What I did on my summer vacation.....instead of building my Chair!

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 06-25-2007 02:39 PM 726 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s not as interesting as working on the chair but I still got to work with tools and wood.

We replaced the old slider we had this weekend. My son-in-law came over and helped (read I was his gopher primarily). His Dad owned a glass shop for many years and he has been installing windows, doors, sun rooms, siding, and more since he was 14. He now works for a very high end residential design/build firm on the Cape. He is anal about his finish work….a good thing.

All thats left is some paint, stain, and a kickboard. We’ll be residing the rear of the house next year.

A big hole
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Look at those legs!
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I’ll be damned if he doesn’t know what he’s doing. SShhh don’t tell him I said that.
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Testing the strength of a 2×6…Jacqui waving hello!
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Interior trim done. Just some stain and poly needed.
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When we finish this project I think it will really change the look of our home. We can get rid of the old white storm windows. The window will be brown and the house has dark cranberry trim. It should be a pretty dramatic difference.
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Hopefully the next blog will be the continuation of the chair.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 06-25-2007 02:46 PM

It’s pretty nice having all that cheap labor. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 06-25-2007 03:47 PM

Send him my way.. I need a bunch of window work.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 06-25-2007 03:47 PM

Hi Bob;
—-ha!....the funny thing I remember of vacations is that I used to all-ways come back to work, knowing that work was the vacation….now go and figure that.

Now I’m either—-workin’ hard or hardly workin’—-whichever side of the picture your standing on….

Looks like somebody knows what their doing….in those pictures!
Thanks for sharing.

-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 06-25-2007 03:51 PM

Bob: Great job. All that light.

-- 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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#5 posted 06-25-2007 04:10 PM

Nice new door! Great story! A vacation spent doing household projects, is a vacation spent doing something. I’ve lots of vacations in the last 10 years spent drinking tea with my inlaws. Nice people, but the second time you blow off your three weeks doing that….I’ll come down and help you install the next one!

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

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#6 posted 06-25-2007 04:26 PM

Hehe…we still have 11 windows to do….come on down!

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#7 posted 06-25-2007 04:47 PM

we replaced a slider last year—-and my “cheap labor” was my father-in-law who has been building custom homes for 30 years…when we do house projects I am definitely the go-fer…NICE WINDOW BOB!!! Now you can do it yourself on the other 11???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 06-25-2007 05:33 PM

Nice job finished Bob.

That job jar must be leveling out somewhat.
I just took in your video of the “ranch” and you sure have put a lot of sweat in to the place.
It’s really starting to take shape.

Good on you and hard workers like you!

p.s. I did the glass in my greenhouse last year and I am still recovering from the blunt trauma of the costs.


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

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#9 posted 06-25-2007 09:52 PM

How big a greenhouse do you have Bob? I’m thinking of adding on to my shed. A greenhouse/solar wood kiln. I can start plants in the early spring and dry wood all summer and fall. I’ll probably use the corrugated panels though or possibly even just plastic sheeting. It should also help warm the shed in the winter.

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-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#10 posted 06-25-2007 10:40 PM

and look at that Sketchup Design… hmmmm

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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