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30 January 2014 @ 10:47 pm
Yesterday after work I was inspired to go enjoy making use of the work bench we managed to clear in the shop during the great shop organization project earlier this month, so I dug in the bag of scrap wood and found a chunk of sassafras that had once been part of a pepper mill that broke years ago. So I took that and removed all the parts that weren't a nålbindning needle, and now I have another useful needle. This project was quick enough that I got it done before we went to the evening Jodo (Japanese staff-based martial art) session.

Tonight's projects were a bit more involved. First we went to the store and bought a hot plate for use in the shop (and resisted buying a robot vacuum cleaner). Then we brought it home and cast another pewter nålbindning needle, just to test the plate (we always seem to need needles--I suspect that some of them are hiding in bags with UFO's). Then we decided that we really ought to make a sand-casting frame in a more appropriate size for that length of needle--it is much too big for the small frame we already had, and it is way smaller than the large frame we used, so lots more sand than necessary is used each time we cast one (this is the third time--I have one I use all the time, and we made another for a friend when she asked for one, but it is bound to come up again). In the course of making the frame it became desirable to use a plane, so while I started sanding the needle lord_kjar opened up the two previously used planes we had bought cheap at a second hand, took out their blades, and fixed them--they had been in pretty bad shape, but now both planes work beautifully.

After that he was inspired to take a chunk of scrap metal to the top of the work bench that came with the house--some previous owner used the workshop (which is, technically, a garage, but we never use it as one--there is a perfectly good car port attached to the shed) for automobile maintenance--we can tell by the blackened state of the top of the wooden bench--lots of oil has been spilled here over the years. However, much of it came up with just the bit of scraping he did, so I will be less reluctant to do wood projects on the bench in the future.

We also took the time to open up the handle of the rotary tool I inherited from my step dad and oil it and get it back into good working shape. (we had changed over the plug on it so that it can be plugged into the wall here now, without using an adapter (it used to have an Australian plug). All in all a very productive evening, after a busy day at work. We have added yet more things to do for the project before I can actually finish writing up the report on the research I have been doing. We are going so over deadline, but, it will be a better report for the extra effort. If only I were getting paid for all of those hours...
Acorn Cottage Artifacts: backlitfjorlief on January 31st, 2014 07:37 am (UTC)
you are one of the most productive people I know, and I always enjoy reading about what you are up to...
Kareina: stitchedkareina on February 2nd, 2014 09:00 am (UTC)
Thanks! I wish I felt like a very productive person--I see what others post about what they are doing (including you), and feel like I wish I had time to do so much as they do. Oh well, I enjoy the stuff I am doing, even when it isn't much.
darttn: pic#84829768darttn on January 31st, 2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you are doing so many useful things. BTW, did you ever see my facebook entry, where I asked you about the ice musical instruments that are made by a local in Lulea? I just wondered if you had seen or heard about it.

Love you
darttn: pic#84829768darttn on January 31st, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
Almost forgot - you had asked for a summary of my Finn class. That would take hours and hours for each class to try to do, so I'll regretfully decline that suggestion. However, I've made a friend in class (Gail), so I now have someone to practice with. We had lunch together this week, and we are looking at lunch again next week. Maybe in Canada, since I have to go anyway. If she can get off, it will be nice to have company on the trip, since it makes for a very long day alone.

Kareina: stitchedkareina on February 2nd, 2014 08:59 am (UTC)
Yay for someone to practice with! I hope she can go to Canada with you--road trips are more fun with company, and if you can spend some chunk of it talking Finnish, even better!

Ok, so I understand that hours of summary are too much, but perhaps a 5 minute recap of general topics covered in class?
Kareina: stitchedkareina on February 2nd, 2014 08:57 am (UTC)
Nope--missed that FB entry and don't know about ice musical instruments made anywhere. But it sounds very interesting, do you have more information so I can track them down?