Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hurry Up Spring!

It seems I am suffering from a "woodworker's block" in that I can't seem to find the motivation I lost. I have a couple of things to blame for this, one of course being the weather. We were treated to a taste of spring with a week of nice weather and of course all thoughts turned to the outdoor projects like the yard work, pond maintenance, etc. As the ball got rolling on these projects, fall decided to make a quick return and the weather turned cold and wet.

I had started redoing some cast iron and wood garden furniture we had; replacing all the weathered wood with some new cedar and repainting the cast iron frames. But I want to spray paint the frames with my HVLP sprayer and of course I cannot do this indoors. So while I have all the wood cut and sealed with 3 coats of boiled linseed oil, the project is at a standstill until the weather decides to cooperate again.

And of course the joints of my body despise cold and wet weather whether I am outdoors or not. This does not make for motivation.

It was great during the nice weather to have the garage door open again and to give the shop a good blow out. But as usual when working in confined spaces it didn't take long to mess things up again once I started on the garden furniture. My biggest woodworking bane is having to do a "clean up" before I start every project because I am not very organized when I work and things get left everywhere. That's a bad habit I will have to work on curing. I'll add it to my long list of other bad habits.

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