Our Shop #2: After the Wood Show

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 03-17-2007 03:11 AM 1544 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As you know from part of of the Shop series, Rick and I were headed to the “big” wood show in our region, looking forward the Little Ripper and some other things. Then, tomorrow, we were going to go to Busy Bee to buy my “Darth Vader” air filter mask.

But, before we get to that I think I’ll start at the end. On the way home, about 15 minutes away from home actually, the snow that had started to fall was beginning to freeze on the road at different spots. No problem, take it slow and be cautious of the corners.

At one corner the ice was pretty bad but just a small patch, and then we went up over the little hill and along a stretch of bare road. Nothing unusual, really, for winter road conditions, but Rick did comment on how the snow was sticking right to the road and freezing rather than drifting.

Anyway, another curve and hmmm there was 1/2 of a big road sign. And then there were tracks heading into the ditch. Because it was close to home I knew the area well and I knew what was at the bottom of that hill—a pond. Sure enough, as we cautiously drove along the road, I kept my eyes on the tracks and, yes, they ended up in the pond. There was a van, half floating in the water, the front end swimming. And then I saw the young woman, climbing out of the window and across the hood of the van. She had just gone in the water.

Due to the bad conditions on this stretch of road, we had to go quite a ways to find a spot to safely turn around in and as quick and safely as possible we finally made it back to the accident. I knew that she was OK when I saw her, but she could have slipped back into the water—and what if she had kids in the van with her!! Oh slow motion. I thought it would take forever to get back to her.

But we did, and other than the trauma of just experiencing such an accident she was fine. We quickly got her into the warm truck and just as we pulled into the laneway the owner of the house arrived home (great timing) and we got her inside and wrapped in blankets.

All will be fine (except the van of course at this point). Boy, what a shake up.

On the “silver lining” side of the story, other than the list of “good luck” things that I rattled off for her to help her calm down, the owner of the house is a woodworker. I’ve always known this, but I didn’t know him and obviously had never been to his home before.

While waiting for the police to arrive we started up some casual conversation to help the young lady relax. The woodworker used to make furniture but he retired from this and is currently making guitar necks (is that the right word??). He sells them around the world. Very interesting.

So that was the ending of our day. Now, back to the wood show…

Let’s see… what did we get?
1. the Little Ripper (yippee). We had to order the blade for the bandsaw that goes with it. I guess our model of bandsaw is rather new on the market and the blade, supposedly, is a newer type /length blade.
2. Wheels/frame to put our bandsaw on so that it can be moved easily.
3. Respirator by Triton (it was $100 cheaper than the “for sale” item that we were looking at through Busy Bee).
4. a chip knife :D I just had to give it a try. Oh and the guy let me try it out and I’ve now made “one” (count them, “1”) official chip!!!
5. we “ALMOST” bought the most beautiful slab of walnut—it called to me from across the room and when we came back to get it (it was at the back of a pile, hidden against the wall) it had just be bought by someone else. Lesson learned.
6. and we bought a router. (this would be router #3). What kind you ask? The Triton. Yup.. got it with the respirator. I don’t know if the price was a great deal, but it saved us an hour trip to London tomorrow so I guess that is a good deal. And the show special was that you got a free lid for a garbage can – I think it’s the cyclone thingy but I haven’t looked yet.. and we got a set of something or others for the router as well… I have no idea what that was either.
And.. .. hmm that might be it. :) Maybe. It should be enough, shouldn’t it

And now.. at an early 9 PM and after a very exciting (and traumatic) day.. these eyes are saying “read the rest of The Pulse tomorrow”. I think I’ll listen.

Night y’all.

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

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#1 posted 03-17-2007 03:21 AM

Hi Debbie;
—-Ha! All your talking of snow and now your off to dream, well it’s falling down this way also. I had to go out this afternoon and sure was slow going in 4-wheel to get myself back home.


-- --frank, NH,

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#2 posted 03-17-2007 04:37 AM

Snow? It’s 80 degrees here in California. : ^ )

But, all in all I would say it was a memorable day.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 03-17-2007 05:42 AM

Life happens on this woodworking path. Glad to hear everyones OK, Drive safe.

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#4 posted 03-17-2007 06:11 AM

Sounds like a very eventful day. I’m glad to hear the lady was alright and that the homeowner showed up in the nick of time to get her warmed up.

It sounds like we in for many more projects from you, now that you have three routers, you should be able to produce three times the amount of work and with your new mask your lungs will never know you’re working so hard. LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 03-17-2007 10:58 AM

thanks everyone.

Yes. lots of snow after our 3 day spring this past week… but then it’s March Break and what a wonderful week the kids have had!! Spring for enjoying the sunshine and Winter for enjoying the snow.

Frank, I was thinking about you as we were driving home yesterday. I had remembered that you had mentioned the snow coming from the South East so I thought that you had gotten this storm before us.

Os… my lung are going to be thrilled!! And 3 routers—(actually, it’s 4 counting my Dremel set-up.). Now, just to get making some stuff. I can’t wait.

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

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#6 posted 03-17-2007 02:41 PM

Here are pix of some of our purchases.
1. Chip Knife chipknife
2. Freebie that came with the router Freebie that came with the router
3. Free Filter Lid that came with the router Free Filter Lid that came with the router

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

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#7 posted 03-17-2007 02:45 PM

no pix showing, I see.
there are in my Picasa album

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

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#8 posted 03-17-2007 02:48 PM

check the picture links… we can’t see them.

Was snowing here, now it’s freezing rain…. looks like we should stay in for a Guinness on this NH St. Patty’s Day.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 03-17-2007 02:50 PM

the links work if I “right click” on them.

Not sure what our weather is doing here. Cold though

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

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#10 posted 03-18-2007 01:35 AM

Debbie you need the freeby that came with your router. You need them for router cut dovetails etc.

-- 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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#11 posted 03-18-2007 03:11 AM

dovetails .. that sounds better than simply gluing the sides together!!
I’m sure that we will do some head scratching when we give them a try :)
Looking forward to the challenge though.

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

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