Time to reveal the mystery Guest! Thank you patron!!! (and Buddy)

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Blog entry by lilredweldingrod posted 09-23-2012 06:47 PM 6844 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yep, it is patron AKA David Mitchell. We had a long visit this time, much better than the first visit of only 8 days.
He finished the fireplace mantle for our neighbor and Man! am I glad he knew how to cut the compound miters in the 6 inch wide crown molding. This had me stimied! I did get to sand some on this project. Murlie was and is very happy with this mantle thanks to David. Sorry but I can’t find the pics of the Mantle. Maybe Dave can provide these.
Then he made the remainder of our cabinets and added three more to make Maddie happy. This is the first time I have seen the European hinges used and how neat they are. I am a believer in these for life now. They beat the crap I started with and I met two lovely ladies at Wodcrafters in Albuquerque, NM.

This is the large base cabinet with the deep drawers. Maddie loves this one.

And the four upper cabs Maddie just could not wait for the doors before stocking up the shelves.

And the new doors topped it off.

Then the best thing was the idea for a new laundry room to give me the entire garage for a shop!

Getting the framing up.

And you can see the supervisors in the background urging the crew to work harder in the heat.

And talk about hot! Dave thought he had heat in his desert! The heat wave we had during this time was really rough on him, but he was a good soldier and kept right on working even when he should have been taking it easier. The constant wind in this heat just sucks the moisture of you.

The outside just needs the trim and paint.

The patio has a pretty good slope to it. About 5 inches in 14 feet. I still need to make a level base for the washer and dryer, but right now Momma needs to do laundry. This has opened up a lot more room for the shop. but that is another blog for another day. I have to redo the shop and move alot of stuff around.

What a great guy Dave is. He is one of the givingest people I have had the pleasure to meet in a long time. Since he is nearly 70, we are in agreement that he needs to make his trips out here in much cooler weather. lol

Thank you Dave for your help and generosity in helping me and Maddie have a much more comfortable home and shop. You are a great example of the Lumberjock spirit. Dave is the first person to ever tell Maddie and me to cut back on the food. lol I hope we packed on enough fat to get him through this coming winter. lol
Once again, Thank you from our hearts for all you have done for us.

PS…..I really did sand a little bit on the cabinets. lol But mostly I watched a master at work and tried to stay out of his way.
And Buddy was a real gentleman around the chickens. Rhodie made his life miserable for the first three or four days, until she established her position in the yard hierarchy. I bet his heels are still sore. lol

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#1 posted 09-23-2012 07:14 PM

its always heart warming to see others help someone, and im really happy that dave was able to help all looks really great, and by the way, i knew who the visitor was…i look forward to any other blogs you do on this, so is your shop set up or what…i guess i missed out on the point that you moved…so is this home for good or what…moving around with old people is not an easy thing…LOL….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 09-23-2012 07:22 PM

Great job guys! Dave – you’re an example to us all.

-- 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 09-23-2012 07:43 PM

Yup, David is one of the “good guys” for sure!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#4 posted 09-23-2012 08:21 PM

Wonderful work on all those great looking cabinets and the washroom too. Working in the kind of heat you have there is surely very strenuous. Kudos to David for all that good work. Now he just has to go home and lose a little weight.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 09-23-2012 09:14 PM

Grizz, No I did not move. With the housing market in the toilet out here, no one with a second trust deed can afford to pay off the first in order to foreclose. So as long pay we pay the first, we don’t need to move. Wells Fargo is hunting down my daughter for the second she took out on this property. I’m gambling that by the time I pay off the first, the second will have been written off. Yeah, I know it is a long shot, but at the moment it is impossible for us to move. I’m hoping to get a quit claim deed from my daughter so I can put the place in a trust and muddy up the water enough to not lose the house. Time will tell.

Mike, yeah the heat here is rough on you if you aren’t used to it and even then it can still take you down. Buddy just found some shade and kicked back. lol He was the smart one for sure. lol

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 09-23-2012 09:24 PM


Beautiful job!

Yes, we have had HEAT HOTTER than blazes this summer!
... days & days over 100* with no letup!

Glad y’all made it through it…

Looks great!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#7 posted 09-23-2012 11:43 PM

What a wonderful read.
Lovely work there, the kitchen cabinets looks great and David making it possible for you to get a full size workshop sounds like just exelent.
Sounds like David had a mouthfull, a smile and a good meal.
Wish you all the best,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#8 posted 09-24-2012 12:00 AM

Glad to hear you and Madie changing a bit at your home. I like the style of extension… easy and simple. David most likely had also enjoyed your company in your workshop for that long week. Exchange of ideas comes in this kind of project where two heads are better than one. But I knew there is alwas one that prevails… the commander-in-chief.. Madie.. LOL. Give my regards to the family. Agnes and kids are fine.

-- Bert

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Arlin Eastman

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#9 posted 09-24-2012 12:09 AM


My heart is singing with Joy haveing you posting here again. Love ya bud

Traveling Dave does it again

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#10 posted 09-24-2012 12:10 AM

Wow wow….It was surely a wonderful time being togather that not everyone with common interest has the opportunity to share and enjoy. And the memory usually will last longer than the the things you all made/built.
Congratulation to David and Rand.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Bob Kollman

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#11 posted 09-24-2012 12:11 AM

Those are great looking cabinets you built togather, and what an exceptional sanding job….I have never seen better :) I notice you California, guys go for the funny looking New Mexico hats…..... We wear normal hats in WI.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#12 posted 09-24-2012 01:27 AM

That David is a traveling miracle worker (and he does nice work to boot). I just wish I had some of his skill and knowledge. Compound miter cuts always mystify me but I’m probably better treating sick horses than he is! We all have our uses. Great additions guys and it looks like you all had a good time.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 09-24-2012 01:29 AM

Rand the mystery is solved. I can think of no better pair to be working together.
Good stuff.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 09-24-2012 05:18 AM

I never would have guessed it was David ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#15 posted 09-24-2012 05:35 AM

Attaboy David

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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