Ms Debbie P's 2008 Shop Tour and Inspection #1: January Visit to Dadoo's Lab

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Blog entry by Douglas Bordner posted 01-17-2008 05:36 AM 9492 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This month’s visit is to Lebanon, New York, at the garage-shop-laboratory of Dadoo. In his own words, he is a; “Mad Scientist, creator, salvager, grandfather (Dadoo), husband, home builder/wrecker, sawdust and grease spreader, designer, dreamer, computer geek, photographer and Licensed Nurse. I’ve also been a volunteer Firefighter/EMT since ‘92.” And a slippery slope ridin’ Galoot. He’s pretty worked up about his recent reclamation project. a 1927 Sargent #714 Auto-set Jack Plane.


All business, Deb takes thorough notes on the process. That tote and knob look pretty great.

Assured of a claim to greatness for this (and so much more), here is a shot of Dadoo’s most excellent hinged sheet goods storage device. Apparently, Dadoo still has to get an automobile into his shop (on occasion), and with the winter weather upon us in North America, there’s the uncontrollable problem of the ingress of slush and moisture with the car. After putting on his thinking hat, he arrived at this elegant solution.


Debbie specs out the job. I desperately need one of these in my shop.

Hand in glove with the storage solution is the mobile assembly table work bench that Dadoo has fashioned, complete with jauntly purple paint job. At first blush I thought it was made of Purpleheart, but I suppose you’d have to be Warren Buffett to afford one of those.


Dadoo gets major points for overhead extension cord storage, and readily available hearing protection.

As our visit wound down, and the gloaming filtered through the shop window, we heard a high-pitched hum and the tinkling of tiny bells. Looking up at the picture of Norm Abrahms, we witnessed a mystical experience.


Apparently a new episode of The New Yankee Workshop was completed and in the can. It was like a trip to Lourdes. Fascinating.

Well, as you might guess, the innovative Dadoo passed his inspection with flying colors. Dadoo, your passed certificate, suitable for framing, awaits here.

Good show! Keep the not-so diabolical ideas coming!

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

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#1 posted 01-17-2008 05:49 AM

Another fun venture – thanks for letting us in Dadoo!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 01-17-2008 05:53 AM

Thanks Dadoo, MsDebbieP and Douglas for the tour.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 01-17-2008 05:57 AM

Great looking shop, Dadoo! I don’t think you look all that much like your buddy icon, though. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 01-17-2008 06:28 AM

Another Debbie special under her belt.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 01-17-2008 07:58 AM

Wait a just a minute…where’s the sawdust? What’s a shop without sawdust? You must have spent hours cleaning up before she got there. Reminds me, I’ve got to get busy cleaning mine :-)

BTW… I like the purple paint,

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#6 posted 01-17-2008 08:07 AM

Good on ya Dadoo!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#7 posted 01-17-2008 08:23 AM

Are you kidding?! He looks JUST like his buddy icon. In fact, I didn’t even think it was an icon… I always thought it was a photograph. I mean, look at the smile, and especially the eyes!!! It’s a dead match!

Doug and Deb, thanks for giving us a glimpse of Dadoo’s shop, although only a small window it is into his mad scientist mind.

I found another picture of him on the internet:

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 01-17-2008 11:22 AM

Nice shop tour. Thanks Dadoo, Ms D.

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Scott Bryan

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#9 posted 01-17-2008 01:18 PM

Dadoo, Debbie thanks for the post. It was a wonderful wake-up call this morning. This was better than a cup of coffee.

Dadoo I like the way you’ve coordinated the panels in your wall cabinets and wall bench legs with the work bench. Obviously “purple heart” is favorite wood of choice with you. It certainly adds color to your shop.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 01-17-2008 01:45 PM

Nice Work Douglas and Ms. Debbie,

great shop for a madd scientist.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 01-17-2008 01:53 PM

Congrats on the pass!!!

Douglas, another fine tour and write-up.
The moment of lights and angels singing was so.. inspiring. I’ll never forget it :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 01-17-2008 02:40 PM

Hey thanx everybody. Life is short so ya gotta have fun, right? Neat pic Blake!

Sbryan55, maybe you outta let the coffee kick in…It’s not purpleheart! When we built the house, the wifey-poo wanted to paint the entry doors and “personally” chose “Castleberry” colored paint. (Paint companies should create a clear paint and call it “Diamond”...It would sell to women like crazy!) Anyhow, the color turned out to be purple! Go figure! “Well, that clerk must’ve mixed the wrong color!” So she returned the can, he mixed another and told her to keep the original gallon, (cuz nobody else wants it!) and the new color turned out to be…Purple! Go figure again! So she painted our doors purple…”It’s called Castleberry!” and I’ve got another gallon to waste. So I used it on my cabinets in the shop. But now that you’ve mentioned purpleheart…Hmmmm.

She was also impressed (“Oh, hum”) by the by the Shop Tour certificate as well. I’ll be hanging it next to my autographed picture of Norm! She’s “Oh hum” about that as well! Maybe it’s time to track some sawdust thru the house again?!

And THANX! Doug! The tour turned out real well.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Douglas Bordner

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#13 posted 01-17-2008 03:03 PM

You’re welcome, Dadoo. Incidentally, there have been no known reports of paranormal activity associated with the framed certificates, however in your laboratory anything is possible!

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

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#14 posted 01-18-2008 03:31 AM

Well done Doug & Debbie. Thanks Dadoo for the look.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 01-18-2008 03:39 AM

Thanks all for the tours. Dadoo the shop looks great, guess it is time to get back to those experiments.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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