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Forum topic by AngieO posted 06-16-2016 03:02 PM 1088 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-16-2016 03:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: picnic tables bleachers mission trip

So I was MIA from LJ’s for a while. I posted a project almost two weeks ago now ( and haven’t been back on. I didn’t disappear again. I was doing what I love. Last week I went on a mission trip to a local camp and helped build some projects. I wasn’t sure what our group would be doing until I got there. I couldn’t have been more thrilled to learn what they had planned for me. We pulled up and I got out of the van. A man I had never met before walked over and shook hands with a couple of the other guys and looked at me and said “Angie! I’ve been waiting for you!”. I had no clue who he was or how he knew me. Long story short… after some conversation I found out we were friends on fb.

So this man made my day. Well… my week. He proceeded to tell me that he knew I was a woodworker and had a task for me. The camp needed some bleachers made and some picnic tables. He asked if I was up for the job. Me?? Getting to build? Of course I said yes! However I didn’t realize what that exactly meant. He showed me one set of bleachers and then told me the changes they wanted to make. Then a picnic table and told me the changes they wanted. THEN…. he gave me a trailer full of material and my own crew! That was pretty stinkin awesome. Over the next few days me and my crew set ourselves to the task of making four bleachers and six 8’ picnic tables. After the week was up I didn’t want to go home. I loved every minute of it.

Here are a few pics of the week.

On the first day I had a couple of guys that didn’t know much about building things. So after I created my cut list I cut most of the material and set them up making the supports for the bleachers.

We ended up screwing it together and then adding bolts.

I chose to cut the material for one and assemble it before I batched out the rest of the material. Good thing… I did make one error in my measurements. But… this did not affect the build. We called this first one our “prototype”.

Then I was sent another crew member. I don’t remember what his profession was but he brought the miter saw to us instead of us having to go up to the garage and use it. Then we batched out the rest of the material and got to building.

The “prototype just has one extra 2×4 in the seat. This is some of the crew testing them out.

I had quite a big crew for the picnic tables. That was an interesting day. But we got them done pretty quickly after we got all the tools needed and hardware.

After we were done they placed the picnic tables under this shelter that one of the other crews had put up during the week.

They then brought a tractor with forks and moved the four bleachers to an outdoor seating area.

I had an amazing time on my trip. It was very rewarding and I know that the kids will enjoy all the hard work the different crews put into getting the camp ready for them. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have participated and really enjoyed meeting all the wonderful people there.

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#1 posted 06-16-2016 03:35 PM

Bless you. What a wonderful thing to do. Your “assignments” turned out first class. Glad you had fun.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#2 posted 06-16-2016 03:39 PM

Very good work, Angie….......... and for a good cause.

They sure got the right person or the job!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 06-16-2016 04:52 PM

You done good! Nice job, and like Jim said They did pick the right person or the job.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 06-16-2016 08:20 PM


Great read and amazing experience. You got recognition being a LumberJock, and an opportunity. I remember you were actually working in a woodshop which also must have been pretty interesting and informative? As the Virginia slims ad use to say to entice women to smoke. “You’ve come a long way Baby!” ( no disrespect intended)

Oh yeah and you smoke. LOL! It’s great you have your kids in the shop and you can contribute by your woodworking to others.

As in JoeinGA’s mottow goes “perform a random act of kindness today..Pay it forward.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 06-16-2016 08:50 PM

Very very neat story. Great to have the opportunity to use your woodworking talent in this way. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 06-17-2016 09:02 PM

Great job Angie. It’s fun working with wood and it makes it even better for a good cause. My Dad and I did a lot a work a Maumee Scout Reservation. Later my sons and I did work there also. The Scouts in Madison attend this camp.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#7 posted 06-18-2016 11:32 AM

Carry on Angie. Well done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 06-18-2016 12:17 PM

Love this story Angie,so great of you all to spend your time helping out the kids.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 06-20-2016 01:20 PM

Loved it.

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#10 posted 06-23-2016 03:49 PM

What a beautiful, quality time you have got to experience! Just wonderful!

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