Sunday, February 28, 2010

Olympic Hockey Victory!

All the medals in all the sports at the winter Olympics are important. Of all these important sports and their corresponding important medals, hockey is the most important.

Our family had the good fortune to take in a number of Olympic hockey games. There is no doubt that this gold medal game result was the most satisfying.

 Now, back to woodworking.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

On Several Cusps, Progress is at Hand, I Hope

Well, when it rains it pours.

Not only did my new chainsaw chains arrive, but the new knives I ordered for my 8" and 6" jointers arrived. Plus the original knives that I had sharpened I picked up. Plus the pressure regulator for the compressor arrived, and after a bit of unexpected fiddling that I should have expected, it works. Also my digital angle finder arrived so I can set the rakers on my chainsaw chains reliably. And I took two of the Husky brothers to the shop to have them tuned up. After dropping off the organ donor for the mechanic to get some parts from, they are both back in business. And I also tore my Parks planer apart and put it back together with new elevation screws. It is ready for testing now to see if it works. So you see, while I have done nothing, I am now ready to proceed on multiple fronts!

Not to mention I hit the beach two days ago for some slabbing (alder, horse chestnut, cypress), with another unfortunate broken chain happening.

And I went to a bunch of Olympic hockey games!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Kind of Idling

Well, before using the veneer press, I did a test on my compressor a week or so ago. Short story is that the switch that controls the compressor allows it to discharge too far, so it doesn't work with the veneer press. The good news is that I found a cheap one the right size on eBay, the bad news is that it hasn't arrived yet.

Took the family to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremonies last night. Wow. Great show.

Slabbed up a walnut last weekend with a couple friends. One of the guys is going to store it, luckily for me, I have almost no space left now on the side of my house.

Bought a new chainsaw (4th Husqvarna 2100) this one with a 42" bar, looks like it's a good one. Just waiting for a couple new chains to arrive and I'll be in business again.

3 Husky Brothers Waiting for Work. The 4th Brother is an Organ Donor.

Cleaned up a bunch of yellow cedar that I had in my garage. It was pretty rough, some still in 1/4 log sections still. A lot of it was junk so I managed to clear up some space in the garage, and in the process discovered some other pieces that I had forgotten!

Also sold off one of my four shapers. Now I am down to three - that's a much more reasonable number!