My timberframing class

I got back from my trip to Maine/Boston where I took a Timberframing class. Here are some stitched photos as well as some normal ones. Excellent class. There were 38 students with a very broad demographic. Two father/son pairs. Three couples. A guy who’d just finished high school wanting to do architecture. 8 construction people. A bunch of retired people wanting to build their own homes. 5 engineers. A paramedic. I learned a lot; the teacher is an excellent teacher with lots of cool stories to keep you paying attention. I did more chisel work over a couple days than all my previous experiences combined. Here’s what we built:

gas mileage driving to LA

Day before yesterday, I started driving to LA with my sister, Jovan. We’re in SF now. Since gas is over $4, I decided to take it slow, keeping the cruise control at 60. Most, but not all of the others on the road were faster, but not flying by.

I filled the tank whenever we stopped somewhere, first after about 250 miles, and then again after about 200. In both cases, I calculated about 31.5 mpg! The EPA mileage for my car is 20/25 here’s the gov site for that

I was pretty stoked. Last time I drove down, I think I got about 27 and I think I was going 65. Let’s say we go 1000 miles. That would mean 37 vs 31.7 gallon. At $.25/gallon, or $157.4 vs $134.9. 16.7 hours vs 15.4

Birds and the Bees

Robie and I took a beekeeping class htis past Saturday and we’ve decided to take the plunge. The guy teaching the class had an extra "Nuc" of bees that we bought from him on Sunday. On Monday morning, I got the stuff needed to setup a hike and last night we moved the bees into their new home. "Nuc" stands for nucleus. You take some of the bees from an existing hive along with a couple frames of honey and larvae and for a new colony. Frames are the honeycomb boards in the hive.

a flat benchtop

A couple years ago, I can across an article in Shop Notes about making a workbench top out of douglas fir 2x4s. I tried it and it works well. That hardest part is flattening the top. I don’t have a 24" jointer and I’m not that good with a handplane.

The I came across someting on the internet on using a router.

the trick is a sled on rails that are known to be parallel. I screwed the rails to the sides of my bench and used winding sticks to ensure they’re parallel.

Once the rails are in place, I have a jig that slides along them

Here is the results about halfway through the process.

 

Jenga

So last night, I joining my friend Sarah for her birthday at Kay’s bar for their trivia night. Because Partrick the owner wasn’t there to help out, there was no trivia. We almost left to go play shuffleboard when someone found their monster Jenga game. Same as the store game except the pieces are made out of 2x3s. Very cool. Here are some pics from my phone. click to enlarge. Notice the one of Bryaunna getting on a chair to place a piece.