more pre-Christmas blog vagaries

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Blog entry by scottb posted 12-13-2006 06:47 AM 1053 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my last post I mentioned I just brewed up a batch of beer. (Stout if your keeping score.) Today was a busy, yet productive day for me on the creative front in the kitchen as well as the shop.

On the non-woodworking side, I brewed up a nice (I hope) batch of Pale Ale, as well as an Apple Ale (not cider, but rather a beer with apple juice replacing some of the water and sugar in the recipe). The latter, along with the stout (which will be ready for testing this weekend) will work well in some of my recipes (Cakes, breads, and so on) if they’re less than drinkable. If they are really tasty, then so much the better, for I’ll have 6 gallons to put down (in short order.)

I’m happy to have taken on this new hobby (that my wife slid under the christmas tree a few years back) – but fret not – with these kits from Mr. Beer, I’m basically making brownies from the box, rather than doing everything from scratch (not that either is terribly difficult – from scratch I mean), so a mere hour out of the shop every 2 weeks isn’t that tough to handle…. especially considering the fruits of my labor – all for post shop enjoyment of course!

On the woodworking front, today was a Christmas present “wrap-up” day… (as in completion, not with paper and bows) so mums the word on the what, why and how… but I’ll tease a future blog (if not project post) by saying I’ve impressed myself with some creative lathe setups! Almost had to throw in the towel, or invent some fancy jigs, before I realized the drill chuck attachment for the shopsmith would fit the bill perfectly. I’m going to hold off on a nice 4-Jaw chuck until I get myself a “real” lathe.

The Shopsmith is great for practice, but like some combination machines, there are some comprimises in design when something must be all things. The problems don’t lie within form or function, but rather the height of the user. If I was about 6” shorter, There wouldn’t be an issue (at least not one I’d need a chiropractor for!).

I do have one more project in mind to work on for Christmas, which I’ve been working out the kinks (if only mentally) for a few months now… (and would consider my entry into the Winter Woodworking Contest) but with the way the upcoming weeks are looking, I may just let everything slide a little, and spend the rest of the year relaxed over cups of coffee and cookies (that I’ll need to get to baking!)

Started out (professionally) in graphic design, now I’m doing woodworking and home reno (with some design on the side) Anyone care to guess where my next career path may take me?...

Speaking of Graphic Design, Check out Martin’s new shirts at his cafe press store. I’ll surely be picking one up for myself. And while your there, grab one of mine as well! Just imagine how great you’ll look down in the shop, posing for your photo along side your winning project in the Winter Woodworking Contest!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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