Sunday, May 17, 2020

Stuff

For the first time in my life I've filed for unemployment insurance. Here in AZ you can do it over the internet, so far it has been painless. My layoff is until August, at that time I'm not sure what I will do if recalled. If nothing has changed I will retire. A good friend who is also one of the smartest people I've known and is a Doc sent me a link on the risks of Covid-19. It is well worth your time to read.

The Risks-Know Them-Avoid Them

I may get to like this retirement thing, MsBubba has been on my case for years to do it but I've resisted for reasons. Who knows what they were but they were damn good.

When this started I tipped the scales in the mid 230 pounds, now I'm 207 as of this AM. The only things that have changed are because of Covid-19 I'm not eating out and because I'm not working there is no "fast food". That is reason enough to retire plus with the needs of Casa Chaos, the shop, and MsBubba's watchful eye there is no time to get bored.

MsBubba has been on my case to find some way to protect the Motorhome tires, for good reason, they cost about $3000 USD to replace and they always age out before they wear out. The problem is the store bought covers will barely last a couple of seasons and good ones are not cheap. Being from Texas I came up with redneck tire protectors.
 

They work pretty good even in high winds and are kinda fun to make because they are not fine furniture. A gap or two makes no never mind. In fact all the joints were cut with a Stanley Hard Point panel saw.

Frame in glue up:





In between all the other things I'm still flattening the table top. The upper surface is ready for the long planes. The lower surface I'll get close and then just finish where the table top sets on the base.

Working on the lower surface:


One last thought, Pre-War Marples chisels are close to perfection. The only current production chisels that come close to the steel, balance and feel of the Marples are from Ashley Iles and they only come close.

Read the link, use the information, and be safe out there,

ken

13 comments:

  1. Interesting and well written article.
    I love my old marples chisels, I mainly use an old marples firmer for most of my tasks.

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    1. Lionel,

      Thanks, I think important information. I've an embarrassing number of chisels hanging and stored to pick from and unless it is something specialized 90% of the time I will pick a Marples firmer to use.

      ken

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  2. Retirement - 4 years in. Can't recommend it highly enough! For those for whom work is "everything", it probably isn't comfortable.

    Regards,
    Mike

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    1. Mike,

      Work may not have been my everything but for over 60 years I've been strapping some kind of flying machine to my ass. If anything good comes from Covid-19 it is it made the decision for me.

      ken

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  3. You were right an intelligent post about the risk of COVID, how refreshing :-)

    Managed to get some tool hunting yesterday, posts to come up about my finds :-)

    Bob

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    1. Bob,

      Good information, at least here in the States, is hard to find. The article did one good thing for me, it keeps me from second guessing my decision to not work. There is no safe way to work with two other folks in a small box with, at best, 3 to 4 foot separation and most of the time less than 2 foot, with poor air flow and no way to really clean the Sim from the folks that were in it for 4 hours before I climbed in. I'm surprised there have not been more infected than I have been told about.

      Waiting with bated breath to see what you found and to read their history.

      ken

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  4. Ken, thanks for the link to the article. Good to read actual science, as opposed to someone just spouting their unsupported "opinions".

    Can't wait to see your table finished up.

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    1. Matt,

      Thanks Matt, I thought it was too informative not to share.

      Same here :-). It has been in the shop too long and it is time to move on.

      ken

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  5. Thanx for the Doc link it was helpful with understanding it

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    1. No problem Ralph. It was too good not to share.

      ken

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  6. Thanks for the link....especially valuable at this moment in time.
    Stay safe.

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    1. Paul,

      Thanks, I know it helped with my indecision.

      ken

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