House Projects #2: One project leads to another (and another...)

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 05-15-2020 03:41 AM 721 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the current pandemic occurring, I was furloughed from work for 60 days! It’s amusing (at least to me) how many people take that sort of news groaning and complaining, and wondering what they’re going to do with themselves! At my house, time off is precious time; time to do the things I haven’t done (precisely because there is never enough time to do them)
With that in mind, I started in the shop… you can see what has become of my “drill press table” lately…

It has become a catch-all for all manner of stuff! Now, as odd as it might sound, I have no real problem with that…
The problems I have with the table are, A) It’s too BIG! I do not need a junk collector that big, and B) The construction of the thing! Again, I’m not opposed to rough, utilitarian work for shop benches or furniture, but this thing is ridiculous…

It took me several hours to remove everything, which ultimately left me with this…

Which, after a couple more hours and a lot of nail pulling, became this…

And this!!

The next day saw this happen…

and that finally opened up a landing area for me, close to the window I load in and out of…

Next Project, was to clean out “The Mines”! Underneath our Kitchen and Bedroom is a half cellar with dirt floor that had been the collection spot for the previous owners off-cuts from their projects! After five years of living here, it was a pleasure to haul their stuff out of the dusty way-down and haul it off to the dump…
This stuff hasn’t seen the light of day for Years!!

I managed to save a little of the lumber and began work on yet another project right away…
When I re-did the upstairs bedroom late last Fall, there was not enough time to address a problem unique to the Room, this…

Those louvered doors open on nothing!

I built a carcass with wood I gleaned from the Table re-do and the dump run…

Even found a good share of molding that was put to use…

And after painting the parts and installing, PRESTO! Some “new” built in shelves…

AND AGAIN, lest you think I waste anything, the louvered doors got saved and installed, in our little downstairs Bathroom window…

And there you have it… Three, thorn in my side, punch list projects scratched off my list, with more to come!
I feel good about that… :)

14 May 2020

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-15-2020 04:06 AM

Way to go , Mike. persistence is the name of the game!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 05-15-2020 04:35 AM

Good to see you out and about on LJ, Mike. I have been busy. Too bad it isn’t much woodworking ;-(

-- 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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#3 posted 05-15-2020 08:59 AM

How nice to receive an LJ notification that’s not a scammer! Nice to hear from you Mike and great job on your projects.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#4 posted 05-15-2020 03:59 PM

Hi, Mike! Glad to hear from you!

What a transformation in the basement shop. Love it!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 05-17-2020 10:01 PM

My shop is available for you to do some more work.

-- 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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