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Old 03-15-2009, 11:36 AM   #1001
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Still need to add one more part, care to guess which one? Need a hint? It's something very traditional in a machinist toolchest made by H Gerstner and Sons. They left this part out on some models in the past and customers were irate.
Mirror?

(Absolutely beautiful chest Unc)
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Old 03-15-2009, 02:21 PM   #1002
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Got my latest project finished this morning. About six weeks of effort and a pile of walnut and maple (218 pieces of wood to be exact). Even hand made some of the solid brass hardware.

Off to buy some new tools now.

Actually it's for a collection of old drafting instruments. Might even stash a few old pocket knives in there if I can find an empty drawer.

Still need to add one more part, care to guess which one? Need a hint? It's something very traditional in a machinist toolchest made by H Gerstner and Sons. They left this part out on some models in the past and customers were irate.
Secret compartment?
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...Still need to add one more part, care to guess which one? Need a hint? It's something very traditional in a machinist toolchest made by H Gerstner and Sons. They left this part out on some models in the past and customers were irate.
There is only one top lid brace mechanism (so it doesn't close on its own) in your photos. The right side brace is installed, and you need to add the left one.
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Today went to my mother's house for a nice Sunday lunch. Then took the mutt on an after lunch walk. Back home and just finished watching my Mississippi State Bulldogs win the SEC basketball tournament. A nice surprise. Now watching some golf on tv. Tonight, finish my mom's tax return.
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Aborted landing at Tegel as there was a plane on the runway......just about 100 feet from the ground.

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Mirror?

(Absolutely beautiful chest Unc)
Thanks Martha and to everyone else for the comments about the toolchest.

No secret compartments, and only one lid brace, but the missing piece was, as Martha guessed, the mirror. It's got one now.

I've heard several reasons for the mirror; one was to help you get something out of your eye, another is the old factories didn't have washrooms so a machinist could use the mirror to do a little primping before heading home.
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There is only one top lid brace mechanism (so it doesn't close on its own) in your photos. The right side brace is installed, and you need to add the left one.
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No toaster this time Freebird. Remember when the banks used to give a away all the junk for new deposits? Maybe that would stimulate the economy.

Humm... the government could buy up a bunch of cars and appliances and have the banks give them out to new depositors. Maybe even have a special drawing and give away a free foreclosed house every week.
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This is my favorite thread...I always read it Sunday nights...but I never post because I'm not, you know, FIRE'd. Anyway, thanks for...

Uncle's beautiful chest,
freebird's grapes,
Jug's modern-poetry post, (he fought the cat, and the...cat won)
Dawg's giant plunger,
Khan's nature observations,
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No toaster this time Freebird. Remember when the banks used to give a away all the junk for new deposits? Maybe that would stimulate the economy.

Humm... the government could buy up a bunch of cars and appliances and have the banks give them out to new depositors. Maybe even have a special drawing and give away a free foreclosed house every week.
No toaster?
You hit on something I thought about yesterday re auto makers and govt bailouts. I didn't want to post it cuz I was afraid it would start a FIREstorm (pardon the pun). But you left me an opening...which I never pass up.
My crazy thought du jour goes public today. Uncle Sam has some agencies that require local travel by highway. If Uncle bails out the automakers, they should comp a fleet of cars as a TY and major moneysaver to the taxpayer. Or maybe a truckload of spare parts or a new tank here and there...
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Hmm today. Exercised fairly hard. Kicked back. Listened to some older tunes. Had a nice margarita or two. Then played my cousin on a few computer games. Talk about visiting the ages eh What a great day so far. I got 6 hours left. Lets see what I can do.
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Woke up late, went to parents house for lunch and finish my taxes.
Came home and did two massages.
Had dinner....trying to not do laundry, but I guess I will.
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I had a nice day. Woke up to snow, after bacon and eggs left in rain and caught a bus downtown. Went to a very interesting exhibit of American Art from The Yale U. Art Gallery. It is huge; I'll have to go back more than once. It amounts to a history lesson.

Day got sunny but very windy. I walked around downtown for a while, then came home and met a son and DIL for drinks and sushi. I mistakenly ordered three sashimi servings instead of one, so I wound up eating a pretty good sized plate of raw tuna, yellowtail and salmon.

The check was a bit shocking, but I ate it so I paid up.

My DIL crocheted me a very nice watch cap.

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I'm working my way up to being able to do a mini triathlon. They come in a variety of distances, most common seems to be 400m swim, 13 mile bike, and 3 mile run. I did the bike ride and the run this morning. Got it done in 90 minutes. Not the fastest, but I think I could finish in less than 2 hrs. Would have tried the full monte, but had to go to w*rk.

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Thanks Martha and to everyone else for the comments about the toolchest.

No secret compartments, and only one lid brace, but the missing piece was, as Martha guessed, the mirror. It's got one now.

I've heard several reasons for the mirror; one was to help you get something out of your eye, another is the old factories didn't have washrooms so a machinist could use the mirror to do a little primping before heading home.
1977 - mail order - got it delivered UPS - I had it half way out of the delivery package - when she saw it and announced -'you are not going to put your dirty old tools in there.'

It was her most favorite jewelry box - the oldest of three that went in Katrina.

I had a variety of tool boxes/bags but never a machinist chest.

heh heh heh - she liked the mirror too.

Got to compare dog groomers today - the retriever(with winter red hair) is due for his spring haircut.
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Today is hang out and listen to music over digital cable. Right now I have what I refer to as "bubble music". It is essentially all instrumental music that is peaceful and very relaxing to listen to. Strings, woods, winds, light percussion, harps, piano, some guitar...nice.
When the sun shines through the front picture window at midday, i"ll probably catch myself zzzzzzzzz-ing. If one of my posts is a string of a single letter, you'll know what happened.
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Worked at the p.d. this a.m. and dealt with various degrees of shenanigans. One case involved vodka, a mj pipe, throwing up, a nose ring, pain meds and a cell phone. Yep...all one case. Later went to one of my banks to make a deposit. Inquired about any special cd rates...in an instant I had people surrounding me like chickens on a june bug.

This afternoon just waiting on the guys to come back home.

Tonight I'll get my 2nd President's Volunteer Recognition award at the p.d. After that, we'll go out to dinner, come back home and play some tunes.
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Great FIRE day. Ocean kayaking past reefs, mangroves, clear blue waters, nice warm breeze. Too bad everyone can't reach FIRE status. DW and I feel very fortunate to be able to do this stuff especially in the current economy.
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Took my 92 year old Mom back to my sister's house . She was visiting me for a week and yesterday she fell on the way into the movie . We spent five hours in an emergency room . I love my Mom but no way could I live with her full time .She was living alone in Pa. and my sister decided to move her to Florida and it has been a mistake . She misses her friends , her sister who lived next door , her senior group , her church , her Physician ,her local casino and most of all her freedom . My sister is also miserable because my Mom depends on her for a social life , trips to church, doctor visits , etc. . So the moral of the story is leave your parents were they are until they absolutely have to move for safety reasons .
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Took my 92 year old Mom back to my sister's house . She was visiting me for a week and yesterday she fell on the way into the movie . We spent five hours in an emergency room . I love my Mom but no way could I live with her full time .She was living alone in Pa. and my sister decided to move her to Florida and it has been a mistake . She misses her friends , her sister who lived next door , her senior group , her church , her Physician ,her local casino and most of all her freedom . My sister is also miserable because my Mom depends on her for a social life , trips to church, doctor visits , etc. . So the moral of the story is leave your parents were they are until they absolutely have to move for safety reasons .
Tough situation Moemg. I hope your mom can slowly adjust for the better.
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Tough situation Moemg. I hope your mom can slowly adjust for the better.

Me too, The funny thing is she said she has been colder in Florida than she ever was in Pa .
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