Apartment Projects #13: A Quick Fix, Et Cetera...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 10-02-2011 04:07 AM 2012 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So the other day I was closing a drawer in an old bureau…
I had done a quick fix on all the drawers a while ago, so quick in fact, that I had never mentioned it…
The problem with the old thing was that when the drawers were shut, they shut unequally, i.e. at varying depths… a few simple drawer-stops were all it took to straighten that one out…A depth-stop for an old bureau drawer...
But in closing that drawer, it reminded me that there was another little task… On yet another bureau, we had one of those “fall-out” drawers we’ve all seen, the kind that when pulled out reach a point… and want to fall on our toes!!A Fall-out drawer...
This is the only drawer that does this… It has one of those little C-shaped plastic things, that are supposed to ride a rail underneath… Either the plastic was broken or the rail (or both)... I didn’t bother to check…
The fix for this one, was finding a scrap that fit in the gap at the top…Simple to fill the gap at the top...

An easy find, and easy to cut a strip off of, and then to cut that in half again to make two, one for either side…A Scrap that suits...

Easy too, to drill a couple of out-sized holes for screws and countersink them…Countersinking...

The hardest part was screwing them to the inside walls of the bureau… I probably should have drilled some pilot holes, but didn’t… Just started them with a hammer, and screwed them in… it looks like Maple…Starting the screws with a Hammer...After Screwing in...
I didn’t attempt to make it a perfect fit… Wood swells, and all I wanted was for it not to fall out anymore…Much Better!!


The sign that I was working on hasn’t gotten much further… I transferred the shamrock pattern onto the wood, in this case Cherry…Transferring pattern to wood...Transferred pattern...

I re-sawed that because I want two of them…Setting up fence to Resaw...
Anyway, they’re still not cut out… Precious little time lately…

We went on vacation, Debbie and I, at the beginning of September… it already seems like an eternity ago…
Arrived at York Beach, Maine on a Saturday, and the next day I celebrated another birthday, my 53rd… We had a full day and hadn’t even “beached it” yet… After all, we had the whole week, right?
Well, Tropical Storms Lee and Katia conspired against us, one coming up the interior of New England, the other 400-500 miles off the coast… It rained from mid-morning Monday until Thursday evening… Straight…
Still, a rainy day at the beach trumps a day at work anytime!! We Slept, and Ate, and Shopped at our leisure…
It turned out that my Cousin Brian and his wife Louise were up in York for the week too and it was great to see them… and not have it be someone’s funeral or wedding or something…
The only wood-related thing on the journey was my Sea Latch box that I made a while ago… I currently use that as my “work box”, the one that I empty my pockets into at work so I don’t have all the extra “stuff” jangling around in my pockets…
I thought it would make a good place for my shaving gear… and it did… Except, that all that rain swelled it up like Mad!! I thought I’d have to snap my latch to open it!!Swollen box...
Happily, a couple days back at work returned it to normal…
Finally, on the Friday of our Beach week, we had some Beach Weather!! It was an excellent day…
Cousin Brian taught me how to play “Kubb” in picture-perfect weather…
Here’s one of me playing in the Atlantic…August 1962

No Joke, Folks, I went in the water three times and enjoyed it with the same feeling I had… almost fifty years ago… :)Departure Day, very early...

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

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 10:48 AM

thankĀ“s Mike for the repair fix
I have always as kid wondered why some drwaers looked like they fall out ….....
finely after nearly 50 years I now know …... :-)

good to see you have so much fun with your bandsaw

take care

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 11:42 AM

That was a good fix for the drawers. It is good you had some time away too. I loved the old pic of you at the beach. It certainly is fun to relive those moments that were so special to us – and also to bring back those same fond feelings we had such a long time ago.

Nice story. :)


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

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 10:15 PM

Good fix, Mike. I like this series of blogs.

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

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#4 posted 10-03-2011 01:09 AM

Nice fix on the drawers, Mike.

Beautiful Sunrise, too! The most beautiful sunrises and sunsets I ever saw were off the coast of North Vietnam (aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation). Often thought about the paradox of all that beauty amidst the death and destruction.

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

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#5 posted 10-03-2011 02:28 AM

Thanks, my Friends…
Dennis: I brought the car in for it’s annual inspection (birthday month) and it passed with Flying Colors!!
A few days later, I brought it in for an oil change to the man who used to do it for my Father…
The man came out side and asked if I could tell him what year the car was again…
I told him it was a “92…
He couldn’t say enough about it’s mint condition… that my Dad had treated it very well… that if I took care of it that it would take care of me… and on and on!!
I was and am all smiles about that!!
Sheila: I’m embarrassed but not ashamed, to admit I had the same giddy delight diving into the chilly water, as I had as a little boy!! Some pure blessed fun… :)
Martyn: I like this series too!! As a blogger yourself, you must have noticed how the blogs just suddenly become “part of the process”, and that there is some measure of enjoyment in telling the story too… Thanks, my Friend…
Lew: And Thank You too, Lew… To a man, every Vietnam Veteran I’ve ever spoken to, has said that it was the most beautiful place that they ever saw… achingly beautiful…

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

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#6 posted 10-03-2011 09:59 AM

I told you Mike …. lol
glad to hear nothing is wrong with it
and if you give it a kind of under-body oil/wax treatment every second year you have a car
without rust for the rest of your life … but be sure its a good place to have it one
they need to do it in all the hitten rooms and places …insite doors etc.


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#7 posted 10-03-2011 04:10 PM

I agree, Mike the story is part of it all. Sometimes I do get wrapped up in a project though and blogging it would spoil the journey by interrupting the flow. It does make me pace myself though.

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

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#8 posted 10-04-2011 06:29 PM

Sweet story, beautiful sky and a wonderful picture of you in the water.
Thank you for sharing these moments.
Best thoughts,

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

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