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Project by TopamaxSurvivor posted 04-11-2011 09:15 AM 2853 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have towering firs! They are at least 100-110 feet tall. With firs come fir needles. I can clean the deck at 9 AM and it will be covered with fir needles by noon;-(( If a noticeable wind is blowing, they will be 1/2” deep by noon!!;-(( They even get to the front yard and driveway. They seem to find their way into the house no matter how much foot wiping we do. Rugs and door mats seem to clog up in nothing flat. I decided use a pallet to make an experimental door mat. It will be bigger than a mat or rug; therefore, more steps for the offending needles to fall off. It has ample room for them to fall through and not clog up.

If this seems to work, I will built a better looking one for the door. I am going to build one for the entry from the garage too. In addition to fir needles, it may catch a little sawdust to boot ;-))

Steveinmarin builds a lot of practical projects. Maybe he’ll see this and blog an awesome design or method ;-))

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





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peteg

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 09:41 AM

Hey Bob, us old sparkies just know how to solve a problem the easy way, I love it, how simple can it be.
I can tell one way or the other you’re gona win this one, : ))))))))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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patron

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#2 posted 04-11-2011 10:05 AM

great idea bob

from fir needles do pallets grow

a new family crest for every home

‘WE ARE AMERICANS
WE BUILD PALLETS’ !

the art
heard
around the world

-- 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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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 04-11-2011 10:44 AM

David, I think they build them in Asia, we just take them apart ;-)) or ;-(( depending if you still have a job or not!

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 04-11-2011 10:52 AM

Pete, If I don’t win it, LOML might require all shoes be left outdoors ;-)

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

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patron

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#5 posted 04-11-2011 11:05 AM

AH YES

THE ZEN OF DOORMAT TEA ROOMS

pallets full of muddy hobnailed boots
men in stained sweaty socks
bowing before entering

-- 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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jackass

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#6 posted 04-11-2011 12:00 PM

HI guys,
Have the same problem, my wife was complaining just yesterday, all kinds of Spruce Tree debris, I use a leaf blower to get rid of it. It then goes to the burn pile.
Jack

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#7 posted 04-11-2011 01:08 PM

Hmmmm. Not sure she’s gonna like this idea. Good try anyway.

-- Janice

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#8 posted 04-11-2011 02:22 PM

I think I saw this already in a “you might be a redneck if” email. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Karson

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#9 posted 04-11-2011 03:43 PM

Very good Charlie.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Gene Howe

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#10 posted 04-11-2011 04:15 PM

Enclose the deck, Cut the trees, Hang a leaf blower next to the door???

The pallet is a better solution!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 04-11-2011 07:56 PM

this goes right along with my cousins husband…he found a warm dead beaver on the side of the road in gerogia and when i called to talk to her,he was turning it into jerky…maybe he should stand on a pallet while he skins it out…or with my luck …an oak tree will fall on the pallet and break it in two….:)))))

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

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Don Johnson

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#12 posted 04-11-2011 07:58 PM

I think that Steve anticipated you, Topamax, see http://lumberjocks.com/Stevinmarin/blog/22210

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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rance

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#13 posted 04-11-2011 08:05 PM

Topo already knows about that one. He commented on it. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 04-11-2011 09:00 PM

Geez!! I hate this getting old, fat and slow, loosing my mind!! ;-(( I forgot all about Steve’s doormat;-( Guess I should have checked his projects!

It is definitely a little over the top going down the redneck side ;-)) She doesn’t like IT, but if it works, I’ll make a nice one like Steve’s, Might even do something with that plain old cement sidewalk. It wouldn’t take h to improve it ;-)) One thing about it, I can turn it to fire wood in about 5 minuted without loosing a dime ;-))

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

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#15 posted 04-12-2011 01:25 PM

Too bad there’s not a market for pine needles, or is there?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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