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Location: Austin, Texas
Website: http://www.woodworks-by-donna.com

I like all aspects of woodworking. I have some experience carving, turning, and using most shop power tools. I have a complete shop where I can make most anything I want- but I'm usually working on something small- like a box.
Author of: The Ultimate Band Saw Box Book

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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oscorner

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#1 posted 03-17-2007 11:13 AM

I’m enjoying your book! Haven’t had time to make any boxes yet, though. How about posting some of you work?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Donna Menke

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#2 posted 03-17-2007 02:39 PM

I’m glad you are enjoying the book. It has been gratifying to hear back from people who think the book is worthwhile. I’ve even gotten some pictures from people who have made boxes using my plans and directions. That is really neat.
As far as posting my work goes- my web site has a whole bunch of pictures of my work. Was there something special you wanted to see here- like the new boxes I’ve made to illustrate the article I’m doing for Woodcraft magazine?
Donna

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Karson

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#3 posted 03-17-2007 07:51 PM

Donna Welcome back to LumberJocks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Donna Menke

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#4 posted 03-17-2007 08:37 PM

Hi Karson-
I never went away- I just haven’t been checking here as often as I should. Hubby calls me ‘mouse potato’ as it is because I spend so much time on the computer and online. I could do this all day, but then I wouldn’t get anything else done.
I like it when I get notices in my email ‘cause that reminds me to take a break, sit at the computer for a while, and see what everyone is up to.
Donna

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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#5 posted 03-17-2007 08:42 PM

Welcome (back?) to LJ Donna. I’m new here so it is a pleasure to meet you. I’m looking forward to your book!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Donna Menke

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#6 posted 03-17-2007 08:55 PM

Hi Chip-
Hmmm- are you and Karson neighbors? Are you going to order the book? If so you may want to do it in the next 2 days- I’m leaving on Tuesday to visit my father in MA for 2 weeks and I won’t have too many books with me.
Then again- maybe Karson will let you borrow his copy. . . or maybe not.
Donna

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Chip

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#7 posted 03-17-2007 09:07 PM

Karson is on the other end of the state then I am though in Delaware that’s not saying much… about a two hour drive.

I try to budget my publication money on a monthly basis because I am somewhat of a book addict when it comes to woodworking, especially box making. So you are on my list for next month. Can only hope there are some left.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 03-17-2007 09:25 PM

No problem there, Chip, I’ll be back by then. You think you have a publication problem- hah- I’ll put my woodworking shelf up against your’s any day. I think I have 6’ of purely woodworking books- and that isn’t counting the magazines that I cannot bear to throw away. Another 4’ of shelf space for them. Keep this up I’ll have to build more shelving.
I bought 500 of my books- thinking that would be a lifetime supply. . . maybe not!
I can always order more if I run out-
Donna
btw- I have a bibliography of box making books that I have read/own. Would you like a copy of it? Or would that just add to your temptation/addiction.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Karson

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#9 posted 03-17-2007 09:50 PM

I’m trying to get him to come down Donna, but haven’t had any luck yet.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Donna Menke

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#10 posted 03-18-2007 01:28 AM

Well- maybe getting a sneak peek at the book would be enough incentive- then he can decide whether or not he really wants it.
I’ve just finished putting the first coat of Arm-R-Seal ona walnut Pinwheel Box with exposed brass hinge pins- nice. Donna

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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#11 posted 03-18-2007 05:59 AM

Was there something special you wanted to see here- like the new boxes I’ve made to illustrate the article I’m doing for Woodcraft magazine? Yes, that would be nice. I was just thinking that if you posted somemore of your work here, you’d get more book sales. I visit your site often.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Donna Menke

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#12 posted 03-19-2007 09:41 PM

You are right there, I seem to sell more books when I post more, but I won’t make gratuitous posts just for that reason. I like to have something to say- then again I like to yak- so that is no problem. LOL.
http://www.woodworks-by-donna.com/finishedtop-sideview.jpg,
http://www.woodworks-by-donna.com/finishedpartlyopen.jpg,
http://www.woodworks-by-donna.com/finishedopenfromside.jpg
Here is the new Pinwheel Box in canarywood. Donna

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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jockmike2

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#13 posted 04-26-2007 02:12 PM

Beautiful box Donna, clever shape. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Mark

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#14 posted 04-26-2007 03:40 PM

Donna it is good to have you and your boxes are beautiful.

I live in Kerrville and am looking for hardwood stores in the Austin area. I’ve shopped in San Antonio and would like to see what else is locally available. Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks so much and keep building those boxes.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 04-27-2007 01:01 AM

Mark- I’m over here in Fredricksburg at the fairgrounds all this week. I’m teaching carving for the Texas Woodcarvers’ Guild. Come on by 8:30-4:30 and I’ll be teaching. I have the books with me and some of the boxes if you are interested in seeing them. We eat lunch between 12-1 and I’m there at my table-#21 during lunch. There is a catered lunch and it is quite good- if you are looking for a meal.
I bought most of my wood from Woodcraft in Austin- but then I worked there and it was cheaper. Paxton Fine Woods was another goos one- different name now I think. Haven’t been there in years. There is one other hard wood supplier in Austin- southside somewhere.
I’ll be here through Saturday.
Glad you like my boxes- you should make some!
Donna

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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