Weekly Shop Update #5

     For all of you sitting on the edge of your seat waiting on a new update, here it is...(and thanks for lying to me, because no one is sitting on the edge of their seat for me, Captain Inconsistency.  We were on vacation last week and had a great, yet minimally relaxing trip down to Panama City Beach, Florida with my wife's family.  When I say minimally relaxing, I don't mean it wasn't a good time, or that I would have rather been at the 9-5.  I mean that vacations as a parent are apparently COMPLETELY different than vacations before.  Wyatt just turned one on July 16th, and hes mastered walking.  That being said, we had the table stacked against us from the get go.  

     He actually did exceptionally well for the 5.5 hour car ride down to Florida, and was great...until bedtime.  The hour time difference, the sleeping in the Pack-n-play (and eventually bed) in the same room with us to where if he wakes up it's like "oh hey Mom and Dad, let's snuggle" where as at home it is more along the lines of "Damn, it's dark and I am all alone in here, guess I'll just go back to sleep".  But other than that we had a great week, and I just had to get my woodworking fix in with some YouTube watching and through all my great IG friends and their stories.  

     I don't have a ton of woodworking stuff to talk about from this past week, since a shop update, technically requires being in the shop.  I did do a pretty good clean up in the shop today, rehung my dry erase board, and found the nifty quote you see in the picture of the whiteboard below.

 

     I thought it was a pretty awesome, and extremely simple quote that we all have dealt with.  All of us end up with a bunch of cut off's after projects.  The bigger pieces we hoard to use at a later date.  The smaller pieces we discard or, keep for the burn pile.  And then....we get to the screw ups.  We all do them.  Everyone one of us.  Whether you are a novice,  whether you are featured monthly in Fine Woodworking magazine, or whether you are the first born love child of Bob Vila and Norm Abrams.  We all screw up.  And when we do, the process goes a little something like this:

     First expletives are shouted loudly.....S#i@! F@#$ D#*^....then we say "can I sand/cut/stain/glue/nail/screw/buff/polish/fix this?"  If yes, we try to save it best we can.  If it works, you thank the good Lord and continue.  If it doesn't work....or it wasn't saveable to begin with....then you just created a really expensive piece of firewood.  Way to go.  Now, you can try and save the piece for future use, but sometimes, its just done.   And when it is, it is typically time to step away and regroup for a bit.  If it's early and the day is still salvageable then maybe grabbing breakfast/lunch or hanging with the fam for a bit is all you need.  Sometimes, it's already dinner time or later and it's better to call it for the day, grab a cold beverage, take the wood you just screwed up, and go watch it burn while you drink your sorrows away, with or without s'mores or a good cigar (user's choice).  

     If you say you've never been there, you're a liar.  People think because we don't post content of screw ups that it doesn't happen.  If they aren't OVERLY embarrassing I will post them on a story or IG post at times.  People can benefit from it greatly and seeing others mistakes has helped me avoid them as well.  If you own a Kreg Jig, you have forgotten to adjust either the stop collar, the riser blocks, or used the wrong screw and jacked up your piece.  It helps you grow, so embrace it when it happens, and make sure you find a way to benefit from it.  

     So, I am currently trying to design a desk for my home office I am building so there will be some progress on that this week hopefully.  I also am waiting to hear back on a commission piece I may do for a friend.   Weber Grill Table.   One of the designs we are looking at has a corrugated tin roof on it which could be extremely fun.   Definitely could be a video build.  I am hoping the 9-5 is slow enough this week where I can go pick up the Grizzly bandsaw from my Dad and bring it to the shop to start restoring.  Marc Spagnuolu at www.thewoodwhisperer.com just posted a video with impeccable timing.  It's Alex Snodgrass on video tuning up his bandsaw, and the installation of Carter guides.  I included a link below because the set up video is incredible.  Alex Snodgrass is the Michael Jordan of bandsaws.  

     That's about it for this week, hopefully next week I will have some more progress to show everyone.  Have a great week everyone!