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Weekend Update

I've been pretty busy over the last couple of days, using new tools, building stuff and finishing up stuff. Friday I went and visited my Dad. We spent the morning looking for bookcase plans so we can make my birthday present - two new bookcases. We finally settled on this plan, hopefully we'll be able to get the wood this week and get started. We spent some time checking out types of wood and grain patterns so I can get something that will go with the rest of the house. Afterward, I helped him make thank you cards so he can send out his retirement thank you notes. We stuck a picture of him on his motorcycle on the front of some blank cards and they turned out beautifully. I never thought I'd be able to say that I introduced my Dad to simple card making. That's just crazy.

Saturday, Dad came down to help us put bird blocks in the eaves of the house. The birds have been using the ventilation holes for nesting, and since we just painted the house we needed to prevent them from doing it this ear. Dad has an extendable ladder, so he brought that down to help us get up there. Afterward, my husband and I picked up the supplies we needed for doing the electrical work and building the new cat tree that will save the new drapes from becoming climbing toys. We even managed to get most of the electrical work done, but for some reason the new outlet wasn't working as expected (and it was getting dark) so we had to leave the power off. Troubleshooting electical work isn't a good thing to do when you're tired, so I'm very glad that we quit when we did.

Sunday we were able to finish the electrical (one wire wasn't clamped down properly, so the copper wasn't touching the outlet right) and get that back together. That was one of the best things we've done for this house in a while. We replaced a non-functioning light switch with a functional GFCI outlet. So now I can put my 10 gallon fish tank in the best place for it. We also managed to get some work done on the new cat tree. I got to use the radial arm saw, sabre saw and drill successfully. I'm so excited about this I can hardly stand it. I've been fighting with drills ever since I first tried to use one, and yesterday I conquered the dang thing. It will now do what I want. I'm still scared of the motre saw (it jumps when you start the blade), but the radial arm saw is no sweat at all. I'm hoping that Dad will let me use most of his tools while we're making the bookcases. I need the practice on the table saw and biscuit cutter.

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Ooh, nice bookcase. I want to line an entire room with bookcases (only way to get my books out of storage) but lack the woodworker acumen. Perhaps you should go into business as a cabinet/bookcase maker. Market yourself as custom cabinets for IT people who want O'Reilly books on one shelf, etc.

I love tools. I'm envious of your saw use. What's a biscuit cutter? Whatever it is, it sounds like fun.

A biscuit cutter cuts thin football shaped holes in the side of a piece of wood. It lets you build a strong joint without using nails. It's so much fun making the little football holes and then filling them with the football-shaped pieces of wood. It's actually funny to look at. I love playing with tools and making things.

Oh, that sounds like fun! I love playing with tools, too. And I love hardware shops. I think I love them as much as I love shoe shops.

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