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Julie Mo

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  • Birthday 04/26/1951

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    Charlotte County Florida
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    Woodworking, guitar building, sailing, golf

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  1. Zeta wasn't a problem for us but Eta came pretty close, about 85 miles due west. Winds were maybe 40MPH tops with some higher gusts, and rain was no worse than what the rainy season produces. But what was worrisome was storm surge. At one point it was only a few inches below the seawall cap. That's about a foot higher than I have ever seen it, which is shown in this picture. And it still had another foot to go. Then yesterday and today, it was the lowest we've ever seen it. It's about 6' lower than during Eta. Every sailboat around here is aground, including ours and we had them dredge pretty deep. You should see me trying to get on and off the boat. I need a ladder! And that plant way on the right? We found that floating in the canal. Probably blown off somebody's dock during Eta. And that thing was HEAVY! It took two of us to fish it out.
  2. Installed the sail pack yesterday. Still don't have the main on yet cuz there's a storm brewing in the Caribbean that has a slight chance of coming our way. I also replaced the lazy jack lines. Once the main is on, the final adjustments can be made and the forward part of the sail pack can be secured to the mast. Here's hoping everything fits!
  3. But Carl, your Jag has no wheels! Does it have a Flux Capacitor?
  4. The faces are cheap Home Depot plywood. They sell it as Sandeply. I use it for drawer boxes and workshop cabinets. The trim on the two top drawers is curly cherry. I had a narrow strip that's been sitting in the shop for years. At the time I was thinking I'd just do doors so I wouldn't need much more cherry to finish. Once I moved to drawers, I couldn't bring myself to rip up a bunch of cherry just for a workshop cabinet. But I did have a couple of narrow boards that were sapele sapwood that produced enough wood to do the edging on all the drawers. I like your radius shelves under the workbench. It's practical in that it gives you good room underneath with little space to lose items buried deep in the shelving. My miter saw cabinet is 24" deep and when I initially installed shelves, things just got lost in the back.
  5. Yes. And thank you. I saw the slide out wing design on the Internet and thought I'd give it a try. It can do repeat cuts up to 6' and fully support boards up to 12'. Each wing can extend out, like the one on the left.
  6. Finished the drawers on the miter cabinet. Today the finish goes on. I didn't do the finish before putting the drawer fronts on because, with the tight tolerances, I knew I may have to plane down some of the edges. Turned out that wasn't necessary. I'll start the finishing after lunch. Along the way I saw a great deal on a 12" miter saw. My 10" Bosch lost the blade brake. Dust collection was horrible and it screamed like a banshee. So I bit the bullet on a Makita 12" slider with a laser, for these aging eyes. WOW! I had no idea how much better the Makita would be. I thought I'd be getting the laser, a working blade brake and better cutting capacity. I was surprised to find it also was much quieter, had a soft start (no jerking on startup), and amazingly good dust collection. I may not need that monstrous dust hood anymore. And it JUST fit between the top drawers. We've got a bathroom remodel coming up and I'll be making new cabinets for it. This should make that job more enjoyable.
  7. Thank you, Roger. Sails from Tyvek? Wow! But I can see how that might work. Though Sailrite could provide kits for our boat, I chickened out and let Doyle do it. But I did make the manufacturer's insignia for the sails. It's supposed to be an "A" made to look like a sail.
  8. Thank you, Per. And you're right, sewing canvas isn't easy. More than once (like every few minutes) I found myself so frustrated I had to walk away. Sometimes there's so much material, I can't make a turn. I have been very close to calling around to see what the cost of having the work professionally done would be. Then I remember the cost of the machine.
  9. I'm getting a little better with the Sailrite sewing machine. I started making a sailpack for the main (sail drops into the canvas sides and zips closed on top). This is a few pics of the process. I'm waiting for long battens required to hold the tops rigid. Sewing sailcloth to the Sunbrella canvas. The weight helped pull the materials along. The two halves sewn on the bottom and front edge Installing bottom grommets. I had to really smack them with that hammer hard because I had 1" webbing wrapped in 3 layers of canvas. I've also been working on cockpit cushions. I thought the binnacle cover was difficult. Cushions are FAR more challenging! This was the first one. What a mess! I have to redo it. On the second cushion, I used basting tape to hold all the pieces in place. Made it look like I knew what I was doing. The better one in place Still have 4 more to go and 1 do-over.
  10. I've been working on some end tables. I hate making tables. They are so boring. But I'm crawling walls now so about a month ago, I just jumped into it. This is where I am now, the end tables are just dry fit - no glue - I still have to make a bottom shelf on them. The wood for the end tables is the same wood the coffee table is made from but I doubt they will ever get as dark.
  11. That cherry cockpit table I built has been sitting inside the house "curing" while I tried to tackle making a new binnacle cover. First I had to learn how to use a sewing machine. That took a while but I'm still nervous because the variable speed pedal is so sensitive! Anyway, I finished the new binnacle cover using Sunbrella marine canvas in Aruba. Made some winch covers, too. Remove the binnacle cover and it's time to sit in the cockpit and relax! My SO did the brightwork on the coamings and trim areas. With the heat, humidity and rain, that was a challenge. Next project is making a sail pack for the main. I might actually get to the point I don't hate this seamstress stuff.
  12. Dishes. Windows. Vacuum. Laundry. And the list goes on...
  13. Finally finished the cockpit table. I was surprised to learn I had set it aside for almost a year! Trying to flatten the epoxy frustrated the enthusiasm out of me. My SO finally stepped in and did the flattening so I could finish. The hardware kit I bought even came with hooks to keep the table wings closed when in the stored vertical position I have to make a new pedestal cover before installing the table on the boat. We're researching materials and colors as we speak.
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