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Project by johnhutchinson posted 12-23-2013 02:47 PM 1407 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago, I did some architectural work for a friend of a friend. When I finally met the client, he turned out to be a kindly old gentleman who was the president of The Columbus Washboard Company in Columbus, Ohio. His had a lot of great stories to tell and his factory was filled with amazing machinery. When the time came to settle up, I told him I didn’t want money, but I’d barter for a few washboards.

To my surprise, he gave me a gross (that’s right, 144 !!!) of his most-popular Dubl-Handi model.

I decided to turn them into a combination birdfeeder/birdhouse because I though it would be a good play on the “Dubl” name. I’ve made a number of them as gifts and the birds seem to love them. Every year another batch of chicks takes flight from mine.

I still have about 120 left. I keep telling myself that, just like clamps, a guy can never have too many washboards. :)

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





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#1 posted 12-23-2013 02:54 PM

Resourceful John! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 03:01 PM

Nice build, great story.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 03:38 PM

Thanks, hunter. I sometimes think the memories and stories are better than the stuff. :)

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

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#4 posted 12-23-2013 03:42 PM

Ewww, that’s gross.

Nice one John. Hard to know what to do with that many washboards. It looks like you came up with a clever repurpose project idea.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 12-23-2013 03:57 PM

What a awesome idea for a birdhouse and feeder. There are many other uses for the washboards

you can also keep one in case the washing machine breaks…

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#6 posted 12-23-2013 04:05 PM

Thanks for the link to the washboard video, Greg. He’s one amazing player!

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

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#7 posted 12-23-2013 04:12 PM

When a woodworker buddy saw it, his first reaction was … Oh no man! Don’t tell me that you’ve gone craft mally.

I got over it. :)

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

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#8 posted 12-23-2013 04:21 PM

I didn’t even know they made those anymore. Congratulations, John.

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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#9 posted 12-23-2013 04:54 PM

What a great story John. I guess you could say these wash boards are for the birds. SORRY, I just couldn’t resist it :-)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#10 posted 12-23-2013 04:56 PM

They’re the only company still making washboards in the US. Here’s a link to their history. Interesting read!
http://www.columbuswashboard.com/our_history/

And did you know that every whistle used in every professional sport is also made in Columbus, Ohio, at the American Whistle Corporation?
http://shopamericanwhistle.com/

Makes a guy proud to be an Ohioan!

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

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#11 posted 12-23-2013 05:00 PM

Very cool. Good utilization of resources.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 12-23-2013 05:01 PM

I was waiting for that one, Lee. Thanks for not letting me down. :)

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

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#13 posted 12-23-2013 05:41 PM

Great job on this one buddy. Absolutely love it. Very creative. Im pretty sure you hit the jackpot with your bartering. Wondering if the Gentleman would be interesting on bartering for any of my services. LOL

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

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#14 posted 12-23-2013 08:00 PM

A little nice history behind this one. Great build and thinking.

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

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#15 posted 12-23-2013 08:47 PM

I am glad you posted the link to their website. I would like to order a couple of washboards from them. I fondly have childhood memories of my grandparents having and using these washboards.

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