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Anybody Have a Clamp? Anyone?


There’s a saying among wood workers that you can never have too many clamps. I’ve done a pretty good job accumulating them, I think. As you can see from the picture, it’s a good thing I did! Those are blast gates- doors, of sorts, for channeling where the suction for my dust collector will go.

So this was the scene at my kitchen table this weekend- how many clamps do you see there? The answer will be at the end.

While I let the glue cure on those, I was a busy little bee in the workshop (aka- the garage) running my ductwork. I flip-flopped a few times on whether I thought I’d be able to get it all done this weekend. After I found my rhythm it was smooth sailing, though. I was confident to putting a check in the ‘Completed’ section of the mental list I keep. Until I ran out of grounding wire 😦

Grounding wire gets run through all of the ductwork and attached to the machines to ground-out any static electricity that the saw dust generates. Otherwise, 1 spark could cause a dust explosion. Ever see a dust explosion? Get a fist full of flower, hold it about a foot over a lighter and drop it. BOOM! Exactly what I don’t want to happen in the garage. By the way, if you really do try that, only do it outside, k?

Now that you are bored to tears (or at least my mother probably is if she’s reading this) here’s something funny! My Philadelphia Eagles are doing SO bad that the starting quarterback was pulled after the first half yesterday despite being perfectly healthy. What, not funny? I know I know…but if I don’t laugh it will just make me cry. Thank God I’m not a gambling man with money on these games. Well, I do hit AC and Vegas at times, but no bookies. Where was I going with this?

Right- you are probably wondering if you’ve guessed the number of clamps in the picture correctly! Well, here is the answer, typed out so in case you scanned down the page, you couldn’t pick out the numbers easily. It is twenty three. Can you believe that? I should have taken a picture when I had the last blast gate added in there. And despite that, I still had clamps to spare. So the next time you hear somebody saying, “You can never have too many clamps”, believe it 🙂


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