Just for Fun... #21: A Mixed Bag...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 06-23-2010 02:19 PM 1524 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve heard quite a lot about Wood Shop closures in various School systems around the Country… it’s saddening news. That’s why it was great the other morning to go by my old Alma Mater and see that, at least here in Manchester, the Woodworking programs are alive and well!!
On my way to work I spotted these handsome works-in progress…Woodwork at West High
I’m not sure exactly what you call them… They each had a tapered leg assembly next to them, so they’re a stand-up kind of thing… I tried to get a close-up on my way home, but didn’t do that well… LOLWoodwork at West High
School is out now, of course, and these must have been from the slower workers in the class. They’ll be waiting for them to finish in September, I reckon… But it warmed my heart to see that Manchester West High School is still going strong!!
In other news, apparently whatever it is I think I’m doing, some folks want me to continue doing it!! My Parent’s Neighbor is the Head Honcho/ Site Supervisor for a large construction company here in the Northeast… He was gracious enough to give me a pile of cut-offs and extras from one of their jobs, Thank You, Brian!!The latest Wood HoardAnother view
The plastic wrapped bundles are all 1/2”X 3 1/2”X 24” Maple (5 per pack!). There’s some Oak moldings and the really pretty stuff with the nice grain is Cherry. It seems no one wants me to run out of material!!
We’ve had another great year for growth around these parts. The local farms are reporting that their crops are about a month ahead of schedule! So too, is my Parent’s Lawn… I went up and mowed the grass yesterday and it’s growing by leaps and bounds!Overview of the backyard at the Compound
The Sea Roses are right on schedule. They’re just starting to pop and are usually in full bloom on the Fourth of July…Flowers at the CompoundThe Planter and Granite Stairs
As I mentioned previously, I ordered a Jointer, and I was half in the hope of seeing it arrive at the family compound while I was up there… no dice, yet… They did send me the extra set of knives for it that I asked for, which is well and good, but where’s the rest of it?! I was going to use it right away too… I’ve been agonizing over how I was going to re-saw narrow boards, say an inch or 3/4”. I’ve read others stories of fences and had thought of making one, but I don’t like the way a Band Saw blade likes to wander, following the grain. If it wandered the wrong way, it could result in a blade snapping situation… But, Simple Mind, Simple Solution!!
I had no trouble at all re-sawing the Cribbing block, it was big and wide so, I reasoned, all I have to do is clamp one of them to my workpiece to make a big “Sandwich”!! And so I did…"Sandwich" for re-sawing
Here’s the result, some sliced Cherry…Sliced Cherry
When the Jointer does finally arrive, I’m going to clean up the edges that matter on that impromptu clamp-to block, and on the Cherry too… :)

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

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#1 posted 06-23-2010 02:26 PM

Mike, we have had a good growning season so far in these parts, much better then the soggy last couple of years we had.

-- Doug...

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#2 posted 06-23-2010 02:29 PM

great news there , mike .

those ‘box’ things in the school shop may be desks ,
tapered top fronts , tapered legs ,
they just need a writing flip down lid and supports for that .
my guess anyway .

and that wood !
you seem to be getting the hang of the bandsaw ,
do get some better blades for it .

and yes ,
we do want you to continue making your projects ,
can’t get enough myself .

keep it up .

-- 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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#3 posted 06-23-2010 02:45 PM

Yes, Mike. Keep it up. You’ll love the jointer, when it finally comes. Or you could make yourself a drum sander whilst you’re waiting.

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

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#4 posted 06-23-2010 02:55 PM

Barring unforeseen bad weather, it looks like the farmers will have a banner year, Doug…
That was my first guess too, David, but they seemed a little small… They’re only a bit over a foot wide. Still, it’s nice to see something constructive!! We hear so many bad things about the “kids today”. Nothing new there… Plato complained about the kids of his day, didn’t he?
As far as the blades, I’m working on it, I’m working on it… Give a guy a break, willya?! LOL
Martyn, the thought is there, my Friend!! I’ve found about ten electric motors just kicking around at the folks house… We shall see…

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

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#5 posted 06-23-2010 03:30 PM

Sounds like you are gearing up a notch Mike. That’s good because I always enjoy your blogs and your projects. Ask the neighbor if plans to open a branch in Norway. I could use some of those cut-offs myself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 06-23-2010 03:49 PM

You must continue and hope positively. I guess, it is how the world foresee the green house effect. I had a friend married to Filipina who are in Germany and have a vacation here, told me that they are not allowed to bring any woodcraft (I offer him one box) when going back to Germany… (Is this true?) According to him, the goverment is supporting green house effect and discouraging the use of any wood. Even a recycled wood will be difficult to bring in… hard to prove. However, I think in your place, it may not be the same. I bought some pine tree scraps from crates stamped with Norway address.
Remember your place was the birth of Vikings who sailed the seas with wooden boats. They have the woodworking in their blood, we just need to excite them. Thanks for posting your photographs, It will help me identify CHERRY.

-- Bert

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#7 posted 06-23-2010 03:57 PM

Sorry, I was mixed up with two Mikes LOL.. Anyway whereever we are, we have to think of people caring for the environment and doesn’t want to support woodworking as they are coming from trees.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 06-23-2010 05:33 PM


Great news about your old school. It is so gratifying to know that communities and school administrators realize the need and provide support for our kids’ career development.

Just came back from my Mom’s place and the local road side veggie stands are advertising sweet corn. I doubt if it is our local variety- although I did see some small fields with the corn “in tassel”- everything here is coming along early, too.

Nice score on the wood. Hope the jointer arrives today!


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

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#9 posted 06-23-2010 06:27 PM

ps Fond memories of Woodwork classes and our teacher, Mr. Jenkins and his take on life.

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

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#10 posted 06-23-2010 10:36 PM

I see a box in your future!

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

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#11 posted 06-24-2010 02:30 AM

I admire your attitude.

The middle school where my attend offer a woodworking class but only to 7th and 8th grader (yes they cut the 6th graders out). Apparently the table saw are out of their reach because liability insurance issues. And of course no budget to get any new equipement whatsoever…

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 06-24-2010 02:06 PM

Keep up the great box making Mike, I too enjoy the ideas you come up with.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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