Two Long and a Short.

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Project by toyguy posted 04-01-2009 03:35 AM 2277 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our turning club is holding a little contest in a month or two. Being brand new to turning and the club, I don’t really know what to expect. A week or two back I went looking around the net for a simple but maybe a little unusual turning subject. I wanted something different from the same old goblets and candle sticks you see all the time. I found a web site of a guy that had used auto cad to draw up some 3D images. I don’t know if he ever put any of his drawing into form or not, but this phone caught my eye, easy enough I thought and with the right colours of wood, it should show well…..... so I thought. !

Working from a picture taken from this web site, I built this old time phone. The project went not too bad, but I did mess it up in a few spots due to my inexperience, however the wife likes it so I guess it’s a keeper. I’m not totally happy with it. If time will permit I may just do it over…... Maybe.

Constructed from maple and walnut, consisting of ten separate turnings, then assembled and finished with wipe on Polly. ....14” tall…...

Comments welcome.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#1 posted 04-01-2009 03:46 AM

looks good. I like the name, of course you have to be an old coot to know what it means :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 04-01-2009 04:11 AM

I am 45 what does it mean?

It’s not Morse code.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#3 posted 04-01-2009 04:26 AM

That looks great. I also like that it isn’t the standard bowl, etc. (not that those aren’t also nice), just good to see something different.

I don’t know what the name means either.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#4 posted 04-01-2009 04:41 AM

That is pretty cool!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 04-01-2009 04:46 AM

Great job!

I’m glad that I’m not old enough to remember them.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 04-01-2009 04:58 AM

Nice job Brian. It looks like a fun project.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 04-01-2009 05:18 AM

It means that his phone number is 21 My grandfathers was (line)48 – (ring) 11—and that was in the 1960’s

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#8 posted 04-01-2009 05:21 AM

Turned out very nice. Two longs and a short, man your showing your age now. Gotta love those party lines….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#9 posted 04-01-2009 05:23 AM

This phone has a dial, thus is not a true two longs and a short. Old wall-mounted phones were party-line phones with a crank on the side panel. There could be any number of subscribers on one line, and if your house was two longs and a short, you would answer after the calling party turned the crank at least 3 times for a long, and one time for a short. Everyone on the line could hear the cranks, and many would pick up their receiver and eaves-drop (or listen in) to the conservation. Obviously the entire community know everyone’s business when this system was used. Each of the subscribers had their own combination of rings, and would answer accordingly. Primative, but effective!

-- Joe,Texas,

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#10 posted 04-01-2009 11:23 AM

I think it would make a really cool lamp! The hand-set could hold the light, and if it is detachable you have a spot light.

Nice job!

Any chance you would be willing to share the web site?

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#11 posted 04-01-2009 12:01 PM

Sorry guys…I guess I forgot to put the address for the site in: here ya go.

When I was a kid in the 50’s..we were still on a party line…... However by then everyone had the same ring, but you could still listen in on your neighbour. :-)

Thanks for the comments, .

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#12 posted 04-01-2009 12:29 PM

Ahh, the memories… our number used to be ‘two long, two short’, and that would have been around 1965… there was no need for ‘texting’ then, it was just a matter of listening in… guess that’s why they called it a ‘party’ line :)

Great job! Best of luck in the contest!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#13 posted 04-01-2009 02:53 PM

Your imagination will turn the club on their ears. GREAT WORK ! (Lose any wallets lately?)

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

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#14 posted 04-01-2009 03:22 PM

Great looking piece. Of course we are our worse critics. Ours was “three shorts” in the 60’s in Tennesse in the Appalachians. Thanks for the memories.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#15 posted 04-01-2009 06:37 PM

When I came to Seattle and got my own apartment in the early 70’s, I asked the phone company how much I could save if i was on a party line. They told me they didn’t have them anymore. I’m not sure when they went away in Southern Idaho, but it was after that.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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