Category: hobby

Unexpectedly in Aylesbury, UK, on a Hope for Safety

A friend has traveled to Aylesbury, UK, and needs a bit of backup. May she not need this, but if she does, then it is here, ready to go.

Midand House, 42 Buckingham St, Aylesbury HP2 2LH, UK
GPS: 51.818926, -0.814910
Plus Code: 9C3XR59P+H2

Unexpectedly in Aylesbury, UK, with hopes that she will be safe and that good luck will keep her well. GPS: 51.818926, -0.814910 Plus Code: 9C3XR59P+H2 Google Maps.

Unexpectedly in Aylesbury, UK, with hopes that she will be safe and that good luck will keep her well. GPS: 51.818926, -0.814910 Plus Code: 9C3XR59P+H2 Google Maps.

The Chinese says:
搜索”加油站”,自动取款机 sousuo jiayouzhan,zidong qukuanji: search for gas station, ATM

Delta Miter Saw 36-070c Blade Guard Repair

Delta Miter Saw 36-070c Blade Guard Repair. Photo by Don Tai

Delta Miter Saw 36-070c Blade Guard Repair. Photo by Don Tai

I bought this Delta Miter Saw model 36-070c part no. 899880 (0012) used at Goodwill for a pittance, not expecting much, but it has been going strong for the last 5 years. A couple of days ago the blade guard did not retract when the saw goes down to cut. I had to manually move the blade guard up to make a cut, which was annoying. The repair required some accurate and slow drilling with my tiniest drill bit, and 3 tiny screws. Now the blade guard goes up and out of the way when the saw goes down to make the cut.

Scroll Saw 3d Relief Cuts in Wood

I saw this scroll saw technique on the American Workshop show and would like to try it someday.

Instructions:

  1. drill a pilot hole tilted 2º to right
  2. tilt scroll saw table 2º to left
  3. cut counter-clockwise for relief outward. The cut piece will pop out of the wood surface

Here’s another set of instructions on scroll saw relief cutting.

Some day, some day.

Garage Door Torsion Spring Tension Adjustment

My garage door was getting a bit heavy. It seems like I should have been doing maintenance on the door every 5 years or so, and did not know. The counter-balance to the double door are 2 torsion springs that give the door an assist on the way up.

These torsion springs are under tension. You need to get special 1/2″ diameter winding bars that insert into the holes, and then undo the two bolts that hold the spring to the main bar, then turn the winding bars to add tension, followed by retightening the two bolts. I strongly recommend the winding bars and no substitutes, but I did find some 1/2″ diameter bar in my garage, and it worked out tight enough.

First Tongue and Groove Joint in Wood

First tongue and groove joint in wood, a long time coming, and a series of steps. Photo 4 by Don Tai

First tongue and groove joint in wood, a long time coming, and a series of steps. Photo 4 by Don Tai

I watch the Woodsmith Shop on OTA TV, and am always amazed at their accuracy and precision. It is not just that they have all the fancy tools, but also that they have tuned their skills to get accurate results. In the reality of my world and my skill I can only approximate their level of expertise. This is my first tongue and groove joint in wood, the result of a long series of steps that took discipline and thinking. As I have no money I have to make do with what I have, which is fine. This is life.

Walking around Urumuqi, Xinjiang, China

China, Xinjiang, Urumuqi, Midongnan Lu, Bingtuandekun 新疆,乌鲁木齐, 米东南路, 兵团德坤, This is the front gate

China, Xinjiang, Urumuqi, Midongnan Lu, Bingtuandekun 新疆,乌鲁木齐, 米东南路, 兵团德坤, This is the front gate

I am in Toronto, but can use Baidu to virtually go to China. It is fun to be able to walk through China and take a look. Today I went to Urumuqi, captal city of Xinjiang, China. Urumuqi, Xinjiang is not only far, but probably off limits to foreigners. The map is old, pics taken in 2015. The place I wanted to go is not yet on the maps.

新疆,乌鲁木齐, 米东南路, 兵团德坤 Xinjiang, Urumuqi, Midongnan Lu, Bingtuandekun
GPS: 43.901088, 87.612782, Plus Code: 8MM9WJ27+C4 These locations are inaccurate due to Chinese national security laws

Reducing Fat for Guys over 40: Important Hormones

These hormones are important to burning fat, especially belly visceral fat

  • cortisol: stress hormone, fight or flight response, should peak in morning, gradually reduce in evening, melatonin increases to aid sleep, decrease.
    -Long and slow cardio workouts boosts cortisol,leads to muscle loss, so avoid, increases cortisol levels, increases appetite
    -lack of sleep: increases cortisol
    -low carb diets increase cortisol

  • estrogen: female hormone, suppresses T, decrease
  • insulin: keep insulin levels low, reduce carbs and sugars. intermittent fast resets insulin levels
  • testostrone: burns fat, give us energy, builds muscle, boost
    -you need cholesterol, which turns into T; low fat diets shrink T
    -resistance training: short metabolic workouts, burns energy after
    -T is created at night, so need good night’s sleep

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Scarf Joint for Wood: Elegance and Strength

Scarf joint with a wedge, in wood.

Scarf joint with a wedge, in wood.

I have seen this joint in old wooden barns and houses in Britain on TV, and always wondered how and why it was done. Was it difficult to do? A random youtube video showed me how. While I do not build houses, from an engineering viewpoint it is educational to understand why it is so strong. No sources state the origins of this joint.

The scarf joint is elegant and also strong. The joint can be planed down flush. There is a lot of long grain glue surface area.

Bostitch BTFP02011 Pancake Air Compressor: Resources

Bostitch btfp02011 Pancake air compressor, 150psi,6 gallons

Bostitch btfp02011 Pancake air compressor, 150psi,6 gallons

Picked up I did, a Bostitch BTFP02011 Pancake Air Compressor. It needed some work, but seems to be intact. As I have no compressor or air tools experience I needed to learn form the ground up. Here’s the start of my air tools journey. This compressor looks robust and made of metal. It has the capacity of 150psi. The canister is 6 gallons.

Docs
The user manual is easily found, and actually quite short. I do read all manuals, especially tools. It was a short read.

The Allure of Imperfection: Wabi Sabi

I have heard about wabi-sabi before but have not grasped the meaning. This article grasps the concepts.

Originating in Taoism during China’s Song dynasty (960-1279) before being passed onto Zen Buddhism, wabi-sabi was originally seen as an austere, restrained form of appreciation. Today it encapsulates a more relaxed acceptance of transience, nature and melancholy, favouring the imperfect and incomplete in everything, from architecture to pottery to flower arranging.

Wabi, which roughly means ‘the elegant beauty of humble simplicity’, and sabi, which means ‘the passing of time and subsequent deterioration’, were combined to form a sense unique to Japan and pivotal to Japanese culture. But just as Buddhist monks believed that words were the enemy of understanding, this description can only scratch the surface of the topic.

侘寂

pinyin: chà jì Japanese: 侘と寂 わびとさび