Long time no see

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 06-05-2018 02:50 PM 922 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been away from LJ for a long while. Life changes had me doing less woodwork and with less time to talk about it….:). A year ago move though gave me a two car garage/shop and I’ve been having some fun doing damage in there. I have a bit more time these days and lots of projects planned for the new place so you’ll occasionally see my humble attempts to make something worth keeping.

The last year has seen a mix of stuff. A Tiki carver for a charity auction, Baker’s cart/kitchen island for my wife, vanity for our guest bath (almost done renovating….what a nightmare), a fairy house…still under construction for my soon to be born granddaughter, a bunch of smaller projects. I have a long project list of outdoor stuff to build.

I have some interesting projects ahead. The rapid succession of nor’easters this winter knocked down a whole row of very old arborvitae (approx. 60 years) at the back of my property, one is close to 2’ across. The Tiki I carved for the charity auction and the fairy house both come from the same trees and now I have an abundance of it… (maybe over abundance…more on that later). It’s very unusual wood, very white, very light…so light in fact that I’m hoping to have enough boards cut from it to build a standup paddleboard in addition to all the outdoor projects. A lot of it is unfortunately hollow but some of the projects like the fairy house or bird houses can use that.

A few of the projects.

Tiki for the 10th anniversary CCBC (Cape Cod Bay Challenge) Auctioned at the after party.

Baker’s cart…all the materials I found in our new house in the garage including a dusty 4’ x 8’ sheet of walnut veneer plywood screwed to the wall for some random reason. The rest of it is just fir framing lumber.

Vanity….little sister of bakers cart on purpose…:)

Fairy house raw

and started

another Tiki I carved in a stump of cherry that had been left by the previous owner. I figured I could both do something I like and hopefully prevent the tree from rotting.

Anyway….should be fun to share some projects and talk shop on here again. See you around.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 06-05-2018 03:39 PM

Bob: I’m with you. Since we started our move, I’ve been without a shop for 3 years. I’ve done some at the toy workshop, and some shop time in a couple of buddies.

I hope to get part of my basement set up as a shop. I’ll probably leave some of my tools in the first property I bought and then build a shop 24 X 32. Then I sold it to one of my kids and we bought another home 3 miles down the road. Close enough to visit and we don’t have to live with them. (Which was the first plan)

Still haven’t sold our home in Delaware.

-- 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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#2 posted 06-08-2018 12:10 AM

Good to see you back Bob.

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

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