This is the time of year that woodworker look ahead to opening up their shop, the way gardeners look at buying plants and starting seeds. We just can’t wait to get going.
One of the things I was finishing last fall was the installation of various bits of dust collection. I installed a large dust-collector for my table saw, my bandsaw and the stationary machines that make a lot of chips. I also strategically located two 5-gallon shop-vacs to collect dust from some smaller machines. I bought a remote gizmo that lets me turn them on and off from a small fob I can keep in my pocket. It works well – I walk up to a tool, toggle the right vacuum, make the cut and shut the vacuum off – easy peasy.
One of the shop-vacs has a long hose that can reach a number of machines, but it’s hard to position and awkward to store. I’ve been thinking about rigging up some sort of clamping device that would attach to the hose and let me clamp it to a tool, workbench or a shelf to hold it out of the way when I’m not using it. Yesterday, I received an email from Rockler – check it out.
Moving onto the second part of the title. I don’t pay a lot of attention to my stats – it’s usually easy to see if a post has met with your approval. One post I try to follow is the Thursday Doors Recap page. As you may remember, I built that page to make sure that people who post doors late Thursday, or on Friday and Saturday, don’t get lost in the other activity on my blog. This weekend, I tweaked the program/process I use to generate the recap – I can now update that page and prepare the announcement post in about 10 minutes – I was excited.
I checked the stats yesterday before writing this post for the number of “clicks” the recap page gets. Each click on that page means someone’s Thursday Doors post was visited. As of 7:00 last night, there had been 122 clicks!
OK, that’s the “stats” – now for the “stuff.” The pages getting the most clicks are the pages with the most interesting titles. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Titles are important.
OK, that’s it for me this Monday. I hope you’re proud of me for resisting the urge to graph the results and derive a Title Interest Index.
The winter storm that blew through here on Thursday and Friday left us with a little ice. Another seems to be on its way tomorrow. Hopefully, it heads into the Atlantic before hitting Connecticut.