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Project by GnarlyErik posted 01-15-2013 10:24 PM 2645 views 17 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little sea story about this ‘project’:

Years ago an old bachelor named Jimmy lived aboard his boat in the boat harbor and I became I friends with him. One day Jimmy asked me to make a sign to keep people off his boat. Sometimes a drunk would stumble aboard his boat in the middle of the night and wake him up. I made a sign to hang in his rigging, but around the same time there was a bit on TV about a pizza company CEO who had a big rubber ink stamp he used to make a statement on things he sent back through the mail. It was an image of a big letter “U” with a large screw driven through both legs of the U at an angle, i.e., “Screw You”.

As a joke I made Jimmy the ‘real thing’ – a big wooden “U” with a galvanized screw run through it and gave it to him. He loved it and promptly hung it in his rigging, showing it off to passers by. It was so well liked apparently, that a week or so later when Jimmy was away someone went aboard his boat and stole it and broke his heart! I made Jimmy another of course and he placed that one inside the boat cabin window where he could lock it away.

After telling this story recently, I remembered my brother’s birthday coming up next month. He runs his own company and might just find a use for for something like this! This one is made to be innocent looking with a picture on one side. It is made so it may sit on his desk and be turned around to ‘make the statement’.

Just a simple wooden “U” with an 8” x 3/8” galvanized lag screw run through the legs. There is a base screwed to the bottom of the picture frame at an angle, and the ‘Screw U” hangs by a key chain on the reverse side.

-- Candy is dandy and rum sure is fun, but wood working is the best high for me!





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#1 posted 01-15-2013 10:32 PM

Neat idea. My brother’s birthday is in November…

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 10:40 PM

Great one! And, may I observe that although the craftsmanship is superb, the strong underlying sentiment shines through. ;-)

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 10:44 PM

charming ,I’m sure :))

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 11:04 PM

Very nice Eric.
At the risk of being politically incorrect, I think it might be a fitting emblem for a training program for prison guards.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 11:08 PM

I like it ! Also a little more subtle than the one a guy I used to work with had embossed on his hard hat. That one included the letter “F”.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 01-15-2013 11:09 PM

LUV IT!!!

This is going to be plagiarised by many peolpe, over and over and over…...........

I will certainly be one of the imitators!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 11:52 PM

That’s neat.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 01-16-2013 12:39 AM

That is the university that I attended for a very long time, so please, have a little respect.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 01-16-2013 06:47 AM

Funny project. Bet your Bro will love it.

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

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#10 posted 01-16-2013 08:51 AM

:-)
thanks for sharing Erik

Dennis

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#11 posted 01-16-2013 12:05 PM

I so want one of those. Great project.

CtL

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

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#12 posted 01-16-2013 09:36 PM

It could be a great logo for Screw University, wherever that is!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 01-16-2013 11:10 PM

Yes Stefang – note Shipwright’s and Exelectrician’s comments above. I particularly liked the idea of a university for prison guards (AKA ‘screws’). The college notion had never occurred to me until I read these comments.

-- Candy is dandy and rum sure is fun, but wood working is the best high for me!

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#14 posted 01-17-2013 04:18 AM

Looks like a great gift for my next company Christmas

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#15 posted 01-17-2013 02:22 PM

That’s a good one. :)

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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