Sunday Coffee in the Shop

Many items on the agenda this morning. Not the least of which is the… Fires Still Raging Our condolences and support to families in California and Oregon who have lost homes and valuable personal effects in the raging wildfires out west.  Talking to friends up...

WIGO: Depression Onset

WIGO?  What Is Going On.  And this morning the answer is “Oh, nothing much – just Joe Biden’s Depression getting organized. No – not a political assessment – just what our charts over on the Peoplenomics side of the house are hinting at. ...

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: Ultra-Make.com & New “Old School” Resources

If you haven’t deduced it by now, Ultra-Make.com is likely the main deliverable nearing the end of my next book “The 100-Year Toaster.”  The book is a critical view of the wrong-headed globalist resource squandering of the past 150-years and what we...

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...

Making: Imagineering our “Screen Porch”

Cast Members Only time:  We covered this (and  more) in a recent Peoplenomics column about how we are “Imagineering” our home.  That discussion also went into the “Imagineering processes” used by “Walt Disney Imagineering” (WDI) and...

Making: The “Hot Rod Table Saw”

A simple rap today on the fine art of table saw improvement.  The table saw, especially when you match it up with a good set of Shark blades and a nice dado kit, is one of the more useful saws in the shop. This week I went through the process of getting mine set up...

Prepping: Ham Radio Weekend (2 of 2)

In the Saturday report we got into the basics of restoring an old transmitter.  Like restoring an old car, what could be so hard, right? Well…Let’s sit back and take a look at the radio chassis after taking off the front panel: This is after taking the...

Prepping: Ham Radio Weekend! (1 of 2)

My late friend and colleague, Don Stoner (W6TNS, sk) had a marvelous saying about ham radio.  “Ham Radio is the King of Hobbies….” There was a good deal of truth to that.  Few realize, for example,  that King Hussein of Jordan was a very active ham...

Making: Project Chunking, Stick-Welding

Def. “Tool Slut” A person of any age or gender who can’t resist having just the right precision tool for every task, regardless of how obscure.  As in this example: I don’t know about you, but seems to me that it’s the time of the year...

Making: The Decline of Surplus Stores

Surplus stores have dried up across America and it has resulted in something of a problem for those of us who are “makers” – that is, people who can pick up bits and this and that and turn it into something useful. My first experience with surplus...