|I love my bike.|
Having got out for a couple of bike rides helps clear my head, but having post nasal drip and a cough has put me on pills to control the ooze. I treat those pills the same way that I treat booze, so I have not been doing big stuff in my shop. When my mind is a bit clouded I stick to small goofy projects that I can make with hand tools.
Today's project is one that I had been thinking about for a while. Like most people I have an assortment of shoes for bumbling about hearth and home and a different assortment for bumbling about in the yard. I try to be a good guy and not mix indoor and outdoor shoes. Mostly I remember to change shoes as I come and go. As I hurt my back last spring sometimes getting up and down to tie and untie shoes is a "pain", it also doesn't help that I am not a svelte 200 pounder any more. What happens is I find myself wondering around the house in untied shoes. Flapping shoe laces are a tripping hazard, plain and simple.
My solution, required a 5/32 drill bit, a whittling knife and some pieces of 3/4 square hard wood. (in this case elm).
I made two sets of lace stoppers for my in door shoes so that I don't have to hunch over and tie my shoes. These are not replacement for a property tied shoe by any means, I expect that the shoe will loosen up as I walk but it does eliminate flapping laces and the tripping hazard they present.
I can hear some of the serious wood workers out there sighing deeply as they head to their shops to hand cut dovetails, with one hand tied behind their back. When I started doing wood work in my home shop I referred to myself as a wood butcher, now I feel my skills have advanced to where I am a competent DIY wood worker. As a DIY guy I have done a few very nice projects but mostly I work in my shop for personal satisfaction and private amusement, thus lace stoppers are a totally acceptable little project.
Remember any time you spend in your shop is time better spent than watching television.