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The Rebuild #7: Progress sort of

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 137 days ago 1400 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am about 80% functional in my attached garage. I would like to salute all of you that work in smaller shops. I know many of you think that 20×20 is not a small shop. I assure you it is if you build bigger items and were used to over 4 times that much space. I have much more organizing to do, but I feel very cramped. I am used to having several stacks of different lumber available in the shop at all times. Oh well, it sounds too much like whining now.

I have nearly completed the first couple projects out of the new shop and will probably post them later this weekend.

There hasn’t been any progress on a new building for a couple reasons. First, the snow is finally melting, I hope it’s all gone and we can trust the weather in a few more weeks. Second, the guy that is supposed to clean it all up has failed to do so. I sent a rather harsh message to his cell phone demanding repayment if they were not going to finish the job. His girlfriend called me right back and assured me that he would finish the job as soon as he gets out of jail. Probably the first of the week. I opted not to ask any further questions. I can wait a few more days.

Keep making sawdust folks, spring is here.

Thanks for reading

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability



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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 137 days ago

LOL!

Great to hear you’re moving forward. Jim Post wrote a book for people who wanted to build cabinets for a living. I remember ond great phrase that made sense then and now, “don’t build it if your haven’t got a place for it.” Some guys/gals are box builders, others are furniture builders, some both. From the Monte Pitman projects I’ve seen here you’re the furniture builder.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 137 days ago

I know your feeling of being cramped. Luckily I don’t build the big items too much any more, there’s no room. I guess one could say the best thing to get out of all of this is at least your not in jail. What a world, you gotta laugh.

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

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 137 days ago

“he would finish the job as soon as he gets out of jail” ROFLMAO! Probably not as funny to you though.

That is precisely why I have decided that I’m never again hiring help!

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

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firefighterontheside

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#4 posted 137 days ago

Yeah, I guess as long as he finishes the job the first of the week, then it doesn’t matter why he was in jail. As Andy said, maybe not as funny to you as it was to me. When I build a large project, the finished pieces get to live in my half of the garage and my truck gets to live outside.

-- 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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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 137 days ago

Actually I thought it was pretty funny at the time as well.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 137 days ago

Well, you can always tell him he will be back in jail if he doesn’t finish the job…What size do you plan to build your new shop Monte? 50% bigger is always better…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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hoss12992

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#7 posted 137 days ago

I got a kick out of the guy gonna finish as soon as he gets out of jail! Sounds like my luck. LOL

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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jaykaypur

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#8 posted 137 days ago

Like in woodworking, you may have to go to plan B on the clean-up. LOL. Gotta love life !

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

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#9 posted 137 days ago

Just hope he stays out long enough to finsh the cleanup.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 137 days ago

Glad you are keeping your sense of humor Monte! Looking forward to your new projects.

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 137 days ago

Oh, Monte that’s just too funny … however I do have a question, some where along the line I got the impression that you plan on using the old slab to rebuild on … Would the intense heat not effect the integrity of the concrete?? As well as the cold water hitting the super heated concrete? Just Curious.

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

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Jake

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#12 posted 136 days ago

Haha oh my God, that get-out-of-jail was a nice curveball, I literally laughed out loud for a good half a minute. I hope it all goes well in the end, I also liked your choice of not asking any extra questions. Good luck with everything!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#13 posted 135 days ago

Monte, Great to hear about the garage. Too Funny about your hiree. I to am hoping the weather is on an upswing in your neck of the woods and mine. Look forward to seeing those projects.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Blackie_

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#14 posted 135 days ago

Monte, exactly why I am limited to small items in my shop but… it’s the little things that count :)

Glad to see you are getting things up and running.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Michael Anthony Zelonis

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#15 posted 134 days ago

I too work in a small area, lass than 120 sq. feet mostly taken up by the large carving table I built. It is my hope that by the end of 2015 I will be in my own home, and working out of a basement shop, converted first floor room, or heated garage…..

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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