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Blog series by littlecope updated 07-20-2014 12:47 AM 22 parts 35789 reads 321 comments total

Part 1: Million Dollar Idea...

10-02-2009 03:06 AM by littlecope | 13 comments »

How many of us have one of these somewhere in their home?Yeah, I thought so, almost everyone. Am I the only one, or do other people have a hard time remembering which pull is for which? 50-50 chance and I was forever picking the wrong one!About 5-6 years ago I was visiting a friend and she had one too, with one pull marked with an ornament. I asked whether the marked one was for the light or the fan and she said she forgot! Well, I said to myself, this is ridiculous! So I gave thought to scro...

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Part 2: An Ugly Situation

10-13-2009 02:33 PM by littlecope | 20 comments »

Welcome to my prehistoric bathroom! When I first moved in, over ten years ago, this is what I was faced withI’d wager that even the most experienced remodel Pro never saw an arrangement like that! Ugh-ly!!Incredibly, it actually works like a charm, so the idea was to disguise it. I don’t like to put holes in the wall of a place I don’t own and ended up making a sort of trestle shelf that slides in between the tub and the wall. This strangely shaped contraption is what I came...

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Part 3: A Better Entrance

10-21-2009 03:09 PM by littlecope | 22 comments »

One of the very first things I noticed moving in over ten years ago was that the porch entrance had no screen door!! I arrived here in mid-January, in the dead of Winter, so it wasn’t an immediate issue, but it was on the top of my priority list for that coming spring. There are too many beautiful days, when it’s nice to be able to throw open the windows and doors and let some fresh air in. Of course, I didn’t want to also let in every manner of flying insect, cats, bats, et...

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Part 4: Paying the Bills

12-03-2009 12:30 PM by littlecope | 14 comments »

Yeah, Everybody’s got to do it! About 8-9 years ago, I was doing exactly that, paying the bills, when my Girl Friend casually told me about her “system”. She kept her Checkbook in the same box that the envelopes come in, and put all the Deposit Slips, ATM Slips, and Sales Receipts where the ATM Card was used, behind the envelopesMaybe a lot of people do this, but I had never heard of it and really liked the idea of keeping the whole procedure, and records thereof, in one pla...

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Part 5: A sort of Trestle/Skid/Box/Tray? type of thing...

01-14-2010 11:51 PM by littlecope | 6 comments »

Ordinarily, in my “Apartment Projects” entries, I showed you things that I’ve done over the course of the years I’ve lived here. This one is a small work in progress. The Problem: I have two steamer trunks that were given to me by my Dad about five years ago. They came from his Parent’s house and belonged to his Grandmother; the very trunks she used when she came to America back in the late teens.One has a curved topThe other a flat topIt’s my understanding...

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Part 6: Another Quick Hour's Work

01-16-2010 03:45 AM by littlecope | 6 comments »

I left off yesterday beginning to mark the rails for this contraption I’m making.I suppose I could measure them to length, cut them, and nail/screw/biscuit them in, but that would be too easy!! I’m going to use the old “tried and true” through tenons. There is going to be three rails but, for now, I’m only going to work on the outside ones. The middle one is going to have a somewhat different fate…I marked the tenons using just the ruler itself being the gu...

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Part 7: Almost Home...

01-17-2010 04:39 AM by littlecope | 9 comments »

Got home from work today and jumped right in, cutting the mortises that I marked yesterday.These are a snap with the Scroll Saw, after I drill a few corner holes for maneuvering the bladeThis would work already but I’m choosing to make at least a Tray for now, maybe add a lid at a later point. So I’ll need to cut a slot to hold a bottom. I did that with the Table Saw, cutting a kerf wide, 3/8” deep swath and then kicking the blade over to widen it in all the parts.I’m ...

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Part 8: Ship It!!

01-18-2010 01:34 AM by littlecope | 9 comments »

If you recall from yesterday, I left off with this simple trestle/skid type of thing in placeBefore I knocked off for the day last night, I took a minute to mark the location of where the Pins will be. I took a poor picture, just to demonstrate, but I think you’ll get the idea. I clamped the thing up and set the Brad point bit that I’ll be using where I want the holes… and gave it a good tap with a small hammerToday, it was a simple matter to drill the holesThen I marked and...

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Part 9: Holding Up the Night Sky

01-25-2010 05:03 AM by littlecope | 5 comments »

Many Years ago, for Christmas, my Dad gave me one of these really cool Smithsonian Star FindersBy “Dialing In” the correct Date and Time, it tells me what the Night Sky is showing for constellations outside. But, more often than not, it would find a home in a room next to a window and get blown over by the wind. The original plastic stand that it came with was hinged and the hinge finally broke in one of it’s many falls. I replaced it, using the plastic one as a guide, with ...

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Part 10: Not Fine Woodworking...

09-16-2010 01:47 PM by littlecope | 9 comments »

With my Girlfriend Debbie moving in recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to find room for all of our collective stuff… With space at a premium, Yesterday I went ahead with an idea I’ve had for years… It took about twenty minutes…But I have to back-track a little…I made a canoe stand about ten years ago. It consisted of two posts that I made, by screwing together a couple of 2 X 3’s, and attaching some plywood “feet” to hold th...

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Part 11: Something for the Kitchen...

03-16-2011 10:13 PM by littlecope | 21 comments »

I’ve done precious little Woodworking of late…You know how it is… sometimes Life can keep a person pretty busy.Debbie went in for a scheduled operation a few weeks ago, and I’ve devoted time to caring for her… She’s fine and recuperating nicely…You may laugh to hear this, but though I own a car, I’m one of those kooks who never got their Driver’s License!! To help Debbie out with Doctor’s appointments, and because it’s kind of ...

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Part 12: The Apartment...

04-26-2011 04:15 AM by littlecope | 22 comments »

In 2001 I amused myself (for a week or so) making a scaled-down, portable version of where I live…Nobody ever came over, so I thought to bring the apartment to them…The thin plywood has since warped terribly, and even begun to peel, but originally I could have set it anywhere by a marked, true North, and had a fairly accurate representation of the Sun-cast shadows through the windows back home…The Walls and Sides have tabs that slide into slots in the base…The “D...

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Part 13: A Quick Fix, Et Cetera...

10-02-2011 04:07 AM by littlecope | 8 comments »

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…But in closing that drawer, it reminded me that there was another little task… On yet another bureau, we had one of those &#...

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Part 14: Of Circular Saws...

07-01-2012 11:36 PM by littlecope | 15 comments »

I have the simplest of projects to do, a boarding-up of the basement windows. Since I’ll be using plywood, I thought it would be a great time to demonstrate an answer for an old Forum topic here…I can’t remember who it was, but 3 or so years ago somebody asked how they would go about cutting Plywood to size on their garage floor.I was a little surprised at the time that the generally agreed upon answer was to lay down some Hard Pink Insulation, and cut right through and into...

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Part 15: Details...

09-05-2012 12:00 PM by littlecope | 24 comments »

I got an early start yesterday on a couple of things that needed doing…Where we live is a largish Apartment building. The mail gets delivered to the front (of course), and that’s where the street numbers are…In the back, is the parking area and the rear entrances for the various units. Everybody in the building has their unit numbers written there too, except us… I could have left it that way, and let people who visit park and guess which one is ours, but that would be...

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Part 16: Quick Kitchen Shelf...

09-12-2012 08:38 AM by littlecope | 16 comments »

The order came down last week, “Honey, could you make something for over the sink? This thing is no good!”... I couldn’t agree more!!Having a small shelf over the kitchen sink is a great idea, but a store-bought one?! This one was left to us by the previous tenants and it’s no wonder that it is sagging in the middle, it’s not even one board across the whole span… Okay, it has got to go…I searched around and found some Oak that’s barely lo...

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Part 17: Hanging it up...

01-30-2013 10:59 AM by littlecope | 15 comments »

It’s Winter here and the White Season brings with it the need for heavy jackets…We have closets for them, but they’re upstairs… Most of the time, the coats end up hanging on the Chair-backs in our kitchen, where they are ready-to-hand… But no one wears the same coat every day, and we end up with half the wardrobe cluttering up the Kitchen!There was a need here for a simple place to hang our Winter “Stuff”... Yesterday, I got a chance to fill that nee...

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Part 18: Fixing a Hole...

07-27-2013 01:27 AM by littlecope | 22 comments »

It’s been well over a year since Debbie and I moved into our “New” Apartment.There has been something unsightly in our kitchen bugging me all that time…Covered over by taped plastic, there is a big hole in the ceiling… It’s an access hole, to the plumbing for our bathroom, in the room right above it… Today I tore down the plastic, to see what it looks like… It is about what I figured… In these old houses, they put in dropped ceilings ma...

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Part 19: Fixing a Hole - Part #2...

07-28-2013 02:09 PM by littlecope | 14 comments »

I had enough time yesterday morning, before we went out, to make a simple door for this fix…Growing up in my Parent’s house, they had a similar situation to this for the Attic access. What the builders of their house had done, was used left-over Beadboard from the wainscot work on the first floor, to make a quick Z-braced door that just slipped into the opening…While I don’t have any Beadboard on hand (nor the router cutters to replicate it) I still wanted to at least ...

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Part 20: Woodworking in December...

12-15-2013 02:26 AM by littlecope | 20 comments »

It is that time of year, time to put up the Christmas Tree…I’ve grown fond of smaller trees (the so-called “Table Top” size), but apparently so have many other people, because they’re getting increasingly hard to find!Luckily, those of us who work with wood can improvise…This year, the Tree will go next to our Front Window, so others can enjoy it as much as we do…I placed the Tree stand in the desired spot and measured to the ceiling… The Sky is...

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Part 21: Have to Get in the Shop!

04-07-2014 05:29 PM by littlecope | 11 comments »

It has been a L-O-N-G and C-O-L-D Winter here in New Hampshire!!Perhaps we didn’t break single day records, but it has been consistently cold since last October, which dealt a crippling blow to my enthusiasm for Woodworking… The Temperature in the Basement Shop here hovered around 40° for most of that time, too cold for whatever determination I possess!But the Calendar pages turn, and Good Old Sol continues to ride higher in the Sky, with inevitable results… It is fin...

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Part 22: The "Greatest" Picture Frame

07-20-2014 12:47 AM by littlecope | 20 comments »

Debbie and I love to rummage around at the backs of Department Stores (where they keep all the kitschy stuff) and search for Prints and Pictures to decorate our walls…We’re particularly fond of Photos, or artful representations, of the Icons of our generation… For example, we found this one waiting for us at a Target Store in Manchester… There are few alive who don’t recognize those four young men! Another that came home with us a little later was a Young M...

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