I came up with something completely new! Something never ever done before! I’ll revolutionize my woodwork and that of everyone who reads this! I made… (drum roll)… a planing stop! Such a lockdown is great for finally making some long postponed projects.
I had some water damage recently in the northern germany refuge, due to a defective pump and a resulting overflow of the respective reservoir. So I came up with the idea of installing a water level indicator system to it, enabling me to have an eye on the filling level in the future.
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I refurbished the cyclone dust separating addon (click for an explanation!) for the shop vacuum – finally, after about two years of not being really content with the old one. Got a new and more durable bucket for it, added an air vent and installed it in an unused corner of the shop.
As usual, this is not a professional setup and also my vacuum cleaner is a little weak in the chest, but it’s enough for my small shop and it cost me next to nothing. Now the new one works perfectly and it’s ready to go.
Damn thing is that now I don’t have an excuse anymore to clean the shop.
(The Image above is NOT stolen, although it looks like so. I just reused a tin that I already had.)
I made some wood wax finish again lately that really works very well and I wanted something to care for for my leather items as well. Leather Balm is cool for keeping your leather items good-looking, water-proof (to a certain degree), soft and nourished – thus – well cared for.
Applied and used properly, it’ll make your leather last a lifetime. Summarized, you want to provide for your leather with natural oils and fats and at the same time protect it from the elements as good as you can.
I watched a very inspiring YouTube Video lately from a guy who made himself a meat slicer. Now, since I’m rather productive making bacon, dried meat or sausages every so often, I decided that I wanted one of these too! Mine is not as sophisticated as his (he is definitely “carpentry level: god”), but it works and I’m proud!
Thinking about various occasions where an “emergency kit” might come in handy lately, here’s also my list of things that I carry around with me by default – I don’t even notice it in my pocket anymore. Nobody needs any more than that if he’s not in, like, Canada’s wilderness 🙂
There was a veritable winter storm with much media coverage sweeping over germany the last days. I got stuck in traffic (harmless), the weather got worse and worse and I had some free time to wonder about what I’d do when there’s a real SHTF situation of that kind. Here’s what I came up with for a wintery, cold and unpleasant car-sticky-situation:
I wanted to try to build the simplest possible balance scale because I saw one being used in an internet video (1:01).
The principle is known since the ancient world (thus, in german it’s called “römische Waage” – “roman scale”) and it’s fairly easy to do. It’s not known for precision and accuracy, but it’s a nice example of the lever principle in action. I made it “no fuzz”, so just to test it and there’s definitely potential for improvement. It was a fun weekend project and this is how it works:
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