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Blog entry by helluvawreck posted 10-28-2010 04:28 PM 2295 reads 1 time favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Folks, I’m a junk-a-holic. I don’t know how to put it any other way than that. Here are some pictures of some of my junk. Most of it is electro-mechanical stuff, power-transmission stuff, machine parts, old machines, and hardware. The last two pictures are the two ways you can get to my office. If you ever do drop by please don’t ever get lost because you may never find your way back out. We call this the Dungeon. :-[

The picture above shows one way to get to my office.

And this picture shows another way to get to my office. Look real hard right in the center of the picture and you will see a door with a glass window. The door is the door to my office. When you get to that door just turn left. Congratulations you have arrived at the office of helluvawreck, junkaholic, Jack of all Trades (MASTER OF NONE), and Shade-tree Mechanic. I’m glad you stopped by for the tour.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau



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swirt

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 04:34 PM

LOL Now I don’t feel so bad about the stuff I seem to collect in the dark corners of my basement.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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patron

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 04:37 PM

quite the junk mall

a person could get lost for hours there

or for a lifetime
it seems

do you do inventories
or are you still doing the first one lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 04:40 PM

I file everything under miscellaneous. This keeps it simple and tidy.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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rivergirl

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#4 posted 10-28-2010 04:43 PM

Hey- you silly goose, you are far more organized and tidy than those hoarders they show on TV. :) What exactly do you do with all that stuff? And where do you get it from? You could open a hardware store. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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racerglen

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#5 posted 10-28-2010 04:49 PM

I was going to ask where’s the WOOD ! But I’m sure I saw some dowels in one shot, maybe some rough slabs in another ? After all man cannot live by electro-mechanicals alone !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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gul

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#6 posted 10-28-2010 04:52 PM

Wow!

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 10-28-2010 04:56 PM

rivergirl, I’ve been in manufacturing for 40 years. I have always done the maintenance and engineering for all the plants I’ve been in. That means that I’m responsible for fixing something that breaks down or try to make something work that ain’t working. To rig up stuff and fix things you need parts – electrical controls, air cylinders, bearings, fasteners, motors, etc., etc., etc. We have gone to machinery auctions ever since we’ve been in this. I have also bought hundreds of machine and electrical parts on Ebay. I learned a long time ago that this pays off because we also have a machine shop in the plant. Sometimes we modify or build special machines. When you can do that you can often build something with what you have on hand. It’s as simple as that.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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PaBull

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#8 posted 10-28-2010 04:56 PM

Feel better now?......

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 10-28-2010 05:01 PM

Back when we use to make furniture we use to go to furniture plant auctions all over. We would buy a lot of the left over raw materials and tons of cabinet and furniture hardware. We made furniture for nursing homes and motels and hotels and we designed our furniture around what we had on hand. At one time for example, we had 4 or 5 thousand sheets of high pressure laminate. So there is a sort of a method in our madness.

Now we just make architectural molding.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Bluepine38

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#10 posted 10-28-2010 05:13 PM

And my wife thought I was bad. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Nope it did not work, she said that she
did not care if someone had it worse than I did, I all ready had too much stuff and most of mine is restored
and working except for the Rockwell Delta Compound Slide Rest either a No. 46-965 or 46-961 that a friend?
gave to me yesterday as a basket case. It is missing some parts that I can not build until I get it together
enough to make them on my lathe. Any chance you might have one in that wonderful asssortment? LOL.
Had to go visit your home site, your shop is great and way better organized than mine. Great assorment of
junk, I see pipe fittings, lifting slings, padded rollers, eye swivels, but what is that big green base on that cart
with the big electrical box on top? Good thing you are so far away or you would be kicking me out at quitting
time so you could go home. I found that my wife appreciated my tool collection a lot more after I fixed her
Subaru Outback engine leak, jackhammered out the front sidewalk and porch and installed a big Trek deck
and porch, then tore out the monstrosity of a rock hearth and wall in the living room and installed a builtin
fireplace with 8/4 cherry mantle and shelves. It was even fun. Hope no one finds a cure for acute junkaholism. My oldest son is a psychiatrist therapist with the VA and he just kind of shakes his head as he
slowly walks away, the middle son manages a fairly big industrial tool and supply store and he helps by selling
me more tools and stuff. The youngest is just out of a five year hitch with the Marines and is undecided
about me, but thinks there is hope. May God give you many more years to enjoy your obsession.

As ever, Gus the 71 yr young laborer, trying to become a carpenters apprentice.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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CampD

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#11 posted 10-28-2010 05:21 PM

Looks like quite the collection of dust too!!
:) my mess would fit in one corner of yours, I feel much better now.

-- Doug...

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hairy

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#12 posted 10-28-2010 05:25 PM

So when are we going to see American Pickers rooting around in there?

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 10-28-2010 05:27 PM

Bluepine, that big base is a fine specimen of a piece of junk. That came off of a Bell Miter and Bore machine. That’s a big boring machine that had two multi-spindle drilling heads and chop saws on each end so you could cut each end of a wooden frame and bore the ends with dowel holes at the same time. My brother bought that at machinery auction a while back for a couple of hundred dollars and brought it back and told me to strip it and keep what I might could use because he was going to scrap whatever was left. Well, me and Clint (my right hand man) stripped it. The machine probably weighed 7500 lbs. Well, me and Clint kept the base, the two drilling heads, and the two saws, along with the control box. When we got through I gave Clint a coffee can with a few bolts in it and told him to take that up to my brother and hand it to him and tell him that that was all we didn’t keep. :) A feller could build all sorts of double end machines with that base. :)

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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rivergirl

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#14 posted 10-28-2010 05:40 PM

I can’t even turn a pencil sharpener! LOL

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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a1Jim

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#15 posted 10-28-2010 05:41 PM

I just saw a show on TV showing a guy that decided to only have 100 possessions and I thought I would have a hard time getting down to 1000 items . But I think you would have a hard time getting down to 10,000 possessions. :) It’s lots of stuff but very well organized and if you need it in your business it’s not junk it’s inventory or stock on hand.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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