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Blog series by T. D. Reid updated 01-10-2013 06:32 PM 13 parts 20131 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: Finding Balance

12-29-2011 03:55 PM by T. D. Reid | 0 comments »

Hello friends! Yesterday was relaxing and productive. Turns out that only the Brendan and Tom went with me to Coco Key’s indoor water park and we had a good time. Hunter had to reapply to college so he stayed home. I forgot how tuff water slides are on ones back, mine is very tender this morning after only three trips down the slides. We had a really good time and it could have only been better if Hunter could have come along. Maybe next time he is home.I was able to accomplish a few things i...

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Part 2: Fast pace day

12-31-2011 04:16 AM by T. D. Reid | 0 comments »

Early start on the road for us today and Tom didn’t mind because I took him to McDonalds for breakfast. We did our weekly grocery shopping afterward as well as picking up supplies for the Vet clinic. It really went fast and we were home before 1030. I paid bills and balanced the check book before going to the shop to finish a frame that goes around the outside of a house address sign made of terra cota that my wife and I bought two Christmas ago. I will install it tomorrow morning and then a...

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Part 3: Twin size bed Arts and Crafts style

01-03-2012 02:41 PM by T. D. Reid | 0 comments »

Four days off from blogging and I’m back with a new project underway, Tom’s back to school, and ones returning to the nest. I want to close out my shop maintenance week by telling you that I accomplished just about everything I set out to do. The shop is clean and organized, blades are sharp, things that should be square are and my mind is rested. I must say that it’s something that everyone who works in a shop should try and do at least once a quarter. My last posting I was asking for...

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Part 4: I'm missing the shop

01-10-2012 01:20 PM by T. D. Reid | 0 comments »

I’m one week into the unscheduled remodel of the laundry room and spare bed room that is located in the basement. It is going very well because I have taken it slowly, not rushed and taken time off. I advocate spending as much time as possible in the shop and I have not been in mine for a week now. I figured that remodeling was close to woodwork so to keep from burning out I should stay away from the shop. So after a week of not being in there I can hear it calling me. I will be glad wh...

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Part 5: Snow Day

01-13-2012 02:54 PM by T. D. Reid | 3 comments »

Bill Cosby made fun of his dad “he had to walk to school uphill both ways in four feet of snow with no shoes and he was thankful for it”. I kind of feel that way this morning. We have an inch of snow on the ground and every school in the Muskingum Valley is closed. I really did walk to school every day in middle school and my freshman year in high school but it was in my back yard for god sake. I do remember more than one day walking in knee deep snow and my pants being wet when I...

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Part 6: A few of my favorite things

01-14-2012 03:39 PM by T. D. Reid | 0 comments »

You have to love Julie Andrews perfect voice and her role in Sound of Music. Of the many great songs she sings in the movie classic “My favorite things” has to be the one I like the most. I mention this because the fact that old man winter threw a wrench into my gear box yesterday. First closing school and then blowing the shingles off my porch roof. It was tuff and dangerous on the roof in that wind but, I did get a band aid in place to hold till the weather breaks. I didn’t finish dry...

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Part 7: Move in day

01-23-2012 02:22 PM by T. D. Reid | 1 comment »

After 12” of sound proofing, sheet rock, three coats of mud and two coats of paint the room is ready for move in today. I still have to mud, paint, complete a laundry station and mud room bench with cubbies this week. Those things are a little closer to wood working than drywall will ever be and after three weeks my shop is calling me back. I am going to clean the shop today there is a layer of dust that has settled on everything in my absence and I need to put away the tools that migrated to...

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Part 8: Satisfied

02-16-2012 12:55 PM by T. D. Reid | 1 comment »

I’m sorry that I have fallen behind on my writing while I catch up on my unfinished projects. I am now a month into this thing and just about 75% finished. Progress List x Dry wall basement ceilingx Paint kitchen/dining roomx Paint basementx Build basement entry stairs x Paint bathroomx Paint master bedroomx Paint living roomPaint officeHang new bedroom doorHang new bathroom doorStain and finish oak trim Paint trim Install trim I am satisfied with my progress even if building stairs, pa...

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Part 9: Back in the shop

02-29-2012 12:04 PM by T. D. Reid | 3 comments »

After about two months I have now finished with my work in the house, painting walls, installing trim, so on and so forth. It has been very gratifying to get all of these projects completed, the house looks really good now and most importantly my wife loves it. Here are a few of the projects; When I was last working in the shop I had cut out most of the parts for Tom’s new bed before I had to put it on the back burner so that I could move our 19 year old back home from coll...

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Part 10: Busy with spring projects

05-17-2012 11:52 PM by T. D. Reid | 1 comment »

No I haven’t fallen of the face of the earth. I finished the A&C style queen size bed weeks ago and I added the pictures just a few minutes ago. Here are the other items that I have been working on;I have been very busy building a new deck for my grill out the back exit of the house. It was a very quick build (three days) and it turned out really nice. I build two proto type wood swords this week and think that I now have a design for a sword to sell this fall at craft shows that i...

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Part 11: Thanks

06-20-2012 11:41 AM by T. D. Reid | 2 comments »

I’m not at all the best speller, writer or wood worker but this web site can really make you feel like you are all of these things. I’m relatively new here as members go and I wanted to take a moment to thank LJs and its members for everything you do for each other. THANKS Keep up the great work everybody. Cheers

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Part 12: BIG Move

06-28-2012 11:36 AM by T. D. Reid | 1 comment »

Busy! Busy! Busy! This is truly the only way to describe what’s going on right now in my life. I had a few odds and ends jobs to complete outside this week before I start building the shed underneath of my son’s tree house next week. Some of them I’m sure that I could have done multiple tasks in one day but, hell! Why kill myself? I cat proofed the back yard so that our three legged feline could go outside. That did take a whole day to complete and now he is giving hell to all of the an...

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Part 13: Wow where did my shop go

01-10-2013 06:32 PM by T. D. Reid | 4 comments »

Hello everyone!I hope everyone is doing well; my family and I are all healthy and happy. I have been gone from the LJ since I built my father’s day gift for my dad. School ended the same time and being a stay at home dad spent a lot of time with my nine year old at the pool, camping and boating. In August we found a cabin and almost nine acres for sale close to a lake in Southeastern Ohio. I closed on it in late September and jumped into clearing brush and building an outhouse. Currently ther...

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