Workshop Development #63: Workshop status, and what has been keeping me away...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 01-22-2013 06:57 PM 2183 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As regular readers know, and I am about to tell the non regulars, I added power to my shop back in October, which required ripping down the sheet rock from the “powered walls”. And I work full time in what can best be described as large enterprise information technology. Well careers and tech being what they are, I need to stay on top of hardware and software trends as best I can, and in this era of trimmed (management speak for non existent) training budgets, I had to take matters into my own hands.

The current buzzword for the data center is “Cloud Computing”. And since I work in a mixed environment shop, that means both Open Source, and closed source types of clouds. Now the closed source stuff I crash coursed myself on at work, but the Open Source stuff, well there just wasn’t the spare hardware in the dev / testing area that wasn’t booked up for me to build it.. so I did what any good LUmberjock would do…

I scrapped together the bucks to get the materials and built it at home…

Now I am not done yet, but the basics are there, and I am using this as an opportunity to remodel the middle / unused / smallest bedroom as a proper home office and music studio, LOML and I are wanting the larger bedroom the office is currently in for, well family growth…

So to avoid the not wood related stuff in too much detail, I have ended up building 2 fairly potent 8 core PCs, repurposing an older single core box, building an iSCSI SAN, and upgrading our entire LAN… But this is where the wood stuff comes in…

In the process of this move and remodel that LOML REALLY wants done, I need to either buy, or build a new computer desk. The old U shaped desk is WAY too big for the space we have, and to be blunt, I hate it. I have a pair of pretty nice old wooden 2 drawer filing cabinets that are the perfect size to act as base pedestals for a desk… That got me to cranking away in Sketchup, and I have a design that I believe even my wife will love…

But in order to get there, well I mentioned the sheet rock has been down in my shop since October right? Well it’s been that way because, well I discovered lifting, levelling, and screwing fire rated sheet rock onto the wall myself is impossible, and I just can’t seem to talk my brother in law into helping. Not complaining, he has some pretty heavy health issues, so we were going to hire the job out.. We actually had a quote done for just the labor of hanging, taping and getting the first coat of mud on… Well over the weekend, LOML decided she didn’t like the labor quote, and figured she would try to help me hang sheet rock! Okay we didn’t get a LOT done, only 2 sheets, one of which required some careful trimming with a 1.5” chisel. (cheap Chinese tool bin version, don’t care if I mess it up). The 3rd and final upper sheet needs to have some measurements done to clear the sub panel, and to trim the end off.

IF she stays motivated, I can honestly see having my shop sheet rock hung by the end of next weekend (she has plans for us this weekend). Once the rock is hung, I can mud / tape and sand in the evenings. Once this is all squared away, and smoothed out, I will toss a drop cloth over anything I don’t want primer and paint on, and just get after it with some bright white paint from Home Depot… I need to keep the amount of light in my shop as high as I can manage.

So hopefully the next time you see a workshop development blog entry from me, I will have the wall done, and will be mounting up my clam shell cabinets, dust collection ductwork, and doing the side flip wall mount conversion to my HF dust collector…

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 07:03 PM

Sounds like you’ve been busy enough for two or three people. Thanks for that, as it takes the load off ME!!!

Good luck with it all!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 08:01 PM

I’d be a lot busier if LOML would let me… I have suspension on my truck that needs to be rebuilt. At this point, it is going to the shop in 3 weeks…

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 01-24-2013 04:52 AM

Well, I am taking a holiday from the programming-tech stuff. But….....then the aquarium sprung a small leak, so had to set up the long envisioned replant of the aquarium into my office. So my cutoffs cart…...ready for glueup is sitting…...but hopefully I will get to it this weekend…...finally.

Sherie helped me with the aquarium stuff… still needs a remodel with oak to make it fit in the office, but otherwise doing OK. Next week, down to the vacation home for 11 days…....really need that.

So we are kinda parallel in some respects… stuff taking time from woodworking, and help from the LOML.

Sherie will be recovering for another 7 months from her surgery (major jaw, maxilla, type stuff) and she is losing weight still, but still doing OK. The surgery was done at Baylor, if you recall, I think I may have mentioned it.

So, wanna see you in the new mega powered shop, with the bright walls and ceiling, and the shiny floor. I envy you.

Hopefully I will be more active in the woodworking arena the next year, although there is still some techie stuff to do.

Gotta blog some stuff this weekend…....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 01-24-2013 07:26 AM

You sure have a full slate! You could use some help. Have you thought about just getting a day laborer to help out? A lot of people around here use these for assistance as they are insured by the centers that “loan” them out and the cost is fairly reasonable.

As for myself I am having a serious RA flare up in my left shoulder which doesn’t bother me that much during the day but it doesn’t let me sleep. Just got over a cold, now my wife has it.

Hopefully in a week everything will be back to normal … whatever that is!

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