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Forum topic by dakremer posted 03-11-2012 01:35 AM 1994 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2012 01:35 AM

Hey guys, For those of you who know me, you know that I dont have my own shop or tools. My neighbor has a workshop that he doesnt use very much anymore (at least not for woodworking). He now mostly concentrates on fixing up his old John Deere Tractor….

His tools are kind of old, but I’ll take anything to get my woodworking fix! His tools include a Table saw, Radial Arm Saw, Jointer, Planer, and a Bandsaw. He also has some really old hand tools – I dont use these much because they need some lovin and I’m not at a skill level to get them back into tip top shape…..

He lets me get into his shop any time I want to do woodworking. He even gave me the code to get in and everything so I can come and go as I please! I dont know what I’d do without it!! I’m still in school, and am not anywhere near being able to get my own shop/tools. It truly is a blessing to have this available to me.

Because he lets me use it, and I make most of the mess in the shop now, I try to keep things nice and clean. I’ve taken almost all of his equipment apart and gave it a good thorough cleaning, replaced blades, sharpened knives, organized, swept, etc, etc. Its literally the least I can do for what he is allowing me to do!!

He just had a huge tree felled on the property (I think an oak). It was a huge tree. Maybe 5-6 feet in diameter….

Its a sad day when you see this large of tree being used as fire wood only! I would have loved to have a portable mill around to get some thick slabs of this stuff! Unfortunately that wasnt the case…..

He had been cutting up the logs for fire wood and throwing them in his wagon for the last week. Every time he gets a wagon full, he hauls it over to his stacking area and dumps it on the ground….only to go fill up another wagon full.

Since he does so much for me, I decided I’d help him stack the firewood….

He uses the wood to heat his shop in the winter time. He also sells some of his firewood for a little spending money. He sells it by the bundle or by the pallet – that is why we are separating the wood by pallet….

The pics above are about 1.5 wagons worth of wood. Thats not even half of the wood from this one tree!! Talk about a hard day’s work! Man, if you ever need a workout, just stack lumber for a couple hours! Holy cow! I’m glad I have a ton of friends in the Chiropractic Biz!! :)

So after stacking lumber he pulls up this other wagon with a tarp over it and says “have at it…..”

He also had a little trailer with some wood in it. I think there is some walnut at the bottom of this stack!

He told me he’ll probably never use it all, and that I should feel free to use whatever I need! There used to be an old old garage on the property that he tore down. he saved a lot of the framing. Those are large oak beams you are seeing in those pics above.

Here are some close ups….They are over 2” thick!...

One of them seems to have a pretty cool grain pattern….

I’m not a huge fan of oak, but wow….this should keep me busy! Even though my neighbor isnt on lumberjocks, I want to thank him for his generosity. Without him giving me the ability to actually do some woodworking, and without the knowledge and inspiration I receive from Lumberjocks, I probably wouldnt have this amazing hobby in my life!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 03-11-2012 01:48 AM

Pretty cool situation that you are in! I love stories like this.

Make him a keepsake box from the wood he is letting you have and then make something else for yourself.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 01:59 AM

There’s some nice wood there Doug. I agree with Brett, make him something.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 03-11-2012 02:10 AM

hmmm…..I’ll have to think of something….

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 02:25 AM

Awsome pics! You have a really nice situation :-) Can’t wait to see what comes out of it.

I don’t have a shop myself so know the feeling.

-- Cecilia, NYC

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#5 posted 03-11-2012 02:39 AM

Thanks Cecilia – I can’t wait to get my own shop and tools!!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 03-11-2012 02:46 AM

Sounds like a good neighbor. Nice pile of lumber, too. You should build him something nice. You’ve got the tools, and plenty of wood to practice on. Boxes are good to practice on, and practical, too. Everyone could use a place to store their crap. Fishing lures, pocket knives, a coin collection, or what ever.

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#7 posted 03-11-2012 03:07 AM

You got it made with a nice neighbor like that. Very cool.

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#8 posted 03-11-2012 12:49 PM

I agree with Brett. A box or something would be gr8 for your very nice neighbor. Also, looks like a lotta nice hand planes and pull shaves. A little tlc like you said, that’s a small gold mine right there. The sad pics of the firewood, but, some good slabs and to me looks like a little mix of oak, and maybe some curly & spalted maple in the pile. Good luck.

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

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#9 posted 03-11-2012 01:08 PM

Same as what the others have said treat him good!
My only addition would be , if you think you had a work out moving and stacking wood you should try hand splitting it. Of course to be properly done you should have an audiance of nice young ladies watching. HeHeHe! You know, get all sweated up , take off the shirt, Oh you can have them eating out of your hand! Oh the cold lemonade they deliver! OOOOO bring on the wood!!!

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#10 posted 03-11-2012 04:36 PM

Wow. With a friend like that…who needs other friends?

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#11 posted 03-12-2012 06:10 PM

Nice Doug!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#12 posted 03-12-2012 06:39 PM

Nice friend.

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#13 posted 03-12-2012 06:53 PM

That figured wood would make a really nice coffee table top or a nice pair of end table tops.

Watch for hidden nails in that garage lumber.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#14 posted 03-12-2012 08:05 PM

Hey Doug, my eyes are wet looking at this. How about a nice picnic table and Muskoka chair ?? Lots of possibilities if you turn also. By the way thanks for your help the other day , I’m almost there. Keep smiling John

-- retired and smiling

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