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Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #26: One Year LJ Anniversary, Reflections from Paradise...............

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 09-26-2010 08:37 PM 985 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today is my one year anniversary at LJ’s…......what follows is discovery, intrigue, reflection, and my usual tomfoolery, set aside 5 minutes of your time….......I guarantee nothing will be serious, the mantra for this post….take it all with the smile that is intended…........

I now know what happens when you have been captured by Lumberjocks…......interned for a full year…....you ascend into paradise!

No it is not addiction, it is internment. “Addiction” is an inadequate description for the reality of the Lumberjocks’s experience…......not only have we been captivated and addicted, but more accurately, lets think about it, we cannot break the addiction….we have been captured….....interned for the duration, and after a year we ascend into paradise.

Now the usual format for an anniversary note is the…......’gees thanks for all the friends, good times, help, and camaraderie’.......you know, mush and gush.

But I am not thankful….......... I’m upset! Nobody told me about the rewards that come with seniority and loyality. I might have wondered off to another forum, looking for the ultimate fulfillment, greener grass, funnier jokes…....but not finer girls, you unmarried guys should know the girls are the best right here…........(-: .........did I say that right?

I am going to spill the beans. I am going to show you newbies what you have to look forward to…......

Here I am in LJ paradise, that’s where you end up after a year, I know it is so.

This picture is from yesterday:

Me getting relaxed on the lanai….....

OK, I got the rancor off my chest. Except for the clandestine society stuff, paradise and all. Somebody out there want to tell me the secret handshake please…............?

Done with the discovery and intrigue…........so now to the reflection…...........

Yup, one whole year, nearly 1500 posts, I have kinda moved in. For those of you who don’t know me, (perhaps you don’t want to), I am an anachronism. No projects in one year.

OK, OK, OK, I know. Some of my blog items might called projects.
But I have OCD. The dominant feature of my personality.

When I do a project, there will have to be an aspect of artistry, shock and awe….......

SHAZAM!!!

Sherie will have to beg me to place it in the living room…..........

Everybody understand that?

But I am good at self discovery, introspection….....

......I have devined my purpose in the woodworking world, what I really want to do…...

I love to make shop projects, that enhance my capability, enlarge my horizons…....to help me make more shop projects, that enhance…....etc

......and now for the smaltzy part….

Time to reminisce…..

Hoping to conjure up memories…........a few words, and a few pictures…...........selected from many blog items….

The first item, it kinda defines my personality, and provides some amusement, is about tuning up my tablesaw, and here is my gizmo, lets call him Rube, for obvious reasons:

The following says it all…........

So as long as the digital caliper lives….and it is constantly in use, because remember, I am compulsive…I will have a means, at the expenditure of untold…I AM NOT TELLING!!!!...hours, to check the alignment of the saw and fence that was perfect from the outset and has remained so without checking for 20 years.

I will never learn.

To read the whole humiliating story:

http://lumberjocks.com/jbertelson/blog/11361

Hmmmmmmm…........

My benchtop clampdown downdraft table (Dusty), is in use and performing well:

........a little modern art indiscetion, on a Saturday night:

........and dusty with a graphically altered addition, a smile:

You know, I have noticed. I am not alone. There are a lot of frustrated graphics artists and…........

......well….......children’s book illustrators on LJ’s…...........

This is a serious addition to the shop:

I declare this the ultimate TS switch…......OK…..my ultimate TS switch…...

.........here is a good starting blog entry on this indulgent overkill for a TS switch….........

http://lumberjocks.com/jbertelson/blog/11761

A whole lot of stuff about sleds and totes in my blog, but here is a picture of Tammy…. ......... a love affair with a tote, but this girl does her job perfectly….....

...a link to the story…...

http://lumberjocks.com/jbertelson/blog/12542

And then there is Norton, the shop mascot, who gets referred to occasionally by me and others, one of the fanciest sanding blocks around…..........

Walnut knob, oak mechanics, spalted birch base…..........

Norton is actually in regular use. I have not placed a soft pad on him, he is used to remove bumps and lumps on objects, rather than just for smoothing.

Enough of this stuff, a last item, this is my favorite post for many reasons. The story, the simplistic project from scrap…......

.......and I was in some kind of literary groove…....

Utilitarian Projects #3: Dirty Dancing, and Quick as well- Garden Honey Do

http://lumberjocks.com/jbertelson/blog/16142

.....go read the blog if you haven’t….....a couple of minutes….

It starts out…...

Innocently Sherie asked me, while I was in a good mood, yesterday out eating lunch, and this is a for real quote……’Could you cut up a couple of boards for me?’

The Sketchup Plan….....

Finished product in the sun:

Norton and I say thanks to everyone…...

.........of course to Martin who makes it all possible…...

...and to all my friends and buddies who give me a home on the internet…...

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska



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grizzman

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#1 posted 09-26-2010 09:41 PM

well i had the feeling of what was coming…so i dressed in my tux to read and peruse this fine fine blog and post…to really celebrate the one year mark you should seek out some Hawaiian wood worker and make yourself a Hawaiian jig to be used in Alaska…maybe a palm frawn sander…you know with extended fingers..lol..well Jim i say bravo on a well spoken blog…and certainly congratulations on your one year mark..you have added a wonderful spark to many of us here as we have read and laughed and found you to be a wonderful guy…now comes year two..you know Ive thrown down the gauntlet…and you accepted…the year of the posted project….i cant wait to see how its going to shake and bake the world of lumber jocks….maybe you should acquire some Hawaiian wood….koa …and let it be the project wood of choice…enjoy the rest of your vacation…the cold of Alaska is on its way…ho ho ho….grizzman

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

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#2 posted 09-26-2010 09:46 PM

Happy Anniversary, Jim. Thanks for adding to LJ’s with your unique style.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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sawblade1

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#3 posted 09-26-2010 10:34 PM

Happy anniversary Jim :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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NBeener

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#4 posted 09-26-2010 10:36 PM

Happy Anniversary, indeed !!!

Every so often (roughly, every other day, it would seem), some cable network or another runs a “marathon,” where they play back to back episodes of some series that … I didn’t even realized that I liked … until I saw 12 consecutive hours OF that series (eg, House).

So … I thoroughly enjoyed the medley, the retrospective, the JB marathon, the “Best of Bertelson,” the recap, the highlights, or … whatever you want to call it.

As I’ve so often said, and will gladly say again: you have a unique gift … that could make “I took a bag of Doug Fir shavings out to the curbside, today” into a cliffhanger that Oprah—had she the sense—would promote.

Enjoy your stay. That’s a MIGHTY big laptop you’ve got there, by the way :-)

-- -- Neil

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 09-26-2010 10:39 PM

I look forward to the paradice Jim
but I think it will take me another 9 years….lol

good to see your old stile is back, amazing what a few days in paradise can do :-O

once more congrat´s with the first year, and enjoy the vacation with Sherie
very well deserved

take care
Dennis

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 09-26-2010 10:46 PM

Grizz
I have to really put my nose to the grind stone to get that project done….........so many jigs to make, so little time…...(-:

Nailbanger
Hey, thanks for the read and comments. LJ’s has become my home on the web, and I suspect it will continue to do so for some time….......

SawBlade1
Appreciate the congrats, and thanks for reading my epistle…........(-:

Neil
Aw Shucks, Neil.

But I know if I don’t name every jig and fixture, and make it full of pictures and humor, you will be there to ask why…...................(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 09-26-2010 10:48 PM

Dennis

I do have some interesting posts coming up, but I just got to get the interconnected series of jigs and fixtures finished….........you know, I start making one thing, and then I realize I need another jig to make the first jig…...etc…....it is the curse of OCD.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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grizzman

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#8 posted 09-26-2010 10:50 PM

well im just kinda worried here jim..old habits die hard..i hope we dont see you in the local jail house for going around and slapping folks on the butt trying to get them to breath….resist it jim….your on vacation….lol

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

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branch

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#9 posted 09-26-2010 10:53 PM

hi congratulation on one year on LJ hope to see you for many many more i enjoy your projects and blogs keep them coming

branch

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Dennisgrosen

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#10 posted 09-26-2010 11:03 PM

yeahh I do remember some unfinished big big jiig that nearly needed a crane to bee lifted…lol

Dennis

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Jim Bertelson

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#11 posted 09-26-2010 11:04 PM

Grizz
I’ll try to keep my hands to myself….........
By the way, enjoyed a little electronic wizardry today with a Skype video conversation with my daughter and my three grandkids in Chicago…....great fun.

branch
Thanks for viewing and the comments. I enjoy the blog writing, it kinda caps off the projects with a little bit of fun.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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lew

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#12 posted 09-27-2010 01:24 AM

Great read, Jim!!

From the self portrait, I see that the warm trade winds really agree with you.

Happy LJ Day, so glad to have you here and to learn from your posts.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 09-27-2010 01:26 AM

Dennis
That is the panel sled, I think, and it is complete. The super sled, which weighs more still lacks its miter arms. The project table top has a few more slots to be routed, and it is waiting on another gizmo…..................which I shall blog about later….........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 09-27-2010 02:28 AM

lew
I am now totally relaxed. Take a nap even though I don’t need one, eat to much, actually exercise quite a bit. A real change of pace.

Thanks for the compliments, and right back at you, pardner….............
Hopefully will get back to more blog entries soon after I get home, shop time allowing.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Gregn

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#15 posted 09-27-2010 02:34 AM

Happy Anniversary Jim, I sure hope you broke out the cake and ice cream. LOL

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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