Ending the year

Been having a look at the stats for the end of year – not too shabby.

This December has been the highest rated month since the blog began, with over 38000 hits (directly, not counting social media/email adding another 20000 (min)).  That also makes it the month with the highest average number of hits per day (1235).

2013 happens to also have the highest daily average over the entire year (1002), and therefore the highest total number of hits: 366027 (plus social media).

Glad everyone is enjoying the place!

Episode 97 Upgrading the SuperNova2 to Infinity

Episode 97 Upgrading the original SuperNova2 to be a SuperNova2 Infinity chuck, with quick-change jaws

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It may not be woodworking, but we all enjoy a cold beverage of some description, and we have all been stuck on occasion wanting it cold a lot faster than conventional methods will allow.

Here is a quick look at a way of using a power tool (drill) and a bucket of ice, along with a Spin Chill bit (from SpinChill.com who I found through Kickstarter (crowd funding)) to get a bottle or can to drinking temperature in 60 seconds.

Day 2 – Wrapup

Another Friday, and more progress on the shed build.

Today commenced with work on the back section of the shed.  Although this is an integral part of the shed (and once it is finished, will be seamless), the engineering has it as a separate ‘shed’, only one missing the front wall.  This basically means the shed has a couple more posts than it really needed, but they don’t take up much space, and overall it adds to the shed’s overall strength.  With a little working out, the guys again demonstrated why they are on the job, and why I didn’t (and shouldn’t) do it myself.  What took them a short amount of time to work out what had been designed and supplied, they also had come across similar designs on other builds, and knew what to look out for, and some quick steps to get the height of the gable spot on.  Not only does this mean that I haven’t had to spend absolutely ages working out what had been designed, but a lot of rework that would have also have happened.  Instead, it is getting done right, first time, and if you assume that I could work pretty quickly, and only be no worse than 1/2 the speed of the experienced guys, (3×5)x2 = 30 days.

With the rear section frame worked out, work commenced on sheeting the main side wall – the 4m high one.  That was clad (and insulated) for most of its length before the next task began.  Installing the roller door.

A couple more posts went in (and I thought we’d done our dash on those), which then had brackets set at 3.1m  With no winch or crane in the vicinity, the roller door was man-handled into position.  This included the use of a couple of ropes with hoops tied every 1′ or so.  One end then the next were pulled clear of the previous hoop, then inserted into the next (higher) position.  Interesting point to note – the mezzanine floor still extended right up to the roller door, so there is an additional 2m2 of storage under the roller itself.  Not great space, so probably easier to just discount it completely.  The mezzanine is also higher than it appeared it was going to be, with the girders going on top of the main beams – even more height for the ground floor which is good.  It does mean that standing room on the mezzanine is limited (more of a slouch-walk!), which does correlate to what I was expecting.  Can’t remember what we originally designed, seeing as that was done in April!  The dust extractor should still fit ok nearer the centreline of the main section on the mezzanine.

With one working on the roller door, and the other two on the rear wall, hard to decide where to set up the GoPro for the timelapse!  Having to predict where the work is going next is tricky too, to ensure the camera is in the right place at the right time.

Next, once the rear wall was insulated and sheeted, the rear door opening was cut through the insulation (the panel that would otherwise have been where the door was, was left off), and the top hats making up the rear wall were cut for the door.  It comes complete with frame, and is a solid looking affair.  Much better than any door on the screw-together sheds!  This one is a fully welded door, skinned with colourbond steel.  It opens and closes perfectly – again it is going to be so much better than what I have been dealing with for years!  The roller door will make getting machines and furniture (etc) in and out a piece of cake.

Gutters done, roof top hat joists done, mezzanine joists screwed down and day 2 was complete.

With (almost) all the framing now complete, progress should again appear more rapid, as cladding of walls and roof will be visually more impacting.

Just have to wait another week for the next day of progress.

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Episode 96b Shed Build Day 2 Timelapse

Day 2 – Complete

Day 2 Lunchtime

A turner’s Christmas tree

(From a Teknatool/Nova Facebook status. Fwiw, they are looking to give away a full set of Nova Infinity chuck and related gear for someone to review it)


Xmas, here & gone

No posts for the last few days- probably not surprising. Hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas! Any cool toys…uh tools under the tree? I found a Festool Ti15, so that will be a useful addition.

I had some hex bugle headed screws that I couldn’t drive with a corded drill (burned one drill out), or with a 100Nm Makita impact driver (which got returned straight away), so used that to test the Ti15. Not a problem!

The shed build (theoretically) recommences tomorrow. Here’s hoping.

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