The One-Legged Sandpiper

Friday, March 5, 1999
Sunday, March 7, 1999

Number Sixteen

"Knee deep and just a little behind"

Is it winter yet?


Fourteenth anniversary of first "dock-in", March 5, 1985.

First online "Piper" available
03-01-99 One-Legged Sandpiper

Major snowstorm? Major disappointment.

Things "shaping" up in the shop.

First power feed feeding powerfully.

Two thousand pictures taken with digital camera.


Friday: Cold, Gray and unpleasant.
Saturday: Wet, heavy snow starting at 1:00 PM, a foot predicted.
Sunday: Still snowing at 9:00 AM, then sunny, then down in the teens.


This is a lousy picture of the Killingly middle school across from the Laundromat just as the snow is beginning to fall. Could this be the start of "the big one"?

This is the view out the dining room window over the lumber dryer. The wind is picking up and it's looking quite wintry. The wind swirling over a five thousand square foot roof blows around a lot of snow.

Walking in the snow is always fun. This is the new restaurant showing some progress finally.

The motel is now weather tight, with a finished roof and all of the windows. Make your reservations now.

Down at the little lake cottage (for sale if anyone's interested) the dock is looking rather forlorn. The owner obviously has no sense of dock-pride.

The lake, and a few snow flakes.

Time to bring in another load of wood before the snow gets too deep, just in case. More wood has been burned in the past two weeks then in the first two weeks in January. Only a cord and a quarter left in the overhang. That makes five cords so far this season.

By 4:00 the yard is just starting to show some color. Most of the early snow melted as it fell.

It looks like it means to snow all night. Maybe it'll be a foot after all.


This is the view Sunday morning just as the snow stopped falling. Not even enough to cover the tracks of the lumber dryer.

Time to hit the shop and complete the in feed table layout for the table saw station. This is a picture looking down the out feed table past the power feed towards the front of the shop. A sixteen foot board is sitting on the out feed wood rack to check clearances. Even with 2268 square feet of shop, every inch counts.

Here's the other end of the board, 10 inches clear of the wall and 4 inches away from one of the columns holding up the mezzanine. Not a lot of maneuvering room.

Here's the In feed side, loaded with sixteen footers.

Just enough room between the wood and the wall to squeeze by. The door in the picture leads into the future shop bathroom and the frames over head are the joists supporting the "promenade deck".

The next project was to put this hinged section at the top of the mezzanine stairs railing. This will satisfy the building inspector and allow access to the storage rack mounted on the mezzanine joists that holds ladders, dock parts, and lumber too long for the other storage areas.

Another function of this hinged section is to allow the stairs, which are hinged at the top step, to be lifted up out of the way in the event that the floor space underneath is needed for special projects. The stairs weigh around 500 pounds. Raising them is no easy trick, but is has been done before.

The clouds cleared and the sun came streaming in just in time for a strawberry-rhubarb pie and coffee break. This is a view of the East end of the shop from the top of the mezzanine stairs.

The first post-pie project is to assemble and test the shaper. You can see the 1/2 inch spindle installed, a box full of larger spindles, collets, bushings and other shaper tackle, and the shaper table covered with cosmoline. That's a nasty kind of industrial mucus used to prevent rust and gunk up moving parts and anything with threads.

Step one is to remove the cosmoline with mineral spirits, a plastic scraper, and lots of elbow grease. Next comes hand sanding with 320 grit wet paper soaked with cutting oil, followed by 600 grit, and finally a coating of WD-40. Happiness is a two hundred pound slab of cast iron, machined flat to within 6 thousandths, and polished to a mirror finish.

The auxiliary fences installed on the reinstalled dust cover.

The scatter shield and feed guides installed. These keep the stock being shaped aligned perfectly as it's fed past the blade.

This shaper can drive a 3/4 inch, and 1" spindle as well as 1/2". The rub collars allow irregular shapes to be hand fed and control the depth of cut, much like a router bit with a roller bearing pilot.

After lunch, it's time for the messiest, noisiest tool in the shop. Rounding the edges of the bases for the fake I-beams.

The guides for the out feed side of the rolling tables.

The bases installed on the center fake I-beam.

The center I-beam in place. This one needs a perfect snug fit so it will stay in place without bolts so it can be moved out of the way of the in feed tables for maneuvering room. This is actually a cosmetic part for the building inspection.


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Cabbage With Caraway Seeds


> 1 medium head of cabbage.
> 4 onions.
> 1 stick of butter.
> 2 TBS caraway seeds.
> Olive oil.
> White wine.
> Fresh ground black pepper.


1) Quarter and core the cabbage after peeling away the outer leaves.
2) Slice in thin slices across the core.
3) Peel, half and slice the onions.
4) Sauté the onions in half the butter, and enough oil to cover the bottom of a high sided pan.
5) When the onions are beginning to get soft, add the cabbage and caraway seeds and stir to coat with oil and butter.
6) Cover and steam for 5 Minutes.
7) Add 1 cup of wine and cover. Steam 5 Minutes more.
8) Add remaining butter and pepper. Stir to coat, Cover, heat 1 minute more and turn off the heat.
9) Eat.

All recipes original unless otherwise noted.

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