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    Going to be scorching in Portland!

    If you don't know, the pacific northwest is really seeing some heat over and above what we are use to. Portland is going to be seeing the brunt of the high temps. I know a lot of you around the country are not surprised at temperatures above 100 degrees where you live, but what you have to understand is that very few homes have air conditioning here in western Washington and Oregon.

    Up here in Bellingham the temps are only going to get up to around 87, but Portland is going to see 103. I just spent the weekend down in Portland (a great city, by the way) taking a one day dovetail class with Gary Rogowski (Northwest Woodworking Studio). A few of the people taking the class were going to take the week long Dovetail Hope Chest class. So a lot of discussion yesterday was how they were going to handle the heat in the workshop in the coming week. During our class the temps started out around 65, but worked their way up to 93 before we left. That was the outside temp, not sure what it was inside, but I was sweating and I was parked next to one of the make-sift squirrel cage blowers Gary has around the shop. Must have been all that sawing that made me sweat.

    I know Don Baer talks about working in his shop when it is in the 90's before he turns on the A/C, but I have been down in Arizona and I can handle that dry heat (to a point). I have also worked in the Southeast, and I don't know how you guys work in your shops without A/C there.

    What is the worst condition you have ever worked in your shop? And then I have to ask why????

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    I had my wife buy me a fan today, at bed bath and beyond.
    I wont use it when Im cutting and making sawdust, but when Im goofing off and assembling, it will keep me a bit cooler.
    I dont know how people do it.
    I cant do it. I never thought it gets that hot up in Washington State.

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    Bill, It got up to 116 here today, "but it's a dry heat" so my sweat is also dry..
    it 86 degres in the shop right now..
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Interesting question Bill. When Larry visited in spring we had a warm day out good for the BBQ but when we went into my shop i remember Larry remarking about how cool it still was in there. This falsely led me to start thinking eh maybe that aircon i bought wont be needed after all given how tight all my walls and windows are and with my double layer drywall.

    But all that changed a couple of weeks ago. Seems when the sun comes in at an angle it heats up pretty well into a tightly sealed sauna. I did not even fight it. What the heck i had the aircon sitting there and put it in.
    Now when i go in and its stuffy and humid I simply hit the remote. I like working in the cool.
    cheers

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    Feeding the dog ice cubes and sitting in front of the fan. I moved to the PNW 30 years ago to avoid this stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    I dont know how people do it.
    I cant do it. I never thought it gets that hot up in Washington State.
    I don't know either Allen. It gets that hot in eastern Washington and Oregon quite a bit, but that is a different climate on that side of the Cascade Mountains.

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    Bill, It got up to 116 here today, "but it's a dry heat" so my sweat is also dry..
    it 86 degres in the shop right now..
    Why Don, I did not think you sweated, I heard you just "glowed". I stand corrected.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    But all that changed a couple of weeks ago. Seems when the sun comes in at an angle it heats up pretty well into a tightly sealed sauna. I did not even fight it. What the heck i had the aircon sitting there and put it in.
    Now when i go in and its stuffy and humid I simply hit the remote. I like working in the cool.
    Hey Rob, I don't blame you, if I had it, I would use it. If I liked hot weather I would be living in Arizona, maybe next to Don.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Donley View Post
    Feeding the dog ice cubes and sitting in front of the fan. I moved to the PNW 30 years ago to avoid this stuff
    Hi Scott, I am sitting in front of two fans, so I know the feeling. At least it will be cooler up here than where you are.

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    Well, we get it all summer long here in Tokyo, hot and humid, sticky. Last summer we has something like 45 days in a row when it did not go below 25C (77F) which is darn hot, and the humidity is so bad, you can just about swim in it

    At the Aparto, I have an AC, it works, but right now there is no insulation anywhere but the floor, so it is hot. I change t-shirts about 3-4 times a day, and that is a short 6 hour day.

    I'm originally from Kelowna BC Canada, eh, and it is not uncommon for there to be no significant rain from the end of May until the beginning of October, so I know all about hot and dry (it gets to 105F in Kelowna in the summer, but cools down to where you need a blanket at night).

    We get used to it in Tokyo, everyone has AC and such, but we all grumble about it. The winters here are very mild, I always laugh at the people here complaining about how "COLD" it is, heck is seldom goes near freezing, that is NOT cold
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    The past two weekends it's been in the 90s in my shop during the daytime. Normally I'd stay out of the shop until nighttime when I can cool it down somewhat, but the past two Sundays I've worked all day out there with my brother-in-law making Viking furniture. I've already given him the requisite (mock) grief about his timing for the furniture request. We could have been building this stuff last February when it was cool and comfortable, but no, he had to wait until the middle of July to build his make-believe furniture. (Or more correctly, have ME build his make-believe furniture.)
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    Vaughn now you probably realize this after you posted but the picture police are out and about and I think you have been holding out in us.

    Viking Furniture I aint seen no posts on this forum about you building Viking furniture.

    You got to give us a there Vaughn ....how about a new thread rather than hijacking this one. Eh!
    cheers

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