Just for Fun... #16: Miscellaneous News...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 05-30-2010 01:11 AM 1607 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Working six days straight, other responsibilities, and a early heat wave conspired to leave me without time, energy, or drive to do any wood working for over a week!! I was feeling a little glum about that, so I finally squeezed in an hour or so yesterday… I feel better already!!
Those of you who read this nonsense may recall this picture that I took of one of my Dad’s cribbing blocks sliced open:Sliced open
The sharp-eyed amongst you may have even noticed that these pieces are not book matched. The reason is, while I had the block on the saw, I took a couple of 3/8” slices off of it as well, the better to make a box with…
Yesterday I squared the pieces real quick,After Squaring the Sides
Determined “Up”,Determining "Up"
Plowed out slots for where the panels will go,Setting depth of cut for panel dadoesDadoes for panels
And finally, cut them to length… Waiting to be joined...
This old Oak is as tough as nails!! I’m going to have a bear of a time getting the band saw marks off of it… Too bad that Martyn fellow doesn’t live closer with his Brand New Sander… :)
In other news, my last project (the birdhouse) is a real hit!! I hung that out on a Thursday evening and on Sunday, around noontime, Mom first noticed occupancy. But they were already moved in! I’ve never seen birds take to a house so quickly!! I think they were watching me hang the thing saying “Hurry up!! Hurry up!!” because when I hung it up, I had the uncanny feeling I was being observed…
I had wanted to take pictures, but there’s really not much to see. They’re in and out of it so fast and don’t seem to care to pose for my benefit…

But the high point of the week was receiving a “Care Package” from Brother David, the Patron, from the high deserts of New Mexico…The Package
It seems he was cleaning his shop and found some Wood he thought I might find useful…
Carefully packed inside was this:The Contents #1
What a Guy!! From left to right there’s some figured Maple, a piece of Imbruia, and an ample supply of Philippine Mahogany!! I have several ideas already on what to do with this gift… Thank You, David!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 05-30-2010 01:17 AM

Thanks Mike glad you got some shop time in.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-30-2010 01:51 AM

Great start on the the box, Mike. This one will be really special because it’s being made from you Dad’s wood.

Hey, no greater compliment than having birds standing in line to move in!!

That’s some nice looking wood form David, too.


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

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#3 posted 05-30-2010 02:05 AM

look’s like things are cooking ,
with you again , mike .

great news on the bird house !

and a box from dad’s wood already !

glad you got the wood ,
safe and sound ,
enjoy !

-- 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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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 05-30-2010 02:23 AM

very cool and thank-you-buddy in New Mexico … what a cool guy

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Bob Kollman

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#5 posted 05-30-2010 03:23 AM

Early heat wave, what heat???? only got in the mid 80’s here.

You should try getting a shot of the birds at least once, would

really like to see that.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#6 posted 05-30-2010 04:28 AM

Bob, it’s been smokin’ around these parts, the kind of weather that makes dogs pant. People too.
It was well over ninety most of the week, with heavy humidity here… Of course, I picked the hottest day (97°) to mow my Mother’s lawn…
As for the birds, I’ll try again, but they’re not very cooperative… When I first got up to Mom’s, they were doing a regular “Jig for Joy” on the wire the house is suspended off of, Mom and I were laughing at them… but the camera batteries had no charge left… Drat the luck… :-(

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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David Craig

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#7 posted 05-30-2010 06:18 AM

Glad you got time in the shop Mike. I know what a boost that is. David definitely knows the good hands to put wood in. Great gift and I know you will put it to good use.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 05-30-2010 07:51 AM

Mike…....know the feeling about time in the shop…....what with the bathroom thing going…

Looking forward to seeing the “new” box

Glad you could take down the vacant sign on the bird house

Enjoy your package from my Buddy Patron!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#9 posted 05-30-2010 09:12 AM

that was a niiiice package you got there Mike
David is for sure a Patron , congrats with it
look for ward to see what you can get out of those boards
enjoy the time in the shop with it


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#10 posted 05-30-2010 11:11 AM

Great news on that bird house, Mike.
so glad to hear you had eager tenants!
As for David… he is truly a gentle man and a great guy!
That wood (both sets) looks like a work in progress.
Looking forward to seeing the final results.
Yes, that weather here in New England was something!!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 05-30-2010 11:50 AM

Good to see you getting your hands dusty again, Mike. Great news about you being a landlord (the Birdhouse).
The box is looking a good’un, keep posting.

Thanks for the mention. I’ll do you a swap. A go on the sander for a couple of days ‘heat-wave’!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 05-30-2010 12:09 PM

Great start Lew. Heck I’m retired and a lot of times can’t seem to find time to get into the shop. So don’t feel bad about not getting in there. It will be there and ready for you to return..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 05-30-2010 03:07 PM

Nice going.

The birdhouses at our cabin, usually get occupied by our Squirrels.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 05-31-2010 11:40 PM

Nice to hear the bird house is a hit. After seeing the fun that you had building your birdhouse and checking out a post by Bricofleur, I had to head up to the shop about 11 days ago and start a couple, myself. I have two of them cut, drilled and ready to assemble, but I haven’t been able to get back over to the shop to throw them together. GRRRRRRRRR!!!!!! Kris need shop time NOW!!!!
So it looks like you’re playing with the ol’ band saw a little more. That’s gotta be a blast!
Just wondering….. What are the rough dimensions are the pieces that you make you hinges out of?

-- Cheers and God Bless

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