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Life as an Amateur Woodworker #80: A Quickie!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 07-01-2016 10:07 PM 887 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last month we had an uninvited guest in the house, I freely admit when it comes to snakes, I am a total coward, fortunately I was out, when my wife found it whilst cleaning, and a neighbour dealt with it. I honestly have no idea what snakes we have here, so don’t know if this was poisonous or not, just that it was a meter or so long.

Construction work has started again below us on the mountain, so once again, snakes will be on the move. I know the time will come when it is my turn to deal with these creatures, and as I have been threatened both by my Specialist and my Wife to take it easy (a recent spinal block did not work on my back, so I have been referred to another Specialist, who I will see in August, no woodwork projects or welding for the time being), so I was looking for something to do, and thought, that maybe a snake stick was a good idea, hopefully having made it, I will never have to use it! hahaha (nervous laugh!)

I took a length of 1” dowel I had in the wood bin, an eye, and a piece of scrap rebar. The rebar was already bent at 90°, I sharpened the end on the bench grinder, drilled a hole into the end of the dowel, and tapped the rebar into it. Screwed the eye into the other end, to hang it out of the way, and then masked off the the dowel, and sprayed it with some hideous pink, I had left over from my board game projects.

Now I just have to hope if there are any snakes lurking about they’ll see the pink rebar, and decide to push off…hahaha!

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



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#1 posted 07-02-2016 01:28 AM

Phil,

Sorry about the lack of a fix for your back. I’m not afraid of snakes but I am VERY CAUTIOUS! l lived in Arkansas for about five years sand I got a book to educate me to tell the difference between a viper and a non poisonous snake.

I think they’re colorblind.

Slowly getting my little tractor /wood shed pole barn done. Making it out of wood that I saved over way to many years.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 07-02-2016 11:39 AM

Cheers Tom, hopefully it wont be long and I am Power Lifting!! (Since I couldn’t do that before…lol) I think snakes are just about the only thing that send shivers down my back just thinking of them! I am glad to hear that Murphy isn’t interfering with your barn, I can’t wait to see the finished building :D

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

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#3 posted 07-02-2016 03:20 PM

Where I live now. People are abandoning old STONE houses because snakes have taken over. We have garder and very few rattlers here. Too bad , cause these old homes were gorgeous inside. (If you like 100yr old homes, I DO)
I have 2 discs missing in lower back, therapist says build up muscles and things are fine. It does work, I no longer jump off roofs, but no surgery is needed YET. When I drive long times, sitting irritates it though !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 07-02-2016 05:05 PM

Hi canadianchips, it is a shame people are being forced out of their homes by snakes, but I can’t say I blame them, like you I love old houses, hopefully one day they will be reclaimed.
They are talking about fusing the discs in my back, which will restrict any bending, I will know more in August, until then…pain killers!

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

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#5 posted 07-02-2016 08:52 PM

Phil,

No Murphy right now. When I was doing the concrete footing it rained and solidified many bags of concrete. Right now I’m dealing with trying to breath. Haven’t had any problems for 15 years but we have had an over abundance of rain, whcih is great for the farms, and the grass. Guess what one of my allegies is?

The shed has been going slow due to the fact it’s another available materials driven build. So far(slow but steady) so good. I just have to be as creative as I was when I cut the bottom off my Butterfly Box.

Knocked over my floor mount drill press when looking for the siding that I stored in my back room. Got it upright with the help of a come along. Good anger management on my part.

Now I have the space cleared so I can unload all that stacked wood. when I’m through I will toss the rest. A promise to myself! Will be loading it to my pick up and moving it to my work area outside.

If I get some oxygen in my lungs and mental energy I might to a blog on it as another LJ asked about “how to” build one.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 07-02-2016 10:13 PM

Tom,

That’s tough, be no good for you here then, we have had national warnings that La Niña will start later this month and last a couple of months, after El Niño, I guess we should be happy, but I am not looking forward to that much rain, especially as with new construction work on the mountain we are already suffering from movement!

As for the Barn, never mind blogging it, as someone keeps telling me…Project!!! :D

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

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#7 posted 07-02-2016 11:40 PM

Phil,

LJ’s has a Home Referbers Site, which I think is where decks and outdoor buildings need to go? Although it is a primitive art form and made from recycled materials??? A gigantic box? LOL!

Best place for me was Ozark mountains. I could breath so well I started smelling the difference between trees.

In farm country it’s dust, humidity and oh yeah grass.

Just returned from my back room where I had the old garage siding that I took off my barn stored behind 8, 4×8 3/4 fir tounge and groove sheets of fir plywood flooring. (another tale of Murphy) And I got it out of the way and I now can start unloading and checking how useful it is? Old wood like old people does not bend well, and it’s cranky.

Going to the store to pick up cake and icecream for anniversary.

Later

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 07-03-2016 12:06 AM


...Going to the store to pick up cake and icecream for anniversary.

Later

- DocSavage45

Happy Anniversary to you both, enjoy the celebrations, and here’s to many more! :D

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

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#9 posted 07-03-2016 12:06 AM

I HATE SNAKES EVEN 6 INCH LONG ONES

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#10 posted 07-03-2016 12:08 AM



I HATE SNAKES EVEN 6 INCH LONG ONES

- GR8HUNTER

Hahaha! I’ll go one better, even the eggs, and the thought of what they will become!

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

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#11 posted 07-03-2016 01:26 AM

Phil,

Thanks! Did you know snakes are beneficial to the Eco system? Spiders too.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 07-11-2016 04:27 PM

Just last week, I rescued my wife from a snake she encountered in the back yard.
I hunted for it and finally found it curled under some rocks near our pond. It was a little bull snake about 18” long. When I caught it, all I had to put it in was a 1 gallon bucket I had handy. It immediately escaped. I caught it again, and it escaped again.. Dern it! Catching it a third time, I carried it all the way to the garage and threw it in a lidded cooler, after which I walked it about 2 blocks away and let it free in an open field.
Of course my wife wouldn’t go near it, so I had to provide some photographic evidence to her that I had really gotten rid of it…..

Snake in the cooler….

“Be free, little snake….:

-- Ed

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#13 posted 07-11-2016 05:37 PM

I’m Proud OF You Phil!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 07-11-2016 06:15 PM


Just last week, I rescued my wife from a snake she encountered in the back yard…...
- handsawgeek

Yikes…I know who to call on next time! :D

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

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#15 posted 07-11-2016 06:22 PM

Oh? It wasn’t Phil? Nevermind. LOL!

Get a book like I did and know your snakes. Forewarned is forearmed.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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