Just for Fun... #29: Sawdust Update...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 08-26-2010 12:05 PM 1494 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If anyone remembers, I was working on a mobile project… something about the birds and the bees…
After the bees were cut, came the birds. I went back to an old Spielman book of Scroll Saw patterns for a hummingbird pattern that I liked and had cut a number of times…Old Scroll Work
The pattern wasn’t quite proportional to the bees, so with the wonders of modern technology, I shrank it down a little…Shrunk and drawn hummingbird
After stack-cutting, I came up with these…The Birds and the Bees (for a mobile)
And then the work stopped…
My Girlfriend of many years, Debbie, moved in with me and we’ve been involved in all the details of moving her for the last couple weeks… Needless to say, but there’s been very little time for woodworking…
Until Yesterday!! The mobile project is in a holding pattern (it’s actually all done, just needs to be finished, and strung up) because I decided to start on another project that I had in mind…
I wanted to make a small, sort of table for the lap-top, so we could surf the internet from the comfort of bed… Of course, it can also be used for eating on, reading, or even paperwork…
To that end, I secured an old drawer bottom and some old maple bed slats that were kicking around…An old drawer bottom...Some old bed slats...
I began by rough cutting the slats overlong and plowing out a dado to hold the drawer bottom with the table saw…Cut slats to frame drawer bottom... overlong
This is somewhat different in that I’m making a frame to fit an existing panel. I’m using finger joints for the connections and the first one is utterly routine… All the others, I had to assemble the thing and mark the joints one by one…Working around the corners... One corner to go...
Anyway, I got the tray made after a couple hours…All framed for ????
I’ll be adding two “Stringers”, to strengthen that thin drawer bottom… then I’ll add some legs… and then I’ll have two projects to finish… :)

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

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#1 posted 08-26-2010 12:33 PM

You always have such interesting projects, Mike!
Love the scroll saw work.

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

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#2 posted 08-26-2010 01:45 PM

That she is moving in, we are not made to be alone… And men who like to spend their spare time in the workshop, should by law live with a woman… Otherwise we never come out (my gf lifes in France, so I know).
Congratulations to both of you (she is a lucky woman).
And I most defenetly like the approch, she move in and you make a bed project.
Way to go, best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 08-26-2010 02:52 PM

hello Debbie welcome to LJ,s ,
couldn’t be happening to a nicer guy .

congratulations !

you seem to be in good form,
and accepting fate well .
Until Yesterday!! *(it’s actually all done, just needs to be finished, and strung up) *,
and are happy !

oh , the tray is nice ,
and you can add some personal touches,
to the ‘birds and the bees’ project now .

-- 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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#4 posted 08-26-2010 02:54 PM

Very cool projects Mike! As a scroller, I favor the birds and bees over all but the tray seems to be very nice. Thanks for posting!

Good luck to you and Debbie!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#5 posted 08-26-2010 03:28 PM

Birds and bees looking good!!!

Congrats on your new roommate!

Table looks like it will be useful for many things…...however….......

don’t you think you should have saved the bed slats for ‘emergency’ repairs????

-- 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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Bob Kollman

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#6 posted 08-26-2010 04:29 PM


I thought all scroll works were original…didn’t know they made a tracing book.

Nice birds and bees….nice tray…and Hello Debbie…

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#7 posted 08-26-2010 06:53 PM

Nice work, Mike on all fronts.

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

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#8 posted 08-26-2010 08:55 PM

You make it look easy…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 08-26-2010 09:21 PM

Mike and Debbie,

Wish you both all the best. Debbie, you could not have found a nicer fellow!!

And Mike, the wood working is top notch- as always.


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

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#10 posted 08-27-2010 08:31 PM

two thinking on moving together a bird and bees (where is the flower) project
come up….......hmm is there somthing you don´t tell Mike….........LOL
congrat´s to both of you :-) and the best wiches from Ærø

take care

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#11 posted 08-30-2010 03:51 AM

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope that the living situation works out well. And maybe you two kids will take it another step further??

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#12 posted 08-22-2012 02:53 PM

Hey I recognize that birdie! Funny how we’re all connected, I scrolled that out a couple of years ago and it now is a window ‘hanger’ in my parents’ bathroom.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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