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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 06-30-2011 03:10 AM 3337 reads 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

PREAMBLE

We have all done it. Unless I am the only imperfect one here…which is a distinct possibility………….(-:

In the shop, and you see a problem, something happens over and over again. That’s a reoccurring issue. Fix it.

This is a real mundane problem, with a real mundane solution. However, instead of trying to buy something, like a simple plastic tray…....well, got all this scrap, let’s put it to use.

PROBLEM

I am sure most of you do not have this problem, but I am constantly moving things in my relatively small shop so that one of the project tables, which is being used for gluing things, suddenly has to be an outfeed table, or something similar.

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I am gluing, I have a glue bottle, a small pan of water to wash off my fingers and small brushes, a bunch of folded up paper towels, usually some quick drying filler, and a putty knife as well. Moving all this stuff is a pain.

In addition, there is water involved, it inevitably spills, so I have to have newspaper there. Need something to hold this stuff, need containment for spilled water. A plastic pan, aluminum pan……all kinds of stuff might work.

SCENARIO

But I am a woodworker, an LJ at that, and I have scrap, and scrap is always a temptation……right? It’s free, headed for the garbage or the fireplace. Satisfaction in using scrap. Probably an award out there for it….and there has been an LJ contest or two, using just scrap. Enter the scrounge mentality.

Digression:

I am sure there are those of you for whatever reason, irrationally scrounge things up to do something, because of past experiences, or upbringing. Folks my age, had parents who came through the depression. They were real careful what they threw away. It is amazing what simple things gave them pleasure, because they had been through rough times. My folks lost everything. I remember rationing in WWII. I remember the end, the headlines about the atomic bomb. We didn’t have a car until I was in eighth grade….because we couldn’t afford one. So there is my sob story, and my paltry rationale for……..making do. Because, I do not have to make do. But it is burned into my psyche. So, understand, what follows……..

SOLUTION

Let’s see, lots of wood, some acrylic, plenty of tools, easy ‘off the cuff’ design.

Want it to be easy to carry around, handle the occasional spill, be big enough, have some aesthetic value, and like all my shop objects, outlive me………(-:

Make a box with handles, big ones along both of the lateral edges. Have some left over 1/8” pine trim pieces from the minibench, cover some plywood surfaces with pine trim.

The box:

OK, you say, that looks pretty good…….but wait a minute, what happens with the spills?

OK, made an acrylic insert, silicone caulking attaches the wood rim. Should do pretty well.

Yup, there it is, acrylic insert in place. Can take it out and clean up any spills, it is basically waterproof for the usual spill, no problem.

……..and here it is in use……….

Now, that really didn’t take too long……….but you know….a simple plastic tray would have worked. But I get a lot more pleasure out of this totally overwrought creation.

I am sure I am alone. I apologize for……..taking your time, appreciate your indulgence, and will try to do better next time.

But you know, I really like using that tray……..really……….(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska



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Rustic

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#1 posted 06-30-2011 03:25 AM

works for me may have to borrow the idea

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Arlin Eastman

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#2 posted 06-30-2011 03:28 AM

Hi Jim
You could have always put the water into a water bottle and squarted some out on a rag to use too, thats what I use.
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 06-30-2011 03:28 AM

Hi Jim,

You’re not alone! I do the same thing… I usually “think” about something awhile before I finally “pull the trigger” and do something about it.

I find great pleasure going to the scrap bin pulling out pieces for “Instant” on the fly jigs, Stops, etc.

Many times I will make Pulls from the scrap bin…

I thought you were going to have a cup of coffee or tea in your box… LOL

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 06-30-2011 03:29 AM

Rustic
Well, it was easy and fun to make, and fun to use, and works well….........and it looks pretty good besides…....finished with some medium walnut Watco…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 06-30-2011 03:32 AM

lol…when i see this im thinking a dr’s tray in the operating room…the one thing missing is the pair of gloves…lol…you wouldnt need the water for clean up..well i guess you would for the brushes…but…it is a good use of scrap and befitting a true lumber jock…using what was handy and getting the job done…i stand and applaud…now if you could have a plate of halibut chips and some fries…next to that…it would make me much happier…oh…the hot dog story while fishing …its an alaska classic…i hope they were reindeer sauasge…

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 06-30-2011 03:33 AM

Arlin
Good idea, that would be neater than than pan of water, but then I like to wash my fingers in it…......finger bowl if you will…....(-:

...and I clean off the putty knife and brushes as well.

I don’t know about you, but ever since I read some darn article, I think in FWW or some such that showed you needed to apply glue to both surfaces and use a brush….........gluing is no longer so simple.

.............that’s probably overkill as well.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 06-30-2011 03:35 AM

Joe
Hey buddy, yup, we think alike, suffer the problem….........and then overreact…....(-:

Thanks again for coming by.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Arlin Eastman

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#8 posted 06-30-2011 03:48 AM

Jim
You could use your trays in more ways then one. I like the Idea though.
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Eric in central Florida

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#9 posted 06-30-2011 03:54 AM

Love it Jim. And yes, I too had parents who saved everything “just in case” and it does get imprinted into your psyche.
You wouldn’t believe how many empty coffee cans I have ! lol
Plus, you aren’t going to see that tray at any discount store.
That’s what makes it special!
Thanks.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 06-30-2011 03:59 AM

Grizz

Nope, they were plain old hot dogs…............BUT…......

I have piles of caribou dogs, and caribou with jalepeno and cheese dogs as well, in the freezer, courtesy of a close buddy who is into hunting. I eat a lot of caribou hot dogs of both varieties, frequently cut up in put into a pasta thing, or some variant on tomato soup….....when I am eating lunch alone, which is quite frequent. Or just make a plain old hot dog.

Have you salivating?

Sherie and I were talking, on a road trip today for a little bit of shopping….I bought a small wood workers vise for here in La Conner, Shop Fox….that we have to learn the fish taco recipe from the local microbrew. Then get some halibut (buy or plead with some friends) and cut up some fish taco size pieces.

......OK, I am really sorry, I know this is hard on your psyche…..........(-:

Have a good one, Grizz…..........

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#11 posted 06-30-2011 04:02 AM

Arlin

Yup, I will probably propagate this idea. The flanges/handles on each side are really neat, and easy to use.

Like the flag…..........

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 06-30-2011 04:10 AM

Eric

Whenever I think of cans like that, I think of Crisco cans and such. In WWII we would collect all the drippings from the hamburger…didn’t have much else….my Mom always said she had a hundred ways to make hamburger into something….and saved those, and drippings from bacon and such. And then when you went to the little main street to grocery store in our Northern Minnesota mining town, Virginia, we would turn in the can. The shelves behind the counter were lined with those cans. Fat was rendered into fatty acids, and glycerine. The glycerine was used to make gun powder and other explosives.

For those not into chemistry, nitroglycerine is the basis of a lot of explosives. And fats are fatty acids connected to glycerine. If I said that wrong, someone correct me, but I think that is correct.

It was a nationwide endeavour. One of the ways we won that war. Mundane, but important.

But you are right on the money, that tray is something special….and it works well, and looks good.

.......the simple things in life….......

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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grizzman

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#13 posted 06-30-2011 04:14 AM

DOWN ON MY KNEES JIM…....oh how i wish i could be your Gardner…surely i would wessel a reindeer dog out of sherrie…and i can garden…..and th other thing i do very well i cook…i could fix you some Alaska seafood that would curl your toes…....have you ever cooked your salmon on a red cedar plank…....well let me tell ya….....the best…....yea i should not have looked at your blog tonight…im in a alaska breakdown…....i know one place in eagle river that use to carry these monster hot dogs…they were called Bahama mama’s…and when they were loaded with the fixins…you were breathing fire by the next stop light…well ive got to go to bed…between la conner and alaska..im severly depressed…....lol…...goodnight jim…goodnight dennis…with your pork and eggs and dark bread…im going to fix me some dark pumpernickel….and eat the whole loaf…yep…blood sugar through the roof…lol…grizz..goodnight

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 06-30-2011 04:17 AM

Grizz, goodnight…......sorry for overloading you, but Dennis helped…..........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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lew

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#15 posted 06-30-2011 04:41 AM

Jim,
I think we are frustrated engineers. Sure it could be bought but then we’d have to adapt it to our needs. This way we can (over) engineer it from the ground up to greatly exceed our wildest expectations.
Lew

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

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