Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Trip to the Spa

I don’t want to start a big Hand Tool/Power Tool debate. I believe each has its place in the shop. However, this blog post isn’t even about woodworking…it’s about a trip to the Spa.

See, I slept in Sunday morning and I forgot to watch the Belgian Grand Prix. Then, because I missed it, my friend Terry told me to not even read anything about the race until I was able to watch the replay (that I finally recorded this afternoon on Speed Channel).

So tonight I watched the Belgian Grand Prix that was run this past Sunday at Spa (a mere 35 miles from Genk, where I used to work on occasions). The race was the normal excitement, but with 3 laps to go it went CRAZY when the rain began to fall.

With almost none of the cars on wet tires, the finish of that race came down to which driver could feather the throttle and get around the track while only using about 25% of the car’s available horsepower.

Sometimes it’s not a matter of how much power you have…it comes down to the skills of the one wielding that power. None of the guys on the podium at Spa finished that race with his engine pushed anywhere close to 19,000 rpms.

Hmmmm….I started out writing this thinking the Belgian Grand Prix might be a great metaphor for the using hand tools, but now that I think about it, the race at Spa wasn’t about the tools. It makes a better argument for the importance of always monitoring the moisture content.

FYI…we’re not going to get into the whole thing about McLaren/Mercedes getting
cheated out of the win by the corrupt Ferrari team.


jasonb said...

I think most of the woodworkers I know are more NASCAR than McLaren/Ferrari/Mercedes.

Jeff Skiver said...


That's why this blog exists.

Together we're going to change the world.

We're going to destroy half-lap Shaker door frames.

And we are going to change America's political climate so that the unspoken majority is no longer NASCAR DADS...

Harumpffff Harumpfffff Harumpfff

jasonB said...

Don't forget that we are going to break the chains that bind us to using inferior wood on our drawer sides!