Journey in the Woods

Monday, January 08, 2018

Organizing the charger wiring

*Finally* got around to getting my battery chargers wired in properly.  I've been working with these things 'on the fly', just carrying them around and using jumper cables and stuff to get through the proof of concept stage.  Now that I have it all worked out, I mounted the two different battery chargers (that create 27v or 54v DC from 120 AC from the diesel gen) in the electronics area and wired them in with super thick cable.

Now I can simply start the diesel gen and plug either of these in at the outlet and charge either the house (tops out a 56.8v ) or the freezer batteries (tops out at 27.1v I think).  

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Little Table Refinishing

Who needs a little card table?  No one, really, but...

Got quite messed up by rats while in storage, and it was already cracked and poorly repaired when I got it from my mother.  

I decided to put a little redwood stripe in it, for flair. It was also very handy. 

Thursday, June 08, 2017

More Outlet!

So, for a long time during building, Melissa and I argued about how many and where outlets should go. I didn't want to put more in the kitchen because I wanted to limit the number of possible gadgets that could be run at any one time.  That was dumb.  With basically only one outlet available, when we both are doing stuff, often one person is in front of the one outlet.  

So, years after realizing this and pointing it out to people, I came up with an idea on how to add an outlet.  Once I had the idea, it only took me a couple of months to get around to doing it, and then only an hour to actually do the work.  

I cut a hole in the veneer and plywood between the pantry shelves and dropped in an outlet box.  The box sits inside the pantry shelf that houses a 5 gal bucket, which rarely comes out of there and doesn't bump it anyway.  

So, finally, we have increased our outlet accessibility by 100%

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

refurbished a hand plane

I didn't need another one - this is the exact same model as the one I use, that was my grandfather's... but I couldn't let it sit and rust away.  I hand carved (obviously) a replacement front handle and found a screw to replace the lost one.  Got all the rust off, and put the blade on my grinding wheel - ready to go!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Woodshed

So, my junky old woodshed spot was looking pretty sad, and I decided this extra wet year that it isn't big enough to hold enough wood to get us through these longer wetter weeks, so this old thing had to go:

I went over to the neighbor's, who has a treasurer trove of materials that need to be pulled out of the woods.  I found these old HVAC ducts:

So I grabbed a bunch and flattened them out as recycled roofing tiles: 

Then organized some old-but-still-solid pallets:

and then put the roof on:

Monday, February 20, 2017

Rescued flat griddle

Happy with re-seasoning this old rusted griddle.  It's super heavy - like 50 lbs or so.  Great to fry a bunch of stuff over the fire, all at once. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Bits of fix up

The third try at setting up a 'greenhouse' sort of cover for my work space, to keep things relatively dry and less sloppy.  I think the arched roof will succeed in not pooling up the water and crashing apart.

Finally got around to fixing up my 'ax hog log', the chopping block I use with hatchets and such.  It wasn't level, and struggled with the slope of the hillside.