Just for Fun... #81: Woodworking on the Back Burner...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 12-06-2013 08:39 PM 1902 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After taking the Summer off (and enjoying it immensely!) it was time to get back to Work! And after searching around in the available jobs, I was lucky enough to find Work in the finest Hospital in N.H., the Catholic Medical Center of Manchester…
It seems that their Cafeteria was only open for the first and second shifts, and their third shift employees had been requesting “Hot Food” for some time… A decision was made, and the Cafe is now open for them with yours truly in the newly-created night cook position…
So I’ve been busy with learning a new job (cooking is remarkably similar, but never exactly the same anywhere) and also adjusting my cicadian rhythms to the night shift…
At about the same time, an old friend and former neighbor of Debbie’s needed a hand moving into her new home… Janet’s place was not “brand new” and needed some small works done here and there, along with the actual moving… So even my Free Time has been occupied!
One of the fixes, which regrettably I didn’t take any pictures of, was a floor repair under this Allure Flooring I laid…
There was a spongy area where the old refrigerator must have leaked… I cut out a 4’ x 4’ section of the rotted particle board underneath and replaced it with 1/2” ply… Right about where that box of flooring is sitting…
Now, I didn’t watch the “Instructional Video” for laying the floor, but apparently it featured a Very Pregnant Woman who proceeded to lay the flooring down in only two hours!
It took me about eight, over the course of a couple days, plus the floor fix… But it ultimately got done…
With Janet moving into her new place, and her Birthday falling this week, I decided to make her a combo Birthday/Housewarming Gift, another sign…
The letters were drawn on some thin Maple…

And a backer board/plaque was fashioned…

As is so often the case, while I was scrolling out the letters I was thinking about the finish…
The original plan, was to “borrow” some of the paint that Janet had used for her kitchen walls, paint the letters that color, and leave the Oak as is…
But it occurred to me as I Scrolled that, #1) She may want to put the sign somewhere other than her Kitchen, and #2) Walls get re-painted over the course of time…
So I painted the letters Black, which will go with any color… Here is the Sign, after a few coats of Spray on Poly, ready to be given…

Lastly (and speaking of giving!) Your Friend and Mine, Mr. Dan'um Style, was thinking of me, and was kind enough to send along a Packet of Veneers for me to have some fun with!
Thank You once again Dan! When things settle back down into a routine again, I’m looking forward to experimenting with those… and some other fun I’ve been thinking of…

Oh, and in case I don’t get a chance, I would like to Wish Everybody the Very Best, for a Blessed and Peaceful Yuletime and for 2014!!!

Man, can somebody tell me where 2013 went?! :)
6 December 2013

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

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#1 posted 12-06-2013 08:57 PM

Nice flooring work and sign Mike.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-06-2013 09:27 PM

Charlie Brown has nothing on you Mike…you’re a good man! Great job on the floor and the snazzy sign.

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

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#3 posted 12-06-2013 09:49 PM

Hi Mike, Glad you get a job you like. cooking is remarkably similar as Kitchen is also similar to woodshops. Utensils, tools, benchtops, sharpening. Fortunaltely you dont have to finish with sandpaper and laquer :)

Great flooring and sign. Your signature indeed,

-- Back home. Fernando

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#4 posted 12-06-2013 09:56 PM

What a great looking floor, Mike!

Now you are going to a hero to more than just us Lumberjock. Mimi often works the night shift at the local hospital so I know how appreciative your co-workers are going to be to have a hot meal available during their shift.

Merry Christmas to you and Debbie!

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

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#5 posted 12-06-2013 10:27 PM

glad to hear you landed a great job, just like a cat mike, always landing on your feet, lol, your flooring job looks great and i know she will love the sign, you did a wonderful thing helping her out, but i know that is how you operate, always a good man…Merry Christmas to you as well…2013…i have no idea…it seems just a bit ago i was 15, wondering what it would be like to make it to the year 2000…so im knda in a fog now….lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 12-06-2013 10:38 PM

Great job on your flooring work, your new job & your nice sign.
You have been a busier guy then you think.

Merry Christmas to you & yours as well buddy.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#7 posted 12-06-2013 10:40 PM

Mike all seems good
You are a great neighbour
Enjoy the new job, new kitchen new beginings.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 12-06-2013 10:48 PM

Mike, I installed a lot of flooring for a living and let me tell you it looks good from here. Your sign is very professional looking too. You should make another sign for the hospital, MIKE”S KITCHEN.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 12-07-2013 12:18 AM

Nice flooring job and great sign, Mike. They want to keep you around there!!

double DD I second that idea!! Oh and get a chef’s hat!! You’ll bring new life to the hospital!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 12-07-2013 01:44 AM

Mike, That floor looks great! The sign is just right. I need to dust off the antique scrollsaw and see if I can do a cool sign like that. Did you have to sand/clean up the edges? What tooth blade do you use for this type of cutting?

Hope you enjoy the new job!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 12-07-2013 03:53 AM

Glad you landed a job you like Mike! Looks like your WW is still working fine too ;-)

-- 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 12-07-2013 08:45 PM

Congrats and great floor work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 12-08-2013 12:49 PM

Thanks All!
I don’t represent the Allure flooring company in any way, but that is a pretty good product, almost like laying shingles on a roof… without all the nasty climbing and ladders!
I did not have very good luck with cutting it to fit, around moldings and such… Fortunately, there was very little of that in this particular application…
Straight cuts were made fairly easily and quickly with a straight edge and utility knife…
It’s a floating floor, no adhesive is needed to hold it down, and the company that makes it gives a 25 year guarantee… While I obviously can’t vouch for their guarantee, I’m thinking it would hold up pretty well…
[end product review]

I am thoroughly enjoying the New Job, and am very fortunate and grateful to have found such employment!!
What a difference it makes, to work with pleasant people, who are appreciative of my efforts for them, and for good money and excellent benefits to boot, what could be better?!
Working the night shift will take a little adjustment, but it’s amazing how quickly our bodies adapt to new conditions…
The first two nights were tough, but by the third night it was already starting to feel like a “normal” routine…
Anyway, I appreciate all of your Well-Wishes towards it… :)

gfadvm: Andy, on the Scroll Saw I use pinned blades only, and only two different sizes: 15 TPI for rough work and 18 TPI for the finer stuff… They are “Flat” blades, not the round or wire kind…
I frequently saw through 2” of material with the SS and prefer the flat, pinned blades for the strength of the things…

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

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#14 posted 12-08-2013 03:30 PM

Congrats on your new job- a win for the hospital as well as you! You demonstrate the spirit of Christmas by giving your time and talent to others all year long. Nice job.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#15 posted 12-08-2013 03:35 PM

so mike, do they let you use your own spice rub on your rib eye’s…and do they let you fix the prim rib so that it is medium rare,,,lol,,,are you cooking for the general public or are you cooking for the patience of the hospital, i wish i lived in your area mike, i would come in for a grizzman special…if you dont serve that one yet, we can talk…lol…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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