Wife's Anniversary & Mother's Day Present (Post #1)

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Blog entry by ND2ELK posted 06-10-2009 03:51 AM 1941 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted to get her garden tilled and planted. It was during the time I was laid up after my foot surgery. I have a good friend who is a woodworker but had not made any cabinets. So we decided to barter and help each other. He tilled the garden, put in 16 posts and ran rabbit wire so the wife could start planting her garden. In exchange, I designed his kitchen, gave him drawings, cutting lists and a BOM for the kitchen he wanted to build. The first picture is the work my friend did for me:

These are the sketches I did for the arbors and picket fence sections:

Here are pictures of the first arbor and me making fence sections:

Here we are starting to install the first arbor and fence sections.

Once it’s all put together, I’ll post pictures of the finished fence. This is the “first” project coming out of my new shop and the wife is very happy that she got the first finished project!!

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 06-10-2009 03:56 AM

looks like a big job well done

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#2 posted 06-10-2009 03:57 AM

Wow Tom It looks great !! I’m sure she loves it .
Hows your foot doing ?

P.S. Love your shop!! where did you get the PowerMatic sign?

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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Richard Williams

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#3 posted 06-10-2009 04:02 AM

Wow, that is coming out great. Plan your work and then work your plan. Never fails with a great carpenter atthe helm. Well done Sir, many kudos to you. Love that work shop too.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#4 posted 06-10-2009 04:06 AM

Rj – Foot is much better. Started working some in the shop everyday and back to Lowe’s 4 hour days, 4 days a week. I got the Powermatic sign when I bought the saw. Thanks for asking.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 06-10-2009 04:56 AM

Looks great Mr. Tom, Glad your foot is much better.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#6 posted 06-10-2009 06:29 AM

Tom…GREAT looking garden and shop..No offense, but I am NOT going to show my wife your garden lol…shop yes…garden NO !!!! By the way… ”Happy anniversary” To you and your wife !!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#7 posted 06-10-2009 12:00 PM

Great job Tom! I’ll send you the address of where to send my vegetables! LOL

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#8 posted 06-10-2009 02:11 PM

That sounds great spanky46! I will send you my address where to send the money! LOL

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 06-10-2009 02:47 PM

Hey Tom, I have a sign like yours in my shop and it come with the roller doors….it’s Automatic.
Glad your feeling better.

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Charles Mullins

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#10 posted 06-10-2009 06:20 PM

Hey Tom!

Great trade on the work. It’s good to see you in the shop.

Charlie Mullins

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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#11 posted 06-11-2009 01:38 PM

Garden project looks nice Tom. Glad to hear your getting back work in both your shop and Lowes


-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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