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Blog series by DamnYankee updated 08-25-2012 05:35 AM 8 parts 12967 reads 66 comments total

Part 1: Turned Down a Project... Not Enough $$

11-10-2011 04:54 AM by DamnYankee | 20 comments »

One of my previous customers (the Doll Wardrobes) asked me to build her a Hall Tree. She had pictures of two that she liked parts of, one she liked the bead board back of the other she liked the bench of. I did some rough designing and thought through the process/steps and determined the project would take about $350 in materials and take me about 40+ hours to complete. The time included shopping for the materials, the cutting, the assembly, and finishing (she wanted it painted). I then st...

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Part 2: Tic Toc Can't Wait to Get in the Shop

11-23-2011 08:40 PM by DamnYankee | 0 comments »

It’s Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving Day weekend. A 2pm early release has been announced. And I am on LJs just waiting for the whistle to blow so I can get home and make some sawdust! Ever been there? I am currently working on a box made of walnut and maple for our local woodworker’s association’s annual Christmas dinner at which members bring a gift (preferably one they have made), wrapped, and the spouses (usually the wives) pick one of the wrapped gifts to...

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Part 3: I Might Need Intervention

12-20-2011 06:18 PM by DamnYankee | 6 comments »

HELP – I think I’m addicted to bandsaw reindeer! Luckily its the season for reindeer…. I recently purchased an old Buffalo 14” bandsaw that I’ve refurbished (this is my first BS). And as a means to improve my BS skills (pun intended?) I thought I’d give the reindeer thing a try. Now I find myself playing with the pattern to make tall reindeet, short reindeer, fat ones and skinny ones. If I keep this up I’ll have more reindeer than Santa. I...

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Part 4: New Project - 2 Screw-ups in Under 30 Minutes

12-22-2011 01:15 AM by DamnYankee | 2 comments »

Started working on a cribbage board for my Grandfather. I am using some walnut he sent me. I printed out a hole pattern. The pattern I’m using did not fit on one piece of 8.5×11 paper so I had to print one end and then the other with a significant portion of the pattern overlapping. Easy enough, print both pages, align and tape together. No problem right? So I printed the two pages out, lined them up, taped them together. Then using painters tape, I taped the pattern to ...

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Part 5: First Tablesaw Accident (Not Serious, No Blood)

01-23-2012 11:08 PM by DamnYankee | 16 comments »

I was cutting a piece of 1/4” ply down to final size (size befor cutting ~24”x36” had to cut it about in half) for the armoir project I posted earlier. Being fully aware of the potential danger of cutting thin stock when the fence is further away from the blade than the edege of the tabel top wings, I checked (with the saw blade all the way down) to see if it was goint to be an issue. After test pushing the piece through (remember no blade up or spinning) it pushed throug...

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Part 6: Unexpected Costs of Woodworking

02-03-2012 04:24 AM by DamnYankee | 8 comments »

Okay, we probably have all spent more on a project because we miss cut a piece of wood, or changed our mind about the finish and started over. Well this week I ran into a rather unexpected (though somehow I doubt unique) “cost overrun”. I damaged my washing machine with various items that I had failed to empty out of my grubby shop pants (an old pair of cargo-pocketed jeans). The washer started making a very nasty grinding noise one night this past week. When I investigate...

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Part 7: Looking for Woodworking Supplies in Panama City, FL Area

06-12-2012 09:02 PM by DamnYankee | 3 comments »

I will be doing some business travel in the Panama City, FL area and was wondering if any fellow LJs had any recommendations for woodworking supplies.

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Part 8: Long Absences from Woodworking...What Do You Do To Get Your Fix

08-25-2012 05:35 AM by DamnYankee | 11 comments »

Due to my job I periodically spend I spend long periods of time (months) away from my shop and woodworking. The longer I am away the more I feel like I’m going through DTs. Sometimes I can get my “woodworking fix” by visiting/shopping at a woodworking supply store. On this particular trip there aren’t any. There aren’t any auctions or yard sales listing tools. There aren’t any antique stores that carry tools. The closest I can come to anything woodworking is the local Lowes and Home Dep...

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