TRAVELS WITH BUDDY #1: work in california

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Blog entry by patron posted 09-23-2010 05:12 AM 2102 reads 1 time favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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buddy and i got a chance to go work in california
we talked about it
he said he loves to travel
but would not get in the car
(he was abandoned from a car)

so off we went

the first stop was

to get our journey blessed
we have everything in america
we even have our own
london bridge

years ago i was driving in the arizona dessert
and came over a hill in the middle of nowhere
and there was this bridge
with 4 bulldozers making a river basin under it !
they had built a dam
on the colorado river down stream
and were waiting for the water to flood under the bridge.
some american guy had bought the bridge in london
and shipped it here numbered to reasemble
here is a gondola if you like being rowed around

arriving in california
the truck overheating
we slept in a nice motor home brought just for us

wednesday morning
get to work
the job called for tongue and groove ash
on this wall

i asked where the wood was for this
and was told i would have to mill it myself
from this log

which i did with this handy wood miser bandsaw

i had to mill all the wood
run it through the t&g cutters and sand it
then put it on the wall
IN 1 DAY !

i was sure i was going to be fired
i did get about 3/4 of the wood on the wall
and rob (socalwood)
decided to see is i might be able to speed things up
by the second day

here’s what i got done today


we will be here for about a month
working on robs house
and what ever else he may need

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 09-23-2010 05:27 AM

Cool, 2 great LJs working together? What could be more awesome than that? 3 of em?? Nah! you got the dogs helping, so you don’t need anyone else! LOL

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 09-23-2010 05:34 AM

Patron, your my hero! Fun stuff!

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

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Occie gilliam

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#3 posted 09-23-2010 05:38 AM

Nice post David and you did a good job with the pictures

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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#4 posted 09-23-2010 05:39 AM

Ha ha ha dang, you two guys really know how to have fun! ; )
Be very safe and remember to save to wood chips for the BBQ!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 09-23-2010 05:53 AM

That’s so cool – what a fun time! And what a humungous piece of wood!!! Keep posting – love it!!!


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#6 posted 09-23-2010 06:21 AM

That’s quite the project!

Nice wood too…

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#7 posted 09-23-2010 06:50 AM

congrtas on the work david…and congrats on being able to work with rob…hes has some fine equipments to make off of what he needs happen…you will be an experxt at milling lumber before you know it…maybe you can bring some milled walnut or something back with you..add it to your reserves…well you and buddie hang tight…grizzman

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

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#8 posted 09-23-2010 06:54 AM

Looks like Fun! Keep us posted…

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#9 posted 09-23-2010 06:57 AM

Great post you guys! Fun stuff.

Nice icon grizzman…it sure looks better then the last one…that was an ugly sob ;)

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#10 posted 09-23-2010 07:22 AM

glad you got there safe….........looks like you and buddy had quite an adventure along the way!!!

oh…...nice wall!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#11 posted 09-23-2010 07:23 AM

Very cool tools to play with….Unfortunately, it looked a lot more like work then play!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#12 posted 09-23-2010 07:30 AM

Well done David. You look like a natural at the controls of that wood miser. I say you and Buddy deserve a free gondola ride under “London Bridge”.

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

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#13 posted 09-23-2010 10:35 AM

at least you didn’t have to load it manually onto the woodmizer!!!!
well done and the wall looks really nice

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#14 posted 09-23-2010 11:06 AM

Hi guys,
I can feel you enjoy the ride, and I can allmost see your smile as you write.
If I had the money I would hire you here, just to sit in the garden with a cold drink!
And then I would go and use that mill myself, not only to please you, no- to please me also!
David please keep writing I have a so big smile on my lips,
Best of thoughts,

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

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#15 posted 09-23-2010 12:29 PM

Great post, David.
You are a talented woodworker… but why couldn’t get that wood milled and installed in a day???? ;-)
Looking forward to the next edition of the blog.
Which one is Buddy?

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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