Saturday, March 9, 2019

Moved my site to Blogger

You may have noticed things have changed. My websites had been hosted on Godaddy for many years but last week I moved them to Blogger.

I started using GoDaddy prior to 2000 and was happy for many years, but for the past few years I've felt the performance has slowed.

My blog site grayharley.com was using the wordpress backend, and my other sites were running combination of HTML, PHP, and MySQL. I like php and mysql over plain html but as I said the performance on Godaddy had declined. I'm a Google fan, so I decieded to look into moving my blog from Wordpress to Blogger. It worked well, yes I had to do a bit of cleanup but I was happy enough that I decided to move dfb.net and all the townof sites as well.

One of the good things about moving eight sites in one week is I got a lot of experience with Blogger quickly. So far I'm very happy. I like the extra features in Blogger and I like the Google photos integration. I'm still looking for a better way to display my google Photo Albums and the Links Gadget does not include a open in new tab option but overall I'm quickly becoming a Blogger fan.

Dave

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Town of Paxton

The Wachusett Region is made up of five towns located in central Massachusetts. The five towns are Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, and Sterling. Each town has its own Elementary & Middle School but share a central High School, and central district office, both located in Holden MA.

Paxton
Fire Department 508-791-6600
Police Department 508-755-1104
Council on Aging 508-756-2833
Town Clerk 508-799-7347, x13
Building Inspector 508-753-2803, x11
Board of Health 508-753-2803, x11
Assessors Office 508-799-7231, x16
Tax Collector 508-799-7347, x15
Board of Selectmen 508-754-7638, x10
Public Library 508-754-0793
Veterans' Services 508-755-1477
Public Works 508-753-9077
Water Department 508-753-9077
Light Department 508-756-9508
Phone Company 800-870-9999
Cable Company 800-634-1008

How to Build a Better Picnic Table

ISBN 1-4243-0963-8

This is not your average picnic table.


My goal here was to design a better picnic table, and a booklet with everything you need to know to build this table.

This Picnic Table is being built around the world by Homeowners, Schools, Colleges & Restaurants.

It's Handicap Accessible
It's Easy to Build and Kits are Available
It has No Exposed Screws on the Table Top
It's Easy to Move around the yard
It Stands-Up for Easy Cleanup and Storage

This table is Handicap Accessible

This unique picnic table is Handicap Accessible because it has room for a person in a wheelchair or an extra bench at the ends of the table, and because someone can sit at the ends of the benches without lifting their leg over the bench.

Whether you're new to woodworking or building picnic tables to sell, this step by step booklet will show you how to build a better picnic table. Over 200 picnic tables using this design are built every year and I truly believe this is a better picnic table. As a woodworker when I put this booklet together it was important to me to keep it simple, yet written with enough step-by-step detail that a reader with no woodworking experience can actually build this table.

This picnic table design is becoming increasingly popular with Homeowners, Schools, Colleges & Restaurants, and my single bench version is being used as an outside Event Table. I truly believe that you can build this table, and that you will have fun doing it.

The table is designed to stand back while you cut the grass.

In the spring & summer we have to cut the grass several times a month. This table was designed to stand-up out of the way and to be easy to move.

When cutting the grass first I stand all my picnic tables on one side and I cut the whole lawn;
then I flip them all to the other side and cleanup around the tables;
then I flip them all down and put the mower away.
It really would not be any easier to mow if I had no tables to cut around.

Cleaning & Storage

I also stand my tables on one side to store them for the winter. Just remember a strong wind may knock one over.
To help my tables last and to help keep them clean the boards are well gaped; this allows rain water to drain through,
and I build my tables with stainless steel carriage bolts and corrosion resistant deck-screws.

Most of the wooden picnic tables you see are a copy of the original picnic table built 100 years ago. I guess no one told them it was not a great design. Some people think to build a picnic table; you just nail a few boards together. Well that's almost true but let's skip the nails, add a little bit of thought, and build a better picnic table this weekend.

A few years ago I set-out to design and build a better picnic table.
The traditional picnic table is typically hard to get in and out of; it can be clumsy to move;
and with most tables the legs will weaken each time you tip the table on to its side.

When designing this picnic table I had three goals. I wanted it to be handicap accessible, to be easy to move, and to be easier to get in and out of. I accomplished all of this and more by carefully planning my unique table design.

This picnic table is built using roughly (88) Deck-screws, (13) 2x6x8's and (2) 2x4x8's

I normally use 8 carriage bolts -w- Nuts & Washers; for high traffic tables I use 16 carriage bolts.


I truly believe you can build this table, and that you will have fun doing it.

If you would like a copy it's $12 with Free Shipping
You supply all Hardware & Lumber.

The Picnic Table Plans include easy to follow step by step instructions. A full materials list, and helpful tips, photos, diagrams and more to help you build your table quickly.

No fancy tools are required. US Postal Service First Class Mail ®
(Free Shipping within United States & Canada Only)

Qty: 1   Email: dave@dfb.net

Thanks for stopping by to look at my picnic tables

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

School Websites

School Websites & Phone numbers
School District Central Office 508-829-1670
Paxton Center School 508-798-8576
Wachusett Regional High School 508-829-6771

Are you interested in owning this website

I don't living in Massachusetts anymore.
I'm looking for someone who lives in one of of the five towns, and is active in the community to take over.

If you are interested send an email to domains@thewachusettregion.com your email will be received by a friend of mine who also lives in one of the five towns.

If you want to get a reply show us you read this message by tell us who you are and why you think you would be a good fit.

Tell us which domain you found us on, and and take the time to ask relevant questions using complete and full sentences.

I originally created this website in 2005 for the people of Rutland and their families and friends. At the time the site included town phone numbers, later I added local Real Estate listings. Since I was creating one, it was just as easy to create five. When I moved I took the site down. Its back now just to find a buyer before the domain names are released to the world.