52 Weeks #5: Week 5- Not much time

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 02-07-2011 05:10 AM 1188 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, it has been quite a long week and having been away from home at a training course for the past week has made it hard to spend anytime in the shop. I got home at 2 AM Friday morning after leaving at 11 AM Sunday, I then slept a few hours and took my daughter up to my parents house to give my wife a well deserved break. So having only been home a few hours total this week has severely cut down on my shop time. But I did want to get in some project time.. I took some parts with me to work on my very first “useful” whittling project. I worked in the evenings and during some free time in the hotel room to whittle what was to become a letter opener. I have to admit though I got to a point where I packed it all up to bring home and finish on the sander.
Here is what I started with ( I decided to sharpen up my old pocket knife and even sharpened a couple of the various tools to use as well) and where I finally wound up. Still have to put some finish on it, but I tested it and it opens an envelope quite well.

letter I kind of liked the idea of doing the whittling but I am not sure that I am going to attempt anything else anytime soon, my hat is off to you guys and girls that can carve.

When I got home this afternoon though my wife informed me she had seen a cooking show and really liked the oven rack puller that they had used. She told me she needed one. Now having not been in the shop much this week it sure sounded like a quick project to me. So I ventured off to the basement, I found some rulers I had bought for 25 cents each and decided they would be perfect. After letting the glue dry for a bit I made some quick cuts and sanded a bit… Yay!! A simple and quick project and it seems to do the job quite well.


So there it is my post for the week. My daughter however actually go to spend a little more time in the shop this week at her class, but I am going to post that as a separate blog.

As always thanks for looking. Have fun in the shop!


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 02-07-2011 06:47 PM


Nice use of “found” materials. I would have never thought to use the rulers a raw material for a new project.

Keep up the good work and remember…

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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