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Old 08-06-2011, 12:48 AM   #5191
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The day I picked up the foam, I also called the flooring guys to see if they had any more of the Terra Cotta grout in.

Last time I needed 5 bags, and they had exactly 5 in stock. This time I needed 4 more...yep, you guessed it, four they had. Muchas gracias senor!
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It was a beautiful day for a crossing, sunny and almost no wind.

But when I was approaching the mooring in the bay, just making the last tight turn, the motor died. Hmmm...strange, it was running like a well oiled sewing machine all the way over.

So I lifted the motor, and it had managed to find itself a big chunk of weed.

I used a boat hook to get most of it off, and this is what was left. I did the forward/reverse trick several times, but it still didn't all come off until I got out of the boat and removed it.

The chunk in the water is about 3 feet across...that's what I got off the prop.
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Moon shot - August 3rd at 8:15 pm local time.
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The following evening at 9:05 pm. local time.
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Aside from all this tomfoolery there has been some constructive effort put toward the house.

The big main floor area is now all grouted and has received the official stamp of approval from wife number 2.
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I have been anxious to get at cutting the arbutus wood up to make the bed, but there has been a log - an old hemlock I think it is - sitting on the log deck for ages, uncut of course.

I think it has been at least two years since the mill was run to any extent, which meant that there would be some maintenance necessary - read a whole bunch of time to get it ready to run again.

Anyway, there was no trouble at all with the old engine, started right up.

It needed to have the blade(s) sharpened, so I did a couple.

Here's a blade on the sharpener which I have just done.
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The first time I pushed the mill down the track I could hardly move the darn thing. It was OK after the return trip, probably had something stuck in one or more of the wheels.

This is the log that was on deck, 21' 6" long.
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Taking off the edges of the log provides us with firewood, and here's what I will have to cut up tomorrow. I dare not let it pile up like last time.
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The log produced several 2 x 8's, and they are being cut up to make the surface on a float which we hope to use for the skiff at higher tides.
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At the moment, I can either tie the skiff to a line which can pull the boat out about 120 feet, or it can be taken out to a mooring in the bay.

It is both easier and safer to keep the boat on the line, as this part of the bay doesn't get anywhere near the north-west winds that come into the main part of the bay.
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There are 5 shelves glued up right now, and that may be all I need. One is in the living room all cut to shape and sanded, here are the other four after being run through the planer, but no other finishing.
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I think I want to have the bottom shelf about 5" or so off the floor.

So I will be gluing up some red and yellow cedar for the base pieces - with the yellow going right on the floor. It is much tougher than red, and is also resistant to any moisture which from time to time might be there.
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Wow, you have really been busy Keith. Thanks for the pictures, the ones of the flowers are so bright and colorful it feels like we should be able to smell them, they are absolutely gorgeous. I always love your pictures of the sky over the water with the mountains in the background. The picture of the moon shining on the water made me feel like I was out on the water fishing, drinking coffee and just kicking back relaxing.

Your shelves are looking great, they are really going to look fantastic when complete. I really do like the contrast in color. Your floor turned out beautiful also.

Keith, did you get your Honda motor fixed? Several of my friends have the 4 cycle motors and love them much better than the 2 cycle. I bet it feels good to have the big boat back working again.

Buddy thank you for the pictures of your mill, I broke out in a bad drool. I would have to figure out a way to make the mill pull on its on, that would get to me quick. Thanks for all the pictures and for taking your time to explain and show us how some of your projects are going. Just amazing to say the least.
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Hi Jim...yes, I seem to have the Honda working well. Starts first pull and runs smoothly, so no complaints.

There was one thick board left on the mill from yesterday, and I was reluctant to cut it in half, due to the blade getting so close to the dogs. But this afternoon, I took just over an inch off the top, which left me slightly over 1 1/2" of thickness left. That can be used for the second section of the float yet to be built.
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I put some weatherstrip on the bottom of some of the exterior doors a few days ago, and thought I might pass along a handy little trick.

When you go to cut the weatherstrip off the side jambs, it is a bit difficult to mark where the ends have to be cut to get a good fit. For the first one, you sort of have to wing it, as the strip will be too long and won't fit between the jambs. Don't forget to cut some off both ends, otherwise, you will likely take out one of the screw holes, which isn't a good idea.

So after you have the first one done, use one of the cut off pieces to mark the side weatherstrip for cutting. I use the Fein tool for that and it works a treat.
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