Underway again...finally #13: Post-Thanksgiving return to "work"

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Blog entry by JohnTM posted 11-28-2017 11:34 PM 1716 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I took a few days off to “do stuff”.. you know. Life happens. Too many obligations. Earache returned. S_ happens You know how it goes.

Anyway, didn’t construct/build anything again. Instead, I ran out to my favorite pallet wood place and got some more… It’s way easier mentally to dismantle than to build… and you really can’t “fail” dismantling. Oh, you can make a mess and destroy things you’re trying to salvage. But you just keep hammering and screwing and ripping away until there’s nothing left to take apart – and you have a pile of stuff/parts/whatever strewn about you. “Success” is how big a pile you have when you feel like you’ve done enough – at least it is for me.

As has been hinted if not actually stated before, I have a “fear of failure” of sorts. My ego gets in the way of lots of things – either I have too much hubris or too little confidence with things. Right now, the woodworking effort suffers from the latter rather than the former. So dismantling stuff builds the ego at least to a little extent. So, getting “back to it” after the holiday required me to go get more things to bang on and rip apart.

I mentioned the “nice plywood” I picked up the last time out. Today I finished tearing them apart and recovering lots of stuff. Each plywood piece had 4 plastic corner “guides” (either 4 or 5 screws) and 2 straight pieces (about 9 inches long, 2 screws) and 3 runners on the opposite side separated with 3 3.5”x3.5” OSB/glue blocks with 4 or 5 2-inch nails. Had to use a chisel to pry and separate the plywood from the blocks after unscrewing all those screws. Here’s what I recovered from the 6 plywood pallets and the tools I used.

Here’s a pick showing the thickness and number of layers of the plywood.

Boring/bad pic I know. Sorry. The inset shows the layers detail, such as it is.
Got 2 different types of screws, some washers, those white plastic cable guides, 24 black plastic corners and 12 straight plastic pieces. And the plywood, of course – it’s 3/4 inch, btw. What “impresses” me about it is the exterior ply/layers on both sides is almost veneer-quality. Shrug. Dunno what it was used to carry.

Only took 4 hours of careful prying so as not to damage the plywood any more than necessary.

Well, tomorrow is supposed to be back up around 72F again, perfect weather after a week of fairly cool temps (low-mid-50F’s). So, that should encourage me to actually get back to work on the mobile table saw with cabinets.

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#1 posted 11-29-2017 03:24 PM

I’ve noticed sometimes that when I hit the wall, taking apart pallets and doing “mundan” jobs will actually get to think about something else besides what I’m doing. No big deal cuz its mundan. Then I’ll see a piece of wood or look at a pallet a different way (you know, when your standing on one foot, prying down, pulling up, and go…..ohhh, yea, that would work.) Then I have another project to work on.

-- Justin

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