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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #101: Hibernation

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Blog entry by technoslick posted 01-30-2019 02:23 PM 494 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Going beardless didn’t last long. I need to do a selfie sometime soon, as my glasses are different and I’m a bit grayer, too. For now, I’ll bless you all with an old picture of my grizzled mug.

I’ve spent very little time this month in the Dungeon Workshop. It shows. What a mess I’ve left from the last time I tried to organize and clean up from the previous mess made making Christmas gifts. It’s normal for me to take the winters off from building anything outside of the workshop’s needs. The average temperature has been 54 F, with a couple of days at 52 F. In February, our coldest month, I’m sure it will get below 50 F—too cold for most finishes and borderline for glue-ups. Even with those finishes I can apply at this temperature level, I haven’t any venting options that wouldn’t compromise the rest of the house. It’s a good time to organize.

The other reason for not being in the workshop is due to illness. I finish with the amoxicillin Thursday and will shoot for getting back to work this weekend. This will be the year I get to major construction and arrangement in the dungeon. Assuming, of course, I don’t break something else or catch another ‘bug’. Oh, and speaking of bugs…the arachnids have been building up their forces in my down time. War is inevitable.



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handsawgeek

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#1 posted 01-30-2019 10:00 PM

Hey, Paul,
Yep, shops and messes go hand in hand.
And spiders…yuck…I hate em’. Always leaving sticky spider-gunk hanging around that gets loaded with sawdust and other debris and attaches itself to everything in the shop.
Recently when I moved stuff around in another part of the basement, I found a massive black widow nest, complete with a couple of egg sacks. Good thing I caught this before the little beasties hatched!
Had to break out the spider spray and hit all the basement corners and window wells. That seemed to have helped somewhat.
That sucks about the cold shop. That is why I am forever grateful to the missus for letting me commandeer one end of the unfinished basement.
Take care and keep posting.
-Ed

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technoslick

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#2 posted 02-11-2019 04:41 PM



Hey, Paul,
Yep, shops and messes go hand in hand.
And spiders…yuck…I hate em . Always leaving sticky spider-gunk hanging around that gets loaded with sawdust and other debris and attaches itself to everything in the shop.

If I see them, they are dead. My only concern are for the ones I can’t see: ambush predators. :)


Recently when I moved stuff around in another part of the basement, I found a massive black widow nest, complete with a couple of egg sacks. Good thing I caught this before the little beasties hatched!
Had to break out the spider spray and hit all the basement corners and window wells. That seemed to have helped somewhat.

Ick. Black Widdows are native to our parts. I can’t be sure that I’ve ever seen one, but because I could I won’t ever touch one or let one get on me, to be safe. I’m glad you destroyed the eggs before they could hatch. Double-ick!


That sucks about the cold shop. That is why I am forever grateful to the missus for letting me commandeer one end of the unfinished basement.

Yeah, well, it is what it is. If Iw as in better health this winter I would be getting a lot done down there. I haven’t been, on both accounts. Looking forward to Spring!

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