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Wooden Spaceship

Back in June, Tyla and Elijah got me a copy of the Wooden Toy Spacecraft book. It was one I had my eye on for a while, but it took some time to finally dig into a project. A couple weekends back, I had some time with Elijah in the garage so we started building a spaceship. It turned into one of the best afternoons I’ve had with Elijah in the shop! He was engrossed with taking all my offcuts, telling me where to make additional cuts, and sanding until it fit the vision in his head. After a couple hours, his six year old nature got the best of him and he lost interest so his spaceship still isn’t quite finished, but mine is!

I built this completely out of wood in my scrap bin – walnut, padauk, sapele and pine dowels. If I was doing it from scratch, I think some woods with higher contrast might have looked better, but I still love the way this turned out. The only problem now is figuring out where to display it!

Name Toy

Last fall, one of the last projects I did before my CNC arrived was a name toy for Emelia. I really liked how that project came out so when it came time to make a gift for another child, I decided to do the same thing again but this time I used the CNC. That dramatically simplified the project and reduced a lot of errors but I did struggle with cleaning up the milling marks left by my slightly out of square CNC machine. I used the same paint colors because I still had a lot left in the can and I liked how the enamel paint created a nice coating on the letters. I used a piece of walnut for the backing and finished that with spray lacquer.

Fantasy Football 2019 – Week 3

The Seahawks were a mess on Sunday. Chris Carson continued his league-leading fumble stat while also slipping all over the field. They stuck with the run despite limited success and bumbled their way to a loss in what should have been a game that was easier to win given the lack of Drew Brees. Meh.

In our league, Luke is now the sole owner of first place! I have the next chance to topple him from his perch. Elsewhere in the league, Dad got his first win over Tim who looked very strong the first two games and Andy broke out of his slump to win with the highest score this week.

On to the weekly awards…

This Week This Season All Time
Highest Team Score Andy had 145.47 Tim had 150.29 (Week 1) Tim 200.51 (2015)
Lowest Team Score Tim had 95.61 Andy had 81.19 (Week 1) Andy had 41.29 (2015)
Biggest Blowout Dad beat Tim by 38.42 Luke beat Andy by 61.07 (Week 1) Luke beat Andy by 113.02 (2010)
Closest Win Logan beat Ben by 2.87 Was: Luke beat Nick by 3.04 (Week 2) Tyler beat Nick by 0.01 (2018)
Longest Active Winning Streak Luke has a 3 game winning streak Was: Tim, Luke and Tyler have 2 game winning streaks. (Week 2) Micah (2011) and Ben (2015) had 8 game winning streaks
Longest Active Losing Streak Nick has a 3 game losing streak. Was: Nick, Andy and Dad have 2 game losing streaks. (Week 2) Kyle had a 14 game losing streak (2011)
Highest Scoring Player Russell Wilson had 45.35 for Andy. Was: Lamar Jackson had 43.56 for Tim (Week 1) Drew Brees had 60.54 on Tim’s bench (2015)

Tub Drying Rack

We end up using the tub in our bathroom to dry stuff out fairly often, so when I was at Rockler the other day, I paused when I walked by the walnut dowels. I picked up three 5/8″ dowels and a small piece of figured walnut. It’s a little tricky to deal with figured woods with the tools that I have available, but eventually I got both ends cut to size and looking nice. Elijah used his favorite tool (the drill press) with a forstner bit to put six holes in the ends and then it was just a matter of a quick glue up with a few coats of spray lacquer to finish it off. It fits perfectly (phew!) and I love looking at that beautiful grain!

 

Fantasy Football 2019 – Week 2

Drew Brees and Ben Roethesliesilseilberger are both out for a long time. Yikes! Ben wasn’t owned in our league but Nick will be scrambling to replace Drew. As for the Seahawks, they are now 2-0 despite their offensive line getting run over in the early part of the game. Getting sacked is one thing, getting sacked on two consecutive plays is another… getting sacked on two consecutive plays by the same player? Come on! Thankfully they were able to make some changes to avoid having a pancake at quarterback.

In our league, Tim continued his hot streak by posting the highest score again. The Scherschel brothers are holding down the top two spots and Tyler rounds out the trio of undefeated managers. Tyler and Luke play each other next week so one of them will get their first lost. Nick and Andy play each other next week so one of them will get their first win.

On to the weekly awards… notice that the season record and all time record for biggest blowout are both Luke beating Andy. Hmm…

This Week This Season All Time
Highest Team Score Tim had 141.92 Tim had 150.29 (Week 1) Tim 200.51 (2015)
Lowest Team Score Logan had 98.48 Andy had 81.19 (Week 1) Andy had 41.29 (2015)
Biggest Blowout Tyler beat Logan by 30.14 Luke beat Andy by 61.07 (Week 1) Luke beat Andy by 113.02 (2010)
Closest Win Luke beat Nick by 3.04 Was: Logan beat Nick by 10.13 (Week 1) Tyler beat Nick by 0.01 (2018)
Longest Active Winning Streak Tim, Luke and Tyler have 2 game winning streaks. Was: Tim, Luke, Tyler and Logan have 1 game winning streak (Week 1) Micah (2011) and Ben (2015) had 8 game winning streaks
Longest Active Losing Streak Nick, Andy and Dad have 2 game losing streaks. Was: Ben, Nick, Dad and Andy have a 4 game losing streak (Week 1) Kyle had a 14 game losing streak (2011)
Highest Scoring Player Patrick Mahomes had 39.62 for Andy Lamar Jackson had 43.56 for Tim (Week 1) Drew Brees had 60.54 on Tim’s bench (2015)