Sunday Advance Preps: Ham Gear & Sharpening Tools

While we’re waiting for the market to crater tomorrow…  [May load slow due to length and a zillion graphics]  This may be a bit on the “longish” today, so if you need to pee or get coffee…better do that first.  We’ll wait for...

An All-Purpose Labor Day Letter

Market are closed, but we never stop working around here.  Menu this morning is a few grisly headlines, shop action, a contributed cardboard miracle begins, and a proud papa note.  Oh, plus a side of weather change and “crank the mower” time. Ready?...

IQ versus MQ – Multiple Shop Notes

Several items on the Sunday morning coffee list. You pour while I muse. IQ Versus MQ The couple up the “mountain” from us became parents a couple of months back – as we were reminded when a post card of their ‘work product’ arrived this...

One Other Shop Note

Got up early this (Sunday) morning and a few minutes before sunrise, had a successful “test firing” of the new Harbor Fright Dust Collector: Not terribly noisy – and the old (small) unit will remain installed in a through-wall set up.  It will be...

Shop-Talk Sunday: What is “Enough Tools?

Earlier this week another “Tool Project” came home:  The radial arm saw. To be sure, it will be a bit of work getting it into 100% to my standards of readiness.  There may be some paint, a few rust spots to be “cured” and lots of elbow grease. ...

Prepping: But At Thingiverse?

No doubt, one of my favorite readers well scream at me about my twisted-up understanding of “digital assets” but for those paying attention, the discussion is worth having. There are, in Ure’s judgment, two distinct classes of “digital...

Prepping: Tuning Your IA&O Skills

IA&O means Improvised, Adapt, & Overcome skill.  Yet they are simple as pie to hone.  It’s just that most people are too damn lazy and wouldn’t recognize a chance to increase the surrounding world’s conveniences and comforts if it smacked...