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since when did a swing set turn into a sky scraper/ sky riser
« on: September 18, 2011, 03:43:55 AM »
I've been gone for a while...... I'm sure you've all missed me!!!!! HAHA. Well, I always miss you folks.  I've been doing work at my dad's lake house. I replaced a few railings, replaced a small deck, replaced a few boards on the dock, and have been doing a lot of painting----- which I both hate and am TERRIBLE at! 
      Anyhow, I drove back from the lake early this morning, dropped off Bean at my house (my dog... for those of you who don't know), changed clothes and went on to my brothers house. I thought he was joking when he said the company asked if a tractor trailer could back into his property........ and no, nothing is put together, just lots of hardware and pieces.  Anyhow, some of you have already heard this. But, my only complaint, once I was helping with the "tree house/ sky scraper" was that they didn't have a hand plane around.
      It's a hand plane's dream..... soft wood (red cedar... probably eastern), and boards that don't quite fit together.  Although my brothers method seemed to work--- hammer some shit and force it together enough and it will work..... just a few swipes with a hand plane would have made the boards fit perfectly.  Unfortunately, the two hand planes that are normally with me at all times are having a vacation at the lake.
     As I watched family members "drill"  (electric/battery powered drill) screws into this entire contraption, some screws going a good 64th of an inch in too far, I was left alone screwing in my screws by hand. My brother used to look at me like I was crazy (OK, he still does). But now he looks at all the boards put together, and the screws that are exactly "flush" not sticking out or burrowed  in, and he knows those are the boards I dealt with.  OK, it's silly to care that much about "craftsmanship" with a kids swing set thing. But, that's who I am. And my brother knows it. That makes me happy.
Cheers to hand tools and hand planes
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Re: since when did a swing set turn into a sky scraper/ sky riser
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2011, 06:39:50 AM »
Yeah, but... Do you take the time to make sure all the slots in the screws are pointing in identical directions?

Probably OCD ( or maybe CDO!) but the old pharts used to do it, and in a lot of applications, I can't help myself...

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Re: since when did a swing set turn into a sky scraper/ sky riser
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2011, 08:56:39 PM »
You take pride in your work that is the way it should be. Hope you set an example for the others.
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Re: since when did a swing set turn into a sky scraper/ sky riser
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2011, 05:17:24 PM »
Yeah, but... Do you take the time to make sure all the slots in the screws are pointing in identical directions?

Probably OCD ( or maybe CDO!) but the old pharts used to do it, and in a lot of applications, I can't help myself...

OH GREAT.... now I'm going to have to check if each screw slot is paralell to the next... thanks a lot!!!!!
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Re: since when did a swing set turn into a sky scraper/ sky riser
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011, 05:41:41 PM »
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Re: since when did a swing set turn into a sky scraper/ sky riser
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2011, 10:32:22 PM »
sometimes I hate you guys........!!
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Re: since when did a swing set turn into a sky scraper/ sky riser
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2011, 05:21:49 AM »
OH GREAT.... now I'm going to have to check if each screw slot is paralell to the next... thanks a lot!!!!!
cheers, bird

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Re: since when did a swing set turn into a sky scraper/ sky riser
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2011, 02:20:51 PM »
Bird life is sweet when you know you've done your best.
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Re: since when did a swing set turn into a sky scraper/ sky riser
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2011, 07:11:41 PM »
Bird life is sweet when you know you've done your best.

cheers to you,  if you do your best, you have nothing to be ashamed of.
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