I’ve been upgrading and modifying the dust collection system in the Workshop Barn.
I use my Starrett 6” machinists ruler constantly in my work in both the wood and the metal shop. The ruler on the bottom, which I inherited from my Father, can always be found in the pocket of my shop apron.
After many years, I finally retired it in favor of a brand new Starrett 6” machinists ruler, the one on top. This one sports the superior “satin” finish that is so much easier to read. In my hands, it feels different because the corners are sharp whereas the ones on my Dad’s are subtly rounded after years of use.
I don’t know whether it was the dry winter or the extreme cold in December, but the California poppies are having the best year ever. The hills are covered with them and rock outcroppings are often surrounded by a sea of psychedelic orange.
It’s Springtime and there’s more newborn lambs in the pasture.
My son, Marty, has been getting a lot of attention for the animations he’s creating on Instagram under the name @Hombre_McSteez. Last week I visited him and took some pictures as he created a little animation goodness in a parking garage in Redwood City.
Chris, the electrician, and Cory bring several conduits to the surface at the future location of an access vault.
Q: How do you make it rain during a drought? A: Just begin a project that involves digging a thousand feet of deep trenches across your farm.
After Monkey Movies, the recycle bin is full.
The finished mobile clamp rack, in industrial safety paint, holding all of my woodworking clamps, with plenty of room for more.
After putting the clamp rack into service for awhile, I studied its strengths and weaknesses. Accordingly, I added one more internal rack for one-hand clamps, and then declared it ready for the finishing room. I decided to give it an industrial paint job, with safety striping.
I first washed the whole thing with tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) which is excellent for prepping steel, followed by a coat of primer. Next, I painted the bottom half a bright yellow, then I used blue masking tape in a sexy diagonal striped pattern, which you see here. Next, I’ll paint the whole thing black, and when that paint is dry, removing the blue tape will reveal bold yellow stripes.
Cory is in the trench and Dominic is at the controls of the mini-excavator as they dig their way towards the Tall Barn. The trench will carry electrical power, Internet, potable water, and irrigation water to the barn. It’s all part of what I call “The Big Dig” where we bring water, power, and communications to the four outlying barns on the property.