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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-25-2018, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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I want to see the world came the demand from the direction of the kitchen.

Ah at last, the parting of the ways, I knew it couldnít last. 46 years is a good inning, I mused as my deranged mind started to conjure life as a late bachelor. Get up when I want, go to bed after 9pm. Spend some of my money on important things like tools. As my mind sailed in regions I could not up to this point even consider, it started to get dark, and as I raised my head to find my good wife standing in front of me. You still here I asked, donít forget your passport, I offered. Need a lift to the airport, I hopefully enquired.

What on earth are you talking about she asked with a little annoyance hinting around the edge of the question. Iím not sure I answered but hoped. You remember the large map I purchased in Houston last year. Yes, I said, the look in my eyes indicating I hadnít a clue. I want you to frame it. Now I countered, thinking I had a choice.

So here I am again. Standing in the only domain I have any control over, with thoughts of a single life dispersing like sawdust disappearing into my dust collector.

Now as you guys know Iím a plumber by trade and the thought of a flawless mitre joint sent shivers down my spine especially times four. Now as the map was olde worldly, I thought an equally worldly frame might do, so I thought a half lap joint in each corner might be the way to go. My radial saw is quite good at trenching, so set up a number of practices and got there in the end. Did the usual glass recess with three passes, then finished off all outside edges with a 45 degree turn over.

The dowels are walnut and play no part in the integrity of the joints, they are there for aesthetics only. They were a real problem sourcing them. Eventually found a shop on E Bay who sell any length or diameter. These were 6mm and 10mm at £2.50 each next day delivery, and they come cling filmed to a length of wood. Very impressed. Itís £5 delivery, but you can order as much as you want. The only thing I had to do was very carefully grind down a fostner bit to match the diameter of the dowel.

I also decided to splash out on a frame tacker and £30 well spent I thought. Absolutely brilliant piece of kit.

The finish was chosen by my Iím not leaving wife, who decided on Antique pine. Ended up at three coats. First 60 grit, second 150 and last coat 000 steel wool, then wax polish.

The one thing I did find out was how the accuracy of my machines had drifted over the last year. Came as a shock, as I had to spend a whole day realigning every power machine I had. Nearest half inch wasnít going to do for this project.

As we travel to Houston every year to visit our son and family, I have yet to find a Greggs and trying to explain to our American cousins the value of a Pasty Bake has been problematic, worse still trying to explain the virtues of a Forfar Bridie leaves me exasperated. So just for the Across the pond Fraternity, thatís my good wife just finishing off her latest batch of sausage rolls.

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*Shock* ...Your Wifey is allowed in your shop?!
Slick job on the frame; nicely done, sir!
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I like the frame. That style saves loads of time getting the corner angles right. At that price tho, I'd have found a substitute for walnut, and just stained whatever.

Might want to rethink that bachelor thing. That would mean you do the cooking, cleanup from the cooking, wash the dishes, clean the house, grocery shop, and the list goes on.
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Very nice, nice job on the pictures and lay out also great write up.
Colin bachelors don’t get Hot sausage rolls, I would suggest that you do what your told and keep the Mrs. happy!
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Colin, we call those a "Pig in a blanket" What do you call them? I like the frame and so how did you get the weathered look on it?

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Great job and write up plus the pictures.
Don't listen to these guys, the bachelor way is the only way, remember the messes, cooking,(or Not) laundry, dishes, are at your discretion and when you get round to it. You will be blown away by the amount saved on the credit cards, (a 1 oz. bottle of perfume $125????)
Dust? who cares about a little dust, dishes once a week, why does the bed have to made everyday anyways ,as long as the garbage and recycle gets taken out?

You have pretty fine workshop set up for a plumber.
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Colin, I like the frame and enjoyed the story but the picture of the sausage rolls or pigs in a blanket as we call them leads me to believe you have a better life now that you would have as a late bachelor.

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Colin - nice job on the frame and great write up - I like your stories. I also like your sense of humor, but 46 years of marriage will do that to you.

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Forfar Bridie and Pasty Bake, definitely two things I will ask about when I am back in Glasgow for Seminar this fall.

Great project!

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If you'd have made her one of these then you wouldn't have had to make the frame.

When you're alone - just hang these up and it'll be all right.
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