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    Born in '63, I came into this world with a Dad who seemed to know his cars. Standing up next to him in the front seat, he would point out the makes and models. Back then, I loved the '60 Buick coming and going and I wanted one - and about 37 years later, I got it. It was the first of many Buicks for me, each one a bit needy but having its own story and undoubtedly starting its life as one of the most beautiful cars built.

    This Buick fever followed years of education in Chemical Engineering. Even earlier, I wanted this education to help me get away from the blood, sweat, and the other stuff that came from working with cattle and doing construction work. I've since grown to really appreciate those years, not just for the work ethic, but for the daily lessons that taxed both my mind and my hands.

    In Oklahoma, an engineer has to work to keep from getting into the oil business. It was the thing to do and so I did it. In the last 26 years, oil has been up and down many times but it has never missed a paycheck. It has sent me many places but none yet rival the place I call home, here in Oklahoma. Most importantly, this industry and my commitment to it has allowed me to support a family and support things that I like to do when I'm not working.

    That brings me back around to Buicks and my woodshop. I've got several Buicks that really need a wood worker and I love doing this kind of work. I'm looking forward to retirement, hopefully very soon, and having the time and resources to continue the work to get these beauties back on the road.

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  1. Engine crane? That’s what that structure overhead is for. Throw a timber or a 3” pipe up there and hang a good harbor freight chain fall on it and go to town with it.
  2. My vote is do nothing more. Park the Argosy there and fix the pad when it fails. River pebble doesn’t compact very well and some varmit will scatter it on your yard when he tries to dig a den under the tires. You can throw down a couple sheets of that used tin to walk on and then shoot the copperheads off as they collect some morning sun. Before you finish, Dont you have to plant some of that Kudzu vine to help this blend into its environment? It looks really good; even looks like a good airy place to pull an engine every now and then.
  3. JoelsBuicks

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    Hi Gary, a lady had a picture of a table being offered by a place called Restoration Hardware. I’ve attached that picture below and she asked that it be made 36” x 46” and 19” tall with those turned legs. So, I scaled the drawing and built it from my drawings. Twenty years ago I bought a huge lot of walnut logs out of Missouri and sawed them on my mill. That’s what I used and those legs were turned out of blocks that I glued up. Fun little project but took too much time. Seems like I can’t get myself out of second gear these days. Thanks, Joel
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    Finishing my Buick Shop

    Thanks John, someday I gotta get back to the Buicks. Recently I took a break on the building to do a paying project - a solid walnut coffee table! Done and delivered I am now back to trim work.
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    Show us your Buick Posters

    Interesting that they’d proudly show what was built for 1943, 44 and 1945!
  6. That ridge cap did a neat job of finishing the corners. I don’t know why I was expecting a drive through but I see a fence back there and probably not enough room. Looks like a good decision to keep the corrugated metal for the sides. BTW, are those concrete posts holding up you grapevines? If so, is there a story there? You don’t see that kind of stuff around here but if you do, it would have been a marker for a major boundary like for an Indian reservation.
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    If my body were a car

    Maybe you should try a new universal Joint.
  8. This looks very nice and as usual, straight and square. I was surprised to see that you cut the metal off at the height and rake of the rafter. Will you be adding a barge rafter to create an eave on the gable ends?
  9. JoelsBuicks

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    Well now that is a good point and it’s a good example of why such a discussion just can’t effectively be abbreviated. That oversized unit being used sporadically needs to be set and run at its lowest temp setting until the humidity is reasonable. It makes me wonder if there is such a thing as a humistat with a temperature override or maybe the other way around? But again, your point is legitimate and it reminded me of a system I built with a thermostat control and a timer override. The space was too large and under insulated and that unit needed to run all the time.
  10. So smart to add that eave length combined with that 4ft drop on the side iron. Drips and runoff will be well out of the way and the wind controlled up high. If I had your tin and you had my sawmill lumber, we could darn near build this for nothin!
  11. JoelsBuicks

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    Yes Ben! It’s a horrible affliction. Just like that dishwasher is going to stay put, so will that shower....and the teapot, the potted plants, the washing machine...and many other sources. Just a week ago I told my wife that burning those old light bulbs cost us double in the summer. She reminded me they are almost free in the winter. Me and my wife both married ChemE’s 😳.
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    Finishing my Buick Shop

    Air Conditioning (AC), I’ve always wanted to write a disquisition about AC but I’ll spare us the lengthy treatise and focus on what I find to be some interesting Information and germane to our Buick shops. Thirty five years ago I was studying Chemical Engineering and heat transfer in particular. I was fascinated by the complex math associated with non-steady state thermodynamics. By then, I had also spent a lot of time working for a HVAC servicer and installer. I was able to put both of these experiences together to “entertain” my own mind; absent any big mysteries about this science. If you don’t feel guilty about running a dishwasher in the summertime or allowing your towel to dry out inside then consider yourself lucky. For me, I have to “count” the molecules of water that AC’s first have to remove in order for them to cool the air - well, most of them anyhow. We all lean towards the things we know the most, and someone once said, “he who is good with a hammer treats everything like a nail.” I’m afraid I’ve spent way too much time pondering this stuff. When it comes to our shops, AC and heating for that matter certainly follow the same thermodynamic laws but vary widely based on the space we are controlling, insulation (heat gain or loss) and especially, how we use that space. I’ve really been wanting to talk about that last item, because it makes a huge difference in our approach to climate control. Some of us have weekend spaces and others, like myself, might spend every day and all day in the shop. For sporadic use, I would advise the biggest unit you can find (probably 5 ton) and try to find a used one for almost no cost. You would be amazed at how many good units get replaced because someone suggested it was nearing the end of its life. Inefficient you say? Remember, it’s sporadic use - but also consider this: when you go to your shop and want quick cooling or heating, the biggest unit get you there quickest. Oh yeah, just put a single big duct up there that is oriented to create circulation in the room. If you spend a lot of time and consecutive days in your shop, go for a good high efficiency unit, try to improve insulation, and by all means get the water out. This brings me back to my AC nemesis, the dastardly dishwasher. In the summer, I have to pay to heat up that water and then I have to pay to condense it. Everyone’s AC has one thing in common, they all have to remove water - down to the dewpoint temp at the evaporator. Ok, so it’s expensive to remove water but what’s worse is that it consumes duty that is needed to remove heat so that we’ll stay cool. So, if you use your shop daily, get rid of the water and keep it that way. Don’t open the doors and windows on those cooler mornings because your AC will then have to remove that water. Well this turned out longer than I wanted but I felt I needed to say it. Thanks for listening!
  13. KC’s right, it’s looking good and a big milestone in labor having these trusses up. Those saddles are very effective for attempting this yourself. I’ve been watching these pics and each one has another brace or two knocked off; you’re probably using them for more bracing. How will you frame in a door or will you?
  14. JoelsBuicks

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    Shower is ready for tile. Do I want to do this job myself? Not really, but...
  15. JoelsBuicks

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    Thank you all again for the compliments, they are encouraging to me and I can’t hardly wait to get my Buick work going again.