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I really need to stop here more often. A bit ago I was contacted by one of the members (I won't say who, in case he doesn't want it known) checking to see if things were OK with me, as I hadn't been here for awhile. I assured him I was still alive, I was sure because I'd asked one of my doctors a few days before. Always nice to have a professional opinion.
So, no issues really, just got sucked into a batch of projects, a gunsmith forum, and life. I did have cataract eye surgery for both eyes, and highly recommend getting it if you need it. Wasn't even knocked out for the second one, very interesting that. Now 20/20 in the right eye, a line less in the left. The major thing about it all is, now I have to have reading glasses to read. Good health, except for some quality of life issues, the usual, COPD, glaucoma, bad back, bad joints, lymphedema (side effect of lymph nodes cancer back when I had colon cancer), you know, the usual minor stuff. Just turned 75, still color in my hair and beard, and a whole lot of people think I am in my 50s or even 40s - comes from being pure of heart. Hehehe
Part way thru making a single shot .22 rifle, except for the barrel, and really need to finish it up, same with my banjo. Almost set the house on fire. Working on my cane designs, at generation eleven or so. Designing a float-able Titanic model for the grandson. Part way thru making a medium size piggy bank, if it ain't a pig it ain't a piggy bank, it should hold 2-3 gallons of coins. Then decided to make a slightly different pig, slightly larger, figure it should hold about six gallons of coins, just finished the design, need to make the masters for it, will just need three for this. Then decided to make another monster truck bank similar to the one I made for my grandson, except a LOT larger, keep getting different numbers when I calculate, but it appears it will hold somewhere between eleven and fifteen gallons of coins. This version will only need four masters tho, as opposed to nine I think it was for the original. Decided that was way too large, so shrunk it down to one that should hold eight gallon or so of coins. Then decided, what the heck?, and will go ahead and make the huge one too. Then I got curious about how much the coins would weigh. Started checking, got a LOT of BS, as usual, but finally got some answers that seem to be reasonably close - a gallon of mixed coins will supposedly weigh about 25.5 lbs (seems low, but I've got no way to check, so will accept it for now), and supposedly be worth around $293.76 (got no way of checking this either, but I roll my change and cash it in at the bank about once a month, and usually have between $50 and $80, and they seem no more than a pint. Being as there are eight pints to a gallon, the numbers seem a bit suspect. Regardless, a bank that holds even 2-3 gallons of coins is gonna be a tad heavy when its full. I'd post pictures of some of what I'm doing right now, but the software to download my camera is on the dead computer, and for some unknown reason my phone stopped sending photos to my computer. OK, this sounds like it could be accurate - $50 in pennies weights 34 lbs, and supposedly there are about 5,240 to 6,040 to the gallon, supposedly the coins were actually counted. Any way, even a bank holding a gallon will be a hefty load, and my banks are larger.
Ah yes, can't forget. My knees are too bad now to do much walking around our local pick your own parts junkyard. So, designing a gas-powered three-wheel off-road wheelchair junkyard crawler. I've got two scrap three-wheel ATVs, which should work out very nicely - firgure on making one for my son too, then he can pull car parts while I direct. I'll need a small engine, which will run around $100, new. I'll buy a used scooter muffler for it, they are supposed to do a very good at silencing them, unlike car mufflers. I may have to buy some steel tubing, however figure the total cost should be less than about $250 - it's a simple design and I've already got the donor ATVs for free. Now just need to find a place to do the welding, without setting something on fire. Ah yes, the wheels should be just narrow enough to fit between the wheelwells of my Jeep, so won't need a trailer to haul one.
And can't forget this, just finished the final details of a toilet paper holder. Saw a neat metal on at one of my doctor's, but it only held one roll. Hadn't seen one before, so started surfing on-line for ideas to make one. Didn't find a thing I really liked, not that would be even reasonably easy to make, and they only held one roll - I ran out once, and had to use paper towels, told myself that was not going to ever happen again. I'd been storing them under the sink, like everyone does, and out of sight, out of mind. So, designed a simple toilet paper holder, that will hold two rolls ready for use, and store 24-25 more. The really good part is, it goes in the open, so you always know when to buy more. I will never run out again. I was going to put one of my Wizard figures on top, then decided I didn't want some little guy staring at me, so will be putting a dog on top instead. And cut out with a sabre saw, and the rest all router work.
Looking at my monster truck bank last night, realixed the scale is a bit off, so will amend the final plan, which will be a minor issue, but will look a bit more real. The first picture is the draft plan, and the second picture is the final, detailed, plan. I do believe in 100% accurate plans. I'll try to get back more often, and post some pictures too. Later.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.