Shop stuff #11: 2 videos today

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Blog entry by JimDaddyO posted 11-11-2015 12:51 AM 1387 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The weather has been rather nice lately. So nice that I have been spending more time in the shop. Along with being out in the air with Sally and Lil’ Lee. I have had the camera in the shop too. Which of course means I have lots of video clips saved, and nothing published for a while. Well, it rained today, so I took some time to do some editing and catching up. We had to go to town so Lil ‘Lee could get her grooming done, but other than that, I have been sitting in front of the computer. I have not got it all done, but I got 2 of them, and posted them both today.

The first one is figuring out the sides for the bottom of a box, letting the sizes of wood dictate to some degree, and getting some more practise with the hand plane. I got all the box joints done for the bottom, and I am pretty happy with the new fence/dimension of the jig. It was difficult to edit this one, as I waited so long between doing the work and checking the footage.

The second one I did up took place before the “Cheap Router bits” video. It is going through trying to set up that damn router. I feel like using a string of profanity dealing with it sometimes. But, it is the only one I have, so I have to deal with it.

I am a member of the BTP (Be The Pro) forum and collecting points there. The points you collect can go toward various items there, and as the site is sponsored by Bosch, their tools are some of the items. I have already redeemed some points and have a cordless drill heading my way. Not bad for being an active participant with a whole lot of nice folks that are well informed in their trades. I think my next goal is to get enough points for a new router.

Here you can see some of the difficulties that I have with the old router. Stuff that on most videos, gets edited out. I think it is important to show that even though you face some difficulties in the shop, you should not be deterred from your goal or your project. I, like everyone else, have hurdles to leap. I just choose to make no bones about it happening to me. Television is famous for editing out stuff and getting whole rooms or even houses built in a half hour segment. It is unrealistic to think that things will just fall into place without any effort. If it did, what would be the point of trying? As is often the case, it is about the journey to get to the destination as much as it is the final outcome. I keep trying and learning, all the while making notes of where things need improvement and where things need changing all together.

So, no matter that life is just not a cake walk. You just keep on toward your goals, going over and around obstacles in your way, and sometimes taking a detour to get there. Enjoy the place you are in for what it is. A time to look around and enjoy the scenery.

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