Autauga Heritage

Just Like New

I like to get out of the house and take a stroll now and then. I was walking down Main street in Autauga when I spotted a wonderful antique shop, the kind that has disappeared from the heartland of America all too soon. Such stores held a treasure trove of items for personal use or décor. You could go in and browse for hours and come home with just a china tea cup and saucer. You might find that one thing you have been pining for. It was such a pleasure to be there. The owner would tell you all about the inventory and its provenance. I love hearing about the old days and how people once lived in places like Prattville. An antique shop is a bastion of cultural memories. What are we going to do without them once they are all gone? I might have to open one myself. The issue is to find special things that speak to people in a modern world.

I eat up every story and tale about the past and the kind of world that is fast changing as the urban sprawl takes over small town life. For now, let’s enjoy what we have—those of us who are lucky enough to live simply and comfortably amid friends and neighbors in a town that has a rich heritage. Every town has something to share in the present. We learn from the past so let’s not let it die. I do my part. At the antique store that day I bought a great old chair. The problem is that it had seen better days. I imagine the people who sat on it and who wore the wood away. Now it needs some tender loving care and I have asked my handyman husband to help out with some repair. He borrowed a top quality palm sander from a kind neighbor and learnt about sandpaper from this guide. I love that people are close where I live. We all share the same homey values.

A palm sander is indeed a handy item. I wonder how my husband missed out on this gadget when he was replenishing his woodworking shop. It produces a fine swirl-free finish. I understand that this is important. The 3.0 Amp magnet motor produces constant speed and power while a button-style paper clamp system enables you to make effortless paper changes. Every job has its requirements. The universal hose adapter allows for connections with various vacuum hose sizes. Then there is a plastic dust canister fitted with a filter that provides efficient dust collection and enhances durability. This is a small wonder and it really did the job on my chair. It looks like new. Watching my husband at work made me think that I could use this gadget. I don’t collect that much furniture, but now and then a chest of drawers or an end table needs a bit of sanding. I can refinish and re-stain anything after this little machine goes to town.