Fighting old man Winter.....
Well this has proved to be a very cold winter. In fact right now our daily high temperatures are lower than the normal low night time temperatures. This makes for a difficult situation for my side projects. I spend more time cutting wood and attempting to keep my shop warm, than I do working on projects!
Yes it is well insulated. It's just been that cold. So what can a guy do? Install a furnace. It's not like I have much of a choice. I have two really cool projects I am itching to finish that will only be possible if I have a degree of climate control. Wood glue does not like temperatures much below 12 degrees Celsius.
And most mornings, no matter how full I load up my Momma Bear woodstove I'm fortunate to have 4 to 5 degrees on my thermometer. Not good for gluing up bent laminations and beautiful curved horns.
So there will be some heat a coming shortly. And much work to catch up on.
Moving along after the winter Flu
This years flu season has been nasty. And I got it bad.
Just getting up to speed after almost a month of sporadic activity. You know the feeling of I'm not staying in bed any longer...
So some updates on the custom Work page. And some tweaks by Steve. Thanks Steve.
So two projects are in the shop and in different stages of started. Keeping warm enough to work on projects is a bit of an interesting chore these days. I get the wood temperatures up to about 16 degrees Celsius (about 61 F) by 1:00PM usually. Does not make for a productive day.
I heat my workshop with wood in a wood fired stove. So here we are moving firewood. My papa on the tractor. Beats carrying it by hand!
This is a picture of a rotary vane vacuum pump.
Notice there are no rotary vanes!
They are normally in the slots that are totally or partially filled with black stuff. The black stuff is supposed to be a firm rubber compound. A few days of work, and then no more vacuum. Can't really complain, the pump is almost 30 years old. It has paid it's dues to my workshop.
The replacement and the defective little monster are below.
As a little bit of bigger is better, I now have a real monster of a vacuum pump. So a trade up in a round about manner.
This little monster enables some custom work to finally get moving towards completion.
And I get to get my hands dirty a bit and spend less time in front of a computer for a while.
Pics as to what this little setup does will follow.
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