heavy trolley (i.e. follies of a middle-aged)

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Project by antmjr posted 01-25-2010 11:28 AM 7177 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While working on your computer, you have to take a pause from time to time…taking a look at all those wonderful used tools on sale on eBay for instance…and…and…we know, there may be only a click between you and the object of your desire…a click…too very little to be able to resist…

So it happened I ran into a wonderful fly press, on sale in Milano, i.e. 400 km away from my home. I have enjoyed papermaking in the past, I knew I needed a press, that press. I wrote to the seller to know how much it weighted, and he replied ” quite nothing, it needs only two people to load it up, it must weight 100 kg at most”. Very kind of him, I bought it.
I still don’t know how much it weights, really. 200 kg? 250 kg? 300 kg? I don’t know. The only thing I know is we needed an elevator-trolley to lift the press and load it up on my small car (Audi A2). At that point the tires of my poor car got squashed, and I drove 400 km back home in a sort of never ending nightmare, afraid of each bump and of each hole in the road. At a motorway service area a truck driver suggested to me that it would have been better to pump the tires more then usual, deflating them again later when at home. I did it too.
It took 3 hour to go, and 6 to come back, a nightmare.
I have built a heavy trolley for this fly press, out of black locust of my garden.
More pics here on my Picasa Web Album.

-- Antonio

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 11:34 AM

nice joints you have great skill to make your finger joints so small without them snapping

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 11:55 AM

Nice base. I really like the long, thin finger joints and how their thinness and number offset the chunkiness of the beams. This is definitely giving me ideas.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 12:27 PM

Hey Antonio, I like your trolley. Coincidentally my son has asked me to make him a some living room tables he saw in a furniture catalog and they have exactly the same type of joint. You did a wonderful job on those joints with that fantastic jig of yours. I sure wouldn’t mind having a nutcracker like you’ve got there. It would be great for segmented bowl glue-ups and probably a million other things.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 12:44 PM

what a story!! I was scared just reading it… phew.

nicely done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 12:48 PM

Antonio, I looked at the additional pics and see that you also milled the wood from a log! Wow!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#6 posted 01-25-2010 12:51 PM

Thank you all (for now).

Mike, general speaking I would totally concur with you about the use of that wonderful (and somewhat technical) definition – nutcracker/rompipalle in Italian – but I must say this wasn’t the case. That man was a middle aged artisan, he started working with his father when he was 14y.o., and never had to move his press from the place where his father put it in the early 50’s. Now the crisis forced him to sell his workshop and to look for another job, I felt very sad when I was there, you know, you see the traces of a whole lived life and of what we have been and now are no more, it was really sad. When I got the press, I assured him I would have treated his press with great care, that’s quite absurd I know, a press isn’t a human being after all.
Yes, I have thought of segmented bowl glue-ups too (I wasn’t able to explain it though :-)) and a million of things is exactly what that man said to me.

-- Antonio

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#7 posted 01-25-2010 01:14 PM

Who needs steel when you can build up a cart like that..? Heavy Duty!

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#8 posted 01-25-2010 01:40 PM

Antonio, Great story. Great Trolley. Great follow-up. I love the finger joints. That thing probably weighs more than my Harley!

“I assured him I would have treated his press with great care, that’s quite absurd I know, a press isn’t a human being after all.”

Not absurd at all. I bought some goods from a daughter who was selling out her father’s shop. He has Alzheimer’s. At one point, based on the quality and condition of his tools, he must have been quite a craftsman. I felt like I was taking advantage of another’s misfortune. Such is life. Nice to be sensitive to that. I hope my daughter runs into the same type of folk when it is her time with my stuff. :)

-- Pete - "To every thing there is a season Turn! Turn! turn!" [Ecclesiastes and Pete Seeger]

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#9 posted 01-25-2010 01:51 PM

Really well designed for strength. One should not expect less from a man of your skills and talents.
Beautiful wood, excellent finger joints and a great looking dog.
However, I am sorry for the poor Audi.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 01-25-2010 02:47 PM

The Audi thanks, she (btw, is the car a “she” – like the boat – in USA? in Italian the car is a she), she is saying you haven’t to worry so much, “I’m a sound hard-working pretty little machine, after all, so pretty and hard working, with just too much feminine curiosity maybe, but always hard working, believe me”...
yes, yes, I concur, but, you know, it’s better not to let them know it, they (I know you know whom I’m thinking of) may become swollen-headed :-), Gene, please, try not to be worried about her …:-D

(thank you all again)

-- Antonio

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#11 posted 01-25-2010 03:47 PM

wow.nice tight finger joints.great job.what type of saw is that in the picture?

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#12 posted 01-25-2010 04:11 PM

Very nice.

I am curious as to what kind of glue you used. It seems like it would be difficult to get the finger joints aligned before the glue started locking up.

-- Joe

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#13 posted 01-25-2010 04:25 PM

lou, it’s this one without the base and the side table extension.

joe, I used a vinyl glue, and yes it was a mess to make the fingers go in, I had to hummer them (well, I put a piece of wood to protect them, I mean, I hammered on that piece of wood, not on the fingers directly, obviously), but luckily black locust is hard enough not to suffer from such blows

-- Antonio

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#14 posted 01-25-2010 04:54 PM

That’s as heavy duty as it gets great joinery.


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#15 posted 01-25-2010 05:17 PM

Good deal. I like big heavy things.

Check out the machine shop portion of my shop:

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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