Rob. You guys get to have museums open, eh? No museums open here, but the gun shops are still doing bang-up business (see what I did there). We’re spending as much time at home as possible, though. Trip to the grocery once every couple weeks, gas station now and again, hardware store or lumber yard once a month…. a walk nearly every morning around the neighborhood, but in the colder weather, we don’t even get to say hello to any dogs some mornings.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 02-02-2021 06:29 PM

Dave, I just found the perfect project to wrap up your Jefferson bookcase marathon: the Jefferson bookstand.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 02-02-2021 06:41 PM

Thanks, Nathan. For some reason, I suspect TJ didn’t do a lot of his reading in a Lay-Z-Boy. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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