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Old 05-21-2013, 11:32 PM   #7651
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Seems like I managed to blow a whole day and not get much done. But I did get the drill press assembled and made some plugs. I forgot how long it takes to make those with a small press.

Pretty easy to tell the difference between red and yellow cedar.
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And I did manage to cut about 250 small shingles, got them cut with the diamond tip and the first coat of varnish on some and paint on the other.
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Also took a shot at moving the auxiliary outboard from the bracket to the transom. A job which should have taken 5 minutes... maybe.

After loosening the two clamps which hold these things on, I went to lift the motor off the bracket, but it wasn't interested. There's a handle on the outboard - well, there was anyway - which is used to lift the motor and carry it around with. So you might think it would be reasonably strong. I grabbed the handle to lift the motor up, and me and the handle took a highly unceremonius dive on to the floor of the boat, while the motor just sat there very calmly.

Now, under normal circumstances, that broken handle would receive propulsion into the stratosphere the likes of which would make NASA proud, however, this time I let it live for another day.

It turned out that the tilt mechanism was rusted firmly in the upright position, and even after repeated attempts with a crowbar - a tool with which I am intimately acquainted I might add - it refused to move. So I sprayed a generous amount of every type of fluid I had on hand here, WD-40, liquid wrench, oil, old coffee and let it sit for awhile. Only then did it move at all, and just a small amount at that, even with the crowbar.

I did succeed in fixing it to the transom, and with the added leverage now available to pull on the motor, it eventually made it all the way up. But very stiff I must say. Moving it up and down a few times started to make it a little better, but I fear it will be permanently this way.

All this effort was in an attempt to be able to drive the skiff out to the sailboat to retrieve the plywood and lumber which I brought back yesterday. Unfortunately, the tide fell about 8" short of floating the boat, so all this effort was in vain...at least for today. Maybe tomorrow...
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It's a little hard to tell what this is, but it's the middle wall from the old water tanks after it met its' demise courtesy of my chainsaw. Only hit about 10 nails, so the chain should be salvageable.
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It seems that when the Ceanothus (California Lilac) bush blooms , the whole lot happens on the same day. The bees love these plants...dozens of them buzzing around it all day.
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Both the tide and weather co-operated this afternoon, and I was able to bring back the lumber and plywood from the sailboat. The alleged 6hp motor acted more like a sick 2 horse. Maybe if I wipe out the barnacles it will improve. Still and all, it doesn't run well. I don't think that Dr. Al ever used the thing.
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Not a very big load, just a dozen 2 x 4's and 10 1 x 6's. Can you believe I had to pay nine bucks for an 8' 2 x 4 cedar??? Criminal!
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The whole lot fit easily on the lift for one trip.
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We went through a number of iterations in the sky this afternoon, everything from bright sunshine, to a black cell over Cedar and Nanaimo. This guy was in there somewhere.
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The small table by the steps to the solarium was treated to a 1/4" mahogany plywood top some time ago. It now has two coats of varnish and needs a few more. But it looks like it will turn out OK.
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Immediately opposite the table is this cedar divider...now with three coats of varnish...still very wet here.
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Good gravy Keith, $9 for a 2X4 cedar, the only good side of that is it is furniture grade lumber compared to what we get down this way. The cedar 2Xs we get have so many knots in them it is ridiculous. By the way how do you power your lift, that is just way too cool.
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Good gravy Keith, $9 for a 2X4 cedar, the only good side of that is it is furniture grade lumber compared to what we get down this way. The cedar 2Xs we get have so many knots in them it is ridiculous. By the way how do you power your lift, that is just way too cool.
Morning Jim...well, they have the nerve to call this cedar "select". I'm starting to think that we must have a definition problem here, this is hardly select. Not a single piece of this cedar is old growth. The end grain tells the story...all cut from very young trees just about out of the center of the tree. I did have to pick through a fairly new pile though, so at least I was able to get the best of a mediocre bunch.

The lift is an ancient 1 h.p. motor geared down with a chain drive, on an old steel skid. I picked it up about 15 years ago from a chap over in Nanaimo. Good thing I got it when I did, because I sure couldn't move it now! It weighs a ton.
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Select? If that were wider it would be FAS here. You should see some yellow pine 2X4s from the center of a tree, you can hear that thing twisting and bowing, if you don't nail it up quick it will crawl off.

That is just too neat Keith, you come up with some really cool stuff. If you happen to have your camera when close to the lift would you post a picture of the motor and mech, that would be interesting to see.

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