Looking Back at a Sabbatical – One Year Later

Last year at this time I was nearing the end of my sabbatical. I’ve been using the Timehop app on my phone to look back at the past and I’ve noticed the tweets and pictures that I had from last year popping up. I decided it was a good time to look back at a year in the past.

Here was one of my projects, and the one I was most proud of: a flagpole made of wood.

If you’re interested, you can read the journey I went on.

Looking Back

It’s been a year since I had six weeks off to do whatever. I think I had some memorable experiences from the time off, but I wanted to first look at how I feel this year, with no long set of time away from work scheduled.

First, I don’t miss the sabbatical. I didn’t develop this craving to not work any longer, or work less. I didn’t think I needed to change my life around. In hindsight, it felt like a summer vacation between semesters in college. A fun time, and a break between the more serious work of building a career.

That’s how I see it now. I’d like to do it again, and I’m not sure I’ll wait five years to do it again. I’ll have to see how our family finances go, and probably wouldn’t self-finance 6 weeks, but I am thinking to take a week or two again, separate from vacation, and just get away from work. However, like my sabbatical, I’ll want a plan of something I do that’s different than sitting around or vacationing. I’ll be looking for some self-improvement.


What did last year teach me, or how did I grow? Those are good questions. I’m a little torn on how to answer them. Let me tackle the teaching first, since that’s easier.

I learned quite a few things about building, Habitat for Humanity, and woodworking by tackling projects. Those were easy skills, and things I picked up. I have more work to go and more to learn, but I’ve documented some of that stuff. The other thing I learned is that I can still learn and grow and make an effort to improve my life in numerous ways.

I also learned some confidence. By stepping back, tackling some physical projects that might have intimidated me a bit prior to last summer, I know I can do more. This has helped me in having a bit more confidence to tackle other projects, both in an outside of, work in the last year.

In terms of growth, I had the chance to reflect and appreciate what a great life I have, and what a great company I work for. Both of those definitely helped to recharge me and have made it a bit easier to manage life and travel in the last year. I’m a bit more mature in how I watch my schedule.

Perhaps the biggest thing I learned is that time truly is my most precious asset. It is hard to set aside time for large projects, and I have a few half finished ones because I can’t get to them with a busy family life. In some sense I’m willing to let them go for now because I’m busy, but it made me appreciate the time I had last year to just methodically plod along. Even on weekends it’s hard to find that now.

The Future

Andy Warren has always said that we don’t get enough thinking time at work. Many of us are so busy moving from project to project, from work item to work item, that we fail to stop and consider the bigger picture. I doubted how much value there was in that, but the sabbatical helped me re-consider my thoughts.

I have a clearer picture of the value of being able to step aside for a day or so and just think about things. I still find it hard to find the time, but when I can spare an hour or two and think about SQLServerCentral, or how Redgate works, or how some part of the world could be better, I appreciate that more.

Finding this time also has me considering self-financing a shorter sabbatical sometime in the next year. At some point I want to be able to take a few days to myself, thinking about life, and career, and how to improve them for me.


My company, Red Gate software, has given me a 6 week sabbatical. I’m documenting the time with all the posts under a tag if you want to follow along. The sabbatical is over, but I’m still catching up on things.

I started working on my flagpole on June 3, mainly by starting to build a jig. Across six weeks, I got the main flagpole done, but no base, and certainly no place to plant it. I’ve continued to work on it slowly, building the base and more painting and other work.

Today things finally came together.

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It’s a good day for me, one where I completed this project, one that I’ve wanted to work on for a few years, but haven’t taken the time.

After getting Delaney home and making dinner, I went outside before dusk and checked the base. It looks good, and I covered it with a bit of dirt, tamping it down with boots. Still more work to be done there, but once that was done, I get the flagpole ready to raise.

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There are two bolts that hold it in place. One is a pivot point, which you see above. The other is lower, and I had to raise the pole slowly, not let it tip in the other direction, which might have shattered the wood, and then get the bolt through. As you might expect with wood, things moved a bit, but it’s I used a hammer to tap through bolts and then tightened them.

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With the pole done, I unpacked my flag for the first time and attached it to the rings. A nice breeze made raising it and taking this picture interesting.

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It’s been a long summer, and a long project. I learned a few things, only messed up two boards, and had only minor issues. I didn’t learn a lot about woodworking that I didn’t know, but I did get to build some confidence on a project I wasn’t sure would turn out well.

I’d like to build another one, and there are a few things I’d do differently, but for now, I’ll enjoy this one.


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The 2014 Sabbatical Journey

I was able to take a six week sabbatical from work in the summer of 2014. I had planned out a few things, and used a tag to keep the posts, but I realized over time that I will take another one and wanted to collect all the posts in one place from my 2014 time. Here they are:

Pre-Sabbatical Prep and Decisions

These were the posts leading up to the time off, getting my plan ready.

Sabbatical Posts

Here are the posts I made while on sabbatical.


Post Sabbatical Posts

I added a few final and looking back posts later.

Final Project–Sabbatical

My company, Red Gate software, has given me a 6 week sabbatical. I’m documenting the time with all the posts under a tag if you want to follow along. The sabbatical is over, but I’m still catching up on things.

Thursday, July 31. Final day of class for this semester. I knew I was close, and wasn’t too worried. I got to school early to miss traffic and was working on my laptop as a few other students walked by around 5. We chatted for a minute and they were heading in to finish. Around 5:40, I started to feel pressure and closed the laptop and got started.

Most of my table was together, dry fit, but I wanted to pin it, and also needed to clean up shoulders. I walked in early and sharpened a chisel to begin work on the shoulders. Sharp tools make a big difference.

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I managed to clean things up so they fit well. Looking back, I should have checked lengths as I ended up shortening a few shoulders more than I wanted, meaning two aprons were different lengths. However I had things fitting well.

Next the instructor showed us how to pin the joints, and gave us the option of pins or glue. He also showed us glue, but I wanted to avoid that. I went back to my bench and got everything fitting well and then started to drill.

Things went quick on the drill press, though once again, I learned something. Good to have an instructor there to help guide and give hints. I might have drilled the wrong edge, which a few students did. Pay attention to the details.

The plan was two pins on one side (each leg) and one pin on the other. I marked carefully and then punched them out. Here’s the pattern. Roughly 3/4” from the top and bottom of the tenon (not apron) and then the one I between those.

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With those all cut, and then offset (1/16” holes in the tenons, I was ready to pin. Here’s the first one going on. A dowel, sharpened on one end, driven through.

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Once through, I had to cut them off.

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The saws don’t get that close. I did borrow a flush cut saw from one guy, but didn’t want to keep using it, so I moved on to the old fashioned method.

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It’s slow, and I learned to put the direction of the chisel perpendicular to the grain, and then saw sideways to get things cut. Once I had them down, they were pretty flush.

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Next I needed to attach ledgers for the top. Glued on and then stapled to hold them. It seems like less hand tools over time, though another instructor said this is hard in the summer. Things are shortened up, moving at almost twice the speed of the fall/spring semesters.

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I continued on, pounding in the long sides with two pins each.

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Since this was final assembly, I ended up putting in four, then cutting off and chiseling all four at once. The a repeat on the other side.

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With all four sides on, and almost 9:00, I measured and then put the top down with the legs on and screwed things down. This is where I realized that the top wasn’t square, with 1/16” off on two sides. A lesson, but it’s hard to tell with the table that it’s not square. Another lesson.

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The only screws (and glue) are holding these ledgers to the aprons and then the top on. Overall, a success.

I set it down in front of the instructor at 9:15, 15 minutes early. Close, but better than most. I was first done, though 3-4 were done in the next few minutes, so not bad. A few people were still getting legs tapered or tops beveled.

To be fair, I didn’t use a plane for the bevel, which a few people did, but I wasn’t overly concerned. I’m confident I can, and I was running short of time with travel for work. I also learned a bit about how I might bevel things on the table saw.

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I set the table on the floor, put a glue bottle on it and it didn’t roll. Considering I hadn’t double checked leg measurements, that’s a bit of a success.

Final project done, though I need to sand and finish it this weekend with some poly.

A late night–sabbatical catch up

My company, Red Gate software, has given me a 6 week sabbatical. I’m documenting the time with all the posts under a tag if you want to follow along. The sabbatical is over, but I’m still catching up on things.

I took an extra day in the wood lab last night. The instructor offered to show up Wed night, with all projects and work due Thur, and I wasn’t the only one that needed the time. Almost the entire class was there, and it was fairly quiet with no other students or instructors working.

With my piles of parts close, the first thing I needed to do was cut tenons. I’ve done this before, by hand, with limited success. However since time is short this semester, we were given permission to use the bandsaw (and a little instruction).

I first marked things up.

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As with the mortises, I was thinking I could mark one board and use the setup for others. However when I showed the TA, he saw some problems. First, I needed to center the tenon. That messed up my reveal, but I could always plane the board to fix that. Then he noticed that when I’d cut left and right hand mortises, my setup was slightly off, so that they are slightly (1/64”) low on one side. Not a huge deal, but it means I need to account for R and L tenons differently.

So back to marking, spending the better part of an hour marking all 8 sides of the 4 boards, in stages to separate right from left. With that done, I turned to the bandsaw to cut the tenons.

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I went a little fat, having had experience with too thin. I ended up too fat, and spent most of the night fussing to get thickness, and then height, to the correct settings. Once they were cut, I felt like I was making progress, but little did I know.

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I went very slow on the router plane, making some passes that didn’t cut anything or generated dust. However I wanted a tight fit. Things were tight on the right tenons, but later I had to come back to this to thin a couple left ones. However I had tight fits all around.

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Once those were done, I re-marked, and shaved off the upper part of the tenon. Things still seemed to fit well, and I had a decision to make. The bottom shoulder was about 1/16”-3/32”, depending on left or right. I could lengthen the mortises and have no shoulder (tempting) or cut a small one. I opted to cut a small one. As much as I like the mortiser, it takes time to setup and at this point, I’d blown 2 of my 3 hours and wasn’t terribly close to having a single joint. I still knew I’d have shoulder work.

I lightly trimmed the bottoms, and as I worked on squaring the shoulders to the joint, I went back to the bandsaw a few times for small trims. I was trying to be careful, but also feeling pressure. Never a good combination.

Once things were cut, and thinned, I test fitted them together. The right hand ones seemed to do OK.

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You can’t see it well, but the shoulders on most were slightly off to way off. I spent about 15 minutes trying to get one to fit, before I got too frustrated and decided to work on them in the order of the closest to fitting to least.

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Back and forth to the vise, using a chisel to square, and then fit again. I’d hit the bandsaw for the ones that were way off to save time. Chiseling is satisfying, but slloooooowwwww and things are due Thursday.

When I had a good fit, with almost no gap, I’d mark the back of the board. I got the short aprons (sides) done first and I could put two legs on an apron and felt good. The long sides were harder, and 3:15 into extra lab time, people were cleaning up. I decided to try a test fit and see where I was.

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Things went together. I was amazed, and also somewhat proud. After all, I’d started with a pile of rough lumber board. I dropped the top on, just to see.

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It looks good. I actually built a piece of furniture that doesn’t need glue or screws, and looks decent.

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There are three bad gaps on the long aprons (front/back) that I need to fix tonight. I also need to run the bottom of the top (if that makes sense) through the planer to thin it and shorten my bevel. A little long for the side of the bottom.

I’ve also got the dimensions slightly smaller than I’d like, so I have to decide if it’s worth trying to shorten aprons slightly from a design aspect. Probably won’t do that, but it’s something I’ll think about.

Hoping to get to pin it with dowels tonight, but if I don’t, I’ll drill and add faux pins for decoration.

Creating a Table–Sabbatical continued

My sabbatical officially ended on Jul 14, but I still had a few weeks of class left. And I need to get my flagpole mounted, but that’s another tale.

I missed a week of classes with travel to SQL Bits and the Red Gate office, and last week I ended up cutting my wood in to pieces for the final project. Not a lot getting done there, and some simple planing of edges and sides, but I walked into class on Tuesday with this:

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The left boards were planed at home to size (perhaps a touch small), but were square and ready to become legs. The middle stack is the aprons, which were planed (by hand) and squared, and then machine planed to thickness. The right stack is the top, which I managed to get fairly smooth and needed to glue.

My first step was to mark up the legs for mortises. That’s one of those tasks I couldn’t do at home, so I wanted be sure I did that.

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I was in class early, with no instructor, so I had to remember from the last month how to mark these up. I did two, and then the instructor showed up to note I only needed one as the machine would do the rest.

This is my favorite machine.

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It’s a specialty machine, but it does such a consistent job of making mortises, way better than I could. Without it, I’d dread cutting more than 1 or two and certainly wouldn’t be sure I’d do them well. With it, I’d use this joint much more often.

It took 10 minutes or so to set up, and then another 20 to cut 12 mortises. By hand I’d likely have 2 done, tops. They looked good, too.

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With those cut, and the instructor around, I turned my attention to the top .He looked at my boards, and with a slight gap in the centers (more by accident than design, though I did want this), he clamped them dry and proclaimed them good. We added glue, clamped and set them to dry.

I wanted to watch him do this, even though I’d clamped a few boards at home. I was looking for hints and got a few. Hopefully I’ll do a better job next time. While those were drying, I went back to legs.

First I had to smooth them. While I can use a little sandpaper at the end, I needed to plane them first.

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Once that was done, I dropped them in the jig and cut tapers on the bandsaw. My first tapering, and while it was easy, it was also nice to have someone else build the jig and show me how to use it to build confidence.

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Once the top was dry, I had to flatten and square the edges. That went quicker than I thought and I managed to get it done with a few minutes to spare. The sides were easy, the top ,a little more challenging, but in the end, it was flat enough to grip the bed of a planer when I dropped it on.

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With time left, I needed to bevel the bottom. One student was doing this by hand with a planer, but the instructor took pity on my lost week in the UK. He let me use the table saw. I lined it up and then he showed me how to safely run it through. I’d never run a board through vertically, so it was good to see how someone else does it

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I ended up with a nice pile of parts, including a beveled top.

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The next major step is to cut tenons and then assemble the thing.

And hope it fits.

Sabbatical–First Reflections

My company, Red Gate software, has given me a 6 week sabbatical. I’m documenting the time with all the posts under a tag if you want to follow along.

I’m back in the UK as I write this, having flown over on the last day of my sabbatical. Things were slightly cut short, but I can’t complain at all after having six weeks off.

I wanted to reflect a bit on the sabbatical right away, and then again later. I’ve set reminders in my calendar for the end of the year as well as next spring to think about what this time meant for me.

I’ve broken this down in to a practical section that looks at the plan and how things went and then a more reflective section that examines the value and meaning of the sabbatical.

Learning and Growing

When I planned this sabbatical, I didn’t have any burning desire to accomplish a single thing. That’s not quite true as I’ve wanted to work on a book, but since I write for a large part of my job, I decided not to make that a sabbatical project. Instead I decided to tackle three things:

  • Take a woodworking class
  • Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
  • Build a Flagpole

Going into the sabbatical, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought I could volunteer three times a week, take a class a couple nights a week, and quickly build my project. It turns out, like most software estimates, I was wildly optimistic about the time and effort things would require. I also hadn’t accounted for the setbacks that invariably occur.

Woodworking Fundamentals

I signed up for a class at a local community college, which happens to host one of the premier woodworking programs in the US. While I have built various projects out of wood for years at home, I’ve never had any formal training on how to use tools and work with wood. I’m completely self-taught, and as I quickly found out, I had no idea what I didn’t know.

The class was initially a bit of a disappointment as it dealt primarily with hand tools. I had hoped to gain some skill with machines, as I have a number at home. However I quickly found that tasks like flattening a board, and hand chopping mortises weren’t as daunting as they seemed and I picked up a few skills I might never have learned otherwise. I also learned to appreciate craftsmanship and working slowly, marking nad measuring in a new way.

The class turned out to be a little lecture and lots of lab practice, trying to build skills. It certainly has made me appreciate the speed of skills, but also mourn the crude ways in which they work. Hand tools are much better for many tasks, though they can be slow. I’m only a little over halfway through class, with it continuing through the end of the month. The next couple weeks when I get back will have my busy at night, trying to finalize my project. I’ll continue blogging about that project under the same tag, in case anyone is interested.

Habitat for Humanity

I’ve told the story before, but a few years ago I was at dinner with a few couples and someone asked everyone what they’d do if they won the lottery and didn’t have to work. There were a variety of answers, but I struggled with the question. I enjoy working and enjoy my job, but when pressed, the thing that came to mind was working for Habitat to help the world.

I’ve always admired their mission, and I think helping people find a good, stable, shelter for their lives is important. With that in mind, I decided to volunteer for the Denver affiliate for Habitat. I attended an orientation, and then browsed the volunteer opportunities. In my six weeks, I volunteered 9 times, working at the ReStores, building new houses, fixing old ones, and deconstructing a kitchen for a renovation (and the cabinet donations).

It was a great experience, and I enjoyed the chance to work with a variety of Habitat employees, Americorps volunteers, and many local people that were volunteering their time. I learned a few skills an d tricks, and while I’m not sure I made a big difference, I know I made some small ones.

I also had the chance to do some good, hard, physical work outdoors. That’s something I’ve done relatively little of in the last decade, and I learned that it’s hard. I was quite worn out some of those days, and I’m not sure I could have volunteered three times a week with my other projects.


The one project I set for myself was building a flagpole out of wood. I’d seen this done on The New Yankee Workshop, and I planned to challenge myself to follow the plan and build the pole. With a DVD and measured drawing, I set out to construct a flagpole.

When I watched the DVD and thought about it, it seemed as though I should be able to build the pole in 2-3 weeks. However I didn’t count on the delays and obstacles that come into play. Weather was a big one for me, with more rain, on more afternoons, that I can remember in recent years. Those delays cut short my work on quite a few days.

In the end, I managed to complete the pole and get it painted, though there’s more work to do. I ordered hardware for the pole and still need to construct a base to hold it upright, both things I expect to handle in the next 3-4 weeks as well. The future plans have a flag flying by Labor Day.

Was It Worth the Time Off?

This is a question that Andy Warren posed to me a few weeks ago. My wife also asked me last week, “Was it great?”

Those are tough for me to answer. On one hand, it was a busy time, with lots of things happening each week. It felt somewhat surreal, as though I’d moved on to a new phase of my life. I slipped right into going to school, getting up early or construction commitments, and working on a large project around the house.

On the other hand, it was very relaxing in that I didn’t have great pressures on me. While I’d committed to Habitat projects, I moved a few around, and I knew I could cancel things as needed. I also paced myself with the flagpole, moving slower than necessary to avoid rework where possible.

I was proud of myself that I managed to avoid email and work. I didn’t check of log onto SQLServerCentral during the time, except the weekend I flew to SQL Saturday #286 – Louisville. Even then I didn’t process or clear much email and as I return to work today, I’ve got nearly 1,000 emails to clear out from the six weeks. I did continue to check Twitter a bit, though I tried to avoid reading technical pieces that were linked and avoided work discussions.

I did miss work a bit, and I’m certainly ready to come back. I slipped back into my job, checking a things on Sunday (while waiting for paint to dry) and getting ready to fly to Red Gate and SQL Bits this week.

However I do feel refreshed. I’m relaxed and unworried about SQLServerCentral, which was not always the case in the past when I’ve taken vacations. I also know some of my worldview has changed. I appreciate my job, the success I’ve had, and I do think that I’ve matured a little in terms of how I see the world.

Will this make me a better DBA/Developer/Editor/Writer? It’s hard to tell, but I’m certainly ready to dive in and grow my skills, working to educate people about SQL Server, as well as evangelize Red Gate’s products and ideals. I’m also grateful that I had the time off, and I appreciate more and more that Red Gate is a fantastic company.

All in all, it was a good six weeks of growth and change for me. I’m not dying for another six weeks off again, and I’m not sure what I’ll spend my next sabbatical doing, but I am sure that I’ll take one again in another five years if I have the chance.


I learned more about Habitat, and admire them more than before. They don’t give away houses; they sell them at cost, setting payments and carrying mortgages that enable homeowners to succeed in their lives.

I’ve also contacted their speakers bureau, thinking that my skill as a public speaker might help Habitat Denver continue to grow in the future.

Sabbatical Day 34 – The End

My company, Red Gate software, has given me a 6 week sabbatical. I’m documenting the time with all the posts under a tag if you want to follow along.

Today is the last day of my sabbatical, and a cut short one at that. I leave at 11 for the airport to fly to the UK for business overnight. Not quite what I expected, especially with a trip in the middle over a weekend for work, but it is what it is and I’m OK with that.

Today is actually no woodworking or volunteering. I was up early packing things, trying to find my computer/work stuff and get it in a bag, then dropping my daughter off at a volleyball camp, handling some bank paperwork that had to be notarized, and then heading to the airport.

It’s amazing to think it’s been six weeks. I made it a little over halfway through a woodworking class (more coming next two weeks), volunteered and learned a lot about Habitat, and built a flagpole from scratch.

I’ll review the six weeks on the flight, but it’s been a fun ride.

Sabbatical – Day 33 – Paint

My company, Red Gate software, has given me a 6 week sabbatical. I’m documenting the time with all the posts under a tag if you want to follow along.

This is it for the sabbatical. Technically I have tomorrow, but I fly to the UK and have a few errands to run in the am, so I won’t get a chance to do anything else.

However I did "finish" the pole today in a sense. It has a first coat of paint on it, and technically it could be raised if I had a base.

The day started with more primer. My daughter helped me get another coat on the pole after I filled a few holes and sanded the entire thing down with 220 grit sandpaper. We primed it all over and then headed to the store.

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When we got back, I put a coat on 2/3 of the pole before heading off to work on other chores. I had a lot I wanted to get done, and I forgot a few supplies, but I kept busy for an hour before flipping the pole and putting a first coat on the rest of the pole.

That was it. I had to just cover up the pole and tie it down for a week. I head to the UK tomorrow for a week, so I won’t be able to sand and paint it again until next weekend. Then I’m hoping to go visit a friend and see about getting the base built from metal.

Sabbatical Day 32 – Catchup with Paint

My company, Red Gate software, has given me a 6 week sabbatical. I’m documenting the time with all the posts under a tag if you want to follow along.

I’m almost out of time and I leave Monday for the UK. So it’s another Saturday catch-up day.

I started the day with a trip to the store. I had to go out anyway, so I grabbed a few more sanding belts and got back to work on things.

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Using some new 36 grit sandpaper, I first hit a few rough spots where one of the 3 boards making up a side was taller than others. This went quickly, giving me a relatively smooth surface.

Then I switched to 80 grit and went up and back, flipping the pole after each passage until all 4 sides were done at that level.

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I next went to 120 grit, which is good surface prep. It’s slow going and messy, as I cut lots of wood dust from the tops, along with some epoxy, but as I worked each side, it was becoming more and more of a pole.

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The first two grits also helped me round the top more, breaking and easing the edges on all sides, even where the router didn’t cut deep. At the end, I had a heck of a pole.



I wanted to get moving, so I decided to prime the pole. However I first needed to fill in a few spots, which I did with wood filler.

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Then I started with the first coat of primer. I’m actually thinking to do a couple here, and the plan I had was to do the top and one side, then go back and do the other side and the top again.

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I completed one coat, the flipped it over and did the same thing on the other side. This was all "four" sides get two coats.

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The last coat wasn’t completely dry when weather came in and I had to hurriedly cover things as the rain started to fall.

I need to order my truck now that I know the top size (2 1/2") and then also get more paint. Hopefully I can paint things tomorrow sometime and then start working on the base.