Monday, June 17, 2002 - Bulkhead Continued: It's been a whole week and a lot has been going on! (When you're retired there just aren't enough hours in the day.) I reserved this morning to work in the shop and was on the job bright and early. I started beveling the second sheet of 4 X 8 plywood to complete the bulkhead scarf. Midway through the process I noticed that the suction on my electric planer had ceased to function and that my vacuum hose was plugged up. The reason for this malfunction is shown below:
It helps to empty the vacuum once and a while, folks!
I had beveled a 3/4 inch piece of 4 X 8 plywood in addition to beveling numerous sheets of 1/4 inch plywood without clearing the vac. Apparently my planer vacuum attachment is extremely effective! New rule: Empty the vacuum after every use.
I finished the bevel in record time and was ready to glue the scarf. Unfortunately, my shop assistant, the one who helps me lift the plywood on and off the horses, got all gussied up and went to lunch and shopping with her mother. Normally I could easily move the plywood by myself, but the beveled edge is paper thin and I didn't want to chance dropping the sheet on the floor and breaking the bevel.
On to another story. Several weeks ago I was at a garage sale and the resident asked if I "knew of anyone who wanted to buy some lumber." I asked him what he had. He led me around to the back yard and showed me a stack of mahogany!!! I tried hard not to show any emotion. "What do you think something like this is worth?" he said. "I really don't have any idea" I said. (He who names a price first when horse trading always loses.) "How about $50?" he said. "I'll go $40" I said. "Done" he said. As it turns out, he had bought the wood from an old man on the beach who had used it to build a hurricane door about 50 years ago. The wood is about 1 3/4 inches thick and about 8 feet tall. It's solid, straight, and there is no trace of bug infestation. I got the stuff in my van and was out of there as soon as possible. It'll probably make good bright work on the boat and I'll use several 1 1/4 X 1 1/4 pieces to make the posts for the back side of the cockpit entrance.
Here I stand beside my new mahogany! I don't even know if they cut it in this dimension anymore, and if they do what it would cost.
More to follow.