Setting up shop #3: Coldest Illinois winter of my life

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Blog entry by WoodGuyScott posted 02-04-2014 08:28 PM 2039 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m not sure that’s exactly true, but I don’t recall being stuck avoiding the outdoors anywhere near as much as I have been this year.

At this point, a couple of space heaters doesn’t do much more than put a dent in the cold of a detached, unheated garage, so the options for getting out and working are pretty few and far between. Sadly the weatherpeople don’t seem to have any fortuitous news in regards to the foreseeable future.

That being said, I’m going to try to get out and get a few pens turned over the next little couple days. Enough is enough. Boots, carhart coat, and determination will keep me warm while I make a pen or two. Here’s to hoping the cold doesn’t make my project pieces too brittle.

-- --Shafe

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 09:41 PM

Cold weather doesn’t bother me –
Several years ago I acquired a whole house electric furnace, it cost me almost $200 to get it repaired, wired and a plenum on it. Needless to say I set it in my wood shop which is the better half of a 2 1/2 car garage. My trucks have always sat out in the weather but my motorcycle get the other half until cold weather then my wife takes it for her car then the bike goes to the shed.
I have a torpedo heater that I use for a few minutes in the morning when it’s really cold but the furnace keeps it toasty the rest of the day while I make saw dust. I relatively sure that if I figure heating costs in with labor and materials I’ve got some pretty expensive saw dust. But what the heck, I’m retired and need something to do during the day.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 02-05-2014 03:48 PM

Hey Dick, that’s a pretty good idea. There are definite problems and advantages there. The advantages to my situation are that I don’t pay for electricity, so additional heating cost don’t matter. Thank you home-owner’s association taking care of the garages! The sad thing is that I have precisely two 110 outlets to power everything I need electricity for. Alas, not the most convenient setup.

-- --Shafe

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