730 Days...2 years on LJ's!!!

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 03-28-2009 06:34 PM 1065 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well…today I woke up…ahhh Saturday…of course my yahoo mail was full of “buddy posts” and so i had to check them out…and low and behold—-730 days…2 years…I actually thought it was yesterday…and that I missed it…but I was too tired after a week of my current project…

What a difference 2 years makes…when I joined we were in the hundreds of members…I joined in what I think was the first BIG Growth spurt when LJ’s teamed with Popular Woodworking for the table challenge…I have never looked back…of course never made the table…but certainly discovered a good place…community that keeps me coming back daily—-and during summer—-hourly…lol…

Well…I had anticipated that my 2 year anniversary would be celebrated with lots of fun projects and turnings—-since it coincides with the end of my spring break vacation…and guess what—-I have not even gotten into my shop except to grab the occasional tool…

I have been spending the week working on my new :) sprinkler system…boy its physical work!!! And its not really wood working so I wont post it as a project…until I build the box to go around the valves…

But I would like to say thank you to all of you—-I would have NEVER ATTEMPTED this without the confidence and skills I have attained over the last 2 years from all of you—-not to mention the encouragement…this week I was helped by a neighbor when I pushed, pulled and prodded the trenching machine—-that thing was a beast…but all the trenches took us 4 hours…Thank you Jonnie!!

And later a colleague who had done his own sprinkers helped me with the purchasing of all the parts and giving up an enitire day to put them in—thank you Chris!!!

Today I will start filling in the trenches to bury the pipes…and then we will level out the soil and get some grass soon…

This project is a huge section of the worlds slowest back yard makeover—-which is represented in many of my other projects…over the last 2 years….so it really is a part of my woodoworking when you combine it with all the above…

The GAte

the fence

the rolling gate

the picnic table

the deck

The raised garden bed

The Redwood Baby Swing

The adirondack chairs

and now…the sprinklers…


Your buddy…matt

Here is the first trench with 5 seperate lines…and the valvest in the back ground…that is where I will build a cover…THE WOOD PART…lol…

Sprinkler system 6

Then that first line branches off in to a three pronged fork going down to the back…

Sprinkler system 9

Author’s SELF PORTRAIT…and the pipe for the garden bed drip system…

Sprinkler system 5

And most importanlt—-THE LUMBER JOCK SHOT—-after hundreds of feet of pipe—-that is all we had left—-measure twice—-cut once!!! I have learned! (this one is kudoos to chris!)...

Sprinkler system 3

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 03-28-2009 06:58 PM

Congratulations on 2 years! I just realized my one year anniversary was yesterday…didn’t even get a chance to look at LJ for several days now so missed it. I’m at work right now so I can’t see the pictures but am looking forward to checking them out when I get home.

Happy 2nd year!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 12:21 AM

Congrats on your second birthday…sorry I didn’t get you a card….I’m saving up for a big present. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#3 posted 03-29-2009 12:35 AM

congrates on 2 years mate my first birthday very shortly


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#4 posted 03-29-2009 01:17 AM

Congrats on your second anniversary. Can’t wait till my first. Have learned a lot and hopefully helped a number of LJ’s with their projects. keep on woodworking my friend.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 03-29-2009 03:37 AM

Congrats, Matt!!

Looks like a plumbers nightmare going on there :^)


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

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#6 posted 03-29-2009 03:54 AM

thanks everyone…

Actually lew…no nightmare…today i filled in the trenches…and I have a FLAT…CLEAR back yard for the first time in nearly TWO YEARS…I didnt get any “woodworking” in this week…but I am really glad i did this…

It will be a few weeks before I have time to get out and put in the sod…since next two weekends are full..

But not too much more to do…and then my girls will finally have grass to run around on… :)

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 03-29-2009 03:56 AM

Cool. Hopefully we will meet up again at the woodworking show.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 03-29-2009 05:58 AM

Congratulations on two years! You’re just a year older than I am! This is a great site and I think we all enjoy hearing some of the other activities our fellow LumberJocks are accomplishing.

Maybe you can stop by here in July (when the frost is out of the ground) and put in one of those systems for us!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 03-29-2009 10:56 AM

Congrats, Matt!

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#10 posted 03-29-2009 05:14 PM

Way to go little “Bagless Buddy” !

-- ??? My mistakes heat the house. It's very warm in here. ???

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#11 posted 03-30-2009 04:36 PM

Congrats, Matt.

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#12 posted 03-30-2009 04:40 PM

Congratulations on the two year mark. It’s great to have you here.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 03-31-2009 12:18 AM

Congrats on 2 years! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#14 posted 04-01-2009 02:24 PM

I like picture better !

Your Buddy Norm

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#15 posted 04-02-2009 03:58 AM

ahhhhh….lol…tooo funny….

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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