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There’s nothing better than a good barter, I always say.
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I stumbled on this beauty the other day and ended up trading it for a custom made wall shelf cabinet.
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We’ve known Chris since high school. He’s a good friend so he asked me if I could make a long plate rack shelf
to display some pewter plates and cups, .... part of his grandmother’s pewter collection.

He wanted them installed around the room on the soffit above the kitchen cabinets.

So, I went to take a look.
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He had a rather small kitchen with 9 ft. tall ceilings. After discussing all the options, we decided the plate rack on the soffit was a bit too high and not the best solution.

The wide shelf would cast shadows on the cabinets, the plates would lean back so it would be hard to see them. And you’d have to get a ladder to dust or rearrange them.

He has a hard time walking too so, this just didn’t feel right. The wall cabinet was a good choice.

It’s 52” tall by 42” wide with 3 adjustable plate shelves and a 1×6 v groove back. It has a nice simple crown on top, a routed bead on the face frame and a scrolled ogee on the bottom rail.

It’s antiqued to match another cabinet nearby. I think it will show the pewter pieces much better.
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I’m take a picture when it’s finished and decorated with his pewter collection.
I will edit this post later. Besides, it’s not like you haven’t seen a shelf cabinet anyway.

We’ll also hang some of the plates on the soffit with plate wall hangers, no shelf. They’ll sit flat on the wall and look great …. no shadows. Picture to come, if he doesn’t mind.
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You guys know me, .... I can’t help but want to look at your stuff …. what a busy body!

Artwork, antiques, cool furniture, cool cars, cool pets, .... I gotta pet it, look at it and talk about it! ... Ha!
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Hiding over in the living room corner stood this 1914 National cash register that caught my eye.
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...... Hmmmmm, what have we here?
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The grain just popped out and screamed, ..... LOOK AT ME!

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The legs were sculptured, ... the side panels had swooping lines, ... all quarter sawn oak. .... wow

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He says, ...... ”It’s for sale …. or, maybe …. we can trade?”
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The 100 year old hardware was like nothing I’ve ever seen.


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. Look ! ..... it’s even got a spring drawer catch thingy!
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The cash register worked and all the parts were there.


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I pulled out the drawer and found these tags on the back …... holy moly …. a story!


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I put the drawer back in carefully, turned to him to shake his hand and smiled …..
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I think we can work something out …. consider it sold.

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What a great find!

I plan to research it thoroughly before restoring it. I’ve never done anything like this.
To be honest, .... I like it just the way it sits. Maybe a good cleaning but that’s it. Don’t you agree?
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Seriously, How could you rub off all that history and patina? ..............??
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uh oh … here he goes.
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Where did this come from? who owned it? who built it? where’s the factory? what kind of tools did they use? are there any cabinet maker’s marks? what is his name? what did he look like? did He have a Roubo bench? did he use bedrock planes? are there pictures of his Roubo bench and bedrock planes? and, and, ... tools!

Ha! ..... I love this stuff.
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Edit: I should’ve ended this story here. But, I can’t help myself, ...... I do ramble on, don’t I?

We’ll call this Chapter 2
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Lake Forest Living is Easy
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Well, this sure turned out to be a nice project.
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Best part was, he lives in Lake Forest Illinois. It was a gorgeous day …. around 75 degrees and sunny.

So, I decided to take the rest of the day off, have lunch in town and have some fun.
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It’s been awhile since I’ve cruised the old neighborhood …... lived here for ten years.

What a wonderful town.
I had to take a few pictures and share so I can show you where I lived and worked.

I’m semi retired now, so this is not a commercial to drum up business, just an old carpenter reminiscing
about the good ol’ days.
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Wanna see? ..... Well, sit back and enjoy the ride ….... got my wife’s favorite CD on.

...... Like the Beatles?
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(Strawberry Fields Forever)
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Let me take you down,

........ cause I’m going to,


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Lake Forest Town,

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We’ll cruise around,
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There’s nothing not to like about,

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Lake Forest living, is easy.

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Living here with ones you know,

so many homes like no one sees,
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It’s getting hard to pick one out,

but it all …. works out,
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They all look cool to me.

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Let me take you down,

........ cause I’m going to,


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The lantern for a brew,

Nothing’s so true, ......

The burger’s what they talk about,
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Lake Forest living, is easy.
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(got married in this church … they do good work, still married.)

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No one I think would disagree,

I mean you must be high to see,
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That is you can’t, you know, afford that one, ... he he!

But it’s all …... right.

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There’s lots of work for me.”

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Let me take you down,

......... cause I’m going to,
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Lake Forest Beach
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we’ll have two beers each,

there’s nothing not to like about,
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Lake Forest living, is easy.
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(our old town house)


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Lake Forest living, is easy.
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Lake Forest living, ............... is easy.
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My favorite of the tour

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I wish I had better pictures, ...... so much more to see.

Thanks for riding along. Hope you have lots of good memories of your home town too.





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Von

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#1 posted 08-19-2014 06:18 PM

I still favor my itty bitty teeny tiny little country home, but some of those houses are down right awesome! That register is one fantastic find too. And the fact that the maker marks and tags, and hardware are in tact…..wowsa!

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mcoyfrog

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#2 posted 08-19-2014 06:33 PM

WOW what a find gotta love all the detail of ownership so kewl, and I think a good cleaning it would be perfect

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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tyvekboy

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#3 posted 08-19-2014 06:43 PM

What a fantastic find. I also enjoyed the story and the tour of Lake Forrest. Thanks … now I donʻt have to visit there.

Iʻve got an old Koken Barber Chair. I think Iʻm the 2nd owner. First owner was from Detroit, MI. Shipped Aug 15, 1949. Itʻs fun to have old stuff.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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richardwootton

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#4 posted 08-19-2014 06:46 PM

Lake Forrest really is gorgeous! Have you ever been to Ferentino’s in Lake Forrest? Best deep dish pizza I’ve ever had!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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NoLongerHere

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#5 posted 08-19-2014 07:24 PM

Richard, that was my second choice!

Great Italian food … the owner is really nice too. I used to treat the crew there for lunch on Fridays all the time.

Thanks dug …... dug? ok. yes, I agree just a good cleaning is all it needs.

Tyvekboy – You barber chair looks awesome. I like that old sewing machine stand in the back too. Always thought it would be cool to turn one of those into a router stand for small work. what are you going to do with it?

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johnhutchinson

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#6 posted 08-19-2014 08:54 PM

Did you say …

”There’s nothing better than a good barter, I always say.”

Careful, man, the IRS monitors this site. :)

Thanks for the Magical Mystery Tour. Fantastic architecture !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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NoLongerHere

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#7 posted 08-19-2014 09:09 PM

Hey John, the IRS has met my accountant …. I think I’m covered. thanks for the heads up!

BTW – this is the poor side of town….. you haven’t seen nothing yet. That’s part two.

I’ve worked on several of these homes and this tour was part of the drive home so I saw them every day.

I would love to take you on the Lake Forest tour. Being an architect, you would’ve definitely enjoyed it!

Consider it an open invitation.

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johnhutchinson

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#8 posted 08-19-2014 10:04 PM

I’m not sure I can handle a “part two”. :)

But I’m happy with my little house in the woods. I prefer owning my house rather than vice versa.

PS—I wonder if you have to self-insure when you have a thatch roof?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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johnhutchinson

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#9 posted 08-19-2014 10:13 PM

One more thing. I just noticed the … National Cash Register, Dayton, Ohio … tag.

I’m from Dayton, and NCR was an incredibly beautiful facility before the music died. Sad. :(

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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NoLongerHere

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#10 posted 08-19-2014 11:02 PM

John – I just talked to a client friend who lived nearby and he said the same thing – about the national factory! How bout that?.. small world.

It will be fun to research. I’ll have to blog about it, ...... no doubt.

Thanks for reading my stuff.

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johnhutchinson

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#11 posted 08-19-2014 11:13 PM

Her said the same thing about … ???

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 08-19-2014 11:42 PM

Lake Forest is beautiful this time of year.
I lived 90 miles due West for some 27 years and really liked everything except the winters.
While we lived there we pretty covered Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa where we found all kinds of small town charm. That, in my opinion, is the heartland of the country!

I moved to San Jose, an offer I could not refuse, and I don’t have to shovel ”partly cloudy” off of my driveway. Some days I still miss the Midwest!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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NoLongerHere

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#13 posted 08-20-2014 03:34 PM

oldnovice – If we could pick up the whole state and move it south about a thousand miles we’d have perfect weather! Looks like global warming is a bust … Damn, I was looking forward to a few more warm summer days.

I did a few wood furniture shows at the big flea market in San Jose when I lived in Castro Valley just north of you.

I told the wife if she ever kicks me out, I’m moving back to California, to Santa Cruse to carve things out of drift wood and be a beach bum. She says she’s waiting for me to finish the kitchen first! .... Ha!

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