Just for Fun... #51: A Rare Sight, and a New Home for an old "Family Member"...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 07-14-2011 12:26 PM 4552 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There hasn’t been much to report from here lately… I haven’t begun any new projects since I finished the last box. But I have not been idle!!
It’s Summer here of course, with more opportunity for outdoor activity, and we’ve taken advantage of the fine weather…
Indoors, I did manage to finally get a bed out of the corner of the shop. It had been taken apart and leaned up against the wall, quietly occupying space… After I moved it out of the corner, in one fell swoop, I was exposed to that rarest of sights… Empty Shop Space!!!A corner opens up in the Lab...

It wasn’t empty long…
In order to free up the window again, and let some light and air in, I slid the shelving into the corner…Slid shelves into corner...

A little more cleaning, and moving, and I was able to shift the shelves against the other wall…Then turned it against the other wall...
The bucket on the Table holds yet another project that needs re-doing… It was a handy place to dump the parts of a wind chime I had made… Plied Wood had been used for the wooden parts, and they had disintegrated out in the elements so I took it down last year…A bucket of chime...Former Butterflys
But that will be for another day’s fun…

Yesterday was the culmination of all the moving and shifting… Some of you may remember this old thing, my Dad’s Band Saw…Dad's Powermatic Band Saw
I went up to the Family Compound the other night, removed the bolts that hold top to base, took off the belts, and generally got the thing ready for the “Big Move”. My younger Brother Scott helped me yesterday as we lifted, rolled, dragged, pushed, pulled, and sweated the beast from Dad’s Garage, into the trunk of the Volvo, and up a flight of stairs here, finally placing it at it’s new station…
It was manfully done…A "Family Member" finds a new home!!
Though it cost me dearly personally, this cost me nothing financially… I’ll be cleaning up the old dirt, grime, and metal chips from it, and obtaining a few decent blades for it today… I did a good deal of work with this in the past, rough-cutting Metal Stock for my Father, so it’s almost like welcoming back a long-lost Family Member…
I am tickled pink, in a bitter-sweet sort of way…
All that’s left in the shop re-organization, is to consolidate two corners of lumber into one, and to update my Shop Pictures here on LJ’s!! :)A new shop arrangement...

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

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#1 posted 07-14-2011 12:30 PM

Totally amazing how you work in the limited space but you do….it seems you have everything at arms length ..and you do such great work…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 07-14-2011 12:49 PM

a shifty fellow indeed

great idea
putting it against the window
and the light

i’ll be watching
for the work from it soon

-- 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 07-14-2011 01:19 PM

Larry: Thanks for your kind words my Friend… As I’ve said before, even if I had unlimited funds and could design a shop from scratch, I’d still make it a small one… Of all the kitchens I’ve worked in over the years, the ones I remember most fondly were the smallest, because having everything close-to-hand quite literally saves a lot of steps…
David: The first work it’s going to see will probably be helping me with the wood re-organization… I’ll use it to cut the no-good scraps into burnable or toss-able size pieces… But I can see a fair amount of re-sawing in my future!! :)

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 07-14-2011 02:10 PM

It always feels great to get things reorganized. It also always seems to be encouraging to others to see you do so. I also work in a very small area and it seems that even a small amount of extra stuff (what some people call ‘clutter’) can add up quickly.

It is nice to see you get your dad’s band saw in place and ready to use, too.

I look forward to seeing your next projects emerge from your newly organized workspace.

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 07-14-2011 03:07 PM

Looks like you’ve got a great new tool for your shop and even better, you’ll be thinking of your Dad when you start making your next bandsaw project!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#6 posted 07-14-2011 03:16 PM

Wow! That is some bandsaw with an interesting history!
You’ll be doing bandsaw boxes in no time, Mike!
Ditto what Larry said about small space and wo

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

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#7 posted 07-14-2011 04:04 PM

That had to be no easy task dragging that beast up there Mike, but something tells me you’ve given it a new lease on life!
I bet you will use the heck out of it now, and it was smart to put it by the window for light.
Good job !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#8 posted 07-14-2011 04:07 PM

that empty shop space seemed to have disappeared quite fast as if it was never really there… or was that just a myth?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 07-14-2011 04:28 PM

Great location for the band saw. The natural light from the window will be very helpful.

Bet your Dad has a great big smile, as he watches over all of this!


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

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#10 posted 07-14-2011 04:41 PM

Times like this I bet you wish you had a lower flat!!!

Looks great!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 07-14-2011 06:50 PM

That’s the way to do it, Mike. You may even inspire me to tidy up. There must be some more space somewhere!

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

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#12 posted 07-14-2011 07:39 PM

Sheila: Unlike you, I am a hopeless clutterbug, good at producing clutter and comfortable working in it!! LOL
Every once in a while however, it gets to be too much, even for me… So I grab a shovel and dig myself out… For a brief moment, the place looks almost orderly…
I do admire you, and others, who can manage to keep your workspace neat and clean!! It’s a discipline I don’t possess…
Lorna: It has already brought back memories of Dad… Thanks for your Well Wishes!!
Ellen: Thank You too!! I don’t know if I’ll gravitate towards Bandsaw Boxes, but who knows?! I can now if I want to, can’t I?? :)
Eric: The thing was a Bear… I’m not going to even guesstimate what it weighs, but it reminded me of the time I was at the dump with a friend of mine… An old guy pulled up in a massive Dump Truck and asked us young fellas if we could give him a hand with something… It seems somebody had thrown away an old engine block and he wanted it… It took everything all three of us had, but we got it in!!
Yesterday was very similar…
Sharon: No myth my Friend, I got a picture before it disappeared… Empty Spaces are very elusive creatures…
Lew: Congratulations Lew, I just read your interview with MsDebbie!! Great Job!!
The window presented itself as the most reasonable placement and should work out very well… I’m just happy I can reach the window again!!
Bob: Scott made me promise him that I wouldn’t call him, if I have to move it again… :)
Martyn: There’s always a little more room, but things do get tighter and closer!!

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

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#13 posted 07-15-2011 01:22 AM

Isn’t it such a GREAT FEELING to have your space all cleaned up and organized and to add a new tool also? Whooooo hoooooooooooooooooooooo OH HAPPY DAY!!!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#14 posted 07-15-2011 09:48 PM

Yes Kelly, it’s a great feeling… until I turn around!! These are the views no one ever sees…

I’ve still got a ways to go… :)

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

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#15 posted 07-28-2011 10:23 PM

Well, I know the feeling. That’s what it’s like in some parts of my HOUSE- spare room? What spare room….

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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