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Getting my tools ready #26: Maple, Murphy, and Me,

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 11-12-2017 01:19 AM 2490 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Murphy always has a treat in store for me.

My friend CharlieK (on LJ’s) lives in MN/St.Paul area. A town called Fridley. He had purchased a trailer load of rough milled hard maple and he had a lot left over which he was wanting to sell to get it out of his garage Took my 1990 3/4 ton truck and traveled 124 miles to have lunch and pick up some maple. Had a full truck bed up to the top of the sides of maple and I was returning home in the dark. About 11 miles from home my front passenger side tire wall gave out (used seldom but 18 years old?) And I had to call for assistance. Turns out we couldn’t tow the truck due to all the hard maple in the back would put to much stress against the tailgate. The guy’s station is a block or so from my house. Had him bring my old tire that had been sitting on the ground under a tree and we changed the tire which has rot for the blown tire.

He lifted the truck and put the spare on which shows weakness in the structure. Got it home late. (situation normal afu) Called our local salvage yard, for used tire. NA Called local tire replacement and my mech. No used available,and the truck needs new tires. Even though it’s not a commuter it handles my plowing needs. And it needs good tires for occasional use.

Also didn’t want to store the wood outside this winter as I’d done that a few years ago and when I uncovered the pile in spring had ants throughout the wood pile.
Thought I’d build a lumber rack in my sandstone walls basement but couldn’t find an empty 8 ft. long space. To shorten this up….I moved and cleaned and constructed a wood rack that sits on bricks as I get water in the basement ( no sump pump)

Actually just finished unloading and stacking the wood in 10 degree temps.

Thanks for checking it out!

All comments and suggestions appreciated!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 11-12-2017 01:31 AM

Looks good Tom, lots of work but once it’s dry enough you will have some great wood to build some great projects.
Sorry to hear about you tough trip home.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 11-12-2017 01:35 AM

Thanks Jim! Now that the truck is unloaded I found a reasonable deal on some 50 k tires but I have to drive 44 miles. But it’s worth 150 bucks????

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#3 posted 11-12-2017 01:52 AM

Tom…that is a lot of frustration to go through…and thqat sorta stuff never happens at a convenient time…but you got some great lumber and when all is done you will have some good tires on your truck. When something annoying happens I just visualize the fact that before long it will be over and I will be sitting back and relaxicating at home.

Best therapy…plan a new project for that maple…

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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CharlieK

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#4 posted 11-12-2017 01:52 AM

Hi Tom,

I’m really sorry that you had such a tough time getting home that night. On the other hand, your lumber rack looks great! I am looking forward to seeing what you make with that maple.

BTW, I heard that Murphy can’t touch you if you wear garlic and wood chips around your neck

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 11-12-2017 02:14 AM

Greg,
Hoping in June to stop and be able to start with woodworking and I now have walnut, ash, spalted maple and the hard maple now drying in the basement. The tires were old like me. LOL! And they had good tread, but life happens???? I’m safe and I have a story to share with you all. Thanks for checking it out.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 11-12-2017 02:16 AM

Charlie,
The best laid plans???? But Murphy is my mentor. As Greg said I will have new tires on my old truck pretty soon.

Thanks for seeing where your wood ended up!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 11-12-2017 02:51 AM

Tom, someone once told me there is no such thing as a great deal. In one hand you get a good deal and in the other hand something gets taken away. At least you made it home and can start thinking of what to make with it.
Murphy just likes teasing you.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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DocSavage45

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#8 posted 11-12-2017 03:19 AM

Hey Dave,
Could have been better and it could have been much worse. At least the plow wasn’t on the truck yet. :<D Thanks for checking it out.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Serradura

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#9 posted 11-12-2017 07:28 AM

It’s all matter of perspective… The pile of wood would cost a fortune where I live, (4 new tires would cost less, even the special ones on my van)....

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal http://www.notjustsawdust.com

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 11-12-2017 10:52 AM

The things we all do because of being wood hoarders. Way to get it done sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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DocSavage45

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#11 posted 11-12-2017 10:58 AM

Hey Gerrit,
An unexpected surprise. Thanks for checking it out. My biggest positive in all of this is The tire didn’t do anything but give out. I’m unharmed and Murphy is my mentor. Just have to realize the lessons that he teaches.

The Maple is more than I need right now but I will stop working at my profession in June and I will be living life your way. Only here in boring farm country. But like you I will adjust and survive.. LOL!

Take care!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#12 posted 11-12-2017 11:00 AM

Monte,

Maybe that’s it but maybe it’s cause were connected to the wood? Thanks for checking it out,

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 11-12-2017 02:27 PM

Great storage rack, Doc. I’m looking forward to see what it becomes.

Glad you made it home safe.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#14 posted 11-12-2017 04:36 PM

Hi Tom, Glad to hear that Murphy likes it better up your way, keep him entertained Please!! ha ha ha. Some nice timber, well worth the hassle.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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DocSavage45

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#15 posted 11-12-2017 07:26 PM

Drew,

Thanks! That was the best thing , next to having materials now to move forward. appreciate your checking it out!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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