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Blog series by brianinpa updated 09-09-2010 02:09 AM 7 parts 12032 reads 42 comments total

Part 1: What Happened to the Warm Weather?

01-27-2009 02:49 AM by brianinpa | 11 comments »

The past few years Mother Nature has spoiled me rotten. Winters here in Pennsylvania have been mild with warmer than normal temperatures and little or no snow to speak of. I was always able to keep my garage heated with nothing only a small kerosene heater, but not this winter. I would use this time of year to do most of my wood working because when it is warm and there isn’t ice on the water, I’d rather be fishing. When it is hot, my MS won’t allow me to stay in the heat for very...

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Part 2: Is that Spring in the Air

02-09-2009 04:51 AM by brianinpa | 3 comments »

Two days in a row that the temps have been in the 40’s or higher! Yesterday was opening day of the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show so not much time was spent in the shop, but today I was agle to get into the shop and see what I had to do to get ready for warmer weather. I spent a little time cleaning the shop and then began the restoration of my newest basket-case: an early 1940’s Dunlap (Craftsman) 4” belt sander. I wanted to spend the whole day in the shop, but sinc...

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Part 3: Time Well Spent in the "Toy Box"

02-15-2009 11:14 PM by brianinpa | 3 comments »

I woke up this morning and saw there was a new dusting of snow on the ground, so it appears winter is not giving up just yet. I flipped on the weather channel to see what the temperature was and saw 29 degree f. That wasn’t going to deter me from my plans. I started a fire in the fire place (the back side of the fire place and chimney are inside my garage/shop so the fire heats the house and the shop) so I could get rid of all the small scraps and cut-offs I had pilling up. My shop and...

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Part 4: Too Many Hobbies!

04-11-2009 02:29 AM by brianinpa | 5 comments »

Finally Spring has sprung! The air is getting warm and the shop isn’t too dang cold to work in any more, but what is keeping me out of the shop? Hobbies! I have been working my tail off at a local park cleaning up after the long winter and years of growth. Add to that that Trout season is now open, and my wife wants me to clean the yard to get ready for my son’s graduation party, and finally I have to get the boat ready for warmer water and Bass season. When am I ever going to ge...

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Part 5: Life Happens and Emotions Get In the Way

05-31-2009 04:10 AM by brianinpa | 11 comments »

May has been a busy, busy month and no time was spent in the shop. Two days ago our youngest son graduated from high school. His graduation was the culmination of a senior year that included numerous band and choral events and concerts including local, county, district, regional, and State festivals. A graduation is a humbling event to watch as your youngest son walks across the stage and accepts his diploma. A lot of anxiety and awe were present during this event, but most of this was co...

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Part 6: Ain't this fun?

07-03-2009 04:06 AM by brianinpa | 5 comments »

I spent some time in the shop tonight and sadly it was the first time in a long time: too many things happening at the same time. It didn’t take me long to once again figure out that woodworking is fun! The sound of the blade on the radial arm saw sang its familiar song and the whine of the shop vac added to the symphony. The planer and the jointer had chips flying through the air. Saw dust fell to the floor and over at the lathe wood shavings just peeled off of a leg as I touched it wi...

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Part 7: What a year!

09-09-2010 02:09 AM by brianinpa | 4 comments »

Been gone for a while and haven’t been too busy in the “wood” shop. Too much time spent on a new old hobby of mine. Before: After: When I was diagnosed with MS I decided that I had to do the responsible thing and sell my motorcycle: boy what a mistake. This Spring I decided it was time to get back in the saddle. I had a deal that was too good to pass up fall into my lap so I bought a 1981 Goldwing that needed very little work. I have been enjoying it so much tha...

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