SHOP ALONG #19: and along came jones ....

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Blog entry by patron posted 07-04-2015 12:08 AM 3082 reads 1 time favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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hi folks

it’s been a while since i have posted some shop work
bits and pieces here and there
then one day things changed for me

here is what happened (please watch and listen i can’t seem to get it to take)

i was installing a shelving unit for a long time friend and client
he saw my rickety ride i use to work with (and the only running one i got)

he (i will call him ‘jones’)took me to an old gas station that sold cars now
and looking out the window said
‘there’s your truck there’
and wrote a check for a down (both from him and his friend – also called ‘jones’)
and 2 hours later i was home with a ‘06 toyota rav 4 4×4

suddenly the phone rang
it was a different ‘jones’ calling from washington dc
a ticket was waiting for me to come fix the jones home
(i suspected it was built by washington himself
the colonial style was a hint)
i suggested i drive my new ride there with some tools in it

but no that would be to easy
so i landed without even a pencil
and spent 3 weeks fixing old windows and doors and plumbing and leaks
and dry rot and …. all with cro-magnon tools i found in the garage

well i did the best i could there and spent some wonderful times eating donuts
mrs. jones even got me a refurbished i-pad (which i am still learning

from there off to visit mr and mrs jones in NH for a week
and see their new home (if you can call a 100+ year old house new)
another wonderful visit and
i was fortunate to find an old friend from new mexico
and had a wonderful seafood dinner with he and mrs jones in their home
down the street from where i was staying (thanks for the linc – i did get the trust stuff)

well i got home and promptly took a week in bed
ready to get back on the shop build with some renewed vigor
but got a call from my local bud jones to come help finnish some cabs he was doing
so no rest for me and off to work with the younger set
(they don’t even take breaks these days)
got home and back to bed after 3 brutal weeks

ready to get back on the shop
when my neighbor jones needs his roof re-shingled
(i have never touched them before – i did get him to look into a roofing gun rental
he bought his own, and in 5 minuets i was a pro)
after 1 week in the blazing sun
i came home and seeking rest again
went into the shop to see about the insulation i had gotten with all that lucre
it was so hot in there i could only work at night
and started doing that

first some insulation in the walls R-19
and R-38 in the ceiling
as it was very dicey working that high up on a ladder
i went over to my bud jones and borrowed his scaffolding and sheet lift
i had to order an extension for the lift to go to a full 12’ height
and wheels for the scaffold – that took a few weeks to get
so i made some doors for the loading bay

two by-fold on one side
and one single on the other for entry (i did remove and close off the metal door that was there originally and put it in the hallway leading into the house
and got more sliding windows for the plastic covered opening in the exterior walls
and now have air and more light in there

with some wallboard i started working on the ceiling
and got a few up as time allowed
i had to reconfigure all the tools into a packed wudge out of the way
for the ceiling work
so one row of insulation one sheet of wallboards tape the seams
and paint (i found some PVA primer at lowes 5 gal for $39)
was running out of dineros for more wallboard waiting for SS to land
when along comes jones ….
and gifted me 32 sheets of wallboard waiting for me at the local lowes
(i have gotten 12 up now and got the lights back on last night along the first row)

the moral of this story is that i asked for nothing of anyone
aside from borrowing a lift and scaffold

i have been very blessed to have all these anonymous angels helping me
and to be gifted all this help with the shop and in life

i thank the good Lord everyday for my life
i never ask for anything i can do for myself
He knows what i need
and the universe seems to work just fine without my interference

bless you all in your endeavors
and enjoy a celebration of our independence on the fourth of july
(for you foreigners that was the movie where they smoked the cigars
when they saves mankind)

it is motor-home matting season out now
so please be careful on the roads
they can be dangerous when they are rutting

especially the dinosaurs

-- 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 07-04-2015 12:25 AM

Coming along well in spite of the “distractions” David.
I’m not a particularly religious person but the quote “As ye sow, so shall ye reap” comes to mind here.
No one is more deserving that you are, a heartwarming story.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 07-04-2015 12:27 AM

That’s WONDERFUL, Patron (David)!

The Jone’s family is really good to you… :)

Glad you’re making progress on your Shop… Super COOL Shop!

Thank you for the Update!

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

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#3 posted 07-04-2015 12:36 AM

thanks paul

‘i’m spiritual – not religious ’ seems to work for me too
we all know to many still waiting for a better sofa
as if it is their due

hi joe
at our age it takes focus and lots of balance
in everything we do
(and a nap from time to time)

-- 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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#4 posted 07-04-2015 01:28 AM


I’m very upset with you!!!
However, I suppose you have a good excuse for missing Woodstick 2015!!! ;^)

Wish you had clued me in on the NH visit….
I’da made the trip to say hello…. I’m right next door.

Love the story & the narrative!!!
Couldn’t be a more deserving soul out there.
Karma, Karma, karma…

Shop is progressing nicely.
Thanks for the update and affirmation….
that there are still good people out there (besides yourself, that is)!!!

Best of everything to you….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 07-04-2015 01:34 AM

Man, I’ve been jonesin’, waiting for a new blog from you,
thought your were parked on the couch,
watching the Kardashians or something… :)

I’ve heard it said that, “No Good Deed goes unpunished”
but have never believed it for a minute!
They should say, “No Good Deed goes unrewarded!”
You’ve helped scores of People in your lifetime David
and like caches of Good Will, some of it has come back your way…
Enjoy it!!

The Shop is looking Great!
Thanks for the well wishes for tomorrow the 4th
Thanks also for getting me started
and showing me how to redo the Bedroom here…
It’s finally finished, right down to the floor…

Do you get many Fireworks up your neck of the Desert??? :)

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

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#6 posted 07-04-2015 01:36 AM

Looking good David.

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

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#7 posted 07-04-2015 02:06 AM

howdy all

son tried to make it but the ride went sou …. er …. north without me
as far as NH
that almost didn’t happen just at the last minuet
there will come a time for us to meet

michael that room sure looks different now
you have done a fine job on it
floor looks great

hey don have a great 4th down there
thanks for stopping in

-- 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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#8 posted 07-04-2015 06:32 AM

U never cease to amaze me David. Everything lookin up and goin your way ;-)

-- 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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#9 posted 07-04-2015 09:25 AM

So good to hear you are keeping busy… and the workshop will be ready when it is time…
Kindest regard, Larry from Downunder…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 07-04-2015 09:34 AM

Being your senior by a few years I can only say that I have some idea of what this work is costing you in a physical sense, both for work done for the ‘Jones’s’ and at your own home. On the whole though it looks like you are a net winner spiritually with so many happy friends left in your wake. Your shop is looking fantastic and I can’t wait to see it finished. It should be a wonderful work space and allow you to do whatever kind of projects suits your fancy. Have a great 4th!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 07-04-2015 11:53 AM

What can I say David, what goes around comes around. You do your stuff and collect your rewards.

Your new rav4 and shop progress looks impressive.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 07-04-2015 12:01 PM

David, you are an inspiration to us all. I always believe, give to others and if it comes back great, if not, I have the satisfaction that I helped someone.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#13 posted 07-04-2015 12:47 PM

Most excellent Dave!

-- Doug...

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#14 posted 07-04-2015 01:46 PM

What an adventure David and a great story, are you going with OSB or sheet rock on the interior walls? I wish I had used OSB on my original building instead of the sheet rock because I sure am loving that OSB on the addition I just completed.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#15 posted 07-04-2015 02:26 PM

Thanks for the great update David!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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