Apartment Projects #11: Something for the Kitchen...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 03-16-2011 10:13 PM 1550 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve done precious little Woodworking of late…
You know how it is… sometimes Life can keep a person pretty busy.
Debbie went in for a scheduled operation a few weeks ago, and I’ve devoted time to caring for her… She’s fine and recuperating nicely…
You may laugh to hear this, but though I own a car, I’m one of those kooks who never got their Driver’s License!! To help Debbie out with Doctor’s appointments, and because it’s kind of silly to own a car and not drive, I decided to get my license…
I don’t have it as of yet, but I’ve been doing almost all of our driving, for practice… and doing some serious reading…Serious reading...
Pretty droll reading… I’d like to take the tests sometime this week, or next. To be honest, I’m most worried about the eye exam!! LOL
Anyway, I was doing the dishes the other day and after emptying the dish rack I saw this…Time for a new Dish Rack
Might be time for a new one, eh?
I made this one when I first moved in because, like everything else in our apartment, the sink is a non-standard size. The store-bought ones won’t fit…
So, if you remember the broken clothes drying rack that I made the last box out of, I had a pile of dowels “left over” after using the sides…Dowels from broken Clothes-drying rack
I measured, marked, and cut a couple of quick sides out of some Rock Maple that was kicking around and drilled them…Measured and marked for hole locations Drilling holes
After cutting the dowels to length I had a few minutes of consternation, lining up the dowels with the holes, but was ultimately successful…
From clothes drying to dish drying, a sort of appropriate re-purposing… :)New Dish-drying Rack

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

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 10:23 PM

quite the ‘leap of faith’

it is amazing you got this far here in the states
where everything is laid out for ‘car junkies’
(the man with shoes is king) lol

you will be a hit
on the streets
with a rack like that

well done

-- 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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#2 posted 03-16-2011 10:31 PM

Innovative. Lining up holes is a true gift…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 10:39 PM

Clever, Mike! You are the most talented recycler around these parts!
I am so glad you are getting your license… you will be able to do so much more.
This has been quite a 12 months for you… Debbie moves in, you get a car, you work on your license… what else!!

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

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#4 posted 03-16-2011 10:41 PM

I thought you had to have a car to drive yourself to elementary school in the US. You’ve missed out on a lot there; rising fuel prices, compulsory seat belts, rising insurance costs, gradual crowding of the roads – you sure you want to do this???

I never thought I’d get a chance to say this, and not salaciously you will note, nice rack!

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

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#5 posted 03-16-2011 10:53 PM

Not much of a project, I know, but I had a half hour to kill…
David, I’d guess that less than one driver out of ten remembers and/or applies the stuff in the Driver’s Manual!! At least it seems that way out on the road… No one drives the speed limit, directionals are only used by people over forty, and courtesy is almost non-existent… It’s a challenge but, God help me, I am enjoying it…
Debbie says I’m doing very well, but she might be biased…
On the other hand, I gave her brother John a ride and he thought I was a natural…
We’ll see what the State of New Hampshire has to say next…
Thanks Everybody for your kind thoughts…

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

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#6 posted 03-16-2011 11:07 PM

Nice little recycling project Mike. Good luck with your driving test. When I was a little kid living in Minnesota I seem to remember that all you had to do to get a drivers license was to send them your name and address with 35 cents. And no, it wasn’t before the advent of automobiles, it’s 1945 I’m talking about.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-16-2011 11:12 PM

Nice reuse, Mike!

Happy to hear Debbie is on the mend.

Certainly, the drivers license will provide a novel, new freedom. Just think how many trips you can now make to the “big box” stores :^)


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

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#8 posted 03-16-2011 11:15 PM

Glad to see that none of the clothes rack wood has gone to waste! And I’m glad you’ll be a licensed driver before long too. Hopefully gas prices will go down so you can range out of NH to another LJ get-together!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#9 posted 03-16-2011 11:25 PM

Another great save Mike. Wow, I think you have more saves than Gerry Cheevers. I assume you remember him Mike?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 03-16-2011 11:45 PM

Thanks Mike, those were simpler (and happier!) times…
Lew, it’s a coincidence that you re-handled a knife recently, because in the last week I happened across two re-handling jobs that I did, albeit not nearly as elegantly as you…
At work, I had need of the kitchen mallet, and it’s one I put a new handle on…Replacement handleKitchen Mallet
The second one was for an old Adze head I found many years ago…Re-handled Adze
The adze handle was straight from a tree and already had the nice shape…
I put an edge on that at one point and tried it out… Nice tool, but rather dangerous… swinging a sharp, heavy blade towards my feet, well… it sorta goes against my grain…
Lorna, that’s what I’m hoping!! :)
Thank You Lenny and I do indeed remember Gerry Cheevers… The B’s are on a roll this year, despite the last couple weeks…. Can you say, Stanley Cup??? It sure would be nice to see them go all the way, it’s been a long time!!

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

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#11 posted 03-17-2011 04:00 AM

Mike, Maybe a pair of steel toed boots would be in order until you get a little practice ;-)) Good luck with the driver’s test. You are wrong about the number that apply it. Your estimate is too high!! I think I’m teh olny guy in King County that isn’t tailgating. I saw one guy one time that almost had his bumper under the the back bumper of the truck in front of him. I’m sure he just mixed up the rule’s nomenclature; it is two SECONDS, not 2 FEET! :-)) Nice save on the drying rack. How mcuh do yoi uhave left?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 03-17-2011 05:29 AM

What’s a driver’s license?? It must be like one of those contractor’s licenses…... Just another pieces of paper that an institution requires you to have. You can have either one and not apply what you have learned to acquire them. I think that we all see this too often. Either way, good luck with the test! And remember that you do not have to pull over and disassemble the automobile when you see a horse drawn wagon;-)

I too am glad to hear that Debbie is recovering quickly.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#13 posted 03-17-2011 07:25 AM

Well if your getting a license and you got a car it’s time for a road trip!!!!

Deb must be doing pretty good if she’s getting in the car with a student driver.

I remember the 7th wrong answer on my written exam (barley passed that),

” If you approach an intersection where the traffic light is green, but an officer
is directing traffic and motions for you to stop, what should you do?”

Do not answer B “Continue Thur intersection with green light.” I still can’t figure

that out I say if you got a green light go, no need to cause a traffic jamb!!!

Nice dish rack too Mike, necessity is the mother of invention!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 03-17-2011 01:37 PM

Wonderful recycle, love that.
Good luck with the license.
I love the handle on that adze, but I think you will get stucked in the wood, since the angle looks quite steep…
Here in Korea:

Best thoughts,

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

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#15 posted 03-17-2011 01:42 PM

Topo, I forgot about the tailgaters!! I can be driving 5 mph over the speed limit, look in the rear-view, and there’s someone right on my tail… Debbie tells me not to be intimidated by them, but…
All I have left of the clothes drying rack is a couple of the spindles…
Kris, thanks for your(and others) well wishes for Debbie, they’re very appreciated!! That’s good advice, but we don’t see too many horses around these parts any more… The Police are the only ones who have them, and they don’t know how to ride them. One Officer a few years back got “thrown” from a STANDING horse!! They got rid of the horse… You know how frisky 16 year-old horses can be…
Bob K., when the light turns yellow, that means to STEP ON IT, right??? :)

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

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