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Homestead Update 11/13/16

13 Nov

This week I have spent most of my time cleaning up and rearranging my workshop. I am making a French cleat system for hanging my tools.

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As I was making the cleats, I realized I needed to make an out feed table for my table saw. I think it turned out really well, although it is fixed so that I can’t move it by myself. I have some modifications I need to make to make it foldable as I get the time.

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Before I started, I bought this Incra Precision Miter gauge. It is highly accurate with an expandable aluminum rail. It has a fold down fixture for holding the wood, as well as T-tracks for adding additional accessories.

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I also bought this Woodpecker brand precision T-square. This thing has holes bored in every 1/16th of an inch that you can stick a pencil lead through to get highly accurate measurements.

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I used those tools to make this exact width dado jig for my router.

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The jig allowed me to cut dados for a shelving unit that are so tight I really don’t even need glue or screws to hold it together. All of my other tools are from Sears or Harbor Freight so it has been really nice being able to use some high quality equipment for a change!

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Oreo and Kensey didn’t care for all that sawing going on. They spent some time out in the shop with me while I was cleaning and reorganizing but when the sawing and hammering started they retired back into my “Man Cave” and curled up in my old recliner. I hope to be far enough along with my project to post some pictures next week. Until then, keep prepping everyone!

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Homestead Update

14 Jun

I’m going to make this post short and sweet just to let everyone know we are still here. I’ve had two nice sunny, dry work weeks where I put in 70 hours each week so I didn’t do much around here except the usual mundane tasks like mowing and picking up limbs. I did manage to take several pictures of interesting things that happened the last two weeks and I will save them and post them as soon as it rains and slows my work down a little.

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I pulled into a farmer’s shop and these two adorable mutts came out to greet me. I started to bring them home with me!

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I turned on the Air Conditioner in my man-cave and wouldn’t you know it, my cats still prefer to lounge around outside in the heat!

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Most of the trees and berry vines I planted in the orchard last year are doing well, although I did have a few casualties. I picked the first blueberries of the season and ate them straight off of the vine.

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I took off early enough one evening to attend a get-together dinner for my SILs birthday and we ate at a restaurant I have not been to before. I had the blackened grilled oysters as an appetizer and they were delicious! I am going to visit that restaurant again!

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Outside the door, they had this old shipping pallet painted to resemble a flag. I have noticed some of these as I drive around on my daily routes so I guess that is the newest fad. That is a nice use of some old junk I guess, good thinking! More to come as I get more time, keep prepping everyone!

Wooden Shop Work Table

31 May

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I built this wooden work table for my shop out of 3/4 inch plywood and 2X4s to make it nice and sturdy. I wanted it to be mobile so I can shove it around against the wall and keep the center of my shop open. I could put a shelf on the bottom, but for now I am going to keep it open. I plan on keeping my generator and shop vacuum underneath the table.

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I used a 2X4 to attach locking 4 inch casters to each side of the table. Pictured above, the wheels are in the upright position, allowing the legs of the table to sit solidly on the floor.

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I found all sorts of plans on the internet on putting wheels on the table and using foot levers to raise and lower the wheels. I decided to keep it simple. All I have to do to lower the wheels into the rolling position is lift the table and use my foot to fold the hinged wheels underneath the legs and the table is ready to roll. To set the table on the floor, I simply lift the table and flip the wheels out with my toe.

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If you decide to try this I have one tip to help you out. I used my vice/anvil to bend the hinge about 3/8 of an inch up from the hinge pin. That way you can mount the hinge to the side and the center pin will be up off of the floor. Otherwise, when you flip the wheels up, the metal hinge will be supporting the weight of the table instead of the weight resting on the legs. It only took me 30 minutes to install the wheels and now I can roll the table to where I need it then roll it back out-of-the-way when I am finished. Pretty simple.

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This was the first time I used my new vice and I was amused when I took it out of the box. It came with instructions! In my opinion, if you need instructions to operate a vice, you have no business using power tools of any kind!

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Sometimes when I am working in my shop I let my kitties come out of the man-cave and help me. This is the culprit in the motor cycle seat scratching incident. What? Who me? I’m just laying here minding my own business!

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Oreo started out on my work stool helping me. A little while later I heard a noise over my head and thought what is that?

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I looked up and there he was climbing around in the rafters! Of course, he then wanted me to help him down. I should have just left him up there! Keep prepping everyone!

Homestead Update

25 Apr

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I had to work three days this week; still I managed to get the bathroom finished in my shop. The walls are painted, the fixtures are set, and the water lines run and hooked up. We had one connection leaking but we managed to get it stopped. I still need to hook up the septic tank, but I have to wait for the rain to finish tonight. I didn’t want to dig a six foot square hole and have it filled with rainwater tomorrow.

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After we hooked up the water supply lines, I used the stopper and filled up the lavatory to check for leaks. Kensey jumped up and stood in the water with all four feet and proceeded to splash the water out with his paw. Thanks for the help! Oreo was in the other room sleeping, he didn’t even come in until we were finished.

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While I was working, I saw this air conditioner housing in the middle of the road. Being a good Samaritan, I stopped to put it on the shoulder before someone hit it, and I noticed the mesh grill on the back. I immediately realized I had a use for that.

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I pulled it loose and carried it home to cut into 3 inch squares to cover the holes in my swarm traps to prevent the birds from coming in. I can get at least 24 hole covers from this so I won’t have to cut up my rabbit cage wire. I painted the three swarm traps I made and I will put out another one tomorrow. I will have one at the back and one at the front of our property. Oh, the Red Fox showed back up this Spring. Sweet Thing and I both have seen him out in the daytime just about every day this past week. He trotted past the dog pen one morning and Wilma barked at him a little bit but Jethro just stood there and watched. Some watchdogs you two are! Keep prepping everyone!

Swarm Traps, Homestead Update & Roadside Treasure

18 Apr

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I finally took some time to make some swarm traps today. As you can see, I have a large, medium and small size to see which works best. The small size is made from the 10 frame medium super I found on the roadside last Spring. It has propolis and wax on the inside so it should have that good bee smell already. The middle size is made from a new 8 frame deep hive body and the large size is made from a pine 1X12. When I found the 10 frame super I also found 2 frames still intact with old black wax and I will put one in each of the new boxes. Some of the people I’ve read recommended that, but some said not to do that because it would attract wax moths. Well we shall see, after all, this is a new learning experience for me. The weatherman says we will get some storms and rain tonight and tomorrow. If so, I will put a couple of coats of paint on them tomorrow. The lid on the small trap has a single coat of paint I put on it already today. I used a partial can of  paint I bought 17 years ago that has sat in my storage area where it probably froze and thawed repeatedly over the years, but I think it is still useable. Does it have some lumps and clumps? Yes it does, but I am just painting hives with it so I can just flick off the lump when I see it. The bees won’t care if it is a perfect paint job or not.

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When I brought the two boxes of bee supplies over to my shop, I set them in the man cave while I went to unlock the back door. By the time I had walked around, Kensey and Oreo had already spotted the boxes. “Hey what’s this? This stuff is new, we need to check it out!” Thanks for the help guys.

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I had to make a new burn barrel because the previous one finally fell apart. It lasted 2 years but between being weakened by the heat of the fires and the @#$%!! raccoons crawling in and out of it the wire finally broke down. I’m using rabbit cage wire so I have about $10 invested in it as well as 1 hour of my time. That’s much cheaper than the $459 model from DR Manufacturing I reported on last year!

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I also bought this little jewel. I have a large, professional model Troy-Bilt weed eater with the chainsaw attachment. It is a fine heavy-duty machine, but it is difficult to start for the first time of the day, especially if it hasn’t been run for a while. But you can plug this electric starter into the end and push the button and it will fire right up. It cost $29 but it prevents a lot of cussin’ and fussin’ on my part!

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I also found this roadside treasure this week. It is a brand new double roll of plastic warning tape, similar to police crime scene tape only it says “Warning, Buried Electric Lines.” Who knows I might need to mark off an area as off-limits some day and this will do just fine. I made Sweet Thing jump out of the vehicle and pick it up, by the way. She wasn’t too pleased about that! I guess that is enough for now, keep prepping everyone!

Homestead Update and Cute Cats!

27 Jul

Hey, tagging with cute cats always gets extra hits, so here we go.

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Poor ole Kensey had to go to the vet last week to check out a bad sore place on his nose. The Vet said it looked like a fungal infection so he scraped it off and gave me some medicine to smear on his nose twice a day. Kensey sure doesn’t like it, he avoids me now when I go into the cave with him. If you look at the picture you can see his one gold eye and one blue eye.

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Oreo says why all the fussing over Kensey and not me?

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It was a hot day even with the AC running so they like to lay on the concrete because it’s cooler.

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They have been getting on my nerves lately because they were turning over their water pan every day. I had to come in after work and build this wood contraption to hold up the water bottle so they couldn’t tip it over. Now if they will just not take their paws and splash the water out just for fun!

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There are a lot of these wild morningglories blooming in the area. Pretty aren’t they?

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I saw these bee hives near one of my fields and this is the first time I have seen them in this area. These hives are old and worn looking, so I guess someone just found this new place to set them out.

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I also saw these nice healthy calves. When I stopped at first they ran and hid behind mama.

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I sat there for a minute and they became curious and came out to see what I was doing. Hopefully I will have a calf or two on the homestead someday. Until then, keep prepping everyone!

Cute Cats!

2 Jul

I was in my Man Cave working at my desk and my cats decided to climb up and help me.

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They both plopped down right in the center of where I was working. Really helpful, guys! They are from the same litter and have never been apart, but they have distinct personalities, much like children from the same family. When I go over in the morning to check on them Oreo comes to me and he wants about 2 minutes of petting then he will go away. Kensey, on the other hand will sit there and let you pet him for as long as you are willing to do so. Kensey will spend most of the day in the outdoor enclosure and Oreo stays inside where the AC is running. Oreo will use the litter box and he covers thoroughly. Kensey does his business then he climbs out and drags his foot across the floor pretending he is covering. I have seen Oreo go to the box and cover Kensey’s stuff for him! When it rains, Oreo will be inside nice and dry, Kensey will go out and play in the rain.

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“Hey, Whatcha doing? Let me help.” You can see Kensey’s one blue eye and one gold eye. ( you could really see it if the camera on this phone wasn’t so lousy! ) Someday I am going to have to get a new phone just to get a better camera. That’s kinda sad isn’t it?