Bench Shavings – 5/06/17

It’s been nearly a month since I last posted. I didn’t anticipate that. I also didn’t anticipate only spending a couple hours in the shop during that time. April was a much needed month of cleanup in the back yard. It was starting to get out of control, and over the course of probably a week I was able to tackle almost all the issues. There’s still a branch overhanging the back fence that I haven’t been able to reach. There was just that much overgrowth.

I also repaired both lawn mowers. The push mower required a new carburetor and a gasket, the riding mower a fuel filter and a carb cleaning. I even fixed the power assist feature on the push mower, something that had been broken for a couple years at least. Might help on the backyard hills keeping things tidy.

My attention the past few months has been divided between other passions and pursuits and not woodworking. I started thinking more about getting out and about the outdoors, including offroading and, something new to me, overlanding. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the overlanding videos on YouTube, much more than any woodworking ones.

Something else that has interested me is music. I was able to install a new head unit in my old (now current) vehicle. I get to listen to a wide variety of music, podcasts, streaming music…so much. I’ll have a post on this soon, I wrote it some time ago but forgot to take pics. But even more than that, I’ve restarted my decades-old mission to finally learn guitar. I bought a Fender Squire Series Mexican Strat back around 1995 or 1996, but never made much progress. A few years ago I bought a dreadnought acoustic. A new Guitar Center opening up near me rekindled that desire, and a desire to own my holy grail – a Les Paul.

So, I found an Epiphone version that was in excellent shape and had some extras and ordered it. I also have a new amp on order, because the old bass one I had was busted. So, I have no excuse as far as equipment goes to finally learning. My days will probably be spent doing this where I have a few minutes to spare. It’s just something that has been in the back of my mind for years, and a store close to me finally pushed me to do something about it. Here’s a pic of the entire family.


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