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Blog entry by SM posted 05-05-2008 12:40 AM 1414 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

4. Fix the snow-shovelling-hole I cut in porch before dog escapes or someone falls through.

I can feel the lazy-days-of-summer coming on. I will be alone most of the summer and that “building things” momentum is in danger of slipping into “summer fixing” stuff and boat work. I’m hoping this blog will keep me honest and focused.

In the next 3 weeks I must:

1. Build coffee table appropriate for displaying boxes, but table must also be for sale.

2. Make 12 3×3 “Birthday boxes” (one for each month of year).

3. Refinish hatches and brite work on boat (Argu!)

4. See above.

Goal: Accomplish 3 and 4 while 1 and 2 are going through gluing and finishing processes.

First work on table: research design, size and process.

(Ah, this sounds so organized . . .)

-- SM

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#1 posted 05-05-2008 01:02 AM

The first step in any project begins with (1) planning and (2) mental commitment. Of the two the second, mental commitment, I believe is the most important to overcoming the initial inertia that we must overcome to get the project started. Sounds like you have a plan and have committed to the project(s). It is a good start.

Since Sunday is a day of rest you can take today off but tomorrow is a good day to put your plan into action. :)

Keep us posted on your progress.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-05-2008 01:09 AM

I admire your list making. However may I make a suggestion? Perhaps you should contemplate (quickly I might add) as to changing # 4 to # 1!
I just very recently had to go bail my “Buick” out of jail and it cost $30.00. And that was just for the night! add to that the gas to get to the town they had to take him to, etc. and it is not cheap. (Besides I do not know what kind of psychological effects it may have had on him down the road) LOL!!! Organization is wonderful, but it really sucks when it all has to stop so you can go to your local animal shelter to bail out your “Buick”

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#3 posted 05-05-2008 01:15 AM

I have a temperary solution to potential trip to vet; however, Fudgesicle does look frustrated!

Also, I may soon need that table.

Cheers to our canines!

-- SM

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#4 posted 05-05-2008 01:58 AM

That’s very funny; you have me giggling. Be good or I’ll send you a pasta rack!

-- SM

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#5 posted 05-05-2008 02:24 AM

That hilarious! Love the look on the poochs’ face (“Are you serious?”)!

Allison your dogs name is “Buick”?



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#6 posted 05-05-2008 03:24 AM

FWIW make a hinged picket section that can swing from the post on the left of the pic. Give it a top and bottom rail to attach the pickets and then hinge it to the post. Use a draw bolt or some other type of latch on the hinged section. Think “gate”. Open it when shoveling and then close it when done and brown dog stays out of jail and everyone is happy.

Up here in Tahoe we get a bit of snow. Decks are NEVER built this way for this very reason. A gap is left at the bottom to allow for shoveling. The IBC states that the a four inch sphere cannot pass through any opening in the railing/balustrade so it is generally kept at 3 7/8”.

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#7 posted 05-05-2008 04:01 AM

Good advice from Tahoe!
There may be some dimensional issues that makes “gate” less than optimal but I will have to do some measurements.

It seemed a drastic measure to cut the hole, but I worried that two feet of snow saturated with rain would take down the porch. Fudgesicle found the opening the first morning I let her out, while it took Steve two days to suddenly exclaim, “Honey, did you notice that there is a hole in the porch?”

Thanks for the suggestions.

-- SM

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#8 posted 05-05-2008 04:05 AM

If you have any questions at all I would be glad to help you offline. Just send me a message with your questions and I’ll help any way I can. I don’t know much but I know about snow. . .

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#9 posted 05-05-2008 08:40 PM

You do sound busy. Could you elaborate on the birthday boxes?

-- Teri, Kokomo, IN

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#10 posted 05-06-2008 04:08 AM

A small gallery about 30 minutes from me took eight of my boxes (all that I had) on consignment.

The gallery owner makes jewellery and she requested I make a box for each month so she could sell them with: a birth stone, material to make a necklace or bracelet, and a few other birthday type articles in them. So, I need to make them inexpensively, in time and materials. I experimented with band saw boxes:

I think these are fun but cleaning up the inside takes time. Also, I’m having trouble with my band-saw. So I think for the time I will go for simple little boxes with mitre joints.

Something like this:

Actually selling anything is a bit of a surprise since I had never approached anyone before and now she wants stuff to specifications. A couple boxes have sold (I find I am going through separation anxiety loosing them). She wants me to make a coffee-table on which to display the boxes, and the table should also be for sale. The reading table was my first and only piece of furniture, so I’m a bit nervous.

Are you still working on your shop? where is your first project?

-- SM

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