Cold in the shop

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Blog entry by GrandpaAndrew posted 01-21-2013 12:50 AM 2192 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t been in the workshop much since before Christmas. My shop is mostly unheated and we’ve had a bit of a cold snap here. It’s warmed up enough this weekend for me to get into the shop and get the final parts of this clock I am working on cut and sanded. Got everything dry fitted. Next step is to glue it together and put on some finish. Well, some parts will be finished then glued. or something like that.

Here’s a picture of what it looks like today. I’ll post better pictures when it’s completed – my wife took the photo and we were afraid to turn it to get better light on.

-- I'll be in the shop -

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 01:00 AM

Great looking clock

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 01:09 AM

Thats really nice. I know what you mean about the shop being cold, I put in an electric heater a year ago and abused it for the first month. After my wife saw the electric bill, ($996.53) I am now limited to my heater usage. It’s not that bad when you regulate it, but I had that think cranked up to 78, I was in the shop with a t-shirt when it was 12 degrees outside. Hard to work with intricate projects when your hands are numb :-)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 01:53 PM

nice work

-- Joel

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#4 posted 01-21-2013 01:57 PM

Nice scrollwork!

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#5 posted 01-21-2013 02:01 PM

That’s a very nice piece of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-22-2013 03:12 AM

Thanks for all the comments. It’s been a fun project.

-- I'll be in the shop -

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#7 posted 01-28-2013 01:03 AM

I have an un-insulated ceiling. but I heat my shop with a side kick. some people are concerned about wood heat but its 70+ in my shop and I have used about 1 cord since mid oct. I live in south bend IN. I have never had any problems with wood heat but the side kick has a blower to keep it from getting extremely hot. the thermostat kicks on at 150 and off at 100 (in the air jacket) then you just regulate it with the damper so the blower actually cycles like a furnace.

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#8 posted 01-28-2013 01:09 AM

Shawn – sadly I live in the big city where there are seriously restrictive clean air rules. We’re no longer able to add new wood burning appliances of any kind and they often have these, “Spare the air nights” where no one is allowed to burn wood.


I gotta move…

-- I'll be in the shop -

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#9 posted 01-28-2013 01:16 AM

Gotta love all those laws in California that are suppose to do you good…huh

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#10 posted 01-28-2013 03:04 PM

I am so sorry. I live in northern Indiana we don’t have those knid of hassles.heck I add 418 sqft to my house under the log cabin rule. That means no permits or hassles, but you can’t hire any help. the wood stove I just brought home and put it in. I did have the underwriter for my home owners come out and approve it once it was done. Just a CYA.

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#11 posted 01-28-2013 03:09 PM

Great clock!

I’ve been using a little 30k BTU propane heater for about 7 years. I’m in an un-insulated garage and that thing heats up the shop great. I paid $100 for it at HD, well worth it.

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#12 posted 01-29-2013 03:59 AM

Chuck – It ain’t that cold here. ;)

I’m having the house rewired this year so part of my plan is to get a electric heater in here for next winter (city will approve that). Where I am we only really get two months where it’s uncomfortable to work. I do have a little electric space heater but it takes a good hour to heat the space and with only 15 amps for the whole shop I can’t throw in a bigger one until I get the main breaker panel redone (got to get a sub panel for the shop). It’s a big mess to get done (the house was built in 1954 and the electrical systems have never been upgraded – still have an 80 amp service for the whole house).

-- I'll be in the shop -

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