The One-Legged Sandpiper

Monday, March 1, 1999
Thursday, March 4, 1999

Number Fifteen

In like a lion

"Knee deep and just a little behind"


Millennium Falcon has trouble making the jump to light speed.

Band saw and drill press on a roll.

Bench cleaned off completely

Mezzanine one hundred percent clean

"Piper" to go online soon.

Shaper assembly underway


Monday: Damp, cold and gray. Raining by Sunset.
Tuesday: Cool, yes that's cool, and sunny.
Wednesday: Most snow melted. Yer gettin' warmer doc.
Thursday: Getting colder, snow predicted for the weekend.


The Millennium falcon is finally showing its age. Rings and a head gasket seem to be the problem. Slight smoking, loss of power, rough idling and overheating are the symptoms. Time to pin the name-tag on the windbreaker and get the toe-tag ready.

The ShopSmith band saw and big drill press on their rolling base. These were the last tools in the way of the out feed table for the table saw, sander, and shaper. The rolling base will fit through the entry hall doors to get out of the way of the in feed tables. The base has enough room left on it for the Ryobi AP-10 planer (for little planing jobs) and some storage bins.

A view of the shop floor from the mezzanine stairs. The Electric Clansman (dust collector) is visible in the foreground. Look at all that floor space.

A view of the bench and planer out feed table.

The big work bench with only 4 feet to be cleaned. The big square thing in the background is a window screen for the shop windows.


The Shop desk under the stairs to the mezzanine is finally cleaned off. This is where the tool service records and manuals, receiving and order information, and spare parts and tool catalogs will be kept. A small filing cabinet from the entry hall will be moved under the stairs next to the desk. Just needs a phone and chair.

Looking through the door at the mezzanine from the top of the stairs. Notice that the floor is clear. Makes you want to open the door and walk right in.

Here's the shaper assembly well underway. That round part next to the box is a scatter shield. A raised panel cutter, or molding cutter, can weigh five pounds or more. Spinning at ten-thousand RPM, they can shatter if they hit something hard like a knot, or bullet in the wood, or they can throw off a carbide blade sending a razor sharp chunk of metal flying like it was shot out of a gun. The scatter shield helps contain any problems, or at least deflect the chunks and reduce the velocity so they won't pierce safety glasses, face shields, or skulls. The Magnetic switch and speed control are also visible in this picture.

The last of what should be the last snow. Or is it? A Japanese Holly seems to be eating the snow. The first shrub planted at Hooterville.


This is the mezzanine looking south.

This is the mezzanine looking north. Notice the "wicked" clear floor.

Looking at the next big project from the mezzanine stairs. This is the future site of the machine shop. All the mechanic tools, metal working tools and welding stuff will go here. Parts washer and air tools also.

A cache of baby food jars filled with vintage hardware. From chief Trautman's personal stock. Anything not galvanized is coated with machine oil to protect it from rust. Sixty year old miniature light bulbs, Dip&Sip window repair supplies, fish hooks, nails and screws. Treasure.

The last four feet of the main work bench clean.


This is a view of the final frontier. Introducing a concept known as a shop-within-a-shop. The idea is to locate special tools and supplies in a separate area to make them more accessible and functional. This is the site of the electrical and electronics shop. All of the wiring tools and supplies, and electronic test equipment and parts will have a home here. All the cool wire and stuff too.

This is now the "sorting bench" with a twelve ton arbor press in the way. This is where all the dozens of containers, with thousands of pieces of hardware, that needs to be sorted wind up. Three winter days, and 700 pill bottles should take care of this. This will be the home of the sharpening shop. The wood shop is full of things that need to be sharpened, from 1/8th inch mortising chisels, to 20 inch four-way planer blades. From Japanese cabinet saws to chainsaw blades. These have to be sharpened with a variety of methods and tools, from diamond files and 100 grit Arkansas (Go baby!) oil stones to hones, strops and 8000 grit Japanese water stones. Don't forget the drill bits, cutting oil and torches, sand and oil baths for tempering and hardening chisels.

This is the small engine shop, where all the power equipment will be repaired and serviced. Fourteen total, from 150 cc engines to 12 HP tractor (Murray) engines.

This will be the design area. Drafting table, drafting machine, computer, and supporting engineering and design books will reside here.

Another view of the electrical and electronics area. Note the fully functional scratch built guillotine model from 1971 in the center of the picture.

Another view of the machine shop bench and work area. The whole shop used to look like this, only deeper.

Marley and Laconia waiting for the sun on the cat shelf over a heat duct.

This is the steeple first thing in the morning. Not much chance of sun today after the little break in the clouds closes up.

Green Side Up
No sign of snow peas.

Time to uncover the evergreens. This little seedling seems to have made it through the worst of the winter and is ready to transplant.

The Charlie Brown Christmas tree is looking a little spindly. Best to leave to cover on until after the threat of snow is gone.


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Danger Kitchen

Garlic, Parsley and Chive Mashed Potatoes


> 4 or 5 lb. potatoes, quartered, unpeeled.
> 1 head of garlic
> 1 stick of butter.
> 1/2 bunch parsley. Chopped.
> 1/2 cup sour cream.
> Up to 8 oz half and half.
> 1 bunch of chives, chopped.
> Fresh ground black pepper.


1) Boil the potatoes until soft.
2) Peel the garlic cloves and mince.
3) Sauté garlic in half of the butter, or bacon grease, or both, until just starting to brown.
4) Drain the potatoes and mash with the rest of the ingredients. Add the liquid in stages and check consistency Adjust quantities as necessary.


> 6-8 slices of bacon, fried crisp, reserving some grease for frying the garlic instead of butter.
> 1 package of frozen peas, steamed or boiled until done.

Add one or both of the above ingredients after mashing, before serving.

All recipes original unless otherwise noted.

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