The new girl - Dana enters our shop! #3: Hard wood and floors ... oh and the new girl ...

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 11-29-2010 11:33 PM 2054 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: How I got to meet her parents ... Part 3 of The new girl - Dana enters our shop! series Part 4: OK - Dana wanted some non-shop / project related photos ... »

Dana has swung back and forth a bit with the concept of having JAP (Jewish American Princess) qualities but of course she’s not a JAP. Indicators that she is not a JAP include scenes like this …

She indicated she’d work for beer – and feeling frustrated with my bathroom floor tile coming up she got into destruction one night and finished removing it. I guess now it’s time we install a new one? That’s a project profile for another time … this entry is really about her hardwood floors.

Meanwhile – she’s, as I mentioned, working on establishing some new hobbies, getting her stress levels down, and feeling productive by accomplishing some projects she’s wanted to complete for a while. One of which was installing hardwood floors in her home.

As luck would have it for her – I found her (yes I know I got lucky too but we must no leak that to her – we all know females will use any leverage on us they can get! …) Anyway the early onset of this dating experience brought on the conversations where she came to the realization she was actually dating a hick; this is entirely new to her and she realized it would further dent her potential JAP profile. The knee pads probably don’t score points for such a claim either.

After a few weeks of pondering this new predicament she was in, I’m thinking a revelation of usefulness came to her. Hicks are resourceful and can generally build or repair or construct or deconstruct just about anything. She then starts discussing hardwood floors, to which I’m thinking OK give it a month or two let’s see if we last that long and we’ll go for it.

And thus began the project to install oak flooring throughout her townhouse. The project is now well underway; the downstairs floor is all installed as well as the upstairs hallway. We have the steps remaining and the shoe moldings and thresholds. She spent most of today doing touchup work fixing the little dings and dents from installation, any minor saw splinters, etc around cuts and filling in those last little cracks around any cutouts.

She learned to use a finish nailer, got to play around more with my miter saw and portable table saw – and she’s now the proud owner of her own compound miter beveling sliding miter saw. Her level of knowledge is getting to the point where she could be pretty dangerous!

I’ll post some finished photos soon … here’s some along the way!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 11:38 PM

Boy you did get lucky, She knows what a bevel & miter are!!! ;)

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 11-30-2010 12:43 AM

Go Dana!! A Job well done!


-- Robin Renee'

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#3 posted 11-30-2010 12:52 AM

She’s a keeper !

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#4 posted 11-30-2010 05:27 AM

Notice the wrapped wrist in the first photo – that was her new bracelet (sports band) courtesy of her little wrist action … see the previous blog entry for details on that!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#5 posted 11-30-2010 06:33 AM

Dang dude! You find a gal like her you better keep her! Treat her well. You don’t find many that get into stuff like that.

I live by the adage “Happy wife, happy life!” and I am happy!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#6 posted 01-08-2011 01:47 PM

Nice work Dana.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#7 posted 02-16-2011 08:35 PM

Well we survived our first home improvement project together. Guess that’s a good plug for a relationship?

A few photos of the finally finished project … Pending next project is a deck!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#8 posted 02-16-2011 08:51 PM

Wow, she really is a keeper. You gave her knee pads and she didn’t slap you in the face! And you had to give her a sport band because of her wrist action. My oh my you are a lucky man.

I can’t wait for your next blog entry Dana and I banging away on the deck”

Seriously, the work looks great, and more importantly it sounds like your happy. Good luck.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#9 posted 02-16-2011 09:39 PM

We have always said that two things can/will determine a couple’s compatibility. Doing a house remodel and taking a canoe trip. We passed both tests (several times) and, in June will have 40 years of wedded bliss.
Looks like you have a keeper, there. Maybe you can forgo the canoe trip.
Don’t know about the JAP thing, but she’s surely some sort of royalty, in my book.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 02-16-2011 10:15 PM

Actually – we are discussing the idea of building a wooden canoe as a project. She likes boats, water, sun, rum, warm places, sand, the act of “fishing” IE drinking beer in a boat while fondling a rod. So there’s probably some pending canoe trips this summer!

Yes – her wrist action was an interesting night. The knee pad closeups did get me a few at least disgusted looks and some references to being a dirty old man, but obviously they are posted and I’m still alive.

We did survive the project – she’s ticked off cause two nails were sticking out of the steps. I figure out of what like 18,000 freaking nails TWO are out of place … dang we done golly gee good! That’s what I get for keeping around a girl w/ OCD though, she made that clear on the first date so I can’t say I wasn’t warned.

40 Years huh Gene Congrats … for us … we shall see. She did throw me out of bed the other night for coughing and made me sleep in the basement. Told me not to come back until I saw a doctor and got my allergies fixed. Thus – I went to the doctor yesterday. Maybe I’ll be allowed back soon …

Got a few other funny events we can share at some point. She’s now assembling a small shop in her basement. Not sure if this is good – if she can completely care for and entertain herself in her own space she won’t need me or mine.

More to follow … gonna have to post a few of the “Cats NEED baths too” ... photo shoot …

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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