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Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection #9: Labor Day Tuesday with Robb

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Blog entry by Douglas Bordner posted 09-04-2007 07:31 AM 4358 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the interest of furthering an appreciation of Geography, and all it’s nuances (Heads up, prospective Beauty Queens!) we are traveling north of Deb’s home turf to the shop of Robb. Robb is starting his third week as a Lumberjock, and extended an invitation to visit his shop. Where would it be, you ask? On some frozen tundra, near the Arctic circle?
No it’s in the U.S.A., in beautiful Holland, Michigan. Robb and his wife live on a farm property and his shop space occupies a post and beam constructed barn.

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A peek through the front and straight through to the backdoor highlights the air flow properties of his shop. Roll open the doors for the best lighting. No need to worry about HEPA filtration and micro-dust build up. Let the wind blow.

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The shop is unheated, and has one 110v outlet. So Deb and I spoke on the way over to the Inspection, just to clarify Robb’s predicament, and with a little reasoning together, managed to come up with an allowance for the necessity of extension cords. With a jointer, planer, table saw, router table, dust collector and a shop radio, Robb stays busy moving the power to the machines in use. Deb’s only admontion…don’t overload those circuits, Robb.
And watch your footing!

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Robb has built some nice shop fixtures, including this router table and wood storage. On a previous project, Robb was able to justify the purchase of a dandy planer. I look at that collection of billet stock, and my inner voice says “Robb needs a lathe.” Maybe we can help him come up with a Christmas project for the Missus that involves a lot of spindles and maybe a gallery rail. That’s the ticket!

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Necessity is the mother of invention, and a sale on DeStaCo clamps at 50¢ a go engendered the creation of Robb’s clamping station. Pretty cool.

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All in all the shop is a winner (I loved the neighbors – a family of barn swallows).

WIWDPTour

Thanks for the invitation, Robb. Go get your certificate.
Oh, and work fast, there’s a fall chill in the air, and Christmas is right around the corner…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.



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Karson

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#1 posted 09-04-2007 07:38 AM

Great tour and thanks Debbie and Douglas.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 09-04-2007 07:41 AM

Still looking for brave volunteers like Robb, those willing to bear the close scrutiny of our fearless Ms. Executive Director of Inspections, Ms. Debbie P. Your chance at fame and internet glory, and a swell certificate can be only an e-mail away. Act today! Send me a message and Deb and I will jump in the inspection bus and beat a path to your door. Maybe someplace warm as the autumnal chills advance…but really any place will do.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 09-04-2007 12:52 PM

Atta boy, girl?? boy?????................thanx

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 09-04-2007 01:35 PM

that was an interesting trip as I headed south to go to the States and ended up going NORTH to the shop!!

:)

Great visit . I was a little worried about those extension cords.. but I survived phew

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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mot

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#5 posted 09-04-2007 03:27 PM

I’m glad you had your passport!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 09-04-2007 03:39 PM

with this “job”, Tom, a passport is a “must have” – I just never know where I’ll be going next.
(actually – hahah I never know until I see it here at LJ.com!) haha

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 09-04-2007 04:05 PM

Great job guys!

I’ll bet he doesn’t leave those doors open in the wintertime, (from september to july)

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 09-04-2007 06:43 PM

Mot-
Odd that you showed up, I was contemplating recommending the boxless sneak for Robb to get a new lathe, but I’m sure you could see a truck coming for a country mile on the farm, so I thought better of it and recommended the wifely project ploy.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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