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Fixing the Hallway Clock

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Way back in '98 or '99 we found this beautiful clock at a yard sale for $5.

When asked if the clock worked, the lady said it did, but lost time almost immediately.  Instantly we knew the problem, she had forgotten Newton's laws of motion, and hadn't adjusted the bob or the lyre.  

The pendulum length dictates how fast or how slow your grandfather clock will keep the proper time. If you take time to adjust it properly, the grandfather clock can keep exceptionally good time for a mechanical timekeeper.
The longer you make the pendulum, the slower the grandfather clock.The shorter you make the pendulum, the faster the grandfather clock. Adjusting the speed of the clock is accomplished by moving the pendulum disk (bob) up or down. This is adjusted by turning the nut at the bottom of the pendulum. Moving it up pushes the “bob” (the round disk) up so the clock will run faster. If you turn the nut as to lower the “bob”, the clock will run slower. The pendulum disk is moved u…

The Shed Rehab: Finished!

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I think just about every project I lament my complete inability to estimate the time it will take to do a project, and this project was no exception.  The first post was way back on June 26, and here we are on August 11th and it's finally finished!  What I didn't figure was the the number of either rainy days, or days that were too humid to paint, not to mention some tasks II hadn't thought of.  First a bit of recap...


That's an odd-looking shot of when I first built the shed.  I forget exactly when I built it, but it was at least 15, if not closer to 20 years ago. That's really quite amazing because I built it on the cheap, back then we really had to pinch pennies. But the shed has held up well all these years! But alas, the ol' shed was really starting to show its age...

I started out by replacing all the corner boards, as well as the door and window frames, and added a sill to the window...


Then the frieze board (or whatever the correct name is) was adde…

The Shed Rehab: Finally Making Progress

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Summer's always interesting for getting projects done.  For one thing, depending on what you're doing, you have to be strategic about timing.  This is one of those projects!  When last we met, almost three weeks ago, the shed had been all primed and ready for painting.  

But then came the weather.  Between work, rain, heat and high humidity, there just hasn't been a good time to start painting.  Until today that is.  I had a day off work, woke a little early (not nearly as mom and dad though, those two wake the roosters!) and tried to beat the humidity.  And it worked - at least for one wall...

For now I'm only painting two walls, as the back and right side walls are hidden by fences, but the left side wall is going to be painted, but the humidity sky rocketed as I was finishing the front wall today, so that'll have to wait.  In the meantime, I got started on fixing up the window.  After replacing the basement windows way back in 1998, I saved the old wood windows…

A Storage Block for the Scroll Saw Blades

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Fair warning!  This is not an exciting post.  It's not an elaborate, intricate, complicated or grand project - not at all.  As a matter-of-fact, this is one of the simplest "projects" heretofore posted at 173!  It's even easier that some of the little shop gadgets posted back in January!


Come to think of it, this little ditty utilized a couple other scrap wood projects, and this one is made from the little length of 2x4 below:

The story is - last year my dad gave me his AMT Model 4601 scroll saw...

And with it came a whole bunch of saw blades!  The problem was, I could never remember where I put them.  So, today being so incredibly hot and humid outside (and I don't like either), I thought I would take a few minutes to make some kind of storage for them.  After cutting a small piece to 2x4 to length, I bored a few holes to about 3/8 of an inch from the bottom.  Oh, and in this picture you can see a couple of those scrap wood gadgets I made before...

From there, …