This was first posted September 9, 2010.
My new toy…no, it’s not a Wii… (people tell me I should want one, but I don’t think so)
no, it’s not a new iPod… (I’m very happy with my “ancient” gum stick iPod)
no, it’s not an iPad… (though THAT is on my Big Wish List – the one that I’ll get if I win the Lottery)
no, it’s not a Dobsonian telescope (also on my Lottery Wish List)
no, it’s not a new dog kennel, agility equipment, ducks or goats
no, it’s not clothing or shoes… (ewwwww, anyway – except for sweatshirts and hiking boots!)
What is it, you ask?
I’m sure it’s on every woman’s wish list…I’m the proud owner of a new (used) tile saw! Tile saw. A saw you cut bathroom tile with? Yeah. One of those. I’m thrilled.
Not only can I supposedly now tile my bathroom, I can also cut my fossils into manageable pieces… their sandstone matrix is softer than tile… and I can also cut deer antlers into buttons or handles. Cool. This afternoon I was set up and ready to go. There was a stiff breeze though, and I had to weight my table down with 4 gallons of paint!
I played with my fossils first and I had a great time!
Remember my idea for my fossils? Time to trim them down! A few seconds later…
The fossil is now the center of attention, you don’t have to search for it!I had much success with this and was very gung-ho about the whole process.
Unfortunately, I then moved on to tiling my bathroom.
Oh, my. Failure. No.
I think my thin set was too thin. The tiles kept sliding even though I had them taped in place and the suction was GOOD! I had placed seven and had to take them down. Then I had to scrape the wall. Scrape the tiles. Wash the tiles. Decide what to do with my thin set because by then it was starting to dry. I had mixed too much with too much water. It was TOTAL FAILURE. I couldn’t bear to waste the mix, so I hauled it out to my Studio and applied it to the rough shelf on the top of the nestboxes… It may prevent me from getting a few splinters in the future. Or it may need to be scraped off and discarded, but I feel I at least tried to use it productively!
Then I spent what felt like a loooong time cleaning up the trowels and buckets and my new saw.<BIG HUMONGOUS GIGANTIC SIGH>
I shall have to try again. Unless…Unless…. There’s a volunteer out there somewhere! I’ll cut the tile with my new toy… you stick ’em to the wall!Find me here!