Adventures in Working Wood #2: Updates 'n stuff

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Blog entry by NinjaAssassin posted 01-27-2014 05:30 PM 1264 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Planes and much sharpening Part 2 of Adventures in Working Wood series Part 3: Shop time again...finally! »

It’s been a pretty good while since I’ve posted anything to LJ’s so I thought an update was in order…

Well, let’s get it out there right now. I haven’t been in the shop since just before Christmas. Between the holidays, visiting family, hunting, and general responsibilities, I just haven’t had time to get to the shop.

Prior to my hiatus, I’d cleaned and organized my shop a bit so I could move around and find things easier. I had finished sharpening my plane irons and chisels and began working on a project…a saw bench. I’ve also made a few tool purchases and sold a few (as originally planned). I was both happy and sad to sell my (Stanley) North Bros. Yankee 2100-12 brace. Happy because I sold it for a profit (which was my intent when buying so many tools up front at auction – reduce my total out of pocket cost to get into woodworking by as much as possible) but sad because it was by far the nicest brace I had. I sold a couple other things which has helped, as well.

I put that on hold, though, because I had an opportunity to do some traditional bow hunting with my dad a few times and have been teaching my oldest (nearly 4) to shoot a bow (which, right now, amounts to him having a pretty good understanding of safety concepts, holding the bow, nocking an arrow and then flinging it in the general direction of a target). Lot of good family time and memories being made right there.

Once the weather warms up a bit here in Northern VA and the snow melts, I intend to get back to my shop. It’s way too cold in there right now, even with the space heater. The thought of trying to handle cast iron in below freezing temperatures isn’t appealing.

So there you have it.

-- Billy

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#1 posted 01-27-2014 07:25 PM

A hobby should not cause discomfort, ...hunting on the other hand is a different mindset. ;-)

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 01-27-2014 08:58 PM

Thanks GrandpaLen.

Yeah, I was up in a tree a couple weekends ago for a few hours waiting on some whitetails to make their way to me. It was bitter cold – couldn’t feel my toes or my finger tips by the end of it. But that’s what the hunt is all about :)

-- Billy

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 01:13 AM

Yep, it is purely for your enjoyment. That is why I don’t even take requests. It is what I want to do when I want to do it and make no apologies.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#4 posted 01-28-2014 01:22 AM

Good to hear the update, sounds like you’re on-track to me! Well done, here’s to shop progress when that time comes!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 01-29-2014 01:27 AM

Thanks for the comments fellas!

-- Billy

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