The One-Legged Sandpiper

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Monday, July 5, 1999
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Surf's up, but I'm not... yet.
New Long Board added to the list of water toys.
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"Monicarey" Beach wins the 1999 Monterey Beach Lifeguard Tournament.

Greg and Erin Acker visit from Texas and kayak the coast.

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Record dry July but... the Green Side is still Up.

Boat fund enough for 3 feet of boat. 21 feet to go.

Temperatures finally drop to reasonable level.
Shop temps down to 60 degrees at night.

What's a Lumber Dryer's worse nightmare? Yep, a hailstorm.
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New Holiday Inn opens less then a mile away.
Make your reservations for leaf peepin' season soon.

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Sugar snap peas done for the season, ready to plant for the fall.

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July Hazy, hot and humid. Wind from the west. No rain. No waves.
August Warm, sunny, pleasant. Wind from the East. Some waves.

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State Of The Situation

      Now that the cooler weather of August is here, it's already difficult to remember the heat and humidity of July. July... When maintaining status quo counts as progress and survival depends on favorable breezes at the beach and air conditioning. Even through the heat wave, with record high average temperatures and no rain, the plantings and grass around the shop have stayed lush and green. Just seeing green plants instead of the usual parched dirt made it seem cooler then it was.

      The late summer (early September) weather started August first, literally to the day. Everyone on the beach felt it, and made a face when it was mentioned. I remember growing up, that August marked the Beginning of the end of the summer. The summer seemed finite then, even without the dreadful Robert Hall back-to-school sale, singing advertisements on the radio. It feels good having a light blanker on the bed again at night, and putting on sweats towards the end of a day on the beach, because the breeze is getting a bit cool, always feels great.

       What this all means is that it's time to clean out the woodshed And lay in another three or four cords of wood for the winter. Time to repair wood stove chimney And clean the furnace. Check the level in the oil tanks and close up the vents in the bell tower and attic To hold in some heat. Once the big shop cools off, it's hard to warm it up again. It's time to sit on the beach and make the big "to do" list for "the fall semester". Big list!

News Monday, July 5, 1999 Through Sunday, August 22, 1999

Router Table in a bad spot

Because of a shortage of shaper blades of the correct profiles, it was necessary to press the big plunge router into service to complete some house parts. The selection of half inch shank carbide bits available off the shelf made this the best choice for quick turn-around but required extracting the large free-standing router table from its spot deep in the "tool pool" on the promenade deck. Hear we see the table perched on the edge of the deck ready to be lifted down. Good thing all of the big step ladders are in Tivoli. Wouldn't want this to be easy. Nice shiny finish on the trim don't ya think?

The new Holiday Inn Express in town opened recently. Less then half a mile from the shop, it's a great place to stay should you decide to come up for leaf peepin'.

July 20 Grand Opening

Restaurant not open

Leaf peepin' is the act of coming north to view the fall foliage. There's quite a trick to picking when peak color is. This year I think it'll be early because of the drought, and fast weather change in August. Try the weekend of October 16 and 17, my official prediction for this year. Oh yea, this is the restaurant at the motel, not yet open.

They've applied for their liquor permit so it can't be long now. My advice would be to make reservations now for foliage season. Look for more pictures and news about the motel in this issue's Local section.

Liquor permit sign

Motel outside

The nondescript exterior of the building conceals a warm and cozy (for a motel) interior. I'm really quite pleased with the results, not that they care. It's nice to have a decent place nearby for extra guests or the less adventurous, to stay.

Eighteen years old and still in the game, TK relaxes on the front lawn on a hot midsummer day. Plan on seeing more pictures of "Teeks"... Just in case.

TK still in the game

Wood shed Project

As distasteful as it may be to hear, fall, and yes winter, is coming. The wood shed was just a convenient place to set up camp for gardening chores this summer. Now it's time to clear away the debris of a successful landscaping season and get ready for firewood season. There needs to be two more cords in here by the end of September. Eight in all for this winter, just in case.

Time to move the generator and string trimmers and other nonsense out. This will all be done by the end of August. Next year, wood and only wood... Period. Yea right.

The other side as well


Both outside overhangs are full as well. All this stuff has to find homes before the end of September. Each overhang holds two cords, enough for a month of heat in the shop during the coldest part of winter.

What's a lumber dryer's worst nightmare? That's right, a hail storm. Here's the roof after a recent one showing damage to every panel. These repairs need to be completed soon. A steady supply of dry lumber is as important as heat in the winter, and electricity to run the tools.

Lumber Dryer Roof

Lumber Dryer Side

Every side panel has damage as well. An even more discouraging sight with dead pea vines in the foreground. Each panel has pieces of pressure treated lathe holding it in place with three screws. These all need to be removed before the outer panel can be replaced. A whole days job at least.

More roof damage. Luckily the inner layer is mostly intact and will keep rain off the wood for a week or so. The inner panel was replaced in the dead of winter. I'm glad that was done now in spite of the cold.

Lumber Dryer Roof Damage

Elephant Ear Damage

The big leaves on the Elephant Ears out front took a beating as well. Most had three quarter inch holes drilled in them. Luckily the new leaves were still curled up and were only bruised.

The caladiums were damaged also, but the damage is not as obvious on the mottled leaves.

Caladium damage

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Adirondack Style
Outdoor Furniture

Back to Tivoli New York to deliver the new load-bearing porch post and do a little research for future products, and see what the competition is up to. See the Shop Notes section in this Sandpiper issue for more thrilling porch post details.

Red Cedar Chair Sealed

A nicely constructed chair out of clear red cedar. This chair has been sealed, giving it a nice glossy finish.

Design Problem One: Notice how thin and narrow the arms are. 5/8ths is just too thin. Warping is likely and splitting on the grain each side of the cutout on the inside of the arm.

Design Problem two: tapered spaces between the seat boards allow fingers and clothing to become wedged in like a jam-cleat on a sailboat. Also, crud and leaves and spiders will collect there as well.

These chairs are being made under a tent in a back yard using tools housed and stored in a well laid out shed of around 100 square feet. Nicest guy in the world making and selling them.

Design Problem Three: The front legs are too thin. They're wobbly when new. When the wood dries a bit they could break. They're not likely to survive a heavy person leaning over one chair leg.
Two chairs sealed


The loveseat has all of the fine work of the chairs, but suffers from the same problems as well. The heavy center leg is a nice structural feature, although in my mind it detracts from the otherwise clean lines.

Design Problem Four: The edges of all the pieces are cut and finished square. This will be the most likely source of splinters and discomfort.

Design Problem Five: Three legs on a piece are fine for sitting on a deck, but cause problems when a piece is on uneven ground, such as out in the yard. Better to reinforce two legs and the front cross piece. Loveseat back

Foot rests

The curve, or in this case angle, of the foot rests does not seem to follow that of the chairs. They seem like separate pieces, not designed to complement a chair or loveseat.

A quick stop on the way home on route 199 at a great prefab garden structure type place. This arbor/bench combination would look great in any garden or yard. Reminds me of the stone "Moon Gate" on the grounds of "Chateau Sur Mer" in Newport Rhode Island, one of the early mansions maintained by the Newport Preservation Society and open to the public. Moon Gate Bench Deal

Garden Bridge

Who wouldn't want a bridge over a stream in their yard, or a small fish pond in their garden? I've always wanted to build and sell garden bridges. They look like such fun to make. Soon.

Look at this baby. I don't know if they'll ever sell one, but it looks great on display. I didn't even check the price. Major arbor deal

Bridges OF Dutchess County

The bridges of Duchess County. I just love these bridges. Gonna make me a mess of um. What's missing is some oriental looking designs and some rustic styles also. How about a miniature covered bridge with an open roof so you can walk across it? Check the web site in the spring.

Cute little building for a garden shed. I'm not that interested in doing buildings, until I see one like this. Again, just fun to build. Little House

The Love Seat

Use your best deep sexy Barry White voice when you say "The Love Seat... Baby". This is a nice idea. I bet these move for valentines day.

Some solid but clunky looking chairs. Nothing exiting here. Not like "The Love Seat... Baby". Chairs

Long Table

A great looking little design likely to split to pieces as soon as it's put outside.

These are not that easy to cut and assemble either I bet. Round Table

Play House

A simple play house I like the built in sandbox underneath. Look for more news on "See Scapes" in future issues. The best playscape ever will soon come from Adirondack Style Outdoor Furniture>.

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Shop Notes

A new department; Shop Notes will focus on the shop itself, tools and processes used to produce furniture and other products.

In this, the second appearance in an issue of the Piper, we look in on one of the small projects that could keep a shop busy 24 hours a day, and makes a mess that takes as long to clean up.

Rotten Porch Parts

The remaining pile of rotten, Carpenter Ant infested, porch part samples waiting to be reproduced. Plenty of tasty lead based paint chips for a quick snack as well.

Hand cutting an inset bevel on a side of a new porch post. On a small job like this, it's faster to cut by hand, and eye, then to spend hours, or even days, building jigs for power tools. The sixty or seventy year old wooden clamp in the picture was donated by William Trautman and still does the job well.

Cutting a bevel


Check out the size of that moth sitting on the spec sheets! This has nothing to do with the shop other then these guys keep finding their way in some how. It must be a good year for moths.

Norm would be proud. All of the post parts are biscuit joined, glued and screwed.

She's a biscuit

Base glued and clamped

This is the base of a new column glued and clamped. The lower thirty-some inches of the posts are wider then the top six feet. The top is too large to fit inside the base so another method had to be devised to connect them. Part of the failure of the old columns was deflection of the two different sized sections due to load on the roof and no mechanical connection between them.

Even with three or four tons of power tools in the shop, some jobs require lots of elbow grease with some of the classic woodworking tools.

Hand tools

Column top section

The column top glued and clamped. Notice that the new column is constructed of framing lumber. Dry clear stock in these dimensions is hard to find on short notice. There wasn't time to get green from a mill and dry it so... We make do with a few knots and used kiln dried framing lumber from Home Depot. Any port in a storm. A good oil based primer and it should be fine.

The problem of connecting the two parts of the column is solved by adding a ribbed insert to the bottom half that will fit snugly inside the top half as well. Kind of like the way the two parts of a beach umbrella fit together.

Connector test fit

Insert glued and clamped

The insert removed from a test fit into the base, being glued and clamped. With two thick ribs extending eighteen inches into both pieces of the column, The insert should provide the strong mechanical connection missing from the original posts.

A fine mess on the top of a Radial Arm Saw. No time to clean up. Gotta head back to the beach.

Mess on Radial Arm Saw


It seems like every horizontal surface in the shop gets used at times. Piling stuff on the big tools is a bad habit. There's always the danger of starting one with something sitting on a blade or cutter head. At the very least that can ruin the blade. There's nothing worse then having a wrench ricochet around the shop after being grabbed by a blade. Not that that's ever happened of course.

With 40 feet of work bench, you wouldn't think every square foot gets like this, but it does. All the time.



The messiest tool in the shop based on volume of chips and dust is the big planer. The big guy can produce a cubic yard of shavings in less then an hour and throw quite a bit of it out on the floor despite the dust collection system. This mess is from planing the wood for a porch column and some trim.

A project for early fall will be a temporary work surface for the infeed tables. A three quarter inch plywood top, which hangs on the back of the infeed table when not in use, should provide the extra work surface need for these types of projects without involving the rest of the shop. As you can see in this picture, on the basic infeed table, there is not much to sit tools or supplies on, but the tables take up a huge amount of floor space. Thirty square feet folded up, forty square feet open.

Infeed Table

Curved columns

These are the curved columns that will support the flying edge of the "Promenade Deck" over the "Pilot House". The "Pilot House" will contain a walk in pantry, "Dust Room" between the shop and house (like an air lock), full bathroom for the shop and forward guest rooms, laundry room, furnace, water heater and walk-in closet for the master bedroom. It's called the "Pilot House" because it will look vaguely like the pilot house on an old cruise ship when done. Complete with railings, boarding ladder to the upper level and hopefully some day a Hankins surf boat hanging on davits like a life boat. Why?
Why not?

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Green Side Up

Even with fall just a short time away there's still plenty of time to plant and pick left in the season. With a little planning you can have plenty of fresh vegetables from the garden for Thanksgiving dinner. This year the only thing going in for the fall season is a second crop of Sugar Snap Peas. Remember a second planting of tomatoes in July so there will be plenty of green tomatoes in the fall for Mince Meat and Piccalilli. Late Cabbage can be used all at once for Sauerkraut and Corn can be picked small to be frozen for use in stir fries all winter. I'm still trying to get the recipe for cabbage and garlic stuffed pickled hot peppers.

Should be planted

Beans, Beets, Chinese Cabbage, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Kale, Lettuce, Radishes, Rutabagas, Sugar Snap Peas.

Should Be Pickin'

Beans, Beets, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Shallots, Squash, Tomatoes

Peas on the vine

Look at the load of sugar snap peas on these vines. That is worth all the trouble.

These cages are eight feet tall. The vines have almost filled them to the top. Not bad for a false start in the spring.

8 foot vines

One week of peas

This is one picking from the four cages at the peak of production in early July. This can be done for about four weeks straight, with three or four smaller harvests before, and one or two after. Notice the "retro" stove in the background. It's a 1950s vintage state-of-the-art General Electric with more features then found on most new models. It still works perfectly and... The original owner's manual is still in the cabinet next to it.

The new planting next to the tractor shed looking neat, clean and green. Tractor shed planting

Tractor shed plants

The red Impatiens, and yellow/green Coleus are the success stories in this area. Something to remember for next year. The annuals give the area some bulk while the Hosta and ferns fill in slowly.

The grass near the lumber dryer and peas has never looked greener despite the drought. You would think that I might actually have done something to it other than mow.

Green green grass

Grass out front

The grass out front is looking lush and green as well, thanks to seeding and watering earlier in the spring. Usually the weeds have died by now and the whole area is dry bare dirt. Repairs to the retaining wall and grading the yard seem to help retain water better.

The largest Elephant Ear is now sporting eighteen inch leaves with more on the way each week.

Elephant Ear


One of the Caladium about to bloom. Fourteen out of eighteen of these survived and are doing very well.

The new plantings, and fresh paint on the doors, stairs and railing dress up the front of the building quite nicely. The next project will be completion of the retaining wall repairs, painting the windows and installing custom made storm windows. Maybe awnings in the spring.

Front of the building

Corn at McDonalds

A traditional part of the early morning trip home from the beach is a stop at the first McDonalds on the Connecticut Turnpike for coffee and something greasy for breakfast. On this trip I noticed some interesting ornamental varieties in the well maintained plantings out front. Doesn't the corn look great mixed in with the annuals.

What's Corn without Tomatoes? I wonder if these are Jersey Tomatoes?


Pea retirement party

Mid August and the peas have pead their last so... Time for the vines to come out and some long overdue weeding to get ready for a possible fall crop.

August seems to be a time for weeds. The new plantings weren't covered with bark mulch early because the Caladium and Elephant Ears weren't up. The result is weeding a mess like this every three weeks. Next year that will all be different. The "Ears" and Caladium will all be started indoors early.

Front weeds

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... Oh it's the POSH POSH travelin' life, the travelin' life for me. First cabin, Captains table, regal company. Whenever aboard I travel abroad, but ever so stylishly... Port Out, Starboard Home, POSH with a capital P...

When travelers left Europe for the Orient, before the days of air travel and air conditioning, they could look forward to a long uncomfortable voyage on a sail or steam ship. The sun in the southern seas would beat down on the black hulls of those ships turning the cabins on the sunny side of the ship into ovens. Wealthy travelers could afford to reserve a cabin on the port, or left, side of the ship for the voyage east. This put them on the north, or shaded, side. They would then reserve a cabin on the opposite side of the ship for the trip west, again the cooler north side of the ship. This class of travel became known as Port Out Starboard Home, or POSH, which to this day refers to luxurious accommodations or methods of travel. The only way to go.

Coming Soon... Maybe, travel stories from:
Barbados, The Orkney Islands of Scotland, Ireland and... Romania?
Yes Romania.

A quick trip to Tivoli New York to drop off Millwork and do some research.

Wave Runner

One of the small areas with public access to the Hudson River in Tivoli New York. There's an unmarked spot where one can carefully cross the tracks to get to a small parking area next to the river bank.

Looking down the tracks to the south. It was nice of someone to build this right along the river and spoil it for everyone but passengers in the train.

Down the tracks

River north

The Hudson River, looking south from Tivoli.

Looking west across the river.

River west

River north

Looking north up the river. Hopefully next year will see a boat trip up the Hudson to Tivoli, and possibly farther.

Nice truck huh? And a pretty disheveled sailboat for sale behind it, destined to slowly crumble away to junk here within sight of its natural habitat.

Truck and sailboat

An afternoon is enough time to find some interesting spots in Newport Rhode Island.

Free Beach

Newport Rhode Island was actually a trend setter in public access to its beaches over a hundred years ago. This public beach is located where Bellevue Avenue joins Ocean Road, near the end of Cliff Walk The only problem is parking. Its right next to a snazzy private beach club for the locals complete with little cabana type structures for the members. There appears to be the remains of an old barge slowly decaying near the rocks.

The beach club is between the free beach and the point visible in the distance. The sand is fine and gray and sticks to you like ashes. It's kind of hard to sit on as well but... It's a beach none the less.

Swim club

House overlooking cove

This house sits on a hill and looks out over the cove with the free beach and beach club. These are literally million dollar views.

The neighbors across the street don't have a bad place either.


Carriage House House

This house seems to have been made from the converted carriage house of a large mansion located well off the street.

My guess is that this structure was the gate keeper's house of the same estate. This is one of the most intricate cedar roofs I've ever seen. The only word to describe this place is Quaint. When I visited this area of Newport in 1985 or so, these buildings were hopelessly overgrown and in need of attention. They Almost looked like something I could afford back then.

Gate house

Duke estate

This unfriendly looking estate a little farther down the road belonged to Doris Duke. Her millions, and I mean millions, came from Tobacco I believe. She was as eccentric as she was colorful, and seemed to like to keep the public at a distance. Her butler is rumored to have inherited the estate. Quite a neighbor for the little gatekeeper's cottage.

Just in case the net of barbed wire and fence posts topped with crowns of 4 inch nails wasn't warning enough, we have the silent alarm sign. Some attack dog signs also I seem to remember.

Silent Alarm


This is the view looking North down Bellevue just past Doris's driveway. Doesn't seem like you'd need barbed wire and nails in this neighborhood does it?

Heading back over the Newport Bridge to Jamestown in a sudden rain storm.

Rain on bridge

Cruise ship

A small cruise ship heading under the bridge and back out to sea. They had a nice day ashore and get to see a good sunset and rainbow as they're leaving.

I remember passing under the bridge over the mouth of Vancouver Harbor, built by the Guinness family, on the highest open deck on the MS Veendam on its way to Alaska. A number of people, including myself, were watching the vehicles passing over us on the bridge and wondering who they were and where they going just then, and if they noticed the ship passing under them. Then I remember wondering when we were going to eat.

View from the bridge

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