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(WWMT)   Man makes world's longest wooden chain in memory of his wife, still waiting to attach world's largest wooden ball to the end   (wwmt.com ) divider line
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2009-10-20 11:32:47 AM  
was it really that hard to include a picture of the stupid chain?
 
2009-10-20 11:39:35 AM  
He lost his lucky ball and chain, now she's four years gone...
 
2009-10-20 11:47:26 AM  
I thought it said "wooden chair" and was about ready to warn him the dangers of sitting in one.
 
2009-10-20 12:11:02 PM  

oi_piss_me_off: was it really that hard to include a picture of the stupid chain?



The original article they reference here has pictures.
 
2009-10-20 12:38:27 PM  
Sybarite
oi_piss_me_off: was it really that hard to include a picture of the stupid chain?


The original article they reference here has pictures.


ah, thanks. nice chain
 
2009-10-20 12:44:06 PM  
oi_piss_me_off: was it really that hard to include a picture of the stupid chain?

media.mlive.com
 
2009-10-20 01:04:31 PM  

UNC_Samurai: He lost his lucky ball and chain, now she's four years gone...


...She's five foot tall and sick of him, and all his rattling on.
 
2009-10-20 02:30:40 PM  
Shiat, she died and still cannot get away from him.
 
2009-10-20 02:30:41 PM  

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Well, I can tell when I'm not welcome.
 
2009-10-20 02:33:13 PM  

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Well, I can tell when I'm not welcome.


Sounds like Fark, only incredibly boring.
 
2009-10-20 02:33:46 PM  

SweetDickens: Shiat, she died and still cannot get away from him.


The chain is actual size but it seems much bigger to me.
 
2009-10-20 02:34:34 PM  
And if you dont love me now, you will never love me again.
 
2009-10-20 02:34:59 PM  

Kliffoth: UNC_Samurai: He lost his lucky ball and chain, now she's four years gone...

...She's five foot tall and sick of him, and all his rattling on.


I was young and foolish then
I feel old and foolish now
 
2009-10-20 02:35:04 PM  
Actually, I think it's nice.
 
2009-10-20 02:36:20 PM  
It's a lot easier to go to Lowes and buy a chain to keep her in your basement...
 
2009-10-20 02:36:34 PM  
So his wife dies an that's the only thing he can think of to do with his wood?
 
2009-10-20 02:37:56 PM  

SapperInTexas: Kliffoth: UNC_Samurai: He lost his lucky ball and chain, now she's four years gone...

...She's five foot tall and sick of him, and all his rattling on.

I was young and foolish then
I feel old and foolish now


Confidentially, she never called me baby-doll
Confidentially, I never had much pride
 
2009-10-20 02:38:11 PM  
FTA: 487.5-foot chain

This could also be represented as 5,850 inches.

FTA: The Battle Creek Enquirer says the chain has 1,993 links, each of which is 4 inches long.

This could also be repesented as 7,972 inches.

Since when does 5,850 = 7,972?
 
2009-10-20 02:39:31 PM  
Okay, something's bothering me about this. They claim the chain was made from a signle plank of Silver Maple, and the chain is 487' 6" in length. Wikipedia says that Silver Maples exceptionally only grow to 115' in length. Was this some giant Supermaple, or am I missing something?
 
2009-10-20 02:39:37 PM  
animatedtv.about.com

/Where we you.....when they built the ladder to heaven?
//Red Hot.... catholic love
 
2009-10-20 02:40:00 PM  
Not amused

www.nndb.com

/hot
 
2009-10-20 02:41:45 PM  
Is his name Marley?

DNRTFA
 
2009-10-20 02:42:24 PM  

colslax: Since when does 5,850 = 7,972?


The links overlap. Even though you have 2 links at 4 inches each, together they would be maybe 7.5 inches.
 
2009-10-20 02:42:53 PM  
nmrsnr Okay, something's bothering me about this. They claim the chain was made from a signle plank of Silver Maple, and the chain is 487' 6" in length. Wikipedia says that Silver Maples exceptionally only grow to 115' in length. Was this some giant Supermaple, or am I missing something?

Could have carved up and down the plank.
 
2009-10-20 02:43:38 PM  

apt311: colslax: Since when does 5,850 = 7,972?

The links overlap. Even though you have 2 links at 4 inches each, together they would be maybe 7.5 inches.


Duh. Geez.
 
2009-10-20 02:44:41 PM  

nmrsnr: Okay, something's bothering me about this. They claim the chain was made from a signle plank of Silver Maple, and the chain is 487' 6" in length. Wikipedia says that Silver Maples exceptionally only grow to 115' in length. Was this some giant Supermaple, or am I missing something?


I was thinking he probably got to the end of the plank then started back the other direction....the links aren't that big, and maybe it was a wide plank. He should have taken a before picture.
 
2009-10-20 02:45:41 PM  

oi_piss_me_off: was it really that hard to include a picture of the stupid chain?


Unfarking believable isn't it? I think some of the news channels websites a computer generated and no one checks them.
 
2009-10-20 02:45:43 PM  

nmrsnr: Okay, something's bothering me about this. They claim the chain was made from a signle plank of Silver Maple, and the chain is 487' 6" in length. Wikipedia says that Silver Maples exceptionally only grow to 115' in length. Was this some giant Supermaple, or am I missing something?


I'm thinking he carved a pattern like this:

www.pcblibraries.com
 
2009-10-20 02:45:43 PM  
He's not that old, and could certainly still be on the older singles market. Can you imagine dating a person who was carving something like that for his/her dead spouse?
 
2009-10-20 02:48:13 PM  
Thanks, that makes much more sense.
 
2009-10-20 02:51:09 PM  
He's just prepping for his role as Jacob Marley in this year's production of "A Christmas Carol". Nothing to see here.
 
2009-10-20 02:54:12 PM  
How are the links made to interlock? Is each link one solid piece?
 
2009-10-20 02:54:24 PM  

apt311: colslax: Since when does 5,850 = 7,972?

The links overlap. Even though you have 2 links at 4 inches each, together they would be maybe 7.5 inches.


This is what I get for trying to do math while recovering from a concussion.

Carry on.
 
2009-10-20 02:56:32 PM  
I hope that this brings him closure.

If not, I hope Super Carver can be convinced to harness and use his powers for good, rather than confusing metaphor.
 
2009-10-20 03:09:24 PM  
It was made of maple so it gets the sappy tag! HA! I get it!
 
2009-10-20 03:12:44 PM  

Beeblebrox: How are the links made to interlock? Is each link one solid piece?


Yeah. Carved it that way.
 
2009-10-20 03:12:47 PM  

Assimilate This: It was made of maple so it gets the sappy tag! HA! I get it!


*facepalm*
 
2009-10-20 03:13:06 PM  
As others have said the links overlap which creates the difference in lengths. Here is a picture I found that should clear it up.

www.carvingpatterns.com

/image is hotLINKed
//knows someone who has done shorter ones.
 
2009-10-20 03:14:01 PM  

Third In Line: Sounds like Fark, only incredibly boring.


FTFY
 
2009-10-20 03:17:12 PM  
This has rekindled my lack of interest.
 
2009-10-20 03:17:26 PM  

nmrsnr: Okay, something's bothering me about this. They claim the chain was made from a signle plank of Silver Maple, and the chain is 487' 6" in length. Wikipedia says that Silver Maples exceptionally only grow to 115' in length. Was this some giant Supermaple, or am I missing something?


Maybe it was just a really large plank...
 
2009-10-20 03:18:21 PM  
My dad makes these things. He can also do ball a ball in a cage, hinges, and these expandy contracty things. You can also do "a ball, in a ball, in a ball" and that kind of stuff. For those too lazy to google, here's a link that explains how to do the chain. (new window)
 
2009-10-20 03:18:31 PM  
Chain of fool

.
 
2009-10-20 03:20:52 PM  

PumpUpDaFark: And if you dont love me now, you will never love me again.


*shakes tiny fist while running in the shadows*
 
2009-10-20 03:25:06 PM  
 
2009-10-20 03:27:48 PM  
I usually make chains in black walnut or cherry. usually they're less than 3' long, but you could break one of the links along the grain and hook it to another chain, glue it back together and so on and so on. and eventually hook it back to the other end of the orignial chain. I give them to people and they convince themselves that I carved it all in one piece, even when it is more than one type of wood.
I've also done one with triple links, circles, squares, and mostly with variable sized links, I find doing just one size and shape in a chain a bit boring and repetative.
I suspect "longest chain guy" did his with a plunge router and a template, rather than with a pocket knife that I use to do mine.
 
2009-10-20 03:33:26 PM  
Bunch of math majors in here
 
2009-10-20 03:35:06 PM  

Pocket_Pitbull: nmrsnr: Okay, something's bothering me about this. They claim the chain was made from a signle plank of Silver Maple, and the chain is 487' 6" in length. Wikipedia says that Silver Maples exceptionally only grow to 115' in length. Was this some giant Supermaple, or am I missing something?

Maybe it was just a really large plank...


What's the normal width of the tree? Take one plank, use 4 different rows of it (or so)
 
2009-10-20 03:37:23 PM  

madgordy: I suspect "longest chain guy" did his with a plunge router and a template, rather than with a pocket knife that I use to do mine.


There's no doubt about that. My dad has switched to making these incredibly intracite stencil things with a tiny drill and a scroll saw with these miniscule blades. I don't want to tell him I could beat one of his designs out using a CNC water jet in about a half hour because I know it takes him forever to get these things done.
 
2009-10-20 03:37:43 PM  
nice headline subby, +1
 
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