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  Canoing and procrastination
  Posted by: booztalkin on Jan-31-14 2:34 PM (EST)

In the decades I've lived in my house, I always meant to have a built-in cabinet in the dining room. There's a little corner that cries for it.

I started drawing out plans for the cabinet. I got distracted, and stuck the plans in a drawer. I knew they were here somewhere and finally found them. For whatever reason, I dated the drawings: 2/17/2007! Man, I thought it was a year ago, two at most.

So, I was looking over the plans trying to refamiliarize myself with this postponed (I almost wrote aborted) project. Ah yes, there's a drawing of the front elevation, drawing for the base cabinet carcas, drawings for the drawers, drawing of the slide details, drawings for the top carcas and shelves, drawing for the doors on top, drawings for... what the heck? It's a layout for seat and thwart placement in the Chipewyan canoe I rebuilt in 2007, paddled for a few years, and sold a few years ago.

The top half of the page has shelving details. Then on the bottom half is a sketch and rough measurements for seat and thwart placement. And there the cabinet drawings stopped.

Can I help it that rebuilding a canoe was more rewarding than making a cabinet? Both are interesting builds. A cabinet is useful, but it's just a thing that sits there. The feel of a canoe is rewarding from the first paddle stroke, plus it's useful for hauling you and your stuff to places you can't otherwise get. The cabinet just holds stuff (and a canoe can do that, too!).

Ain't it funny how the brain works?


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  I've seen plans for splitting a canoe
  Posted by: g2d on Jan-31-14 2:44 PM (EST)
crossways, standing one half, and putting shelves in it.

A guy in my neighborhood split a Dagger kayak, stood the front end up by the street, and made it into a mailbox housing.

Canoevergent thinking, that's the answer.
  Your brain is working well.
  Posted by: spiritboat on Jan-31-14 3:04 PM (EST)
I'd always choose to build/rebuild a canoe, before building a cabinet...Heck, I'd prolly build a canoe before building my own house! (One can always sleep in a canoe, right?)

Now that bit about thinking 2007 was just a year or two ago--You may want to speak to a medical professional about that;-
  Been promising the wife
  Posted by: pirateoverforty on Jan-31-14 11:26 PM (EST)
To build a new back porch for almost a year now. Swore I'd finally get to it while I was off two weeks for the holidays. I got a new canoe right before vacation started and didn't have a place for it and I was already storing some on my trailer under a tarp so I put three stacks of cinder blocks under the old porch to stabilize it, knocked the back wall out of my shop, put a 12x20 extension on it, put in storage racks for 4 canoes and extra braces in the ceiling to suspend my two longest kayaks from and finished up just in time to go back to work.
  Who ever compliuments you on a
  Posted by: string on Feb-01-14 8:03 PM (EST)
cabinet? A nice canoe however...
  There IS a price to be paid
  Posted by: PJC on Feb-02-14 8:21 AM (EST)
for that kind of thinking... I just paid it. Let me explain.

I live in an old farm house dug into a hill with an exterior basement entrance. Every spring the water from the snow melt on the hill washes past the basement door for a week or so. I've been watching one side of the door frame rot for at least five years now. No big deal to tear it out and replace it, but I go to work, go to sleep, and whenever I can I go canoeing. And the door frame just sits there.

So last week I come home and the water doesn't work. Go to the basement to check it out and the basement door is wide open, swinging in the wind and its -20. The frost had lifted the frame just enough to kick the latch out from the door. All the pipes frozen solid and the pressure gauge reading 90 psi from the pump pushing against the blockage. Expansion tank frozen bad enough so it won't even slosh when rocked gently.

Well, you know the drill. Shut off the pump, break out the propane heater... etc. When it all gets thawed, there are five split fittings. And by 2:30 am I had replaced all but two expansion bulbs (that I didn't have parts for) but I put cut off valves in to isolate them. Water restored, hasp installed on the door.

Thing is, plumbing is a real pain with that canoe on saw horses taking up all the basement floor space that isn't furnace or work bench. Where do you stand to solder? But we must protect the canoe... Royalex with wood gunwales. Has to be in the basement so it doesn't get cold out in the shed and crack, you know. D'oh.

Canoeing and procrastination, procrastination and canoeing, life goes on... but there's a price to be paid. S'pose I ought to get around to replacing that frame come spring?
  Nice to know it's not just me
  Posted by: booztalkin on Feb-02-14 11:50 PM (EST)
Thanks Pirate and PJC.

The open door incident stunk, but that could have happened with a new install, too. Lucky you had fittings hanging around.

I have a door frame rotting, too, but only a half cup of water comes in if it rains real hard and the wind is from the south. My problem is I don't know how to stop the rot, it'll just happen again, and my plan is to let it go and replace it before we sell.

  No, not just you...
  Posted by: PJC on Feb-03-14 7:18 AM (EST)
Having some fittings (previously used, BTW)kicking around has been a norm for me for many years now.
What really WAS lucky was that I had the tent heater I usually use for winter camping in the back of my truck rather than in the rented storage shed and that I had some left-over propane from the camp stove to use with the torch and heater. And that I used Type L copper rather than Type M when I did the basement in the first place - so no pipes split - just fittings.
And plenty of time to rummage around and find the stuff. If there's anything more boring than watching paint dry, it's watching pipes thaw. Rummaging around looking for stuff and cleaning used fittings passes the idle hours.


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