Just for Fun... #28: Sawdust Update...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 08-10-2010 01:30 PM 1498 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I went up to the Folk’s house once again last week to mow the lawn… but it didn’t need it. We’ve had very little rain and are in the “Dog Days” of summer when the grass slows down anyway…
So, to pass the time, I combed through the wood stashes that are there… It seems I’ve inherited a pretty large supply of woods (at least for me!).
Aside from the pallet full of cribbing blocks, there are various other piles, like this one which is mostly OakPiles of the stuff...
It’s difficult to see, but off in a quiet little corner by itself, is a largish slab of unknown, mystery wood…Mystery Wood
That slab has been in their basement for as long as I can remember!! It had to have been a bench top for a fairly weighty machine… There’s an oval cut in it that must have been cut to allow a belt to pass through. It’s a substantial piece… I’d guess it’s 15-16” across, a bit over 3” in thickness, and almost 6’ long. The thing is very heavy!! Around a 100 lbs, I bet… I’ve yet to take a knife to it and expose some of the grain, but it might be Walnut…
The standing posts with the splits in them were an experiment in hand-hewing that my Dad conducted… about thirty years ago…
Frankly, I’m overwhelmed by it all!! Looking at piles of wood doesn’t inspire me as much as having a single board, that I can try to make something out of… With that in mind, I grabbed another cribbing block and re-sawed a piece…Yet another old cribbing blockAfter Re-sawing
Forgive the photo quality!! All I had with me was the cell phone…
I cut that and stopped… The Wood isn’t “speaking” to me, other then to say that I definitely need a new Band Saw Blade!! Ah, well…
While I was in the Garage, I remembered Mr. Kollman asking where the boiler was for my Dad’s steam engines…
I hope you’re out there Bob!!Dad's Small Boiler
It was kind of funny in that, when I turned it to take a shot, small chunks of spent coal and ashes fell out through the grates… Coal… I shoveled a few hundred tons of that over the years… Dad heated the house and the garage with the stuff for about 40 years…The Boiler's Fire-box door
Anyway, for the latest project, I began work on a very modest level… Scrollgirl/Sheila, and others, had inspired me to go back to my roots, so to speak, and actually use my Scroll Saw for some Scroll work!! I had to go into the Archives…The Archives
I located the small pattern I was looking for…Bee Pattern
I then traced it onto some left-over pieces of Cherry from Ellen’s Box…Tracings
Cut the pieces in half and made a bundle out of them all…A swarm of Bees
Then drilled the access holes…After drilling the access holes
Scrolled all the inside cuts on the first set of four…Inside Cuts
Then simply cut around them…First set cutCherry Bees
The intended purpose of these is to make a “Swarm” of Bees Mobile… but I might cut a bird or two to add to them. That way, it will be a “Facts of Life” Mobile… You know, the Birds and the Bees!! :)

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

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#1 posted 08-10-2010 02:02 PM


Great trip down memory lane! Nice score on the wood, too!

Wooden Birds and Bumble Bees in motion- how cool is that!!!!!!!!


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

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#2 posted 08-10-2010 02:11 PM

we cope the best we can sometimes , mike

the bird’s and the bee’s ,
that’s about as basic as it get’s .

i’m sure you will come to ‘feel’ ,
all the wood you found .
give it time .

nice boiler .

-- 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 08-10-2010 02:30 PM

Wow, that is quite a stash of wood you have there!
I bet there are some real finds in there.
I love your bees… what a cool idea!

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

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#4 posted 08-10-2010 02:46 PM

quite a selection of wood you have to choose from…...

wow…birds and bees swayin’ with the wind…..what a novel idea

-- 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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#5 posted 08-10-2010 03:35 PM

Hi, Everybody!! I was running kinda over-long on this and never mentioned my “Commissioned” Project…
A Waitress at work asked me if I could make her a Frame, nothing fancy, to hold the back of an old t-shirt that she wanted to save the sentiment from…Commissioned Project
I’m embarrassed!! I had a frame kicking around, that was exactly the size I needed!! After a quick sanding and painting, I then adapted it to stretch the cloth over, done deal!!
She’s going to hang it in New Hampshire’s oldest Private Club here in Manchester… I’ve been there many times, since I was little, even… Grand Dad was a Life-time member… :)

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

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#6 posted 08-10-2010 03:50 PM

very cool Mike, looks like this would make a sweet mobile – can’t wait to see how it comes out.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 08-10-2010 03:57 PM

Very cool mike, I like the mobile idea, and what a cool poster to find. Makes quite a statement in todays world.

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

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#8 posted 08-10-2010 03:58 PM

You have some really cool stories Mike.
And, it is amazing what you can do with a cribbing block.

Sheila has inspired me to go out & shop for a new scroll saw.
Your birds & bees mobile will be another nice project.

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#9 posted 08-10-2010 03:58 PM

Hi Mike,
Thank your for this little travel in your life, to share this little memory with us.
It touched me.
I’m sure also the wood will start talking, what about a memory box, full of sweet momories, a treasure chest, you could make a family treasure chest, one that you can open and find smiles and memories.
Best of thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 08-10-2010 04:24 PM

Hi Mike, Wow! What a great story and a liittle glimps into your past life.
The bees are very cool! I like to see the birds and the bees mobile when finished.
Nice find on the wood! Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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Bob Kollman

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#11 posted 08-10-2010 06:26 PM

Nice collection of wood, the mystery board sounds like a great piece to break in a new band saw blade with.

If it is walnut, a board like that would cost around 90 – 150 bucks in our neighborhood.

Yeah, I can imagine back in the 60’s ma asking you to put another lump of coal on the fire…My Grandmother,

referred to them as the bad old days….She hated coal furnaces and outdoor plumbing, and hand pumps on

wells!!!! Your bees look great, little scrolled birds might have been a good ad on to your bird house!!!

looking forward to the next installment…

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#12 posted 08-10-2010 06:35 PM

Mystery wood is good, Mike. Like the bees. Good blog

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

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#13 posted 08-16-2010 03:06 PM

One thing leads to another and now you are scrolling again. Lots of fun and a good result. Let’s see more of that Mike!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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