LumberJocks, The Community Creates a Memorial in Mark's memory #1: I'm starting out on my part

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Blog entry by Karson posted 01-28-2008 02:31 AM 2794 reads 1 time favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I’d been talking to Dusty it seems like for a week. He stated that he had this idea for a memorial to Mark, in a way that only a LumberJock could. Dusty’s witings start here

One of the best Memorials would be to insure that we do our part in keeping LumberJocks still in business, and it that way we could keep the memory of Mark alive through his participation.

Dusty told me that he had communicated with Douglas Border about his idea, and they thought that they’d get me involved in making the frame to support the stain glass panel that Dusty would create.

I was overwhelmed with their support in suggesting that I do that. I mean I’ve never created a picture frame in my life. I made a backing that my wife and I used to stretch some fabric over as a picture. But that was pine and no one saw it.

So I was thinking, what could I do, what could I make that would support and amplify what I knew that Dusty would create. My mind was a blank.

I knew that stain glass was best in its viewing if it was shown in a window, with light streaming through the glass. I didn’t want something wide like a 6” frame, because it would be overwhelming in its presentation. It would be best to have something light in presentation, but it had to support a heavy piece of stain glass. So, it couldn’t be really light.

I called Dusty, he wasn’t any help at all. He said whatever you create will be great. So it was back in my court again.

Then Dusty sent me some of the early pictures.

The Dove that was the centerpiece of Marks Panel. That was what I needed.

I called Dusty and asked him to send me a picture of just the Dove. I received an e-mail with this picture.

So I took that picture and printed it out on my printer at about a 25% view. It printed at about 1” X 1 ¼”. Just what I wanted.

I wanted to do the dove as an inlay in the frame. But, I’ve never done an inlay. But, that OK, I’ve never make a frame either. So this was all new ground.

When I was at the summer picnic at Mark Decou’s home we asked him about the lettering that he does on his furniture. He showed us that he takes a router with a very thin/small router bit (like a 1/16” or smaller) and he outlines the letters and then uses a larger router bit to carve away the wood that is not needed.

So what I needed was a way to hold a router bit and to be able to control it to carve out the wood for a dove.

I had heard of Steward-MacDonald and a small router base that they designed.

They supply instrument makers with parts and this router base is used to do inlays in instruments. It was made to be used with a Dremel Tool. Somewhere I’d heard or read that the Dremel is underpowered when doing carving.

There was also the Micro Fence Router base that I’d seen at some of the woodworking shows.

The price scared me off.

So it was time to spend some money. I went back to the Stewart-MacDonald site. They had a kit that included the router base, and a Foredom power head. It was then I realized that I had some parts of a Foredom in my tool supply. I found it, in a tote, still outside. Three years of wet, freezing, hot summer weather had not been kind to it. It was rusted solid and would not turn. The power source for this tool was a sewing machine motor.

So back to the Stew-Mac site. I could buy a new Foredom package on eBay cheaper that Stew-Mac, so I order the Router base and the special handset for the Foredom tool. Then I went to eBay and made my purchase there. It was a woodcarving set, with Dvd’s on wood carving (Look out Dick). So I waited.

I waited for the package to arrive from Dusty and I waited for the packages to arrive with my purchases. I was like a kid at Christmas.

Dusty’s arrived first. He had shipped it Second Day air on a Monday so It showed up on Wednesday.

I carried the package in and layed it flat on an Ottoman


Inside the package was some bubble wrap.

And some envelopes. Dusty was including some items that would go to the recipient of the Memorial.

Now to take off the top.

Some paper. And now ! ! !

This is not right. The glass is broken. My guess about 20 – 25% of the glass is broken or cracked.

So I took these pictures and sent them to Dusty and I called him on the phone. He was not there, so I left a message. We have fractures and breakage. It’s not good.

To be continued – - -

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 01-28-2008 02:45 AM

I sense a story afoot…

Karson, I want to be scared too. How much is that Micro-fence base and is it a plunge base?
I have the Stew-Mac on a Dremel tool. It’s pretty good, and I’m satisfied, but I do wish it was a plumger.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#2 posted 01-28-2008 02:53 AM

Douglas Here is the link for the Micro fence router base.

And yes a perfectly good story is going downhill fast.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-28-2008 02:55 AM

Lets hope there is a good ending to this story Karson.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 01-28-2008 03:08 AM

Hint to Grumpy… There is!

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#5 posted 01-28-2008 03:18 AM

Grumpy: We are still working it out. We’ll keep you informed.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 01-28-2008 03:26 AM

I thought this sort of thing just happened to me. Sorry for the set back guys. Your resolve is being tested.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 01-28-2008 05:20 AM

I have a feeling that this is going to be another series that will be a tale to remember….like Dusty’s This old Crack House.” I can hardly wait for the next posting, but don’t tell too fast. Got to keep the suspence building.

Did Dusty get insurance?

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#8 posted 01-28-2008 06:07 AM

You guys know Dusty, with his resolve, and perseverence it ain’t over to the plump person sings. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 01-28-2008 06:42 AM

Mike I’m not sure about the comment about the plump person sings.

I don’t sing. LOL

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 01-28-2008 07:05 AM

Yikes… Sorry about the broken glass. FedEx definition of Fragile = make sure it lands on something else when you throw it down.

You guys are awesome.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#11 posted 01-28-2008 01:23 PM

Karson, not only am I willing to pay money for an opportunity to own something both you and Dusty have worked on, but I’d be more than willing to throw a couple bucks in a pot to hear you sing.

Reading Dusty’s blog and now reading yours, I am waiting anxiously to see how things work out.

The cracking may not be fully a Fedex issue. I know that there are some extreme temperature changes inside cargo type airplanes that could account for some of the cracks. I pretty much avoid air shipment of anything that might be affected by temperature.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#12 posted 01-28-2008 01:25 PM

It isn’t just the broken glass, it is the timing of how he heard about it. He was on the way into the hospital to see his dad who had just fallen off the roof. It was a serious double smack for our friend.

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#13 posted 01-28-2008 02:08 PM

yah… just plain / plane sucks :(

I’m sure there is a silver lining or positive message in there somewhere but I’m not seeing it.
How horrible.

I’m glad it is the plump PERSON and not the plump LADY doing the singing. phew.. I’m off the hook for that one!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#14 posted 01-28-2008 02:32 PM

Keep faith both of you. Good things will happen, sending things through the shipping systems of today will inevitably end up broken. I hope Dusty can fix the glass is is beautiful. Keep us informed also, I know you guys will find a solution.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#15 posted 01-28-2008 05:37 PM


You raised some excellent points that I hadn’t taken into consideration. Normaly I don’t ship air. I have to admit I have not had much problem in the past with shipping.

I guess it was simply my turn for some thing like this to happen.

Oh well; can’t cry over “broken glass”.

Like my dad used to say; “fix it move on ,them mosquitoes are so big that are coming in that broken window ,that they won’t bite us ,but rather pick us up and take us down to the river and give us a good whooping” now get on down to the hardware store and get a window”

He then would say, I can’t tell if all that wining is from the swarms of mosquitoes coming in the window your your mom nagging me to get you kids to do some work around this house”.

Pretty much says it all !

Of course I rolled my eyes ( not that he could see) and went and fixed the window I had broke out playing ball.

As I look bad at it now, he sure was a wise man.

-- Dusty

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