Around The Coffeepot Ramblings #50: Trailing Behind

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Blog entry by William posted 08-09-2013 01:00 AM 1155 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, as my friends, family, and regular readers know, my granddaughter was born on the twenty fifth of last month. Since then, so much has been going on around here that by the time the day is through, I haven’t felt up to the Internet, or the shop, or pretty much anything but going to bed. To make a long story short, what follows is all that I have done as far the shop goes since the day the baby was born.

Bearpie, and his wife, visited my shop. He and his wife was passing through all the way from their home in Florida.
I always love visits from people, especially fellow wood workers. Bearpie, and his lovely wife, are what we call around these parts, good people. I hope they both feel welcome enough to stop again if they ever pass this way again.

You all know how much I have been blessed with different woods from all over for my turning obsession I have fallen in to. Bearpie brought me some beautiful wood from his shop. There is so much that I can’t remember them all sitting here at the computer. I know there is plenty of rosewood, tulip wood, lace wood, and a lot of others. The ones that have really caught my eye though are the different pieces of burl and spalted wood in the mix. I can’t wait to see how some of these turn out on the lathe.

This is a jig I’ve worked on a tiny bit at a time. I mean I’ve had to make a cut here, drill a hole there. I should have been able to whip this together in an hour or two. Instead it has taken close to two weeks.

The jig is fully adjustable for running a router on for some pen boxes I plan on making. That in itself is a long story. To shorten it, I’ve taken parts of several different designs I’ve seen and am trying to come up with something I can do quickly and easily. Later I plan on branching out into fancier boxes. For now though, I want to make something I can offer to pen buyers at a cheap price to go along with pens they buy as gifts. However, I want to keep time and cost low enough that it will be something worthwhile for people to get. This helps me out because, in the future, I hope to sell more pens online. Wrapping these boxes for shipping will be quicker and easier than the makeshift packaging techniques I’ve been using.

Here is the first test piece. With some fine tuning, and another jig for hinge replacement, these will make for some nice, but cheap to sell, boxes. They will be held closed with magnets. I hope I can show you a better example real soon.
That’s it. It isn’t much for a couple of weeks is it? Well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. I hope to get more shop time soon. When I do, I’ll be sure to post my latest ramblings.


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#1 posted 08-09-2013 01:40 AM

I have to admit that I miss your “ramblings”. They are always an entertaining read!

Sorry you are not getting shop time….
But that’s what happens when you throw a newborn into the mix.
Enjoy your “grampa time”, the shop will be there, along with all that gorgeous gifted wood, when you have the time and energy!!!

Oh, yeah…..
Nice jig!!!


-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 01:42 AM

i was wondering where you got off to, i thought maybe you had gone on a walk about…i knew you would pop up, what a really nice haul of wood you have gotten there….i might have to see if i can get bearpie to stop by here in alabama. lol….take care and get some…i doubt that will ever happen…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 02:01 AM

Thanks guys.
Things are getting back down to earth, slowly but surely.
The only thing that seems to aggrevate me the most is, all this I’ve done in the last couple of weeks, I used to be able to take care of in a couple of days.
I don’t know if that means I’m getting old, or if I’m just getting forgetful.
It does seem sometimes that I don’t know if I’m coming or going.

Anyway, if all goes well, I’ll be back in the shop making plenty of dust soon enough.
Ya’ll know I’m already contemplating what projects I want to build for Dorothy (the grand baby).


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#4 posted 08-09-2013 02:16 AM

William, Glad to see you got some shop time. But I am thinking that Grandpa time is a great thing. Look forward to your ramblings starting back up and those projects for Dorothy as well. I am sure she will be getting some nice stuff.


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

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#5 posted 08-09-2013 02:45 AM

Enjoy that grampaw time while you can.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 08-09-2013 03:10 AM

Lookin good gramps!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 08-09-2013 03:44 AM

Thanks William for the excellent write up. I must say that I truly enjoyed the short visit with you and am very much impressed with what you have done in your shop with what you have. My wife and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the beautiful plaque you made us take with us! We have not had time yet to truly take a good look at it as we are taking a quite lengthy travel and exploration of a good part of the USA! I promise that once we are settled for a couple of days with friends we will take it out of the wrapper and give it a good study to truly appreciate the time you spent on making this gift! Again, heart felt thanks to you! I was honored to present you a few pieces of wood and glad to do so. You have made some amazing pieces and although I did not study them at length, I could easily see that a lot of time went into making each and every one of them. Yes I noticed more than you think I did! Take care my friend!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 08-09-2013 03:16 PM

Congrats on becoming a grandpa! Very nice of your fiends to share wood. I’m sure whatever you make will be great, can’t wait to see them.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#9 posted 08-09-2013 04:00 PM

Congratulations on the new addition to the family gramps. I wish Bearpie had made that trip via Norway. A great choice of nice woods! I like the pen box idea, it looks great.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 08-09-2013 11:55 PM

Having Grndbabies is always a busy time… lol Have fun William. You’ll be watching her graduate in a few weeks. That’s a mighty fine jif for makin holders for those fine writin tools. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 08-10-2013 12:42 AM

Thank you all for your kind words.

Bearpie, thank you, and always know you’re welcome to come back. That goes for anyone passing through near Vicksburg, MS. I love getting company from my fellow wood workers.


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#12 posted 08-17-2013 01:09 AM

Now that was cool. I love it when Jocks get together.
Nice job guys.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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