Well the storm "Ikea" left it's mark in Houston and the surrounding areas.
Galveston is a mess if you have not seen pictures. We have been with out
electricity for 11 days and we have been getting kind grouchy. Fortunately
it has been unseasonably cool starting 2 days after the storm. Typically
the weather returns to hot immediately after but not this time. We gathered
at a neighbors house on their covered deck and drank wine almost every
night. I have a few new brands to try out Swingman. My son had to go
back to college on Wednesday, my wife went back to work yesterday. Oddly
most the public schools started back today.
I have been in 4 previous major hurricanes and they all had a common last
syllable that sounded like the ones in Carla, Celia, Beulah, Alicia, we
almost got Rita 3 years ago almost to the day so I have determined that this
storm was not really Ike, rather Ikea.
I had just started a kitchen revamp job the week before the storm and having
been with out power for 11 days and I am behind schedule. My customer and
neighbor 3 doors down was with out electricity for 11 days and is not
rushing me. ;~)
My 4 most recent fence jobs held up splendidly. Each took the brunt of
the north winds and stood unscathed. The last was 75' long and stood 50'
away from the nearest structure so it took the total force. Attached older
fencing went down on all counts. One of my last customers wants me to put
in another 90' or so.
Anyway, I'll be cutting thick Maple veneer to resurface the existing kitchen
cabinets on my current job. Sample cuts allowed me to easily produce 5,
1/8" thick pieces from 4/4 x 5.5" wide S4S stock with hardly any sign of
tooth marks. Resawing with the Laguna BS and a 1-1/4" Resaw King blade
allowed me to resaw the 5.5" hard Maple almost as fast as I could push the
stock. Following those cuts with a light pass through the drum sander
should make this an easy task.
Good to see that you came out of it ok. Just a quick question if I may. I
was wondering about the oscillating bit on your Domino. How does it hold up
for sharpness? Can they be sharpened or just replaced and have you had to do
so in either case?
Thank you sir. The bit screws on and off so that you can change out to
other sizes. They have a female thread that goes over a male threaded shaft
on the Domino. The bit is carbide and from what I understand can be
resharpened on the end. They sell for about or less than a decent spiral
carbide router bit. IIRC less than $40. I have cut probably 1200 mortises
in various materials including MDF and see no significant reduction in
performance. Basically I am not at all concerned about bit life. If you
purchase the Domino tennon assortment you get an extra 5mm bit along with an
additional 6mm, 8mm, and 10 mm bit. the Domino come with a 5mm as the
All you have to remember is he's the guy with all the Festools. I'm betting
they were one of the first things he secured against possible damage from
Hell, if I had a Domino, I'd probably sleep with it.
No, we would just run it for about 3-4 hours out of 12. enough to keep
the freezer and fridge cold and a couple of hours at nite to have some
lights and fans. It was hot in July when the storm hit!! Power was out
for 12 days....
Ditto ... Ran it about three times a day, twice, for a couple/three hours
each to keep the fridge/freezer cold, and once a day, when the sun was over
the yardarm ... but then only long enough to draw a pitcher of margaritas
out of the blender.
Tried to give it to Leon when my power came on first, but he prefers red
wine, or a good sour mash whisky.
Thas rite, thas rite. I'll have to say that Swingman on several occasions
offered everything just short of the world to help us cope. Fortunately we
were able to endure. It might have been a bit too much for us all,
including the Great Dane to have "moved in" with he, his wife, and Grace.
The big thing last night and this morning was staying awake much past sun
down and much past early dawn. Lectricity Lag messes up you biotanical
Hehe ... wouldn't have been a problem. Despite the 100 lb +/- difference in
weight, Grace, AKA "The Shop Cat Who Pays Rent" (to listen to her bitching
and moaning), could probably whip that big pussy, Mocha, "The Great Dane",
into shape for you! ;)
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