Women with Power Tools – continuing story of fountain making

Time for an update on the quest making an original water fountain.   My main piece of slate has been trimmed down and is fitting in my pot.   It all looks pretty good at this point.  I had this idea of it being slate mounted on stones between each layer.   At this moment I am not so sure.    It maybe that the stones I have are too thick.   I will have to survey the  river rocks the next time I am at the mall parking lot and see if there are some that are very thin that may serve my purpose better than any of the stones  I currently have.

The look isn't quite right yet, but the set up is completely flexible.

The look isn’t quite right yet, but the set up is completely flexible.

Now is the time to drill holes through the slate so I can run tubing up from my pump which will rest in the bottom of my bowl.   I love power tools and this is going to let me be in my element.   I used a concrete drill bit and and a hose with a trickle of water.   The water is used to keep the bit cool and to flush away the dust and bits of slate that come about as part of the drilling.

drilling

It worked perfectly.   I had concerns because slate is made of layers and is easily fractured.     I put my slate on a piece of 3/8 inch plywood when drilling.   It provided a support base and something for the drill to hit

Any one with a good drill, a concrete drill bit and a piece of slate can make a perfect hole.

Any one with a good drill, a concrete drill bit and a piece of slate can make a perfect hole.

I got so in to the drilling that I decided to drill a hole through a little bowl I got at a thrift store.   I am hoping to put a fern in the little bowl.  I felt that I may be able to include the bowl with a fern it as part of the fountain.   I used the concrete drill bit on the bowl because it was easier than taking time out to find a porcelain drill.  It was a matter of being in a big hurry.     It worked though the bottom of my bowl  though the hole was a bit crude.  Lesson learned in the future take time to  get the right bit for the job.

Using a concrete drill bit on pottery gives a little less than perfect results.

Using a concrete drill bit on pottery gives a little less than perfect results.

Now is time to clean up my mess from drilling   I need to drain my garden hose since snow is called for again and put Ranger Sir’s power tools all back where I found them.   I am getting close and my impatience will take me to the prototype phase very quickly.   Keep watch for the next steps.

Women and Power Tools

Power tools are generally a man’s domain.  Though I think that all women show have some basic knowledge of some of at least the essential power tools.

The past few weekends we have been working on making a new larger chicken coop. It is one of those husband and wife projects that can either end up in one big fight or one of those that makes you know why your marriage lasted all these years.   There are so many moments from design, buying materials, execution, and all the rework and mistakes that you have to overcome together.

My husband used to spend months away from home and I have learned to use many of his tools for many different tasks. The chicken coop project has given me the opportunity to show him that I really could use all those tools.  It has been fun to watch his face as I used the skilsaw, jig saw, drill & compound miter saws.  One of the 1st time events was installing a new window.  To do this I got to learn how to use the reciprocating saw.   Boy is that one powerful nasty tool.   I don’t think I will have many chances to use that puppy again too soon, but I am glad I got to learn to use it.

I am glad to report 3 weeks later, there is a floor, the walls are up, the door is hung, the window is in and the roof is on it.   It is an empty  coop right now.    It has been a great process and we are ready for the next step.   Next we will install the roost, the nest box and hook up some electricity.  Then we can add our chicks.

All made simpler because we did it together and I did know how to use the power tools.   Woman Power!