Monday, February 4, 2013

Super Sunday!

It was a beautiful day yesterday.  Sunny, warm, and football mania was in the air.  The sweet smell of BBQs and smokers sure did have my mouth watering!

And then, my sweet Camper daughter very thoughtfully told me where she could be reached in case I decided to spend this Super Bowl Sunday the same as I did last year.

Here's a sure sign that as I've gotten older, my memory has become much more selective - I looked at her blankly and said, "Uh, last year??"  She gently reminded me that last year I was unable to reach her or the Docs, and I'd driven myself to the emergency room to take care of a little accident I'd had with my table saw (here).

I'm happy to say that this year I did not need the services of the emergency room staff!  This Super Bowl Sunday I enjoyed some very tasty appetizers with Camper SIL's family.  I walked over listening to a good book, visited, ate, and walked home!  Never really did see any of the game.

I'd started a project on Saturday and spent Sunday late afternoon and evening finishing it up.  With the garage door open I could hear the voices of football fans traveling through the evening air.  Hearing the cheers and revelry made for a very pleasant evening.  And, I don't think anyone was disturbed by the sounds of my saw!

This weekend I tackled my Super pile of scrap lumber.  It turns out I'm a hoarder of bits and pieces of wood.  It all looks useful to me - even those skinny 2" pieces of plywood.  Really, what am I going to do with those??  I've promised myself that I'm going to set much higher standards for the wood that doesn't go into the burn pile - And, from now on, I think I'll be enjoying quite a few fires in the outdoor fireplace!!

I saw a very neat lumber storage system on the Wood Whisperer's web page.  His site is very interesting, by the way - some really cool stuff there!  Anyway this is my take on that.

Do you see it?  Don't feel bad - I wasn't seeing it yet either!
Still not seeing it? 

 What about now?  It's not exactly as I was seeing it in my head, but close enough!  
It has a large section in the back for large pieces of sheet goods (plywood), and smaller compartments in the front to hold short pieces of lumber.
See the casters?  It moves!

 You can't tell from these pictures, but the storage unit is mounted to the wall with hinges.
I added the wall mounted supports to hold long pieces of wood.
I'm still going to just stand my 2x material in the corner - I don't want that heavy stuff
to come crashing down on me!

I'll be able to swivel it out from the wall to slide large sheet goods into the back section of the unit.  
And, now I won't have to move lumber around in order to use my miter saw!  

Much better!
I didn't take a before picture because it was such a mess!  
(And, truth be told, I still have a mess of stuff sitting in the bed of my truck.
Maybe I'll tackle that pile of stuff tonight!)
Hopefully, I'll limit my hoarding to usable scraps, and now I'll have easier access to them.

What a Super, Super Bowl Sunday!
All fingers intact!