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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby middle aged female » Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:51 pm

jmy wrote:
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jmy wrote:I tore out the front porch today and found a blue and white porcelain street sign for 27th Street. I can't find any info. on this color scheme, but 27th seems to have been renamed McKinley in 1910 or 1930. Modern-day McKinley is a bit far away for this neck of the woods, so I suspect that the Boulevard was once 27th/McKinley, but I can't find a time line for the different stretches of the Boulevard.

Anyone know anything?

I don't ever remember Detroit having Blue and White street signs. Green and white, black and white, but not blue.
And as far as I can tell, Grand Blvd was always Grand Blvd since Pingree approved the layout. From the Detroit River, around the city, and back to the River.
Can you take a pic? I'd love to see it


I found a street atlas of 1885. I didn't consider that 27th Street (which did become Grand Boulevard more or less) wasn't in Detroit. It was in Springwells Township, the boundary of which was a block over. So, it appears I have a Springwells street sign.

From what I can tell, Grand Boulevard was created in fits and starts, from Belle Isle to the west side.

If you can tell me how to post a pic, I can do it. Or, send me a message with your email address, and I'll send it to you.

I'll send you my email and instructions on posting.

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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby middle aged female » Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:58 pm

Here you go, Jmy and thanks; my grandparents lived on 24th St right by where the bridge is now when they emigrated her from Hungary in 1908, so this was very near where they lived.

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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby The Beav » Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:47 am

middle aged female wrote:Here you go, Jmy and thanks; my grandparents lived on 24th St right by where the bridge is now when they emigrated her from Hungary in 1908, so this was very near where they lived.


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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby jmy » Sat Sep 12, 2015 12:37 pm

The older locals call it Leroy's, I think. It'll be interesting to see what it's renamed.
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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby middle aged female » Sat Sep 12, 2015 12:41 pm

jmy wrote:The older locals call it Leroy's, I think. It'll be interesting to see what it's renamed.

Probably something like Leroy Wayne's Art and Spirit's Emporium

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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby frank - up in grand blanc » Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:33 pm

how close to the edge of a cliff can one safely ride a bike?

Hikers find man's body in photos taken from Northern Michigan cliff, call police


NORTHERN MICHIGAN -- Police are investigating the death of a man after hikers reviewing photos taken near a cliff along Lake Superior at Presque Isle Park noticed what appeared to be a body in the images, Marquette police say.

The hikers called emergency dispatch and Marquette city police officers responded about 12:19 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. They located the body of a male in his early 30s, from Marquette, lying on the ground at the base of a cliff.

Detective Lt. Mike Kohler on Friday morning told MLive he could not say when the man may have died because police are still working to locate next of kin.

The Marquette Mining Journal identified the hikers who contacted police as Scott Andrews and Brett Peterson of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Andrews told the Mining Journal that Peterson took photos over the edge of the cliff to see how far it was to the bottom and they spotted a bike and legs. They yelled to the person and called 911 after they didn't see movement, according to an Associated Press


http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/09/hikers_find_mans_body_in_photo.html#incart_river

I believe that the answer is "just a little bit closer in than this guy did."

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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby RoryKasel » Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:46 pm

Any good off the wall places to eat in Greenville SC? Also, does anyone know the proper street crossing etiquette aside from the run for your life approach with the lack of crosswalks and traffic light sequences that appear to be completely random around here?
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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby RoryKasel » Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:05 pm

RoryKasel wrote:Any good off the wall places to eat in Greenville SC? Also, does anyone know the proper street crossing etiquette aside from the run for your life approach with the lack of crosswalks and traffic light sequences that appear to be completely random around here?


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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby MICHIGAN » Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:33 pm

My brother recently finished a 1 month tour of duty in Detroit. He reported back on special decals on the cars of a select few, essentially a square with the #8 inside [8] that is placed on your windshield. Does anyone on board have any experience with these stickers?
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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby Mulligan » Wed Oct 28, 2015 2:35 pm

MICHIGAN wrote:My brother recently finished a 1 month tour of duty in Detroit. He reported back on special decals on the cars of a select few, essentially a square with the #8 inside [8] that is placed on your windshield. Does anyone on board have any experience with these stickers?


Signifies membership in a local secret society. They also have jackets.



Their old HQ was at 6 Mile and Grand River.

I used to be with it, but then they changed what 'it' was. Now, what I'm with isn't 'it,' and what's 'it' seems weird and scary.
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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby Stosh Kielbasa » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:35 am

Mulligan wrote:
MICHIGAN wrote:My brother recently finished a 1 month tour of duty in Detroit. He reported back on special decals on the cars of a select few, essentially a square with the #8 inside [8] that is placed on your windshield. Does anyone on board have any experience with these stickers?


Signifies membership in a local secret society. They also have jackets.



Their old HQ was at 6 Mile and Grand River.



Could also be the NASCAR #8 driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby D-Day » Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:14 pm

Friend of D-Day Out Of The Can made this box for us in memoriam of the Tango Uniform D-Day. It needs to be finished, but I don't really know how to finish it.......the wood is really, really soft. Almost like balsa. Should I just put urethane on it? Light stain and then urethane?



Suggestions?

BTW......if anyone is concerned, D-Day Out Of The Can has been doing fine since he came back from the can. He's working and, for now, seems to be pretty dead set ob changing his ways. Time will tell, but so far, so good
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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby frank - up in grand blanc » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:01 pm

Hey, D-Day,

I hope that he doesn't mind but I'll out Roq as the resident finish expert. He's the one that did a bang-up job finishing the cremation urn for Gully.

However, if Roq is MIA I have two suggestions, presented out of order in terms of order-of-operation:

1) definitely finish the box to give it an attractive sheen as well as a level of protection against dust and moisture. Polyurethane is an acceptable choice, but lately I've been taking a shine to Minwax finishing oil because the result is more approachable than, say, the finish that we used to encounter on the wooden chairs and tables 40 years ago in DPS. More like furniture than institutional finish, I mean to say.

http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/specialty-finishes/minwax-antique-oil-finish



OK that pic is obnoxiously large, but now you won't be able to claim that you cannot see it. Oh, and stain first, finish second (unless you skip stain/coloring altogether)


2) Color... I'd have to see it to really know, but it could be that your supplier made this box out of aspen or even bass wood: both white in color, soft as hell, and without much visible grain. Furniture and fixtures are left unstained because the grain is attractive OR the desired look is the minimalist style of Scandinavia decor. Different strokes, you know, but I believe the plain white look is shitty, especially for a keepsake. Plain finish will add warmth and some color to bare wood, and maybe this will wortk for this box, however I'd experiment with different colors before settling upon one or alternately rolling the dice on an unstained option. You can apply tests with different colors to the underside (will go unseen, right?) until you find the color that you like. Alternately, you could take the box into your local Woodcraft or Rockler in your area (interwebs says that you have both) and have them ID the material; having identified the wood you can buy a small piece or a cut-off and then experiment on garbage without risking a foul-up on the actual piece.

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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby middle aged female » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:22 pm

D-Day wrote:Friend of D-Day Out Of The Can made this box for us in memoriam of the Tango Uniform D-Day. It needs to be finished, but I don't really know how to finish it.......the wood is really, really soft. Almost like balsa. Should I just put urethane on it? Light stain and then urethane?



Suggestions?

BTW......if anyone is concerned, D-Day Out Of The Can has been doing fine since he came back from the can. He's working and, for now, seems to be pretty dead set ob changing his ways. Time will tell, but so far, so good

Beautiful job on the box and I'm glad to hear D-Day II is doing well. How long since the can opener was applied? About a month, now? It's a good start

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Re: Hot Fudge Ask The Expert

Postby D-Day » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:39 pm

frank - up in grand blanc wrote:Hey, D-Day,

I hope that he doesn't mind but I'll out Roq as the resident finish expert. He's the one that did a bang-up job finishing the cremation urn for Gully.

However, if Roq is MIA I have two suggestions, presented out of order in terms of order-of-operation:

1) definitely finish the box to give it an attractive sheen as well as a level of protection against dust and moisture. Polyurethane is an acceptable choice, but lately I've been taking a shine to Minwax finishing oil because the result is more approachable than, say, the finish that we used to encounter on the wooden chairs and tables 40 years ago in DPS. More like furniture than institutional finish, I mean to say.

http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/specialty-finishes/minwax-antique-oil-finish



OK that pic is obnoxiously large, but now you won't be able to claim that you cannot see it. Oh, and stain first, finish second (unless you skip stain/coloring altogether)


2) Color... I'd have to see it to really know, but it could be that your supplier made this box out of aspen or even bass wood: both white in color, soft as hell, and without much visible grain. Furniture and fixtures are left unstained because the grain is attractive OR the desired look is the minimalist style of Scandinavia decor. Different strokes, you know, but I believe the plain white look is shitty, especially for a keepsake. Plain finish will add warmth and some color to bare wood, and maybe this will wortk for this box, however I'd experiment with different colors before settling upon one or alternately rolling the dice on an unstained option. You can apply tests with different colors to the underside (will go unseen, right?) until you find the color that you like. Alternately, you could take the box into your local Woodcraft or Rockler in your area (interwebs says that you have both) and have them ID the material; having identified the wood you can buy a small piece or a cut-off and then experiment on garbage without risking a foul-up on the actual piece.


Yeah........I'm almost tempted to pay someone to do this. This isn't novice territory where there's room for mostakes
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