I have mentioned before about using 1 Second Everyday, and I have been using it since we left Cayman.
Whilst we were away in Austria last week we reached the 6 month point of living back in the UK, so here is the 1SE video of those 6 months:
Yesterday was my birthday, yay for me!
It was quite a relaxing day, after the kids went to school it was back to bed for a lie in which was a nice change. Then it was time for the ‘work’ for the day: building my table saw.
Thanks to the reviews that I read I bought a Scheppach TS30, I have never owned one of these before, but this one seemed to be the right combination of price and ability to do pretty hefty tasks as I have doors to make and whole Steading to convert and rennovate.
There were a lot of bits in the box:
It took about 2 hours to assemble. It wasn’t all that hard, but I misread the instructions a couple of times putting the legs on so had to take them off. Also the pictures in the manual are not all that clear as they are black and white photos so it isn’t immediately clear what it is talking about. Eventually though it was built and ready to make its first cut:
It worked perfectly, but then I realised that although I had followed the instructions the dust extractor pipe was on the wrong side so would get in the way of the wood as it was cut. The instructions were wrong, but the picture on the box had it on the correct side so I need to make that change before I use it in anger.
We then went out to look at some worktops for the kitchen and utility room before a spot of lunch at our favourite coffee shop in Inverurie.
After we picked up the kids we went out to my Brother-In-Laws (it is his wedding we are off to in Austria this weekend) for a birthday tea and a cake that Sarah had made:
It was delicious!
Today has been wrestling with Microsoft Office and PGP email encryption on Sarah’s laptop so she can use it when she is away (post is in the works as to how to make it work for Dummies), and the final checking of skiing equipment along with the Garmin Virb cameras we will be using to hopefully get some decent video:
Final packing tomorrow before a very early night before a very early morning!
It’s only taken 15 years, but we finally have a new door to get into the house! The old one was rotten and didn’t really keep the wind and rain out so it was one of the first things on the list of things to do when we got back.
We ordered everything in December, but it takes time to get it measured and made at the factory in Ireland and then shipped over. It also takes a surprisingly long time to install. Peter the Joiner was working solidly from 8 until 4, but the result was definitely worth it:
The problem we have now is, it looks so nice the rest of the outside looks decidely shabby.
Whilst that was being installed I set about removing the last of the rotten floor boards in the Steading. It didn’t take too long:
But it did make quite a mess:
We do now have a nice vaulted ceiling in the garage below though:
It was then time for Power Tool delivery of the day:
Today a new router and orbital sander were delivered for helping fit the new worktops in the kitchen. I just need my worktop router jig and a bit of practice and then I will be ready to go.
With the Steading tidy and all the wood being burnt it was time to use the log saw horse I bought last week but couldn’t use because the chainsaw needed its chain sharpening. Well now it has been sharpened and all I can say is, if you need to chop logs you need a Portek Logmaster. It makes the cutting effortless, it is a bit more expensive than your average saw horse, but it is definitely worth it. This was the pile of logs after about 20 minutes:
As it holds the chainsaw for you there is no fatigue and I was cutting up to 4 inch logs without a problem. I was also chopping logs that were about 12-15 feet long just holding them with one hand and chopping with the other.
All in all it is highly recommended.