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April 25th, 2010

Selling some stuff

I'm cleaning the garage/shop and decided that it is time for me to sell a couple of pieces 
The pieces I want to sell are
English wheel with anvil and complete die set.
12 ton hydraulic pipe/tube bender
22 ton H-frame hydraulic press
Conley 9" production pewter spin caster

If you or anyone you know are interested shoot me an email for more details.
I'll try and post pictures sometime in the near future.

January 17th, 2010

The Bathroom Project


I just finished putting in the last bits of trim to finish the bathroom off.Read more...Collapse )
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Comments are always welcomed

January 2nd, 2010

The bathroom project.

I started remodeling the bathroom upstairs because of several reasons.
1) no storage space at all.
2) the shower walls were getting real soft (actually the tiles were starting to come loose too)

This project was supposed to only take a little over two weeks, well, that was plan a and as we all know plan a never works. I started 2 weeks before thanksgiving and I'm just now finishing up. The main reason it took so long was I went back to work and now only had the evening and weekends to work on it.
All I have to do now is a little bit of painting, plumb in the sink and get/ install all of the accessory hardware(towel hanger, toilet roll holder, shower curtain rod, etc..)

The full details and before/after photos will be posted later this week when I'm totally finished.

December 2nd, 2009

I can haz a job

WEll, I went and met with the old workplace today.
I basically got my job back. Good things - Same pay I was making with reviews and raises based on work. And I get to keep my seniority, Which means as of Jan I'll have 2 weeks of vacation time.
the bad - I'll miss my one year+ of paid vacation I just had. I won't get to go with the family up north to the UP to go sledding after xmas.

November 30th, 2009

What to do

I've got mixed feelings right now. I just got a call from where I used to work. The owner wants to meet with me on Wednesday to see about possibly coming back to work there.
I really liked working there and loved working with the people, the problem? A big reason why I liked working there passed away last week and I'm still not totally over that. I'm not sure what that place will be like without him.
On the other hand I need a job, it's been over a year now and unemployment will run out in about 39 weeks (not that I'm counting). I'm going to try and make sure I get my seniority back, that way I don't have to work for a full year without any sick or vacation time.
I guess I'll wait and see what Wednesday brings.

November 29th, 2009

catching up

trying to get caught up here.
Mainly I've been remodeling the upstairs bathroom.
The old bathroom wall in the shower had a few soft spots. bad enough that the grout was falling out. so, I tore out the walls surrounding the tub/shower. they had used plasterboard and not sheetrock for the walls. Right after I got the walls out and took out the insulation (one of the walls is an outside wall) I was interrupted with a Handyman side job which was good timing. That way I could let the walls dry out before sealing everything back up.
fast forward a few days - I put in new insulation, plastic sheet water barrier, and cement board. then I started tiling. Instead of using the 4x4 inch tiles that were in there, I'm replacing it with a nice 12x12 porcelain tile. I finished putting the tiles up friday and started grouting last night. I also need to get up into the attic and wire in the 2 new light I put in over the bathtub. kinda took a lazy day yesterday. After the shower is done I'll be removing the toilet and counter. We're going to replace the toilet with one of those dual flush toilets. Before the toilet and sink get put back I'm going to pull up the peel and stick tile that is in there and then first put in radiant heat and then ceramic tiles over that.
This time I did remember to take a before picture and I'll take an after pic when I'm finished.

More to follow later

November 23rd, 2009

Saturday evening I received a phone cal while I was at Faux Thanksgiving that pretty much ruined the evening for me and for those of my friends that were there I apologize for being no fun.
The phone call was one informing that my old boss and good friend had passed away. He was a great friend , mentor , and boss. He was always more than willing to help out, share knowledge and make sure things are ok with everyone.
He will be severely missed. I wish there were more people like him in the world

November 4th, 2009

Upcoming Event

If you are local (or in town ) this saturday I'll be at the

Rolling Meadows Park District Craft Fair at Park Central, 3000 Central Road.

From 9am to 4pm selling my pens and coffee
I hope to see some people I know there

October 20th, 2009

My Coffe Roasting Blog

Can be found here freshstartroasting.blogspot.com/2009/10/welcome.html

A new direction

I'm coming up on my one year anniversary of being laid off (still no work, except for some side jobs), and after looking for a job that doesn't exist We've decided that I'd get a part time job and run my own business.
I know, you're thinking I do the pens and that's true. The problem with the pens is that they're hit or miss. sometimes I sell them like crazy and sometimes nothing. What I'm going to do is ramp up the coffee stuff.
I've been roasting my own coffee for awhile now and now I have customers that buy from me on a fairly regular basis.
I currently have 15 different type of coffee including 2 blends, 1 decaf and the rest are single origin. I also have access to a lot of other varieties too.
I also have 2 small roaster with a medium one being delivered on saturday. I'm also starting on construction of a large roaster able to roast up to 12 pounds at once. I'll probably take pictures along the build process and post them here.

My coffee is the freshest you will ever taste because it's roasted to order the night before delivery. Since I have started roasting I have learned that there are so many flavors to coffee. For example the Sumatra has a chocolate flavor that when it cools tastes like chocolate milk (when you add cream and sugar) and the Ethiopian Yirgacheffee is just a fruit bomb. It smells like strawberries when it's roasting and taste like blueberries when your drinking. The amazing part is that's the natural flavor of the coffee nothing is added.
I'm really enjoying roasting and learning all about the different coffees.

so, if you are looking for some real good coffee why not give mine a try. I'll try and get a website up soon listing what I have available for immediate roasting. I'll probably do a blog, it'll be easier to maintain that way
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