Archive for August, 2010

Oily rags … spread the word

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

photo of a burning building“Oh no, not again!” were my first words on hearing the news of two people who lost their lives in the apartment above the carpentry shop that caught fire. Before hearing the exact cause of the fire I speculated about oily rags. Sometimes we really don’t want to be right about our speculations.

The location was Villach Austria where our daughter and her family live. We heard the fire alarm early one evening last week while we were visiting them. A few minutes later, a second alarm. The next day, our son-in-law came home from the hospital where he works and told of how the efforts to save two burn victims failed. It was then that I learned they lived in an apartment above the carpentry shop and a fire in that shop was the reason for hearing the double alarm the evening before. The two people were elderly and did not get out of the building before it was completely engulfed.

Two days later we found the follow-up article in the newspaper:

“The fire was caused by spontaneous combustion of oil soaked cleaning material … that had been dumped in a dustbin in the carpentry shop.”

None of us knew the people who died, but all understand the tragedy of lost life from a preventable accident.

Please, please, please remember that oily rags can combust very easily. Always spread them out to dry, or better yet, immerse them completely in water. Never, ever, toss them into a pile or a container. Save some lives. Keep this accident from happening in your shop.

Spread the word. Tell everyone who might ever use oils for cleaning or finishing about the hazard. It is so easy to prevent and so sad to hear about.

Anschütz 1827 Custom Stock

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Nope, not a boat, but a very special project.

photo of a piece of walnut

Walnut blank – the seller draws outlines on the blanks.

photo of completed stock

Done – ready for shipping

My daughter in law decided to ski a biathlon this coming winter, and started training some months ago. The biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing and shooting, a fascinating competition. She will likely use an Anschütz 1827 target rifle, the gun that 95% of all biatleletes use. She wants a “dummy” gun to carry while training, and one that can also be customized to fit the way she wants to hold and use the gun. We decided to make a custom stock that could be modified as wanted.

Maybe there will be a more detailed post someday, showing some step-by-step work. For now, we have beginning and ending photos.

Secondary Stability

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

picture of a meter showing "Very Stable"One of the factors for selecting the Mill Creek 13 for the Eva Too build was stability. The CLC Boats site had this confidence inspiring meter showing the boat to be very stable. That really appealed to Eva.

We’ve had both boats out several times recently and have gotten used to their rolling nature. Yesterday, I had no water sensitive electronics aboard, so I tested “secondary stability.” That’s the kind of stability that a hull exhibits (or doesn’t) when rolled off of its normal keel. My tests were simple and didn’t go all the way to a complete capsize. I simply leaned over until it felt as though I was about to fall out of the boat. Each boat behaved very nicely. They rolled over onto one of their planks and remained stable. I was able to roll to the point of having a rub rail submerged.

In the end, we need another notch on that meter. It was harder to get the Fiddlehead over to rub rail submersion than it was the Mill Creek. I think one would literally fall out of the boat before either one rolls enough to capsize.