It's coming along. I won't be able to finish before Christmas but I should be able to use it some to make some presents. Not bad for someone who doesn't know what they are doing, I think. All construction lumber that I squared up with hand tools. Hand planes are fun.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
I've spent the last few weekends working on making the garage a bit more suited to working on things through the cold months. The attic is now about 95% insulated over the garage (I ran out of insulation or it would be done). The cold air used to just blow in the eaves and down through the drywall seams. I still have to get the seams done on the ceiling but what a difference the insulation makes! The main wall of the "shop" side is all nice and pretty now. Time for some proper shelving and some cool posters and motorcycle ephemera. It's far from done in there but I've got to get things back to
normal usable so I can get the wife's car in there and work on a few things for Christmas. The overhead door has had some issued since I moved in and I've finally gotten it weather tight...ish. It's no submarine but I don't think I'll have snow drifts on the inside like a few years ago and you can't put your hand through the gaps in the woodwork anymore. Apparently the previous owners thought if you just wrap the rotted wood in aluminum it will keep the rain from flowing in. For the record, this is a fallacy. Now I'm working on putting things back where they belong and cleaning up the mess. Between the rock wool fiasco from the walls, the residual fiberglass of the attic, and the drywall dust it's pretty dusty in there. I've been wearing a dust mask almost every time I spend any time in there. Yesterday I did not and I'm feeling it today. I believe dumbass is the term for folks doing things they should not when they know better. Speaking of dumbass, I did not take any before photos. I'm going to have to look around because I may have a pic that shows the minty green goodness of the old wall. I can compare that to the new grey wall. It's not the coolest thing ever but it's coming along. Hopefully I can get in there and work on some bike projects soon and some house projects as well. I've got two saws to restore and I need to remodel pretty much my entire house.
Here's some Dusty that's a bit more palatable.I should have some Sportster news soon. I have a box scheduled to arrive tomorrow that should include some pretty cool stuff. Well, that's subjective but cool to a guy who is missing plenty of parts for his Sportster.
Monday, November 04, 2013
I'm taking the opportunity of having my garage torn apart to...um...restyle. I've got plenty of old ephemera and posters etc... that are stashed away. A lot of good it does me having them stashed away right? The one wall I have to work with was covered up by junk but now it's a clean slate. Do you have any examples of groovy bike garages that you'd like to share? Let's see em.
I used to have some better examples but I had to purge the computer. I only have a two car garage and really only have about half of that to work with so I won't be painting a 4 x 8 foot Yoshi logo.
|I dig the mural|
Nice Yoshimura logo
Posted by Surly at 9:51 AM
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
No, not gonna be all negative Nancy. I was hoping to get a little work done on the Sportster but it just didn't happen. I went down to the Grumpy Unk compound for a few days to help clean out the barn. Turns out Unk was a bit of a pack rat and not really into barn maintenance. I was supposed to have three or four folks to help me and we had big plans. Yeah, it was just me and the wife with a little help from Therapy Boy. Good kid, that one but he was nursing some bug so wasn't 100%. No big deal. The wife took care of a huge burn pile and kilt' a snake with a pitchfork. Makes her sound tough but she felt horrible about it. She just meant to move it. My plan was to come back and get the garage dialed in for the winter and then spend a little time with my kids. I got a little done on the garage and there's never enough time with the kids. That means I didn't do squat on the Sportster. I have a deal pending on some parts and an idea or two for some other things but I need a place to work. The garage is a flippin disaster at the moment. The idea was to tidy up the drywall that was never finished...in 1977. And insulate the attic and exterior walls. I won't go into the nightmare that was blowing insulation into the wall. What a fiasco. The important thing is I need a warm place to work in the winter. The garage was just to drafty and cold last winter to get anything done. Boo Hoo, right? O.K., enough bitching. Soon it'll be winter so I'll get it all nice and tidy so I can work on the scoots and maybe get a few honey-doos done as well. Have a fun Halloween. Eat too much candy, life is short. Unk preferred gummy bears. I'm more of a chocolate guy.