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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Dishes. Windows. Vacuum. Laundry. And the list goes on...
  7. 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.
  8. We did peel and stick tiles in our basement in the last house. When the floor was poured, they laid visqueen down first but that often gets pinholes when the pressure of the concrete presses on the 3/4" limestone below. So you could say the floor is questionable when it comes to being sealed from moisture wicking up. IIRC, the tiles were installed in the early 1990s. And they were still there when we sold the house in 2015. The only tiles that came loose were the ones that had something heavy dropped on them, like my son's weights. I was really surprised how well they stayed down. If you decided to go this route, I'd seal the floor first. That should give the tiles a good surface to adhere to. But if there is any give to the floor, that could present some problems. BTW, when we were selling the house, a couple realtors suggested we replace those tiles. This picture will tell you why.
  9. I had a Craftsman 6" jointer for years. It had the power to handle whatever I threw at is as long as I adjusted the depth of cut accordingly. But after a while it became harder and harder to keep the table halves coplanar. I ended up giving the jointer away and bought a Lie-Nielsen #62 low angle jack plane. It changed my attitude toward woodworking. It made it much more enjoyable. While it takes longer, I get more satisfaction from the end result. (I also ended up buying more L-N planes, so you have to be careful going this route. It's addictive!)
  10. Varnishing, varnishing, varnishing! When will it ever end? Hopefully, soon. Now that the table is done, it's 34 year old washboards for the companionway and a folding cockpit table I made. The heat and humidity here have made this a very slow process.
  11. The last time I removed wallpaper was also the time I vowed never to put it up again.
  12. Remember the days when there was no left and right for science and medicine?
  13. Hank, The problem with laminate flooring is it requires conditions typically found indoors, particularly in the temperature range. So sitting on a floor that may be substantially colder than the air temperature could cause problems. Sheet vinyl would be a good choice. But you would need a glue unaffected by vapor or temperature swings. Exterior grade paint is always an option. You could insulate the base of the shed with foam boards typically used for the exterior of basement foundation walls. That would reduce the temperature swings which would help minimize moisture issues. If you were building new, you'd lay down insulating board and put a vapor barrier over that. But I think if you insulate around the perimeter of the base, that could work well enough. Julie BTW, SO is significant other
  14. So if your spouse or parents or children were killed by the virus, that is how you would react?

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