I wasn’t in the shop much in August so it’s been awhile since I done one of these posts. Mostly it’s been too hot or too busy to get much shop time. I did make progress on my new shop cart built from recycled wood. As of today it has wheels, sides and a frame to hold it all together. Next step is putting the top on, some drawers and doors. At the rate I am progressing I figure to have it ready by November. November 2016.
My shop isn’t very big so taking pictures can be a challenge at times. If I was planning ahead, I would have taken a picture of this during the day out on the driveway.
Here’s a picture from the other side. This cart has a number of functions: house my air compressor, nailers, supplies and the top is the same height as my table saw so it can double as an out feed table or assembly table. Most likely though it will end up holding a lot of junk.
Another thing that’s kept me busy is the garden. It’s needed a lot of work. We had one of our shrubs out front die and I got tasked with cutting it down and digging out the root. Easy. I’ve done that a million times with my trusty pick axe. I love being able to grab the pick axe, head out into the garden and take manly swings at dead plants.
However, I had a problem this weekend. Here’s a picture of my old, soon to be disposed of pick axe, next to its replacement:
Yes friends, during one of my manly swings at the roots of the shrub, I bent the blade of my pick axe. I didn’t think that was possible. In a way it’s a bit sad as I’ve had that pick axe for about 20 years and it’s cut through countless root systems.
I’ve come up with three possible reasons why the blade bent:
- I am stronger that I realize
- The axe was defective
- The shrub is actually composed of some kind of living concrete that is strong than iron.
And for the record, the stump is still in the ground and I am afraid to hit it with my shiny new pick axe.
If you need me – I’ll be out front with the shrubbery,