Just for Fun... #32: Lots, and very little...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 09-11-2010 03:45 AM 1326 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve gotten very little done on the small table I was working on… Upright
But it seems like lots has happened. I woke up a week ago today to the news that there had been a terrific fire over night… and then I saw the address!!! I used to live in this building, here in Manchester…Big Fire last night...
I lived in the second story apartment for almost eight years… The back side of this sprawling old place was where the fire started, we’re told it was an electrical problem…Fire on South Main St.
The building was a total loss. Incredibly, no one was hurt, though some people lost their pets… :(
I feel like I lost an old friend, sort of… spent most of the “90’s there, good times… and bad…
The following day (last Saturday) I celebrated my 52nd Birthday!! Debbie and some Friends brought me to Rye Beach here in New Hampshire… It was a Glorious Day!! Weather was perfect… Bright sun with a great breeze…Debbie, Louise, and I at Rye Beach September 4, 2010
They even had a cake for me, with Ice Cream!!Cutting the Cake
My Mom gave me a generous gift that put me over the top on buying a washing machine, but I’ll spare you the pix of that
Anyway, lots happening, including the “Day Job”, where I’ve been working extra hours the last few weeks… All I’ve managed on the small table is cleaning up the parts that comprise the top with the jointer…After cleaning up with the jointer
Then I marked for some rounded cut-outs to lighten up this piece, both literally and figuratively…After marking for round cut-outs
So far, I’ve only found time to cut one of them out, and to begin to shape it…Only one done...
The good news is, I have a normal work-week this week, and will have a normal week-end after. Maybe I’ll get to do some Wood-working… :)

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

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#1 posted 09-11-2010 03:54 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Mike. Looks like you had a really great time.

Too bad about your old home. We certainly do accumulate lots of memories from the place we’ve lived and seeing past homes really bring them to life.


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

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#2 posted 09-11-2010 03:57 AM


so you have an excuse do you ,
OK we can handle that ,
eat off your lap in bed .

we can wait .
never to late for your excellent work !

-- 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 09-11-2010 04:15 AM

I love the table.

You are a very youthful 52. HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!

Amazing about that building. That will probably NOT “buff right out.”

I can’t speak for anybody else, but … I’ll ALWAYS look at pics of major appliances !

Hope 52 is the best. I wish you health, peace, and happiness !

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 09-11-2010 10:43 AM

Thanks, Guys!!
No, Neil, that’s not going to buff out… I think they’re still trying to figure out how to knock it down. The whole place is poised rather precariously on a hill, and next to a very busy street… No one was allowed in to retrieve any of their personal stuff… Those poor folks lost everything…
I liked it there. It was one of those old places that didn’t have a straight or level line in it, but had tons of character… I’ll miss seeing it, when it disappears…

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

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#5 posted 09-11-2010 01:21 PM

Happy birthday, Mike.
Sorry about your old apartment building. It is always difficult to see something like that happen.
The table will be wonderful!!
Looking forward to seeing the finished project.
Hope you are enjoying the nice New England autumn.

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

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#6 posted 09-11-2010 02:01 PM

Well, I’m certainly glad that no one was seriously hurt in the fire. I’m Sorry about the pets, however. It looks like your table is coming along nicely. The joinery looks very good.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 09-11-2010 03:32 PM

Good things are worth waiting for.

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

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#8 posted 09-11-2010 05:57 PM

Happy birthday.
We better hope they don’t find out the fire started in your old workshop, where you did some clumsy wireing… ;-9
What a sweet mother you have, give her a kiss.
Best thoughts,

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

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Bob Kollman

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#9 posted 09-11-2010 07:52 PM

Great picture on the beach, not to many days left for that.

I know about having no time to finish projects, hopefully I will finish my sons bed

today or tomorrow…I’m about to start mega overtime at work which means I’ll

only have the weekends. That did look like an awesome house that burnt down,

I guess we are always in a constant state of change. Happy Birthday Mister!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 09-11-2010 11:04 PM

enjoy the day….ooh I can see you do it allready :-)

yeeaah its always a shame to see some of the old buildings get destroyed
lets hope the new will get some desent caracter over the years

take care

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#11 posted 09-11-2010 11:32 PM

Yes. Happy birthday, Mike. 52 ain’t half bad is it?

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

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#12 posted 09-12-2010 04:49 AM

Happy happy birthday as Cap’t Kangaroo used to say! I watched him with my 2 girls when they were growing up and can never get that ditty out of my head every time a birthday comes up! Sorry about your old place but aren’t you glad you didn’t still live there?

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#13 posted 09-12-2010 08:58 PM

happy birthday mike…sounds and looks like a wonderful day…happy washing…maybe small pieces of wood can be washed in that thing…....the rustic look…lol…....sorry about the old place…memories are good though huh…..enjoy the table project…looks fun…grizz

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

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#14 posted 09-12-2010 10:18 PM

Thanks again, Everybody…
Ellen: The Weather has been super!! Gotta love it… Are the leaves late in starting to turn this year, or is it just me? It seems like they’re usually well along by now…
Bob K.: A constant flux, my Friend… The only thing permanent, is change…
Martyn: I’m good with 52… Fifty was the tough one, at least for me. This is just another year…
Grizz: The Day was Excellent!! I’m having good fun with this table, but it’s starting to drag a little… I’d kind of like to finish it off… After all, I have boxes to make!! :)

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

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