Tuesday, November 10, 2020

One Screw

 There is always one screw or nut that can't be removed on any project. If there are laws of home repair that is the first one.

MsBubba asked for added shelf's in the hall pantry and like all SO's with a brain the only answer is "yes dear". The first shock was the price of clear Pine, $8 USD a board foot at the local HD. I walked away the first time thinking I could build the shelf's out of Cherry for the same price but ended up returning for the pine to keep from needing to do glue-ups of either Alder or Poplar. By the time I had all the boards, supports, and the Plywood needed there was a new charge on the AmEx of over $400 USD.

After a little butt scratching and a lot of rolling around on the floor the shelf's are installed, sliding doors rehung and the project finished. Hold on Pine breath. As re-installed the outer sliding door has a bow that causes it to hang on the inter door. Not a biggie, take the doors off and re-hang, 15 minutes tops. Wrong again Stripped Screw breath and that is where the project stands. One screw has it stopped until I can find my screw removal kit either in the shop (I know I have one) or at Ace when they open.

I think this sums up the last four years and the coming next four:

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Sunday, November 08, 2020

I'm still Sorting It Out

Relief, Joy, Sadness, and Hope.

Relief because in a little over two months Trump, his evil spawn, and enablers will be out of power. Joy because the fear has gone. Sadness over 70,000,000 Americans voted for the evil bastard after four years of knowing who he is. Hope because seeing the dancing for joy around America and noticing the age of most. The future, if we make it, will be better once my generation dies.

I hope the vermin will crawl back under the rocks from which they came in 2016 and I never see another fat fuck ridding a scooter in Costco wearing a "Fuck Your Feelings" T-shirt.

Mazel Tov,


Saturday, October 24, 2020


 I watched Borat last night along with I expect millions. Words are hard to find, Cohen holds a really ugly mirror up for us to see and of all the views Rudy Giuliani's performance was the most unbelievably gross. 

How anyone that knew he was being recorded, and I'm not talking about the bedroom portion, could be so skin crawling disgusting and just fucking dumb was again unbelievable.  The questions about our country just from Giuliani's scene are frightening.  

It was not my most enjoyable hour or so but was time well spent.


Thursday, October 22, 2020

MsBubba Has Landed

 After 20 hours driving up to Medford, ~30 hours resting and waiting for MsBubba, and just under 24 straight hours driving home we are back in Tucson. The big difference in time up and back is mostly the 55 mph speed limit on towed vehicles in CA and a little traffic in LA.

Biggest observation of the trip was the increase in 18 wheeler traffic. While on I-5 and I-10 there would be 5 to 10 miles of trucks running nose to tail and if one pulled into the hammer lane to pass you were stuck behind it for miles. The other was all the rest areas were full and many times blocked where you could not pull in much less stop for a rest and any flat area along the highway was also chock full of trucks at night. 

There is a better way to move goods and we need to transition to it soon.

It is good to be home and all back to normal with MsBubba cleaning and pointing out I haven't a clue about dirt. BTW, she likes her new kitchen trash can and even more amazing it only took a couple of hours before she noticed it.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Going To Retrieve MsBubba

 This post is a little early, I don't leave Tucson to pick up MsBubba and the Honda Fit in Oregon until Saturday. Between now and leaving there will be little time for the shop or anything else other than erasing three months of evidence that there was no adult supervision for either Sweet Maggie Dog or myself.

The Motorhome is still missing the right hand mirror so we will be going in the truck, faster, cheaper, but nowhere near as comfortable. Bottom line a quick run to Medford, OR to be in position to meet MsBubba on the 19th. RON in Medford and hit the road hard on the 20th. Medford is just a little over 1100 miles from Tucson, basically a Saddlesore 1000 Iron Butt ride which is the easiest of all the IBA rides. Damn I miss my motorcycle and doing IBA rides and rallies but there is a time for everything and its time, like flying airplanes, has passed. The only question is can MsBubba sit in the truck that long. Sweet Maggie Dog and myself, no problem.

See you guys on down the road,


Monday, October 12, 2020

Shaping The Arms

Shaping the arms, first rough cut with the band saw, the draw knife followed by spoke shave, and now rasps. They are starting to look like bow saw arms.


A good rasp is a wonderful tool, getting to a finished arm would be very hard without at least one or two.

A week from today I will meet MsBubba in Medford, OR for the drive back to Tucson. The mirror still isn't fixed on the Motorhome so Sweet Maggie Dog and I will drive to Oregon in the truck. It is a quicker and less expensive trip but no where near as comfortable. We will come on straight back to Tucson from Medford instead of spending a few days on the beach. My guess is MsBubba is ready to be home anyway, she didn't fuss much when I told her about the change of plans.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Starting The 12" Turning Saw

I've both Beech and Hickory in the shop and have gone back and forth on which to use. I may end up making one from each wood, today I'm working with a Hickory blank. I'm sure there are a dozen ways to start but my first step is to drill the pin holes while things are still square.


The next step will be roughing out the shape with the band saw then refining it with a draw knife, spoke shaves, and rasps. While not necessary a shave horse is handy.