Just for Fun... #45: Some Pre-LJ's Fun...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 03-28-2011 01:12 AM 1858 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The good news is, at 52 years of age, I got my very first Driver’s License!! I thought that the “mug shot” on the temporary license would make a good avatar… at least temporarily… The bad news is, I’ve been so busy with it all, I haven’t had time for much woodworking…
Last night, I was looking through some old photos and found pictures of some fun I had about ten years ago… They’re a mixed bag, but mostly Scroll work…
I worked with this guy years ago… hard worker, but man, could he ever make a mess!! We ended up dubbing him “Tornado Boy” because of the way the kitchen looked after he was done with it… Now, every Superhero should have their appropriate emblem, so I just had to make this for him… He loved it!! A Gesture for Tornado Boy... At about the same time, they built an Arena here in Manchester; a home for the Los Angeles Kings farm team, our very own Manchester Monarchs. There was a lot of hype about it, of course, and the local paper printed a perfect Scroll Saw pattern for me… at least I saw it that way… I cut it, and put it on a backer board, with some purple psuedo-suede behind it (Team color is purple, emblem a lion…)Roar...
And speaking of lions (or cats) my Parents had lost their last pet and my Mom took it pretty hard… I wanted to cut a cat for her, but couldn’t find a pattern… I was forced to draw one… definitely not my forte, but it came out alright…Small Cat for Mom
Mom was the recipient of a lot of my earlier work… Painted RoseA Time for Angels...
However, Debbie has not been neglected!! Our Sign
I posted “Our Heart” sign a while ago, but I happened upon the building Photo. The Arrow was a completely separate piece and I cut a trough in the back with my circular saw… back in the days before I owned a router…Making our sign...
The “Prayer Desk” that it’s sitting on was made with a great stash of White and Red Oak that older Brother Steve came into possession of… One of my first projects on LJ’s was a shelf/open cabinet type of thing, that I made for him out of White Oak… but I made another one for Debbie and I out of the Red Oak scraps. The pieces were just a little shorter, so the whole unit was slightly narrower…Making the Red Oak shelvesThe second set of Oak Shelves
Lastly, sometimes you got to do what you have to do, and we needed a paper towel holder… An under the cupboard paper towel holder
Hopefully, there will be lots more fun to come…
Drive carefully my Friends, I’m out on the roads now!! :)

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

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#1 posted 03-28-2011 01:39 AM

nice projects michael

and hooray on the license

and a volvo to start is pretty classy

that mug shot
make you one of the usual suspects now
you are in the big leagues


-- 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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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 03-28-2011 01:42 AM

Congrats on the drivers permit! Some interesting projects, it is interesting to review past stuff, thanks for posting these.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 03-28-2011 01:45 AM

very nice and good job on the liscence


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Bob Kollman

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#4 posted 03-28-2011 02:04 AM

Congrats Mike, now you can buy beer out right without standing in front of the
store and asking someone to get the six pack for you ;)

The Mike & Debbie thing is great, I gota cheapo scroll saw from my son-in-law
last year and still have never tried it out. I guess I need scroll girl to come and
give me lessons!!!

Moms are great to give begining projects to, inflates your ego and gets it out of
your house all in one blow.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#5 posted 03-28-2011 03:59 AM

That cat is fantastic!! I love it. Your forte might not be drawing cat patterns, but you certainly have a knack in there some where ;-)) Lots on nice work there Mike.

You are probably better off not being a slave of the auto makers and oil companies ;-)) Look at all the time you didn’t have to spend working on the ol’ clunker and could do wood working. I spent too much time tuning up my clunkers;-( and buying oil!! ;-((

-- 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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#6 posted 03-28-2011 04:03 AM

Attention all New Hampshire traffic cops.
(congratulations brother)

Cool old projects.
I love that flower in the vase in the window.
I think a couple of those are on the present list.

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#7 posted 03-28-2011 07:37 AM

Nice and cool projects Mike.

DO you plan to wear a

t shirt?

-- Back home. Fernando

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#8 posted 03-28-2011 09:39 AM

now I have to give up my licence and stay in the house forever … ain´t safe out there anylonger …. LOL

big congrat´s with the lincence Mike :-)

thank´s for sharing the old project´s , I wuold have mised them if it wasn´t for the words Just for fun

take care

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#9 posted 03-28-2011 12:45 PM

Congratulations Mike!
Now we’ll see you at every New England LJ get-together!
Love looking at your work.
(The picture looks just like you! Don’t ya just hate ‘em!! I swear the Registry of Motor Vehicles find the worst pic and put that on your license!! Keeps us humble, I guess!

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

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#10 posted 03-28-2011 07:55 PM

Well done on the licence and a good post of projects too.

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

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#11 posted 03-28-2011 08:58 PM

Congrats on the license! Was the first trip to Lowes!!!

Really like the window calender!


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

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#12 posted 03-28-2011 10:06 PM

Congratulation on the licence.
Best thoughts,

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

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#13 posted 03-29-2011 03:09 AM

Thanks Everybody, not only for your comments, but for the support you all gave me when I decided to go on this “Driving Adventure”. Your kind comments and favorable appraisals of the Volvo (particularly DennisGrosen, describing them as “Swedish Tractors”) gave me a lot of confidence in both the vehicle and myself, while I practiced driving in the snow and ice… I really appreciate it my Friends… :)

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

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#14 posted 04-01-2011 02:02 PM

Congrats on getting your DL Mike! It was fun to see your nice projects from yesteryear. As for the Volvo being called a Swedish tractor, I have been experiencing those words from my kids for many years. Meanwhile during the time I drove my last Volvo 745, my kids went through several ‘better’ cars, and my now 24 year old Volvo is still being driven by my youngest son! I really loved that car. Comfortable, roomy, reliable, safe, easy and cheap to maintain. I will admit that 3 years ago I bought a Peugeot, and I love that too, even though I have owned 3 different Volvo’s over the years.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 04-07-2011 05:43 PM

Sweet group of projects there Mike and some fine scroll work. Congrats on the license too! It took me a bit to figure out who your picture reminded me of. I think it bears a striking resemblance to Einstein.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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