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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spring Time Is Here

This week was spring break for my kids. Me and the little ones spent most of it in the shop. I haven't been feeling well, but with their help, I have gotten a lot done.
Most of what we got done though, isn't exactly photo worthy. We done a lot of cleaning and rearranging. As some of you know, my four youngest boys love hanging out in the shop. They have their own tools and build things for themselves. I am proud of this fact for the simple reason that a lot of kids these days wouldn't want to work at building something to play with like my boys do.
However, I also have some good friends that have been giving them tools. In addition to that, they are constantly adding to the things they keep along with their tools that was taking up real estate in the little corner I'd given them. They had outgrown their corner. So it was time to move some things around and give them more space.

I did get a little work done on one of my table saw stations.

When I got the Craftsman setup, I temporarily threw some particle board into the wing extensions until I had time to do better. The plan was always though to build them with substantial hard wood and put a router in the right wing. I finally got this done.

The panels are now made of pecan. The router is mounted under the wing panel closest to the cast iron saw side. This saw also has a function on it I like. It is wired with a keyed two way switch. You flip the key one way to work the table saw, and the other way for the router. This makes it impossible to accidentally, or absent mindedly run them both at one. This is a nice wired in safety feature.

My oldest son has been wanting to have a crawfish boil. I was worried about it because I knew it would be hard on my back doing the work of it. The two oldest boys though, that have left home, both said they'd help, and they did. We had a great time. It was a nice end to the official spring break. I had all my kids, all eight of them, in one place at the same time. I don't know what I enjoyed more, the visit or the food.

I'm sure many of you reading this will understand. You raise your kids right, and you know they'll be alright. There is nothing though like having all of them right in front of you at a given time. When you're sitting there looking out over your yard, and all of them are there, you know that, at that instant, all of them are healthy and everything is right in your world.

Today, as we have finally caught up on everything, I did start a new project.

This is a project I promised to do for my wife some time ago and just hadn't gotten to it yet. Summer is coming though and I think she'd like these done.

This is our patio set. The plastic straps are dry rotted and falling apart. I went and looked at new patio furniture. The prices are way out of my budget, and they are not built as good as these old ones. So I got the idea of saving these.

When I am done with them, I will post the end result and you can see how I save them. I have an interesting idea on how I want to do the job and I think you all will like it.

So that was our spring break.

I have loved spending the week with the boys helping me everyday. I have to admit though, it will also be nice to enjoy the quiet when they leave for school again Monday morning. I hope everyone's spring is turning out to be as nice as mine has so far.


  1. Sounds like a great time . I wish I had some boys to work and play with all I was ever able to do was make girls. I stopped at 2. Didn't need any more opposition. With they'er Mother that makes 3 to 1 . Glad you had a nice week.............Dr.Rock

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