Good Morning everyone. As you all may be aware... IT"S COLD!! Even in southern Louisiana...It's cold. I feel for those in the northern country because they're frozen. It's been in the low 20's here the last several nights and we're not used to it. It's been nearly 20 years since it's been this cold. This cold doesn't make for a conducive work environment in the shop. Normally I'd be wishing for A/C i the 3 long hot summer months but this winter I was wishing for heat.
I didn't have to wish long. I remembered I had purchased an air handler with heat strips a few years ago. I never hooked it up...until a few days ago. It took some work but it's running. It is still rather chilly in the shop but it's something to cut the chill. The back door was kind of drafty so I dug out an old theater curtain I'd acquired a few years ago and hung it up on the back door. Helps tremendously.
Now on to the really exciting news...
A couple of days ago, while soaking in some warmth before going to the shop, I had a knock on the porch window. "UPS" the guy says. Hot diggitty...the back knives for the the lathe are here. This was my Xmas present and some New Year joy all in one HEAVY box. I went out and brought it in. I couldn't wait to get it to the shop and opened it on the living room floor...well...some of it. These are really cool. Now I've got to get them on the machine and start making some sticks. But wait....Did I mention it was COLD. Even with the heat in my brick shop, the temp doesn't get above 55-60 when its 20 outside. That's a lot of brick to heat up. To explain my dilemma, the machine hydraulics do NOT like the cold weather (as I've explained previously) so today I will be going out to get an oil pan heater, for diesel trucks, to stick on the 12 gallon reservoir. It should be enough to keep the oil warm so the pump won't struggle so much to start. I should be able to get to setting things up and turning some stock by Friday.