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Forum topic by HorizontalMike posted 11-05-2011 03:01 PM 1379 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2011 03:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: andy rooney

Andy Rooney has died and will be missed. I always drooled at his desk that he designed and built himself and wondered what it would have been like to work with him in the woodshop in his younger days.

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-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#1 posted 11-05-2011 03:20 PM

He will be missed. I always enjoyed his commentaries.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 11-05-2011 03:23 PM

I loved the guy. He had a great combination of humor and common sense.

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

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#3 posted 11-05-2011 04:16 PM

I will miss him and his comments, I also enjoyed his books, including his one attempt at a chair that wanted
to fall over backwards. He was a wonderful craftsman with words who also liked to work with his Shopsmith,
which he received as a gift. I never met him or wrote to him, but I feel like I am missing a close friend.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 11-05-2011 06:00 PM

A one of a kind RIP Andy
He collected different types of wood I wonder what will happen to his wood collection.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 11-05-2011 06:21 PM

I think his desk should be placed in the Smithsonian, not only for his WW, but for his +50 years literally starting at the very beginning of television.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 11-05-2011 06:59 PM

Andy Rooney was one of my favorite people, he was humorous and posed questions that made you think and was one person who gave you an honest piece of his mind. He was much respected, his military service in WW2 made him conscious of the horrors of war, he was a “been there – done that” person.
He was as down to earth, just like regular people, said what was on people’s minds who were too afraid to say, he was a tonic from all the crap on TV. Mention the name Andy Rooney to anyone and an instant smile comes over their face – what a tribute.
Can’t imagine what’s going on “upstairs” now that Andy and Rodney Dangerfield are togetherr?

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#7 posted 11-05-2011 07:00 PM

Awesome guy. Will be missed.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 11-06-2011 01:40 AM

I just heard about it on TV…

Sad SAD day… There will never be another like him…

He will be missed very much…

RIP, Andy... May you keep them Laughing where you are now… Enjoy…

... I’ll bet the both of them are getting plenty of Respect! LOL…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 11-06-2011 02:03 AM

My favorite curmudgeon. RIP

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#10 posted 11-08-2011 03:15 PM

Even I am Danish we have had this 60 minutes here for a while, and there were one thing that always made me want to see it – Andy. He was wonderful, what a talent to say a lot with a few words.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 11-08-2011 11:18 PM

Mike, I always like his view on things. he was a common American with down to earth viewpoint. We’ll miss him! RIP, Andy…...............One of my favorite things I heard him say and which I do some times is when you get some of that trash mail that you don’t want and it has a postage paid return envelope, pack all their literature in it and mail it back to them. I even add more other trash mail so they can dispose of it and not me!! Thanks Andy!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#12 posted 11-08-2011 11:44 PM

Absolutely Jim!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#13 posted 11-09-2011 10:08 PM

He will definitely be missed. Most of the time, he was the main reason I watched the show. I knew he was a woodworker and always hoped he would do a piece on his shop or his work. I would have loved to spend a day with him in the woodshop! RIP, Andy!!!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#14 posted 11-09-2011 10:12 PM

Thanks for the post Mike. I had no idea he was also a woodworker. Too many good men dying recently! uhg.

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#15 posted 11-12-2011 12:32 AM

I think it would have been a hoot to work with him….don’t think I would have any woodowrking done at the end of the day.

I just picture helping him get a sheet of plywood ready to cut on the table saw, and before hitting the power switch hearing his
”Did you every wonder – where the idea of dimensional lumber, that isn’t the stated dimensions started?? We bought this sheet of 1/2 inch plywood but is it 1/2 inch?? or how about the trusty 2X4….” and away the day would go

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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