Just for Fun... #47: At Last...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 05-22-2011 01:00 AM 1504 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So anyway, when I was last in the shop I left off here… an unfinished urn…Unfinished Urn
And there it sat… and sat… never to be finished???
Older Brother Steve is gone now… and at peace. He’ll have no use for it…
Younger Brother Scott called and asked me to give him a hand, moving furniture and things out of Steve’s place a couple of weeks ago… I arrived a little early, in the rain, feeling a little low… But, whatever your beliefs, you have to admit that sometimes, the world sends you a happy message… The sun found the rim of the clouds while I waited for Scott, in front of Steve’s house…Rainbow at Steve's house...
Later that week, Scott phoned again, wondering if I would help him to drop a few small trees up at a “Friend of his” Cottage up in Maine… I said sure… maybe it would spark some interest in me to do some woodworking…
And so we went up to York Beach, where he revealed that the Cottage was HIS!!!Scott's Place at York Beach!! The recent events in my Family have made him start rethinking his own future… He and his Fiance decided to pull the trigger on this place and I couldn’t be happier for them!! A place for them to enjoy in their Golden Years…
And we really did take down 4-5 trees too!! We did a bunch of raking as well…Pile of Wood we cut...
It was pretty nice wood too, some Red and White Oak and another that I think was Gray Birch… I probably should have taken some home, but I have plenty to play with, and no room to store it to dry anyway…
As you can tell I’ve been feeling a little morose and discouraged… The first sides that I had joined of the urn, what seems so long ago, were looser than my norm, and I was feeling like I had lost my touch…
But the siren’s call of the wood was finally heard again by me this week and I ventured back into my shop… There waiting, was Steve’s unfinished and unnecessary urn. I’m going to build it, if for no other reason than to get it off the top of the pile in the shop, or perhaps the pile in my mind…
So at last, on Wednesday, I got back to work…Work resumes...Three sides standing...Not bad line-up on the inside dadoes...Another Boxes' sides joined...
It only took 40 minutes, and the joints were nice and tight, the way we like them… If you notice, I left “extra” wood on the top and bottom… I want to cut some sort of detail there…
In searching through my stockpile I couldn’t find anything wide enough for the top and bottom, so I hopped in the car (God Help Me, but I love driving!) and took a trip up to the folk’s to scrounge around… Came back with a couple of Drawer sides that my Dad had been saving… I gave them a quick rough sanding with the belt sander to see what I have and it appears to be White Oak… These should do the trick…A couple of Oak drawer sides from my "Private Stock"... After two minutes of rough sanding...
Now I just have to cut them to size… and fit them…
And Brother Scott wants me to make him a sign for their Cottage…
It sure sounds like Fun to me… :)

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

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#1 posted 05-22-2011 01:14 AM

What a wonderful rainbow, yes he was smiling to you I have no doubt.
Sounds like you do get the best out of life these days, and I agree with you, it is a good idea to finish things.
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 05-22-2011 01:29 AM

glad you are back michael

and working on the box
is good all around

looks like a big one

and a place to ‘borrow’
once in a while
to get away

priceless !

-- 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 05-22-2011 02:08 AM

Great story, and a nice looking project too! Brings back many a memory of ‘Long Sands’ and lunch at the ‘Goldenrod’. Sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Thanks, Mike for sharing your experiences with us!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 05-22-2011 02:55 AM

Only a woodworker would understand that spending some time cuting, sanding, and taking in the smell of fresh cut wood can do wonders for a heavy heart. Sorry for the loss of your older brother Steve, and your dad. Thanks for sharing.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#5 posted 05-22-2011 03:54 AM

Glad to see you’re back in the shop Mike!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#6 posted 05-22-2011 04:36 AM

Mads: Even when Life is not exactly Good, it is never worse than Okay… :)
David: I’m glad We’re all here!!! Some people were concerned… It is a Great Day to be Alive…
Maybe I’ll make some boxes for Scott to sell to his Summer rentals… If I get lucky, I could earn some comp time… Maybe…???
Einstein: To be honest, I never went to the Goldenrod to eat, their wait is too long… I only went there for the kisses… :) Debbie and I went down to York the week before and, of course, I had to take an obligatory picture of Nubble Light…Nubble Light
Nubble Light… I always thought that would make a great name, for a brand of Beer…
Ron: Thank You, my Friend… While we still had the chainsaw out, Scott “had at” a stump, trying to get it a little lower to the ground by cutting blocks out of it… The thing was so old and rotted… but inside, it had unimaginable folds and swirls, and a wonderful peaty smell… Regrettably, it was too punky to use… I’d like to make a box for them out of some of the wood that they have… They have plenty!! We took down what we could and inspected the rest… He’s going to need some specialists because of wires and bad leans… And, there’s one huge old dead pine in a bad spot…
Lorna: I don’t know about you guys down on the Cape, but it’s been raining here since Mother’s Day!! Enough already with the waterworks!! But, everything is so green it’s difficult to get angry at it… :)

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

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#7 posted 05-22-2011 06:06 AM

good to see you back in the shop eating dust Mike :-)
and its a good place to start working on that urn/box
sad you hadn´t a bucket of paint with you for the ends
on those timber and time to use a drawknife to take of the bark
then they cuold have waited for ever to be cut up and brought

thats how it can go taking a driverlicense …...... adicted forever to have a new hobby …
good to hear you get the most out of the tractor….err Volvo :-)

take care

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#8 posted 05-22-2011 11:16 AM

Mike I just had two days of pain where I wish some one would stop my blood from running (mirgrene and tensions from my neck operation), I missed my brothers daughters konfirmation and had to send my 11 years daughter alone, need I say s… – but when I have these days I always try to think of the wonderful days that will come and the wonderfull days that passed, so even when not okay, life is sweet when we remember to focus in the right direction.
Big smile to you my friend, I love the light you can bring to us,

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

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#9 posted 05-22-2011 12:50 PM

That rainbow says it all…

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

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#10 posted 05-22-2011 06:24 PM

Thanks for bringing me “up” today. Your positive attitude always gives me a lift.


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

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#11 posted 05-22-2011 06:46 PM

I sounds like the positive side of life has got it’s claws in you Mike, and I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying your woodworking again with a new project and your Volvo too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 05-22-2011 07:30 PM

Good to see you again, Mike. Interesting little trip there. Also good to see you back at the boxes.

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

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#13 posted 05-23-2011 10:28 AM

Dennis: It’s good to be back!! In the Spring-time, bark usually peels right off… That’s when the old-timers used to do it, it’s less work!! I couldn’t collect any more wood though… If I do, there will be no space to work!!
Mads: I’m so sorry to hear your not doing well and had to miss Mathilde’s Confirmation… I have no doubt that she made you proud, just as she always does!! I hope you’re feeling better soon my Friend!!
Ellen: The Rainbow was much more pronounced than the picture shows and was even starting a second one… I was enjoying it and didn’t think to snap a shot until it had started to fade… All I had was the camera on the phone besides, which doesn’t take very good photos… New Phone on Tuesday though, can’t hardly wait!!
Lew: Glad I could help in some small way… There’s a lot in the world-at-large that saddens and angers me, but I’m a Silver-Lining type guy, it’s my nature…
Mike: I’ve been meaning to ask, but not sure exactly how… Volvos, at what point do they go into a skid? Or are they prone to that? Mine steers like a sports car, but it doesn’t handle like one, if you know what I mean… They’re not “low on the road”, the center of gravity is somewhat high… I know they are heavy cars for their size, and that would help… I’m just wondering because there are times on the road, taking corners at speed, when it’s a concern… I’ve had no problem, as yet, but I just don’t want to find out the hard way!!
Martyn: Thanks Martyn!! Your work continues to Amaze!!!
A BIG Thank You to Everyone, for your comments and interest… Work Safe!!

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

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#14 posted 05-24-2011 04:22 PM

Morose, for some reason I remember the first time I ever heard that word was
watching the Dick Van Dyke, show. Gilligan’s Island taught me how to diagnose
appendicitis. Good to see you working with wood and helping your brother out.
It looks like he has a nice place in the woods.
it’s been raining a lot here, no rainbows thou. I’ve been working double hard at
my shop and at work. Memorial Day Weekend is coming up and I plan at least
one or two days of doing nothing. If you have a bit of time the wood whisper
has a great video where Mark, does a leaf inlay in a table, also you tube has a
bunch of great sign making videos…Making a sign for Scott, sounds like a great
project, I really want to do some work like that when I get the time. Sign making
can be really elaborate and to me (a really quality sign) is a step away from carving
I’d like to try carving also. Take care!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 05-25-2011 12:05 AM

if you have the original size of wheels and rubber on then is the Volvo´s very forgiving
and will give you plenty of warnings before you start sliding side ways with either the front or back
with realy lowprofile tires on you can drive closer to the edge before anything happen but
the warning will nearly next to nothing before sliding fast to one side
as I remember it is a 960 you said it is and as I remember they are frontwheeldriven

and I presume you are talking about how it behave in snow and ice … right
when you push tooo hard on the pedal a reardriven will start sliding with the back
and can be rescued by stearing contra on the stearwheel and hiting the clutch
but a front wheeldriven will start to drift the front end to one of the sides
and just hiting the clutch after you already per reflex have steard contra while giving gas
will nearly always make the rear end try to be the front end realy quick
and now you are in a spinn
you have to be a little more gently with the front driven with what you do
but don´t bee scared :-)
and I doubt you ever are after you have said you love to drive
and that sure shine thrugh your question :-)
I don´t know if you have the same kind of driver courses as we have here in Denmark
in diferent traffik siuations and avoid the accident to happen including learn to drive on ice
and learn both how the car react and how to deal with it when you have a spinn or slide
its kind of advanced drivingcourse but with your own car and is deffently not
how to learn some of the advanced tricks /stunts racingdrivers and others are using
just plain simply daily things that can help you avoiding the worst and you have a chance
to do the right if ever it happens in the traffik
I have been on several of those course with both car , truck and bus over the years
ours only take a day …. but what a fun to have a hole day under supervision . the more
mistakes you make the more you learn and its under full control

they are on closed areas some old racingceurts where we can learn to drive and handle the car

if you have such things in US then take one of those … money well spend and you will never regret it

take care

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