The Rebuild #5: cleaning up, starting up and a few logs

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 03-05-2014 01:23 AM 1416 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: The weekends accomplishments Part 5 of The Rebuild series Part 6: Getting into the swing again »

The clean up is supposed to be done this week.

It’s a black ugly mess. I am very happy that the concrete pad is still in very good shape.

In my attached garage, I am thrilled to say that the 220 circuits are alive and the equipment all started perfectly. Got a couple more pieces of equipment to get, but it’s going in the right direction.

Of course the world didn’t come to a stop waiting for me to be ready. I have been getting calls to get logs. These are some elm and poplar.

On the poplar, the wood appears darker than I am used to. Am I missing something or is it something other than i thought?

Hope all of you are warm and happy.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 03-05-2014 01:28 AM

I’m glad that you aren’t letting any water flow under the bridge waiting for things to happen. You have a big task ahead of you but you can accomplish it step by step… I am enjoying seeing the progress you are making…

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#2 posted 03-05-2014 01:36 AM

maybe im missing the color here , but i dont see the green that is present in poplar…, im glad your pad was good also, it was good to see your shop coming together.

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

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 01:54 AM

Keep on….keepin’ on Monte !!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 02:04 AM

Good to see you are making progress.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 03-05-2014 02:18 AM

The logs are great but the progress on the shop is better.

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

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#6 posted 03-05-2014 02:59 AM


We know it’s not water in Minnesota and Dakota. it’s snow! and you are not letting a few blizzards stop you LOL! Glad the electrical service is working. Make sure it’s grounded !

How do you normally tell it’s a poplar tree? I’m guessing bark? Leaves? Is there any similar type tree in the area?

Lots to do, but I checked the weather, looks like spring is inching its way. I’ll be glad when it hits 30 degrees. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 03-05-2014 04:30 AM

Great to hear the 220 is up and going. It has been a very long winter this year, nice to see you making progress, Monte.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 03-05-2014 09:53 AM

Hi Monte, I am in the process of re-organizing my workshop. The other day I began to get frustrated trying to rip some board lengths to make drawers. Looking at the monumental task before you in comparison to my trivial problems, I deserve a kick-up-the-backside!!!!! More power to you Monte.

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#9 posted 03-05-2014 01:14 PM

Your attitude is very inspiring Monte. Carry on. One step at a time. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 03-05-2014 01:28 PM

Monte, I am inspired by your attitude!
I’m looking forward to seeing that concrete, the new walls and YOUR perfect shop arise from these ashes.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#11 posted 03-05-2014 01:38 PM

Could it be birch?

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#12 posted 03-05-2014 02:11 PM

Great to see that nothing slows you down, you Go Monte.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 03-05-2014 04:13 PM

Glad to see you making progress buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#14 posted 03-05-2014 04:18 PM

good to see you are keeping on monte

a real inspiration
thanks for that

-- 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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#15 posted 03-05-2014 05:38 PM

Hi Monte,
Popular poplar(Yuk yuk) can be found in many colors ranging from greys to browns to greens with streaks of yellow at times. Cottonwoods, Aspens and poplars are all in the same general family with barks and leaves varying in shape and color. A lot of wood workers don’t like the poplar because of the color variations, especially the greens, but set out in the sun for a while and watch it turn.
I have made lots of interesting drawer fronts and cabinet doors out of poplar in my old shop, and will do more in the new one.
A forester for Wearhouser once told me that the soil content will affect the color of the wood.
I’m anxious to see what you come up with once it’s milled.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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