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Around The Coffeepot Ramblings #19: I'm A Big Boy

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-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/



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ratchet

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#1 posted 1260 days ago

Glad to see you have not forsaken us. I hope the back hold out for you and you find some relief. Thats an interesting story on the old gent you restore chairs with. Tooling around in a 1913 Model A with a fellow woodworker sounds like an great way to spend a part of the day. It seems to me that you could do an expanded short essay on the topic to do it real justice.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 1260 days ago

When I participated in the farmer’s market in Annapolis Royal, which is about an hour from where I live now, there was a woman who was there every week who did caning. The market was a tourist-y place and she would do her work right there while everyone watched. It was fascinating.

Restoration work such as that is something that takes a great deal of time and effort – but is worth it if you enjoy it. I can see you being very good at that William because you are so precise in your work. I bet the finished chairs are amazing.

I also can relate to how wonderful it is to have a friend such as this man. My friend Bernie has so many fascinating stories of the area and his life and I truly enjoy listening to them and reliving his experiences with him. He is also a wealth of knowledge and I look to him as a mentor as well as a friend.

Keep your projects coming, as well as your stories. I enjoy them very much.

Sheila :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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GaryD

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#3 posted 1260 days ago

William , I like ratchet, hope you back holds out to be able to enjoy some woodworking. The part with the old man is great. It would be great just to ride around and listen to his sotries. I bet some are beauts.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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Dave

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#4 posted 1260 days ago

Hello William I intend on taking you up on the cup of coffee. My wife and I are about to head to the western side of the state. You will be one of the first stops. I dearly hope to get to see you in good health. Place it in his hands, they cure all. Now on those chairs, I love to see a craftsman breathing life back into something of age. You dont have to crank that model A like a mad man withe a brace in his hand drilling a 2 inch hole in oak, do ya?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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William

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#5 posted 1259 days ago

Superdav, when are you planning your trip? Did I give you my phone number or not? If not, let me know so I can. I’m soon heading over to the shop. I’ll check online tonight to see if you’ve replied.
As for the model A, no, you do not HAVE to crank it. The old man (his name is Jack, by the way) installed an electric starter. According to him, he figured when he reached seventy, he was getting just “too durned old to be cranking that thing by hand”. The way he has it done though, it is still possible to use the hand crank, just not necessary. Accept for the electric start on it though, everything else is original, all the way down to the coal oil lantern with a reflective lense behind it that serves as headlights. The tail light (single) is also coal oil powered with a red lense behind it.
Jack doesn’t get around too well these days, as is expected at his age. He makes do with what he has though. He started caning chairs because he couldn’t do woodwork anymore. He can’t stand long enough and can’t stretch far enough to do it from a chair. He said he likes caning, but he is slow at it. He figures it doesn’t matter though. In his words, “I aint running no race. The only race I have now it to a grave, and that’s a race I’m happy to lose”. He still gets out to the shop these days. When he does though, it’s to tinker with something on the old Ford. If you didn’t know him, you would never guess he’s as old as he is. Although slow, he still walks pretty good. You can hear him well, but make sure he’s looking at you before you speak to him, or he won’t even know you’re talking to him.
Oh, he also has a pretty good sense of humor. He came over yesterday evening. I asked how he was doing. His reply? “Hoping my wife will die before me so I can go get a younger model. I hear the ones around twenty can make me feel young again.”

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Dave

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#6 posted 1259 days ago

William it will be in a week or three. And yes you did give your phone number. I will call prior to the trip for directions. I am most interested in seeing your work. Stay well.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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William

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#7 posted 1258 days ago

Please try to let me know a day or two ahead of time so I can be sure my wife doesn’t plan for me to go anywhere on that day superD. Let me know if you have GPS. If you do, I’ll give you the address. If not, I’ll meet you at the nearest service station for you to follow me to the shop because without good knowledge of the area following or GPS is the only way to find it.
Any of you fellow woodworkers, if you ever come to Vicksburg, Mississippi and want to visit, let me know ahead of time so I can PM you my phone number so we can set something up. I love company at the shop that has similar interests as my own. If you like guns, fishing, or coffee, we’ll have even more in common. If you don’t like kids though, you may want to visit during school hours. I have a bunch of those.
I’ll look forward to the visit SuperD. I’m always thrilled to show off my work. I don’t have quite as much as usual to show right now though. Between gifts I gave out at Christmas and the things I donated this past year to different charities, my front room is looking slim. Three of my nicest pieces (in my opinion) are there though, and a few more pieces of my nicest work can be seen right next door to my shop, at my house.
I always have coffee. I keep sugar at the shop. I keep cups over there as well, but except for mine, I always have to run and clean sawdust out of them before using them. My own cup never stays empty long enough to get dusty. If you want cream or milk, you need to bring your own.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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William

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#8 posted 1258 days ago

I finished the chairs. I probably took way too much time on them, but that’s how it is sometimes.
I was hoping to start a larger project this week. I haven’t exactly decided what that project should be though. I have had many thoughts on the subject. I can’t decide though. I am really itching to do something new and all the patterns I have at the moment I have done before, many more than once. I am planning on ordering some new patterns, but it may be a week or two for me to get together some cash. What little extra money I had recently had to go for scroll saw blades.
I will probably start on one of my projects I already have patterns for until I can get the new patterns. Here though is some links to the pattern I plan on ordering. As always, I appreciate all ideas, suggestions, etc.
Desk Cabinet
Buffet
Coffee Table
End Table
If you go check out the links, I’m leaning towards doing some larger, furniture projects. I just want something bigger to do that can be used. I’ve just about burned myself out on children’s toys like the rockers. Meanwhile, I also want to incorporate scrolling into these projects, so these four are what I have found that appeal to me while still meeting the critieria.
The desk cabinet I think will be just an impressive piece. Check out the size of it. The photo on the website is deceptive. That thing is close to six feet tall.
The buffet is nice. I will build the first one like the photos. After tht though, who knows. My wife wants one doubled in size with more glass in it. She says it’ll make a nice curio style cabinet for her collectibles.
The coffee and end tables I plan to build as a set and cover the top scroll work with tempered glass.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Dave

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#9 posted 1258 days ago

No problem William PM me the shop address and I’ll put in my gps. I will be sure and give you a couple days heads up on the visit.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Dave

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#10 posted 1258 days ago

Oh as far as kids I got 4 they are 21,18,17, and 16. That little feller you see with the bandana around his neck is a product of the eldest. Thats my grandson Logan. ;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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William

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#11 posted 1258 days ago

Kids are 9, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 21, and 26.
I hope I can get the last one out of the house before any of the others bring more back home.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Rick

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#12 posted 1254 days ago

Hey William:

“Kids are 9, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 21, and 26.” Have you considered buying a TV Set for your bedroom???...LOL…

“Keep On Keeping On!” My Friend!! You’re an Inspiration for us all!!

Best Regards: Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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William

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#13 posted 1254 days ago

Rick, all I did was give her a goodnight kiss and nine months later she had a child. This happened eight times. That’s my story and i’m sticking to it.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Rick

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#14 posted 1252 days ago

HA! Likely Story William!! No One else would believe you. But I will. ....LOL…

Same thing happened to me a few times. Or maybe I just don’t remeber what happened after the KISS!

Maybe I can ”GOOGLE” it and find out????

OH NO!!!!! Rick ;-}

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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Dave

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#15 posted 1252 days ago

Rick I always wondered how that worked now we know.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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