Life as an Amateur Woodworker #82: It's been a while!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 12-27-2016 01:06 PM 1421 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I hope everyone had a Festive Christmas, and I wish everyone a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

I didn’t realise quite how long I had been out of the game, until today. I seem to have spent all my time with Medical Specialists. I have had the operation on my right knee, and that is progressing nicely, at least I am no longer walking with a stick. Unfortunately the second spinal block, did not work on my back, so what happens next, I have no idea, and I am also waiting to see if they are going to operate on my left knee. Until recently I was banned from the workshop, and from doing any work, period!!

Then I managed to sneak back in, and do some pirography for a neighbour who has opened a small Colombian fast food joint. first they wanted some signs to put outside,

Then they wanted boards to back their menus, these I cut from 6mm ply

I have to admit I was glad they only wanted eight, it was both time consuming, I had to be especially careful doing the horses head, mess that up, and the whole thing was going in the bin! by the time I had finished…boring!

Saying that, I then turned my hand to wall hangings, which I made from 2×4 offcuts, painted, sanded back to distress them, then burned the words

I made a few of these, in the hope my wife would sell them in her shop on the run up to Christmas, but no such luck, unless you are giving things away here, they are not interested!

Then came my first woodwork proper!! :-) albeit easy. It turned out to be a simple solution to a nagging problem. Our bedroom overlooks the entrance to a neighbours finca, and they have a security light on a sensor, which gets triggered at all hours by their dogs, and shone straight into the bedroom. I tried asking nicely, but they refused to change the angle, so two years ago I bought black-out roller blinds, but as they sit away from the wall, it was letting in light.

This is sunlight, but you get the idea. I thought of making wooden shutters to replace the roller blind, but the room just isn’t big enough.

Then last week, I came up with the brainwave of making a frame for the roller blind to sit in, this involved making side tracks, from 2×2 cut from 2×4, the channel cut with my dado blade. I then routed down one side of each track, where there was likely to be body contact, and sanded them to 320 grit

I then stained then to match the bedroom furniture, and fitted them.

It was then my intention to make pelmets to cut out the light above, but having had then up for the past two weeks, other than for cosmetic finish the pelmet is not needed.

At least now I am able to sleep through the night without the exterior Disco lights!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 12-27-2016 02:07 PM

Glad to hear you are slowly healing.
Being able to do a bit of work in shop is really good therapy.
Take your time and heal well.
Happy New Year my friend !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 12-27-2016 06:05 PM

Happy New Year Phil! Can’t keep a dedicated wood-smith down. LOL! Good to see your working and posting. being creative and involved redirects the mind and pain is reduced. At least for awhile. Nicely done sir.

I mostly completed my tractor/wood shed except the doors 9 a long blog…LOL) and the cold and snow hit with -15 to -25 degrees Fahrenheit. My snow plow stopped working, but I was able to do a temporary fix. Murphy appears to have followed me into the shop.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 12-27-2016 11:43 PM

Cheers CC getting there slowly, but I am better off than many, so no complaints!

Hahaha! Thanks Tom, I don’t envy you those temperatures, I have become soft since moving to this part of Colombia, couldn’t do cold now! I am really looking forward to seeing the Tractor Shed story unfold…You can keep Murphy, I’m sure he is more your friend than mine…lol

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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