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Blog series by Ecocandle updated 05-27-2011 04:59 AM 324 parts 374672 reads 1527 comments total

Part 1: New Year...New Hobby

01-03-2010 03:41 AM by Ecocandle | 12 comments »

I have been known to take up a hobby or 37. At 42, on the cusp of 43, and well into the ‘balding’ years, I have decided that, in lieu of a midlife crisis, I would take up woodworking. Don’t get me wrong, a new car and a 27 year old with huge, firm, hands would be wonderful; But I can’t afford the 27 year old, and I am not into cars that much. In the summer of 2009, I went to an arts festival in Des Moines. The gentleman, who won best of show, did so with some amazing etched clay bowls. I a...

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Part 2: Reflections of a Mortise

01-04-2010 12:59 AM by Ecocandle | 8 comments »

Stepping through the beveled corner, art deco inlay, looking glass, into the world of woodworking is an experience that is humbling to say the least. On another woodworking site, a blogger posed the question, are ‘Dovetails’ overrated? The article was well written, the comments were astounding. The debate between the pro-tail vs. the pro-choice factions was more contentious than an abortion debate three days before a presidential election. Wonderland indeed! The one point that I t...

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Part 3: A Tenuous Grasp

01-05-2010 12:56 AM by Ecocandle | 15 comments »

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” -Alfred Lord Tennyson As you may know, I have mortised. Can mortise be used as a verb? Obviously it can, though I am sure my 7th grade English teacher is rolling over in her grave. Actually, I don’t know if she is dead, probably just wishful thinking on my part. I digress. What is a mortise without a tenon? It is sad. It is lonely. It is unfulfilled. It is ying without yang, peanut butter without jelly, Simon without Garfield. Ok t...

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Part 4: Out Into The Cold

01-06-2010 04:12 AM by Ecocandle | 13 comments »

It is cold in Iowa today. It was cold yesterday too. It will be cold tomorrow. Despite this I realized that I hadn’t been to Home Depot, Menards, or Acme Tool in several days. I was beginning to get that itch. I needed a fix. So I bundled up and hopped in the car and off I went. I had a vague desire to buy some rare earth magnets. Do I have a project that requires magnets? No, of course not, I just really wanted them. The reason that the advertising industry is so successful ...

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Part 5: A Gritty Performance

01-07-2010 06:21 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

It was a gritty performance to say the least. Our hero was struggling with his new wet stone, trying to practice the ancient art of chisel sharpening. The problem was that the wet stone, was, well, wet. The slightest pressure on the chisel and the coefficient of friction would be great enough that the stone would move too. This angered our hero. With a head full of rage and a fair amount of walnut lying around, he set out to put an end to the torment. As some of you may know, if y...

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Part 6: My Plan

01-08-2010 03:10 AM by Ecocandle | 9 comments »

Someone once said, “Plan your work and work your plan.” Or was it, “Plan your woodworking at work, so you can plan on working on wood after work?” Either way, I have a plan. Over the last several years I have spent a good deal of my time building spaces in the virtual world of Second Life. I have designed hundreds of pieces of virtual furniture and I want to learn how to bring them into the real world. I realize that most readers are now scratching their heads with their tape measu...

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Part 7: To and Fro

01-09-2010 05:44 AM by Ecocandle | 9 comments »

It is all back and forth, to and fro, over and over again, until my fingers are sore and angry. Actually my fingers are not only angry, they are bitter and told me in no uncertain terms, “Listen bub, we know you are excited about your new little sharpening station, but either we get a break, or we will wrap ourselves around your neck.” I am not brave, so I relented and decided to take a break from sharpening. I checked and my fingers agreed that they would be more than willing to eithe...

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Part 8: Helsinki Games of 56'

01-10-2010 05:46 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

The long cold winter swept over Jones County. It had been days since I had ventured past the threshold and I was nearly out of pot stickers. The Meeks residence was at Defcon 2. I was getting stir crazy. Action needed to be taken, so I bundled up, put on a sweatshirt and a coat, followed naturally by one additional coat, and topped off with a pair of gloves and a smart chapeau. The world outside waited and I was certain that there may would be an impulse tool purchase in my very near...

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Part 9: My First Project

01-11-2010 04:56 AM by Ecocandle | 7 comments »

“When you have completed 95% of your journey, you are only halfway there.” -Japanese Proverb I need to remember this proverb whenever I approach the end of a project. I find that there are two finish lines when it comes to my tasks. The first finish line is where I start to feel good about what I have accomplished and the second one is where the project is actually completed. This is certainly the case for my workbench. It was, actually still is, my first project. The day tha...

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Part 10: Horrible Dovetail Blunder

01-12-2010 04:17 AM by Ecocandle | 14 comments »

The population of Martelle Iowa is in the neighborhood of 350, so one could use the phrase thriving metropolis comfortably. We do not have door to door USPS delivery, which is a little bit of a bummer, but it does have a tremendous upside. The excitement I get when I hop in the care and drive all the way across town to check my post office box. It is almost like Festivus all year round, without the pole or ‘airing of grievances’. Actually I don’t care for mail, but last Thursday I mad...

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Part 11: Dovetail Delusions

01-13-2010 04:27 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein Because of yesterdays joyous trip to the post office, I had high expectations that today I would find a plethora of woodworking DVDs and a smattering of books, waiting for me. My anticipation remains. Driving across the endless miles, actually yards, which make up Martelle, I thought of Albert Einstein and his bike quote. I haven’t been on a bike in some time, but I was sure that all I n...

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Part 12: It aint my Faulkner

01-14-2010 03:47 AM by Ecocandle | 8 comments »

“Sometimes I think it aint none of us pure crazy and aint none of us pure sane until the balance of us talks him that-a-way. It’s like it aint so much what a fellow does, but it’s the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it.” -William Faulkner, Novel,1930 ‘As I Lay Dying’ I enjoyed this novel. I enjoyed it a great deal, especially after I became use to the style, called stream of consciousness, with which Faulkner penned his ‘tour de force’. In just 6 weeks, w...

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Part 13: Dumb Mistake

01-15-2010 05:11 AM by Ecocandle | 17 comments »

It just makes me so darn angry. The life I have led has been one of logic. I am the son of a mathematician and much of my adult working years have been spent as an analyst. When I make a dumb mistake it grates on my nerves worse than finger nails on a chalk board. Now I don’t have delusions that I am going to progress in woodworking mistake free. Quite the contrary, I see my mistakes as an opportunity to learn. I have learned a lot. The angst I am feeling come from not only makin...

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Part 14: Gnashing Teeth

01-16-2010 01:52 AM by Ecocandle | 11 comments »

Today I drove across Martelle, to the office of post, where I again stared into a cubbyhole filled with emptiness. No DVDs and books for me, in the ‘Soup Nazi’ voice, ran through my head. After coming home, through rush hour traffic, I sat in my comfy green computer chair, defeated. I know from my days of working in the marketing department at GEICO that the travel time for a piece of mail, from anywhere city, in the continental U.S., to the hamlet of someplace, takes no longer than 6 ...

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Part 15: I have just two questions

01-17-2010 12:57 AM by Ecocandle | 11 comments »

“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment” -Jim Rohn I thought I would spend the day continuing to work on my Krenov saw horses, since I didn’t have any new DVDs or books on woodworking. For those that stopped by hoping to see a rant about John Lively’s company The Taunton Press, you will be disappointed to know that I am too happy today to gripe about their inefficiency. Because Monday is a holiday, I won’t get them be...

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Part 16: I Will Continue To Practice

01-18-2010 03:40 AM by Ecocandle | 8 comments »

What drives your woodworking? I just want to be great at it. I have no idea if I will make furniture, turn bowls, chisel sculptures, or build tiny pieces of art. Each time I see something beautiful that is what I want to do. Woodworking has so many paths. It is easy to recognize that dabbling in everything will lead to a mastery of nothing. The importance of focus keeps me on my path of discovery. When the temptation to stray pokes its head out of a magazine article, I give it ...

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Part 17: My Inconvenient Truth

01-19-2010 04:33 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

I am completely gassed. Today I completed the last cuts I need to put the top stretchers into the legs of my saw horses. The last major hurdle was to cut the feet into something more interesting looking than a rectangle. Krenov, who designed these, has the feet with pleasing angles and a cut out on the bottom. I had delusions of grandeur and considered doing something different, but I couldn’t come up with anything I like better than the Master’s design.My desire to improve at using h...

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Part 18: A Giddy Gander (Follow up to Gnashing Teeth)

01-20-2010 03:39 AM by Ecocandle | 5 comments »

Staring out across the frozen tundra that is Martelle in January, I began to apply layers of clothing to my frame, as protection against the bitterness. This, like many of my missives, is a complete exaggeration, it is actually around 25 degrees and not bitter at all. (Now, back to the story) Fearing certain death, or worse, disappointment, I took a pull of diet dew and was about to leave, when suddenly, much to my surprise, the familiar bong of an arriving email caught my attention. ...

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Part 19: My Days as a Ninja

01-21-2010 04:20 AM by Ecocandle | 14 comments »

It seemed like a long time ago. The year was 637 AD, and I was studying under the master Ninja and Carpenter, Sado Asuka. His philosophy was, ‘To master the blade of the Ninja, one must master the tools of the Carpenter’. He said this often. We built a Shinto shrine in his back yard and a rumpus room, for his kids. It was strange that he spoke English, but I digress. One day I was using the hand tools, as I was told, practicing my Miyajim-tsugi, or as the master said, in his best Eas...

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Part 20: Angry Beaver

01-22-2010 05:58 AM by Ecocandle | 7 comments »

Last evening, as if some mysterious and mischievous deity were looking in on me and saw how giddy I was over my new Festool PSB 300EQ, the power went out. Not just a little outage, one where the deity could chuckle for a few minutes as I sit in the dark with my unusable power tool, but a major ‘the house gets really cold’ outage. I went to bed. It was warm. I thought about using my new saw. At 7:37 am the electricity flowed into the house, bringing with it heat, computing power, a...

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Part 21: She Took My Breath Away

01-23-2010 04:12 AM by Ecocandle | 33 comments »

Since I began blogging, I have taken to carrying around a small notebook, pencil, sharpener and eraser. I am more of a pen person, but using a pencil feels right to me. I was at the bar in the Dublin Underground, drinking an RC, no straw, my usual drink. This is my favorite place in Iowa City. It is a friendly place. I was really focused on writing down some thoughts about possible future blog posts. I didn’t notice the woman taking off her coat and sitting down one seat over on m...

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Part 22: Heroes

01-24-2010 04:01 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

In 1972 October 20, Pete Rose hit a leadoff home run, and then hit a single in the ninth inning. This was game 5 of the World Series, and the Cincinnati Reds had just staved off elimination, thanks to my child hood hero’s efforts. The Reds would win game 6 to send it to a decisive game 7 in Riverfront stadium. I was 5 years old. On October 22, in front of 56,040 fans, and at least one little boy at home watching on TV, the Oakland A’s captured their first World Series since 1930, beat...

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Part 23: The English Plane

01-25-2010 02:52 AM by Ecocandle | 9 comments »

“The English Plane” -by Brian Meeks In a tiny shop north of London townAt a maple bench stood young man proud.Off cobble stone road sat a flower girlA comb in her hair from mother of pearl He’d returned from the war a scar on his faceHe’d flown a camel; they’d called him an Ace.At the museum she’d once spent a dayThe artist she saw was named Claude Monet On way to his shop, each day he passed byHe oft thought of how, he might catch her eyeShe noticed his walk and his hat pulle...

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Part 24: A Viking Tale

01-26-2010 03:14 AM by Ecocandle | 21 comments »

It was in the spring of 975 A.D. when Erik the Red’s 1st cousin, thrice removed, Sven the Brunette with blond highlights, headed out in his longship for weekend of pillage and camaraderie with his buddies. Sven was a giant of a man, standing 6’ 8” tall, with a barrel chest, and a thick beard, also with blonde highlights. His friends were also rather large and one might say malodorous (of course one wouldn’t say that until 1840 or later, as the word didn’t exist in 975, but I digress). ...

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Part 25: Photographing my Blog pt. 1

01-27-2010 04:20 AM by Ecocandle | 19 comments »

If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. -Richard Avedon I didn’t know about the work of Richard Avedon before his exhibit at the Corcoran at the end of 2008. As a volunteer docent at the gallery I got to hear a lecture from the curator of his traveling exhibit, and learn about his amazing works. I became a fan. This wasn’t the beginni...

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Part 26: Photographing my Blog pt. 2

01-28-2010 06:46 AM by Ecocandle | 19 comments »

I have been giving one tip to people for years. It is so simple, I hesitate to even call it a tip, but alas I don’t have a thesaurus handy, so I have little choice. This applies to every photo, whether it is an image of your latest woodworking project or a prize winning picture of a yeti. The last thing I do, before I press the button, is to slowly force myself to run my eyes around the edge of the image. I know it sounds dumber than Jethro Bodine, but that is because it is so easy. ...

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Part 27: The Twins

01-29-2010 05:11 AM by Ecocandle | 17 comments »

I stand by my bench with my sander in hand. As I move it slowly over the piece of saw horse I see the marks of my progress. I gently pass over the little imperfections that taught me how not to us a chisel. I think about the progress. I think about the grain and how it measures time. The building of the Krenov saw horses is supposed to take an afternoon, but if you are really skilled you can make it take a month. I am a person with this level of skill. Time is a funny thing and a...

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Part 28: Confusion and Cats

01-30-2010 03:00 AM by Ecocandle | 12 comments »

“Confusion heard his voice, and wild uproar Stood ruled, stood vast infinitude confined; Till at his second bidding darkness fled, Light shone, and order from disorder sprung.” -John Milton You might have to read that quote a couple of times. It is about confusion and after I read it the first time, it confused me even more. I wonder if that was Milton’s goal. Today, I was ruled by confusion. I felt like every moment from the first light of day, until now, has been a disorganized ...

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Part 29: Henry Wood Detective Agency

01-31-2010 05:31 AM by Ecocandle | 14 comments »

Henry’s head was still throbbing from ringing in the New Year. He looked at his calendar, a present from his brother in Manhattan, a New York Giants fan of all things. The calendar had a team picture of The World Series Champion Giants, who swept the Cleveland Indians in 4 games. It was galling for him to look at and he mumbled to himself, “At least the damn Yankees didn’t win their 6th in a row.” For though Henry didn’t care for the Giants, the previous two years had seen his beloved...

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Part 30: Henry Wood Detective Agency: Monday Morning

02-01-2010 05:50 AM by Ecocandle | 7 comments »

Sunday had been relaxing. Henry spent the day finishing his dado jig for his router. He was starting to get comfortable using the router and was able to create a straight edge, then from that, square up the jig. He could hardly believe it when he put the square on each corner and they were all at 90 degrees. What a rush. After he finished the jig and photographed it for posterity he relaxed a bit and bought a new case journal. He jotted down a few of his thoughts. Jan 2, 1955...

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Part 31: Henry Wood Detective Agency: A Good Review

02-02-2010 03:28 AM by Ecocandle | 13 comments »

A rotund man sits at a typewriter, his sausage fingers dance over the old Underwood, and he puts down his thoughts, his gospel if you will. He is revered or feared by all, there isn’t any middle ground. He is the restaurant critic for the Brooklyn Daily News. If he likes a new restaurant then it will rocket up the charts quicker than a Wall Street broker chasing his secretary. If he unsheathes his poison pen then the restaurant owners will be spending their days in the serving line of...

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Part 32: Thanks Everyone

02-03-2010 03:01 AM by Ecocandle | 20 comments »

Historically it could be said that I have been known to jump into a new interest elbows first. Obviously feet first is the conventional method, but I figure people expect that, so I lead with my elbow and on occasion my clavicle. Yes I have jumped into woodworking clavicle first. I had no idea that when I splashed in neck deep into this new hobby that I would find the joy of blogging too. I really only intended to write that first post.External validation is a powerful aphrodisiac. ...

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Part 33: Henry Wood Detective Agency_Tuesday

02-04-2010 05:27 AM by Ecocandle | 17 comments »

The next day Henry arrived at his office bright and early. Francis wasn’t in yet, as he preferred to roll out of bed at the crack of noon. It was quiet and Henry took out the pencil and a pad of paper. He looked at the pencil again and then used it to write down 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 23. He added the number s up and they equaled 41. Next he assigned each number a letter, a, b, c, e, g, y. Leaning back he pondered his first two attempts, scratched his head, and dismissed them. Twenty minut...

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Part 34: Henry Wood Detective Agency: Wednesday

02-05-2010 07:08 AM by Ecocandle | 13 comments »

The day had been long. Henry’s flash of genius was looking more like a flash of imbecile. Henry had remembered that Francis was working on a story about a restaurant on 17th street. He was sure that the missing numbers were an address. A map, a list, and 12 hours driving around the 5 boroughs, had been less than promising. He was sure that there would be another clue, something that wouldn’t be obvious to most, but would jump out at him. Maybe he wasn’t as clever as he thought. D...

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Part 35: Henry Wood Detective Agency_Thursday Morning

02-06-2010 06:02 AM by Ecocandle | 11 comments »

Henry woke up early and couldn’t get back to sleep. The furniture warehouse didn’t open until 8 am, but the clock said it was 3 am. He had been asleep for 4 hours. He laid there for another hour and decided he might as well get an early start. An egg sandwich, cup of joe at the diner, and some pleasant conversation with Mable; the sassy little waitress and he had killed an hour. He rolled into the office at around 6:30 and made a list. Call Luna and ask if she has heard from her f...

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Part 36: Henry Wood Detective Agency

02-07-2010 06:15 AM by Ecocandle | 14 comments »

The falling snow painted a layer of clean on the city. Henry didn’t have time to take in the loveliness of it all. He did notice the two children holding hands and spinning around, mouths open, laughing as they drank in the flakes. Their parents watched with the pride. He assumed they were tourists from Florida, real New Yorkers, just hunkered down and got on with their day. Henry walked down the street towards his car. He had his eyes open for the thugs, though he couldn’t imagin...

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Part 37: Henry Wood Detective Agency: Bad News

02-08-2010 06:01 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

The note simply said, “Went to the store for bacon, eggs, juice, and bread.” Luna wiped the sleep out of her eyes and looked around. The house was small but cozy. She hadn’t paid much attention the night before; she was too overwhelmed. On one wall was half a dozen photos of Washington DC. They were nicely framed and were quite nice. The other walls were mostly covered by book shelves. She ran her finger along the spines and read some of the titles, “Candide”, “Father’s and Childre...

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Part 38: Henry Wood Detective Agency: Tommy 'The Knife'

02-09-2010 06:06 AM by Ecocandle | 11 comments »

Henry took a couple of pictures of the cauls. He told Luna that he needed to head into his office and made her promise not to leave the house. She said she would read a book. Henry took the paper with him, he turned on the shower, and only then did he read the ‘Big News’ The headline read ‘Missing’. An accountant with the prominent Manhattan law firm of Smith, Havershome and Blickstein is missing, and the Police commissioner Jonathan O’Rourke has indicated that the entire departm...

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Part 39: Creating the Cauls

02-10-2010 05:05 AM by Ecocandle | 17 comments »

In Vol 28, No. 164, on page 6 of Woodsmith magazine is the article which describes the Adjustable Panels Cauls. It was sent in by George Johnson of Canton Oklahoma. They give the dimensions and I followed them somewhat closely. I visited my local Home Depot to buy the goodies I would need to make my cauls. I purchased (4) seven feet long, 1×2, in hard maple. I like hard maple. I also purchased (4) 36 inches long ½ x 3 inch pieces of Oak. I only needed one piece of the oak, but...

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Part 40: To Build or Not To Build

02-11-2010 05:10 AM by Ecocandle | 21 comments »

A while back I talked about my desire to buy or build a router table. Today I have decided. I will build. It will be glorious. The factors that influenced my decision were many; quality, precision, flatness of the table, and to some extent cost. When I weighed all the factors the scales were greatly tilted in favor of buying either the Incra super system or the Veritas system. I choose to build, because I wanted to. In a day or two, the router plate I ordered will arrive. This w...

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Part 41: True Dat

02-12-2010 03:50 AM by Ecocandle | 7 comments »

Progress is accepting what was once the goal, as common place, seeing the new goal as within reach. -Aki Haruki, world renowned sharpening monk. I am not afraid to reference a blog post from my first week! Nor am I afraid to strive for greater accuracy in my cuts. After sanding the 2×4s to within 2.54 centimeters of their life, I made my marks and cut four friendly nineteen inch pieces. Though I am much better at using my Japanese hand saw, I am no ‘Aki Haruki’, mostly beca...

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Part 42: Amazing Customer Service

02-13-2010 05:31 AM by Ecocandle | 10 comments »

Today I received a call from Dale at ACME Tools in Cedar Rapids. A couple of weeks ago I asked if they had any router plates. Dale said that they were out but there were some that were supposed to be arriving any day. He checked the computer, and the order was a couple of days past due. I find the people at ACME tools to be helpful and they are very patient with my lack of knowledge. The next two times I walked in, Dale saw me and said that the Rosseau plate wasn’t in yet. I didn’...

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Part 43: Henry Wood Detective Agency: The Burnt Office

02-14-2010 06:26 AM by Ecocandle | 11 comments »

Mike spoke up first. “Hey buddy, I am going to need you to look around your office.” Shrugging he added, “or what’s left of it.” Henry set the bottle by the sink and said, “Yeah, I suppose we should go, let’s get to it.” They took Mikes squad car and pulled up behind the fire chief’s vehicle. There were still a few gawkers, gawking outside. The third floor windows of Henry’s office were broken out and the bricks were charred half way up the 4th floor. It looks like the firefight...

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Part 44: The Amazing Hand Saw

02-15-2010 05:47 AM by Ecocandle | 12 comments »

The world is a dangerous place. The opposing ideas cause our species to fight and squabble about almost anything. Every so often, those differences seem to disappear, and we cheer for the triumph of the athlete. Today I did some woodworking, but I also watched the winter Olympics in Vancouver. I cheered for the USA. I watched the medal count and felt overwhelming pride with each Bronze, Silver and Gold. But I also cheer at the joy. The pure happiness displayed at a life’s dream a...

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Part 45: I Suck

02-16-2010 04:54 AM by Ecocandle | 28 comments »

On April 24, 1990 the Hubble Space telescope was launched into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. The images they sent back were blurry. It was one of the darkest days in the space programs history. After polishing the primary mirror for a year they had screwed it up, worse than Billy Buckner in the sixth game of the 86’ World Series. The mirror was off by 1/50th the width of a single human hair. The holes, which I drilled in the legs for my router table, were off by more th...

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Part 46: Her Name is Angie

02-17-2010 05:25 AM by Ecocandle | 13 comments »

The response to yesterday’s blog, “I Suck”, was tremendous. The number of views went way up. I can only assume that there were a great number of people who agree whole heartedly, and likely have had this opinion for some time. When they saw the title, they were eager to revel in my realization, of that which they had always known. The comments were wonderful. I responded to a number of them and I looked up a lot of the products that people suggested. I am much smarter today. Thanks...

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Part 47: Inspired by Ziggy

02-18-2010 06:03 AM by Ecocandle | 15 comments »

I believe it was Virgil who said, “They are able because they think they are able.” When I say I believe, what I really mean is that I googled famous sayings and found it waiting there for me. Saying ‘I believe’, is simply me having delusions of well read. I seem to remember Stevie Wonder saying, “We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.” It was a warm day in June I believe. Ok, I made that last part up. Back in the day, I used to hang out with David Bowie and Bout...

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Part 48: Henry Wood Detective Agency: A Case of Deja Vu

02-19-2010 05:50 AM by Ecocandle | 12 comments »

Henry’s belly was full of eggs and bacon. His body ached from the encounter with Tommy ‘The Knife’s’ worker bees. Several of his ribs could still feel their sting. He sat behind the wheel looking blankly down the street. Not a soul in site. All along the avenue were cars, some covered in snow, some cleaned off, but all of them resting and waiting for the day to begin. The sun was up, but the sky was too grey and depressing for anyone to know it. He pulled out and headed to see Mis...

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Part 49: Henry Wood Detective Agency: The Lab

02-20-2010 03:55 AM by Ecocandle | 8 comments »

Sylvia looked at Henry, and cocked her head to the side. It was obvious to her that he was deep in thought. She didn’t understand why he suddenly felt like he had to sit down.“Are you ok? Would you like a drink?” she asked. “I am fine, thank-you, and yes please.” Henry said, still looking at the back of Bobby’s card and the business card that Sylvia had just handed him. He knew he didn’t want to try and explain to her what he was thinking. It would have struck him as impossible, ...

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Part 50: The Women of Ames

02-21-2010 07:08 AM by Ecocandle | 9 comments »

Sitting in the twenty-fourth row, seat 3, I prepare to watch the Iowa State Cyclones take on the Missouri Tigers in women’s basketball. To those who don’t follow NCAA division I women’s basketball, the Cyclones are one of the top programs in the country. They are consistently in the top 20, and are currently ranked 13th. When attending an ISU game, be it men or women’s basketball, one is sure to be impressed by ‘Hilton Magic’. The magic comes from the boisterous cheers of the fans, wh...

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Part 51: Henry Wood Detective Agency: The Next Clue

02-22-2010 04:15 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

Henry walked briskly back through the house, towards the office. Sylvia had difficulty keeping up. The moment he crossed into the office, he stopped and scanned everything, hoping to let the room tell him where to go next. The room wasn’t at all talkative. He turned to his left, and started to carefully read the titles, one by one. Mr. Alexander’s methodology was to group his book by subject and then within each subject they were alphabetical. It was very much a library. There was a ma...

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Part 52: Practicing Hand Cut Dovetails

02-23-2010 05:49 AM by Ecocandle | 8 comments »

I have been spending so much time working on my router table that I haven’t done any pure practicing. So I set a goal to cut two sets of dovetails. Previously I had cut a set of tails, but have been way too much of a Wimpy McWimperson to try the pins. I wanted to live with the joy of the tails for a while, before I had to face the cold hard reality that the pins and tails don’t really fit together that well. Tonight reality slapped me around and called me a sissy. But that is ok, I...

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Part 53: Henry Wood Detective Agency: The New Office

02-24-2010 05:46 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Henry pulled out of the drive, the book resting on the passenger seat, and the Four Knights, ‘I Get So Lonely’, playing on the radio. The steering wheel was cold, really cold, and Henry didn’t even notice. His gloves in his pocket, all warm and napping, just waiting to get in the game were quite content where they were. In his mind, he was laying out the cards which had been dealt him, looking them over, and searching for patterns. It was obvious, that at this point, his hand was weak...

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Part 54: Frantic Speed Shopping

02-25-2010 05:19 AM by Ecocandle | 24 comments »

The sun was out today and it was the first time this year that I noticed the days seem to be hanging out a bit longer. They are sneaky that way, sort of creeping up on spring. After all the snow this winter, I will welcome spring with a giddiness that I haven’t experienced in years. Of course, it was still cold out, when I got into my car, but the sunlight on my face warmed my spirits considerably. I had errands to run. I needed to get some petrol and oil for my car. I was craving...

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Part 55: Is It Worth It?

02-26-2010 05:47 AM by Ecocandle | 12 comments »

The best part about blogging, as a beginner at woodworking, is that one learns much more than they would, were they doing the woodworking alone. Yesterday’s blog had some great reactions, and posed a great question, is it worth it? Is it worth the extra dollars for the expensive equipment? An experienced woodworker, who has tried a full gamut of tools, could give a solid argument for or against. I am not such a woodworker. With every purchase, the pros and cons must be weighed. ...

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Part 56: No Surprises

02-27-2010 03:46 AM by Ecocandle | 16 comments »

The timer on my iphone was set to 16 minutes. I hit start and it began counting down. My belt sander went to work on the piece of walnut. Slowly it began to remove change the board’s face from rough cut to a smooth surface. I focused on even strokes back and forth and let it do the work. When the deep cuts were mostly gone, with seven minutes remaining, I switched to my mouse sander. The mouse sander did a nice job with various grits for the remaining 7 minutes. The follow three ...

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Part 57: Afternoon Delight

02-28-2010 04:05 AM by Ecocandle | 14 comments »

The memories are always there, just waiting for a reason to bubble to the surface. It can be the mouth watering smells, wafting out from a bakery, or the glow of a corn field as the day gets chased away by dusk. For me, it is often the first few bars of a favorite song. Today, driving back from Cedar Rapids, as the sun was setting, and the snow cover fields seemed somewhat less frigid, my childhood memories came knocking. As the car took me home, the radio took me back to 1976. I was ...

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Part 58: A Measure of Time

03-01-2010 04:30 AM by Ecocandle | 8 comments »

The outpouring of ideas from everyone has been incredibly helpful. I have been struggling with how I should get the router table to be flat, or at the very least to f sharp. So I sat at the piano and tickled the ivories. Many of you might be astonished to find that I play the piano; well you need not be, as I really don’t. When I turned 38, and realized it had been 20 years since I had graduated high school, it seemed that it was just about time to get my midlife crisis underway. I...

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Part 59: Flatening with A Router

03-02-2010 04:43 AM by Ecocandle | 14 comments »

The whole point of devoting my early woodworking days to building stuff for woodworking is to learn. Today, while reading the latest issue of shop notes, I learned that the router table top, which I am building, is a laminated top. I guess I had always thought that laminated only applied to thin strips glued together. I don’t know why I assumed there was some sort of arbitrary thickness requirement. Now I know.The seven sets of laminated sections have become three. The middle section...

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Part 60: Uncle Merle's Table

03-03-2010 05:04 AM by Ecocandle | 19 comments »

Tonight’s blog is more of an update. I am sort of in a zone with flattening my router table top, and don’t have much new to add. I did buy a 1” Freud bit, which has helped considerably. I am also getting better at making consistent passes over the wood, which has cut down on the slight variation from one pass to the next. The most obvious part of this that has jumped out is that I have only done one side of the table top, and I just can’t bear to not do the other side as well. So t...

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Part 61: Eyeballing Challenge

03-04-2010 03:31 AM by Ecocandle | 19 comments »

In a hidden monastery, far from the prying eyes of a suspicious public, a great and strange sharpening monk spent his days. He sharpened chisels, he crafted brilliant pieces of furniture, and he doled out nuggets of wisdom whenever someone was unfortunate enough to be within ear shot. There are a few, myself among them, who believe that he was not crazy, but wise beyond most people’s grasp. He used to say, “Hone your senses as you would hone your chisel.” He would often follow this ...

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Part 62: The Glockenspiel

03-05-2010 04:26 AM by Ecocandle | 10 comments »

The first side is sanded and now I am starting to route flat the other side. I believe this second side will go even better, as I am clamping down onto a flat side. I have just started and the cuts seem to be more uniform. This seems like progress to me. Earlier today, I got a message on Linkedin from a friend. She had found a writing contest, which required that one submit a story, under 300 words, using purple, tree, and glockenspiel. I felt that the gauntlet had been tossed at my fe...

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Part 63: Abby Someone

03-06-2010 05:29 AM by Ecocandle | 15 comments »

“Whose brain did you bring me?” asked young Frankenstein. “Abby someone…Abby Normal I believe” responded Igor. If you are a movie buff, or Royce Alger, then it will be obvious that this is from the classic Mel Brooks film, “Young Frankenstein” It sprang to mind when I was asked if I was normal. I had been carrying on a conversation with a woman on Linkedin. I sent her an invitation to connect, and she responded, “Going to hope you’re not oddball—seems normal. Usuall...

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Part 64: Progressing Slowly

03-07-2010 04:10 AM by Ecocandle | 12 comments »

The flattening of the router table top took slightly less time than it did for China to put up a wall to keep out the neighbors’ goats. I estimate that I spent around seven or eight hours flattening my laminated table top. I would imagine that, if I had run the boards through a planer, and then did some sanding; it would have taken less than 30 minutes. That is ok though, as I enjoyed myself and it is done now. I really like the breadboard look. My friend Ryan made a really cool co...

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Part 65: Henry Wood Detective Agency: The Inscription

03-08-2010 04:47 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

The first 5 key letters are across from and inside the Sheraton, the next move is yours. Henry closed the book and thought about the inscription. It was apparent that his next task was going to be finding the key to decode the journal. Leaning back on his chair he flipped through the pages one more time, hoping there might be a bit more. Mouse like steps crept down the stairs. “Henry, am I bothering you?” said Luna, in a barely audible voice. “Not at all, come on down.” Henr...

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Part 66: Monday Ramblings

03-09-2010 04:46 AM by Ecocandle | 8 comments »

Tonight I bought a ½ inch x 2 inch Freud bit. The instructions for installing the router plate said I should have one, and I can’t think of a single reason why the Rousseau people would lie to me. Of course, it takes very little prodding to get me to buy a new tool or tool related accessory. Yesterday, in addition to the final glue up, I spent some time meditating about the install. I sat in the middle of the room, in the lotus position, and hummed and visualized a perfect install. ...

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Part 67: Angry Pants and Pop-Tarts

03-10-2010 05:50 AM by Ecocandle | 17 comments »

The DVD ‘Chip Carving’, with Wayne Barton, starts out with some Bavarian folk music as Wayne narrates about chip carving. Ok, I am not exactly sure about the music, but it is not terribly modern. It is pretty cheesy. I can’t say for sure, but I would guess it was cheesy in 1986 too. Despite the rather simple production quality, I think this is going to be a good video. The tools required are a carving knife and a stabbing knife. I have only a carving, so stabbing will have to wait...

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Part 68: Too Tired to Type

03-11-2010 04:47 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

I like my job. I like it every day. Today was the sprinkles on top of a double chocolate cup cake. If every day is good, then aren’t they all the same, and by definition average. Well today, wasn’t average, it was good with sprinkles. I woke up and from the moment I started zipping around the World Wide Web, it just seemed that things were getting done. And they were. It wore me out. I can’t describe how tired I am. I am sure there is a measurement, some sort of meter or barome...

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Part 69: A Plate Full of Success

03-12-2010 07:10 AM by Ecocandle | 12 comments »

A couple of days ago I decided to take a few days off from my router table. The next step was to route out the edge that would hold the Rousseau router plate. Was there fear and trepidation in my little novice woodworker’s heart? There certainly was! I knew that the slightest error in measuring or planning could result in a disaster that would reverberate throughout the greater metropolitan Martelle area. It would likely be worse than the Tunguska Blast of 1908, and could possibly c...

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Part 70: My Eureka Moment

03-13-2010 06:33 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

There is a Slovenian vocal choir group called Perpetuum Jazzile. They do a version of Toto’s hit, ‘Africa’, which I find inspiring. Music causes me to stir the pot of my imagination. Music makes me want to grow, in all sorts of different ways. Obviously I would like to grow in a way yield a thicker head of hair, and it would certainly be nice to be a bit taller, but those don’t seem to be options, so growing creatively will have to do. Actually, becoming more creative is probably bet...

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Part 71: Router Mounted Successfully

03-14-2010 06:20 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

The scary router table plate has been successfully drilled and connected to the router. Upon completion of this crucial step, there was a brief period of dancing. This of course was followed by 3 minutes of cheering from the imaginary crowd, and when the aforementioned crowd demanded a curtain call, I happily obliged. Historically, when I have approached the end of a task, the last 10% seems to be a dreadful pain to complete. I can’t say if I have reached the 90% complete mark, but ...

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Part 72: Hand Plane DVD Review

03-15-2010 05:35 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

I overheard a guy in the bar say that the temperature had hit 61 degrees. It was truly beautiful out today in Iowa and after I watched the Big Ten championship game, I took a walk. Mt. Vernon Iowa is a beautiful town and I strolled down to the Ace Hardware and bought some lag bolts. After that I just strolled around a bit, waiting for my laundry to finish drying. The first really nice day of the year is always a joy in Iowa. You might think that it would be a joy everywhere, but I do...

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Part 73: Todays blog is actually titled...

03-15-2010 11:32 PM by Ecocandle | 15 comments »

Hello Lumberjocks, The actual title is “The Footprints of My Words”. My friend is having a party tonight. I have decided to leave the secret undground bunker in Martelle and attend. As you may or may not know, I post my blog to 3 spots every day. Here, at blogspot, and my new domain extremelyaverage.com. It is a lot of work to update them each day, and eventually I want to just have the one, but I fear that my Lumberjock friend and their cats may not like the new loc...

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Part 74: David Has a Great Point

03-17-2010 05:53 AM by Ecocandle | 15 comments »

Hello All, I had some of the Lumberjock folks come over and check out my blog and at least one of the cats (Outputter). The comment that it was hard to leave comments was helpful. I didn’t realize that I had the ‘must be approved’ bit turned on. That has been fixed. Yesterday’s little bit that asked people to click on the link had some great comments too. David had a wonderful point, explaining why people didn’t want to click on the link. He explained ...

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Part 75: Outputter's Suggestion

03-18-2010 04:28 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

It was suggested by Outputter that I put a teaser up each day, and let people know that I have added a new post to my blog. I was thinking about this today, and there are lots of people who have said that they aren’t intersted in reading content outside of the community. This is fine with me. There have been some people that have come over to the new blog, so this is for them. But it got me thinking, could I write a good enough teaser to get the likes of David or Spalm to click?...

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Part 76: I hate it when that happens...

03-19-2010 03:59 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

While blogging tonight…something killed a skunk outside…I can smell it inside. Ugh. I finished my blog, posted it and mention it here…I don’t know if it is good or not, but I can say with confidence that it stinks less than my house. http://bit.ly/aKKkD4 Ok, I am leaving for Des Moines. I don’t even have time to try to trick David or SPalm into giving it a read.

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Part 77: Secret Scottish Society

03-20-2010 03:48 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Some blogs posts are better than others. Some blog posts absolutely stink…pun intended…(it will make sense if you ready yesterday’s post). And some of them I write to make myself chuckle. Today I got a bit creative, mostly to entertain myself. I succeeded! I am very entertained, and now I am going to go watch Ohio State University play in the NCAA basketball tournament. I hope you enjoy. http://bit.ly/bkiEUk

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Part 78: A complete lack of self restraint...

03-21-2010 05:42 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello Lumberjocks and Cats, Today I shopped. I made a list, checked it thrice and headed out determined to stick to it. The power of the Woodsmith store was just too great, and though I resisted the temptation to make any major Festool purchases, I did stray from the list. Oh well. I had fun. Talked a bit of woodworking. And when I got home with my stuff watched UNI beat Kansas in basketball. I would rate that a pretty good day. To see the actual rating I assigned today…...

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Part 79: Book Review

03-21-2010 11:31 PM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, It took me 3 days to finish the book I promised to finish in two, but that was mostly because I kept rereading the good parts. And there were a lot of good parts. Today I am posting my blog piece a bit early, because my parents and I are going to the first round of the NCAA women’s tournament in Ames tonight. I am very excited and confident that the #4 seeded Cyclones will do well. I will not be rolling out of Hilton until very late and likely won’t arrive ba...

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Part 80: Continued coverage of my router table...

03-23-2010 05:34 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Today was all about installing the router table tracks, but when it came time to screw in the screws, I realized that they weren’t exactly right. I made a mad dash to Home Depot and… http://bit.ly/cNNFGL

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Part 81: Call it being paranoid...

03-24-2010 04:51 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

But last night, late last night, actually early in the morning, I became paranoid about a little bit of a screw that remained in the router table top. If you are interested in why I thought that this bit of a screw might ultimately lead to a horrible and tragic death, then feel free to read on. http://bit.ly/dcSmmx

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Part 82: A talk about deadlines...

03-25-2010 04:49 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

I quoted a well know cat author’s writing buddy tonight. The quote pertained to deadlines and I wrote a bit about how I approach my projects. I also made some good progress on the router table fence. There are picture too. http://bit.ly/bGbSVw :-) Meow.

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Part 83: I love geometry.

03-26-2010 04:35 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

The beauty of a fine piece of furniture can be destilled down to the geometry. The angles, the ratios, the use of different colors to create leading lines that take the eye around the piece, just as one would do with a fine painting. I don’t know if most woodworkers use a compass or not, but I have dug mine out and rediscovered my love of geometry. A straight edge, a pencil, a compass and it is amazing what one can calculate. The below picture is my favorite geometry proof. I...

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Part 84: A night for practice...

03-27-2010 05:47 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I spent a bunch of time practicing the art of shapening. I am getting better at it and I discovered several things about sharpening today. I feel measureably wiser. I also realized that I have not done a good job of keeping my whetstone flat. I took a picture. And I have a plan to rectify the situation. If you aren’t already bored with my divel, you can stop over to the blog. http://bit.ly/ajylf4 Until tomorrow, Brian

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Part 85: It is harder than it looks

03-28-2010 04:50 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

Hello All, Today I woke up with the plan that I would flatten my whetstone on a precision cinder block. My guess was that it would take around 15 minutes. It did NOT take 15 minutes. Compared to the lenght of time that the universe has existed, it wasn’t so bad, but when one measures the time against one single saturday, it was brutal. Having a flat stone is a great thing though. After my chisel was sharpened I did some more dovetail practicing and took one really good picture...

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Part 86: Half Blind Light bulb Mortise

03-29-2010 04:08 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, Today I cut my first half blind light bulb mortise. I am quite proud of it. I have blogged about how I came to cut such a beast. It was really fun. http://bit.ly/bQYzFY Ok, now I have some glue ups to do. I love this stuff. Brian

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Part 87: New Henry Wood episode

03-30-2010 04:42 AM by Ecocandle | 5 comments »

Hello All, It has been a while, so I decided to add another chapter to the Henry Wood Detective Agency saga tonight. I have done some woodworking, and I continue to make progress on the router table top, but tonight the blog is about finding out what is going on with Henry. http://bit.ly/bDm2rv oops, I had put up the wrong link before. Sorry. I hope you enjoy. Sincerely, Brian

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Part 88: Introducing My Router Table

03-31-2010 04:39 AM by Ecocandle | 7 comments »

Hello All, For those who have been following my router table building adventures, I am pleased to announce that it is a fully functioning table of routing. I love it. I am especially pleased with the dust collection adapter I created. It not only works, but looks pretty good in my humble opinion. The best part is that I have learned a bunch. http://bit.ly/bUwY1B Ok, now to conjure up ideas for my next adventure. :-) Thanks, Brian

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Part 89: Really late tonight sorry...

04-01-2010 05:34 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, Let me say first off, I am sorry that I didn’t get the blog piece written about how I did the dust collection on my router table. I had planned on doing that tonight, but the neighbors were outside, and before I knew it I was visiting with Don and Jackie and eating pie. So tonights blog, which is not my best work, is mostly about my woodworking purchases today, helping my sister get on Twitter and eating the aforementioned pie. http://bit.ly/atmKCr I would say th...

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Part 90: Creating the Dust Collection

04-02-2010 04:14 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello All, Yesterday I wrote a description of how I created the dust collection, and included it in my post in the project section. I didn’t have any additional photos at the time, and it was 1 AM and well past my bed time. So tonight I took a couple of shots and posted the description in my blog. http://bit.ly/aXFFZW If you were curious how the dust collection works on my router table fence, then hopefully this will be a description that is helpful. If you find it still isn...

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Part 91: Composing a List

04-03-2010 05:17 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello Lumberjocks, There are some blog post of mine, which I like better than the others. Tonight’s was such a post. I do like making odd references, mocking, and generally being silly, and this one had all of that. The basic theme of the post is making of list of the next things I want to get done, as it relates to my woodworking and my blogging about woodworking. http://bit.ly/c4rdBz I do hope you enjoy it, as I really enjoyed writing this one. Sincerely, Brian

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Part 92: I have started the mallet

04-04-2010 04:23 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello Lumberjocks, It was beautiful in Martelle Iowa today, so I didn’t do as much woodworking as I would have liked, but I did start my mallet. I have no idea if my design will work out, but I have had a bit of fun thus far. I have a couple of pictures today of the scraps I chose for the project. http://bit.ly/9Rkq7z Thanks, Brian

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Part 93: The list isn't done...

04-05-2010 03:01 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello Lumberjocks, If you read Friday’s post, you will know I made a to do list for the weekend. I have not completed all of it, but have made a reasonable effort. The 6th, 7th, and 8th items are now done, the 8th being write another installment of the Henry Wood Detective Agency. I hope you enjoy it. http://bit.ly/aThlZK Brian

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Part 94: A bit about photography...

04-06-2010 04:00 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Lumberjocks, I received an email requesting some information on how I got started in the stock photography business. I do like to play, er write, a request. So that is what I did. Back to woodworking tomorrow. http://bit.ly/dAA4GL Brian

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Part 95: Bits and pieces

04-07-2010 03:25 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, We are having a bit of a tornado Warning here in Jones county. As such, I have written a short blog piece, as I fear there could be power outages. http://bit.ly/aCtMQV I am adding bits and pieces to it from time to time. Mostly I just wanted to make sure that I kept my consecutive day of blogging alive, which I have done. I am sorry it isn’t of the normal type, but I did include a picture of the parts for my mallet. Ok, off to watch the storm a bit. Brian

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Part 96: Dry Run Dialogue

04-08-2010 04:12 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ, I have now glued my mallet into one hunk of wood. If you are interested in the conversation I had with the mallet and wish to hear the rediculous joke the wood told, feel free to pop on over to the blog. There is a picture which shows the handle too. I am pleased with how it feels and looks. http://bit.ly/ccTnfx Brian

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Part 97: Who is number 45?

04-09-2010 04:53 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello Lumberjocks, I doubt many of you would have guessed that number 45 is my mallet. But it is, and I explain why in tonight’s blog. I would describe today’s ramble as especially inane, but that sometimes happens with my writing. I am pleased with how it is coming along and now that it is glued together I can proceed with getting into the shape I want. http://bit.ly/cjCEKD Brian

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Part 98: It's Done...It's Done.

04-10-2010 05:03 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I have finished the carving mallet. I comes in at 1 pound 4.8 ounces. If you care to check it out, feel free to hop on over to the blog. I will also throw it up in the projects section too. http://bit.ly/crvRIy Brian

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Part 99: Microplane fun

04-11-2010 04:55 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hey LJ, I spent some wonderful shop time making a handle for a push stick. It may not sound like much, but that is what I did. I love my microplanes and they did a really good job. Natrually I blogged about this fact, because that is what I do. http://bit.ly/bGXJeF Brian

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Part 100: Reaching the 100 mark.

04-12-2010 04:22 AM by Ecocandle | 5 comments »

Hello Lumberjocks, Tonight I just want to thank everyone who has been so helpful and supportive in my journey into woodworking. I can’t believe that it has been 100 days since I first started these daily ramblings. I have gotten better at woodworking over that time, though I am still a complete novice. I would like to think that I have gotten better as a writer as well. Both writing and woodworking are fun. Tonight’s blog was more of an exercise in creative writing than a ...

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Part 101: The Long Wait

04-13-2010 04:46 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, For those who are following the Henry Wood Detective Agency series, I have now posted all of the old chapters and added a new one with tonight’s post. I hope you enjoy it. http://bit.ly/c2pclE Sincerely, Brian Meeks

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Part 102: A New Lumber Yard Near Me

04-14-2010 04:54 AM by Ecocandle | 5 comments »

Dear Lumberjocks, I discovered a lumber yard which I didn’t know about, near Iowa City, and they have all sorts of great lumber from around the globe. Finding a new lumber yard is like getting a catalogue. It is great. http://bit.ly/b6z4oN Brian

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Part 103: Another Mortise

04-15-2010 04:52 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I worked on the base for my router table push stick. I chiseled out a by best mortise yet. I am very pleased with how it looks. There is a picture. http://bit.ly/b2f7KC Brian

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Part 104: A Glaring Error in My Plan

04-16-2010 03:35 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, Today I made a couple of discoveries, one of which was about a resource for learning woodworking, that someone I had overlooked. I am sure that many of you already follow The Renaissance Woodworker blog, as do I. But today, while wondering around his site today I found that he has a huge collection of really well done podcasts on a vast array of topics. This was the the second of two discoveries which I made today. http://bit.ly/aMXi5I Brian

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Part 105: Sorry about being so late tonight...

04-17-2010 06:06 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello All, I had a lovely day buying a new tool. This is something I have thought about since before I started writing this blog and now it was time to buy. I am very happy with it and I can’t wait to play with it tomorrow. For now though, it is late, I am tuckered and I need some snoozing. http://bit.ly/bwuddK G’night all, Brian

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Part 106: Negative Space

04-18-2010 04:19 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I had quite a day. One which yielded a blog piece, of which I am quite proud. There are some that I like better than others, and though this one only takes peek at my woodworking journey, it was a delight to write. If you are on who enjoyed some of my more ‘creative writing’ pieces, then I would say this one is more like those. If you like to read about my foibles in woodworking, there isn’t much of that in today’s rambling. Mostly I just went out in...

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Part 107: Getting To Know My New Dremel 4000

04-19-2010 04:47 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello LJs, Today I spent a good deal of time with the manual. More than any other tool I have bought to date, this one has a lot of things one needs to keep in mind for safety and to ensure proper use. I actually read some of the parts a couple of times. I would implore anyone who has a Dremel, and has not read their manual to do so. If you are not convinced, then just give my blog a quick read and see if you don’t discover something. If you do, then maybe you will be incline...

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Part 108: I finished my pushy stick thingy...

04-20-2010 04:02 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, After spending a rediculous amount of time on my router table pushing device I finally decided it was time to complete it and get on with my life. http://bit.ly/cj0InC Brian p.s. After having read the one sentence above I realized that it was funnier than the entire post at the link above. To be completely honest, tonight’s post was not my best effort. If you are interested in reading a really mediocre post, then by all means, click on the link. But know this,...

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Part 109: A new project begins

04-21-2010 04:43 AM by Ecocandle | 5 comments »

Hello LJ Buddies, I am starting a new project today. Unlike the other projects I am not going to wing this one. I believe I have assembled all the materials I need, and I will be attempting to create a 3 in 1 jig, that will allow me to plane a surface of up to 34 inches, cut thinish laminate strips with my circular saw, and drill holes at uniform lengths that are absolutely perpendicular to the board. So I took a picture of the starting stuff, and drove around and took more pictures o...

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Part 110: Don't Trust A Word

04-22-2010 03:53 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, What do Alfred Lord Tennyson, Bill Clinton and I have in common? Ok, not much at all. In fact, my attempt at loosely connecting the three of us, is not well executed at all. That being said, this is one of my better blog pieces. Ok, maybe it isn. I really don’t know. I do know that I very much enjoyed it. I hope you will too. :-) http://bit.ly/9Qqee6 Brian

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Part 111: Lawn Care...Woodworking's Evil Twin

04-23-2010 03:24 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello Lumberjocks, Tonight’s post, on a scale of 1 to 37, is a solid 29. I am not sure if the woodworking community will care to read about my lawn adventure today, or agree that Lawn Care is the Evil twin of Woodworking, but I welcome the debate. There is one other significant aspect to tonight’s blog. I have, to some small measure, tipped the scales a little bit away from my obvious cat bias, and included a really cute picture of Maggie, the neighbor’s dog. I am s...

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Part 112: Tonight's blog and a bit more...

04-24-2010 05:08 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I continued work on my 3 in 1 jig. I am working on the rip cutting for a circular saw portion. I was able to use the drilling jig thingies and they were a delight. http://bit.ly/bwQhMf I haven’t mentioned it before, but I have started a second blog, which has more to do with social media. The posts are designed for beginners and tonight I wrote a funny piece on StumbleUpon. So if you like my more fanciful blog pieces, you may enjoy this one as well. http://bit...

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Part 113: Is it A Good Deal?

04-25-2010 03:36 AM by Ecocandle | 11 comments »

I awoke this morning and ate a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. As I sat and ate, nom nom nom, I thought about the rest of the day. This day was a ‘blank sheet’ and I had some ‘writer’s block’. I intended to work on my jig a bit, so I made a mental note on the blank page in my mind. As I stared at the sole objective it occurred to me that I needed another set of Rockler cam clamps, or as I like to call them, clampy thingies. A trip to ACME was added to ...

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Part 114: I bought some Stanley stuff...

04-26-2010 05:26 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I have been really wanting to get my first real plane, and today I bought 3 of them and a spokeshave. I haven’t done anything to them yet, except photograph them, but I am eager to tune them up. The Stanley Jack actually had the original box and a cool advertisement for Stanley 4 Square tools. My post today was mostly done in photos. Pictured are Stanley Jack plane, Spokeshave 51, Stanley 110, and Stanley 220. http://bit.ly/crbVJe Brian

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Part 115: Henry Wood Detective Agency: The Weight of Time

04-27-2010 05:28 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I have added another chapter to the Henry Wood Detective Agency mystery. I hope those that follow this story enjoy it. http://bit.ly/dn4Y5D Brian

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Part 116: Not Listening To One's Self

04-28-2010 04:18 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello Folks, I spent a couple of hours in the old shop today. I experienced several failures, but it is ok. I will keep trying, that is why I am focusing on building things for woodworking, because I know there will be days like this. http://bit.ly/bNx4tG Brian

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Part 117: Another Henry Wood Episode

04-29-2010 04:23 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello Folks, I know I just did a Henry Wood episode, but here is another one. http://bit.ly/c0Vn6D It is the 18th chapter, for those scoring at home. If you haven’t been following along, here is a link to chapter 1. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/01/henry-wood-detective-agency-ch-1/ Tomorrow I will continue to battle with my 3 in 1 jig. Brian

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Part 118: After A Break

04-30-2010 04:35 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, After taking a break from woodworking last night, I got back at it with vim and no small measure of vigor. I chose to talk about woodworking in tonight’s woodworking blog post, something that has been a bit rare this week. So I made a bit of progress and made it past the point of my previous blunder. Brian I am also testing out Digg. So this is a Digg link. This means you have the ability, if you like the post, to ‘Digg’ it. I am not suggesting that ...

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Part 119: Progress on the Jig

05-01-2010 05:39 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, Tonight I have gotten the jig to the point that one can sort of tell what I am trying to accomplish. For those who have been following the jig, it has been pretty much a mystery what I am actually doing. Though I am not done, I did get a bunch done today. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/04/a-good-night/ Brian

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Part 120: Really? 4 hours and I am not done yet.

05-02-2010 05:41 AM by Ecocandle | 5 comments »

Hello LJ folks, Today I bought some marble tiles, spray glue, wet dry sand paper and made sharpening slabs. I have seen many people suggest that this is a good precursor to the wet stone. So I started on the 180 grit. Now 4 hours later the back of the spokeshave blade is still not done, and I have swapped out the 180 for another piece. In the videos it always looks like they get it done rather quickly. Perhaps it is me. So that is what I blogged about tonight. If you are curious t...

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Part 121: More sharpening today...and I love it.

05-03-2010 05:17 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello LJ, DLMcKirdy left a comment on my blog post. I am not sure if he is a LJ or not, but since I still get many readers from here, I thought I would mention that his comment was very helpful. I suspected that I might have started at a grit that was too fine yesterday, and he gave me his rule of thumb for deciding. I took his advice today and had much better results. I really love sharpening stuff now! I am going to sharpen everything I can get my hands on, chisels, planes, carving ...

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Part 122: Today I Planed

05-04-2010 04:34 AM by Ecocandle | 5 comments »

Hello LJ, I did some practice planing today, using my Stanley 220. It is obvious that I have a ways to go before I am profecient with hand planes, but I can tell you, I am completely in love with them. Since there isn’t much one can write about, when all they did was make shavings, I did a bit of creative writing as well. I hope it is somewhat enjoyable. http://bit.ly/cplmTr Brian

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Part 123: I have started my first drawer.

05-05-2010 04:52 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello LJ, I feel that it is time to tackle the drawer. A fairly important skill to have, and I have been practicing dovetail joints, so I am going to give it a shot. Today I cut the pieces, did some planing, and started to cut the pins. http://bit.ly/am6BAk Brian, p.s. I am just curious, most days there are between 100 – 200 people who click on my LJ post, and yesterday there were 750. If anyone who reads this, is one of the non regular readers, could you please leave a ...

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Part 124: Martelle's Shame

05-06-2010 04:45 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello LJs in General and rtb specifically, I have to give rtb props as his comments on the site yesterday inspired today’s blog post. I was pretty happy with how it turned out, and the results of my redemptive cutting. http://bit.ly/avngew Brian

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Part 125: Long day...short blog

05-07-2010 02:23 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I just rambled on briefly tonight. Sadly, I didn’t make it to my practice session I promised yesterday. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/05/law-number-one/ Brian

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Part 126: Antique Hand Planes

05-08-2010 05:59 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello LJ, Tonight I am late, because I have been looking and purchasing some beautiful hand planes. There were some that were well beyond my price range, but if you like extremely rare planes, I describe a few of them, and I could put you in contact with the gentleman. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/05/acceptable-excuse-for-late-post/ Brian

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Part 127: I have a question for you...

05-09-2010 05:22 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello LJ, In today’s blog post there is a fish mentioned and a Stanley 45. I have a question about the Stanley 45. It is multiple choice, and won’t count towards your mid-term grade. http://bit.ly/9sqMQc Brian

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Part 128: Happy Mother's Day

05-10-2010 04:57 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello All Mommy LJ’s…and the rest too, I had a nice day with mom and dad. Then when I got back home I did some practicing on my 100 line cuts. 20 cuts down and I am happy thus far. I included a couple of pictures. I hope you enjoyed the post, it was a better than average one, if I do say so myself. http://bit.ly/aVbmcz Brian

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Part 129: Your Horoscope is ready...

05-11-2010 05:39 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello LJs, Many years ago, I started to write as a way to entertain my friends at GEICO. I would often compose a set of horoscopes and send them to the those with an odd since of humor. Tonight’s blog discusses my continued practice with cuts, but quickly degrades into a set of horoscopes. I hope you enjoy. http://bit.ly/aEKJsr Brian

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Part 130: More Henry Wood

05-12-2010 04:59 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello LJ, The latest chapter of the Henry Wood saga is up. I hope, those of you who are following it, that you enjoy. http://bit.ly/akVOlE Brian

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Part 131: More from the Mystery Series

05-13-2010 03:40 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I was on fire tonight. I know I just did a Henry Wood yesterday, but I got on a roll and did another one. http://bit.ly/dBSA2P I actually thought tonight’s chapter was pretty good writing. I hope you enjoy it. Brian

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Part 132: Stanley 4 1/2

05-14-2010 03:42 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

Hello All, I have begun to tune up my Stanley 4 1/2. Though I am not done, I did get the blade pretty sharp, and decided to take a break to play with it a bit. I couldn’t resist the temptation. I took a couple of pictures. I love my new plane. http://bit.ly/ayeAr9 Brian

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Part 133: I will not be mocked...ok...maybe I will.

05-15-2010 04:50 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello all, After 3 hours of lapping on my 143 year old no 5, it is, well…still not done. http://bit.ly/9IsKGB It mocks me. But there are some pictures. And I have made a bit of progress on that tough old steel. Brian

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Part 134: If you hate William Faulkner...

05-16-2010 04:40 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello LJs, Tonight I wrote a ‘stream of consciousness’ blog pieces. If you hated reading William Faulkner in school, you will find tonight’s post to be painful. It does have an exciting ending. So I really can’t say if I am recommending you bother checking it out or not. I guess I leave it up to you to determine your own fate and how you chose to spend the next 2 minutes and 45 seconds. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/05/i-think-therefore-i-rant/ Brian

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Part 135: No Woodworking Today

05-17-2010 03:26 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello LJ, Today I hung out with friends, golfed and met Gwyn, who is almost 3. It was a delightful day, but didn’t include any woodworking stuff. Sorry. http://bit.ly/9sJCH9 Brian

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Part 136: Back to Some Woodworking

05-18-2010 04:54 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hey There Folks, I mostly goofed around this weekend. So today was fun as I got back into the woodworking. I went to ACME Tools, bought 2 small bits of popular and got to use my Stanley 4 1/2 for something other than making practice shavings. I am pretty fired up. http://bit.ly/bWQTzY Brian

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Part 137: The Practice Worked

05-19-2010 04:58 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, I think this is the best set of Pins I have ever cut. In fact, I am sure of it, as I haven’t cut that many. Are they perfect? No, but as long as I keep improving, and having fun, it is all good. I even took a photo of one of the set of pins, before I finished cleaning it up, at a point where I would have probably thought I was done before. Now I know I can do better, so I keep working. I love this stuff. http://bit.ly/bIy4HK Brian

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Part 138: I rescued some wood today.

05-20-2010 04:45 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello LJ’s, Today I worked on my dovetail cutting, which was fun and humbling. I also rescued some wood. I don’t know what to do with the wood. It is silver maple. I am really puzzled, but alas, I couldn’t let it just get burned up. http://bit.ly/9r8qIc Brian

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Part 139: I try to be honest...

05-21-2010 03:29 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJs, My blog post is up, it is fair writing, but nothing to do with woodworking today. I try to let the LJ community know when they shouldn’t bother. This might be one of those times. I did write a really great blog piece today, just not for my blog. It sort of sapped all my creative juices and left me worn out and sleepy. I will do better tomorrow. http://bit.ly/aLVtn6 Brian

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Part 140: Poor Effort Today

05-22-2010 04:36 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hey, I have blogged….it is probably not worth reading…poor effort today. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/05/a-wake-of-green/ I am just beat. Brian

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Part 141: A bit of creative writing today...

05-23-2010 06:06 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

LJs, I did a bit of creative writing to arrive at the point where I talked about my woodworking. http://bit.ly/cuvtKQ Brian

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Part 142: Ok, now I have a picture up.

05-24-2010 05:22 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I have to admit, yesterday’s post, well I ‘mailed it in’. Not my best effort. Being at my parent’s house, I didn’t really get to doing any images, which was too bad. So tonight I made up for it with 3 nice shots. I think you will agree, the tiny shoulder plane is pretty cool looking. http://bit.ly/aJ7liH Brian

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Part 143: Pissed Off

05-25-2010 03:55 AM by Ecocandle | 8 comments »

Hey, I am, as the title suggests, in a foul mood. Stupid Dovetails! http://bit.ly/dzhW5o Brian

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Part 144: Loved the Ideas

05-26-2010 05:11 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I enjoyed my woodworking practice today. Much more than yesterday’s debacle. Several of the comments were right on the mark and I am going to continue to practice my dovetails, but will focus more on quantity right now, and not obsess about quality, as I was doing. Just like everything it takes a lot of repetition. So I started some more dovetails tonight. I also made a discovery about the chisels I was using. http://bit.ly/aJ0xCv Brian

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Part 145: Best Dovetail Yet

05-27-2010 05:03 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ’s Night two of my 30 days of dovetails yielded my best result yet. I still have a long ways to go, to be sure, but this is the first result which actually makes me happy. So I am having fun. Making progress is really helpful in keeping me motivated. http://bit.ly/9oQa4M Brian

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Part 146: Camel Fears

05-28-2010 12:49 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello LJs, As some of you know, on occassion, I tend to drift off topic and do a bit of creative writing. Today was such a day. There is a bit of back story here. My favorite blog in the entire world is entitled ‘Slummy Single Mummy’, and it one of a billion mommy blogs on the internet. I am single, male, 43, no children. I am not her demographic. Every once in a while I stumble across a gem of a writer, and Jo is such a find. She has a writing style that is incredibly...

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Part 147: Not much woodworking...

05-29-2010 05:06 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ’s With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, I have headed to my parents. As such, not much relating to woodworking today. The post itself was fair, but for those only interested in my woodworking adventures, there isn’t much for you tonight. http://extremelyaverage.com Brian

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Part 148: Abysmal...

05-30-2010 05:16 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

LJ’s, Today I read a little bit about woodworking in a magazine, but not enough to blog about. The blog was frank discussion about my abysmal day on the golf course. It has a happy ending though. http://extremelyaverage.com Brian

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Part 149: Accidentally ran across a neat carving today...

05-31-2010 05:54 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello, As I mentioned in my blog, not much going on for woodworking this weekend, as I am hanging out at my parents. Today my mother and I went into Ames and had a lovely day. I ran across a bit of carving, in the form of a gnome. It was carved by the Mid Iowa Wood Carvers. It was an accidental find and I took a picture and included it the blog. Today’s blog is mostly just photos. There are lots of butterflies too. Tomorrow I head home and will get back to playing around in ...

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Part 150: Back to Woodworking

06-01-2010 05:25 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I enjoyed my weekend with Mom and Dad. Getting home and back to cutting dovetails was nice though. I cut the 4 sets of pins for my next box, in the same amount of time (plus 3 minutes) as I did for 2 sets of pins just last week. The quality was also improved. I am looking forward to tomorrows session…which may start now. ;-) http://bit.ly/9VbGn3 Brian

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Part 151: I made a new Chisel purchase today.

06-02-2010 04:14 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I did some more practice, but I can’t just write about that every night, so I bought two new chisels online. I decided to have a bit of fun with the ole blog tonight…hope you find it better than a ‘kick to the head’. http://bit.ly/cQUhpc Brian p.s. That is an old tag line for the University of Iowa student radio station, “Better than a kick to the head.”, it still makes me laugh.

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Part 152: Long overdue

06-03-2010 04:09 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ’s, It was pointed out to me that I had not written another Henry Wood Detective Agency chapter in a while, so I tonight I did. http://bit.ly/bMsMXN I will try not to go so long between HW posts. :-) Brian

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Part 153: Woodworking Chat on Twitter

06-04-2010 05:32 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I did a bit more practice on dovetails tonight. Experimented a bit with photography, and got a little bit different photo of the stuff I have been working on. I also talked about last night’s interesting chat on Twitter. The subject was ‘Going Pro’. http://bit.ly/ctSEbb Brian@ExtremelyAvg

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Part 154: Nothing to see here...

06-05-2010 05:31 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hey, My blog is up. It really isn’t that good. There aren’t any pictures. Mostly it is just me prattling on about my desire to turn a rough cut board into a flat board, using my hand planes, and the fear and uncertainity I have about doing so. Normally when I am going on about my insecurities, I can be rather entertaining, but I took a long nap tonight, and didn’t do a very good job. So I am not even going to give you the link. Brian

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Part 155: Working with my hand planes...

06-06-2010 04:52 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello LJ’s, Today’s post is much better than the horrible drivel I put up yesterday. I am still practicing dovetails, but the regular readers will be thrilled to know, I didn’t talk about them at all in the post. Tonight’s post is about my attempt at taking a piece of twisted, rough cut, walnut and making it flat. This is my first try at such a task. Before I started I had a hard time imagining how one would do it. Now I can almost see that it is possible, with...

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Part 156: Brain Games and Planing

06-07-2010 05:03 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I wrote a lengthy, somewhat rambling piece tonight, but it is pretty good. I did some more planing with my No. 5. It was a good Sunday. http://bit.ly/aEL3SC Brian

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Part 157: Designing a Jig

06-08-2010 04:52 AM by Ecocandle | 7 comments »

Hello All, With my new found love of using a hand plane, has come the realization that a jig might be helpful in holding the wood. So tonight I designed one. The picture is a little bit hard to see, as the scan is only fair, but tomorrow I hope to be able to put the whole thing together and then it will make more sense. http://bit.ly/cNA1DM Brian

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Part 158: The Gang Says "Hi"

06-09-2010 05:33 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

Hello All, Many of the past stars of my blog made cameo appearences tonight. The Twins, Archie The Mallet, and of course, Marey the jig saw, all helped out today. The jig, which is grotesquely over engineered, is comeing along nicely. I also thing that the accompanying narrative is one of my better ones. I hope you all enjoy it. http://bit.ly/9Jl7df Brian p.s. For those who enjoyed the story of “Winston the Camel”, I am pleased to announce that Josephine has writt...

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Part 159: I finished my hand planing jig

06-10-2010 05:16 AM by Ecocandle | 5 comments »

Hello, I finished my hand planing jig. It works really well and I like it. The last two nights have been such fun. For the last few weeks I have been focusing on practicing, so it was nice to build something. This is not to say that I don’t intend to get back to the dovetail practicing, as I am still a long way from mastering it. But I needed a better way to hold wood for hand planing and this jig will serve me well for a long time. http://bit.ly/cRJCsP Brian

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Part 160: Fixing My Blunder

06-11-2010 04:46 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I was fresh off of my project completing rush and jumped right into a bit of tweaking that needed to be done on my router table. It was a simple fix, but I had been putting it off for a while. Checking it off my list of little things I need to take care of, has brought me a small measure of joy. http://bit.ly/aT7EEh Brian

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Part 161: I was given some practice wood...

06-12-2010 05:22 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello All, This has been a great day. I was given a bunch of practice wood and I have been practicing my hand planing. I really like taking rough, misshapen, odd pieces and turning them into smaller useful pieces. I included 4 pictures today. All in all, a pretty good post and day in the shop. http://bit.ly/92bdjl Brian

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Part 162: Another Henry Wood Chapter is up.

06-13-2010 04:29 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I am trying to do a better job of periodically adding chapters to the Henry Wood Detective Agency story. Chapter 22 is now up, for your dinning and dancing pleasure. http://bit.ly/8Y9beZ Brian

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Part 163: The Littlest Protest

06-14-2010 04:53 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello LJ, I just finished today’s blog post. I am pleased with it. ‘The Littlest Protest’ http://ow.ly/1XXIP Brian p.s. I rank this as one of my top 17 of all time….maybe even top 12.

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Part 164: A Conversation About Marketing with A Professional Woodworker

06-15-2010 04:05 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, Tonight’s blog is vastly different from my usual fare. I had a conversation on Twitter today, with professional woodworker Adam King. It was very interesting and got me thinking about marketing. This was the main subject of the blog. I also was wondering how many of the people who stop by my site have their own blogs or websites. Another gentleman, who has been a loyal reader, has been promoting my site on his blog roll. He just quietly put it on his site and never...

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Part 165: Penultimate Bottom 5 List

06-16-2010 06:07 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, Yesterday’s blog was so successful, that I needed to do a follow up. http://bit.ly/cAOqy8 I will get back to serious woodworking ramblings tomorrow. Brian

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Part 166: Ooops.

06-17-2010 03:50 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJs, I promised to get back to woodworking in my blog, but alas I got sidetracked by Josephine. She is the woman who wrote the 1st piece in the Camel story from a few weeks back. It was so well received that we have decided to continue with the story, her writing the human parts, and me writing the same story from the point of view of the camel named Winston. I am very pleased with how tonight’s bit came together, and I would proudly recommend it to all. If you haven̵...

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Part 167: Crazy About Woodworking

06-18-2010 05:02 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello LJ, As you know, the last few days I have been distracted by StumbleUpon and writing Winston the Camel stories. Tonight I got back into the shop and bent a piece of wood. This was very exciting for me, as I have been wanting to try it for some time, but I was chicken. It was just a small piece, and only a test. But I had success and it was fun. http://su.pr/2hvPPK Brian

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Part 168: I have a question...ok two...

06-19-2010 05:17 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ’s, Tonight’s blog is fairly short, but I did ask my “Question of the Day”, which I do at least once ever fortnight or two. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/06/storm-blog/ Brian

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Part 169: Bargain Woodworking Magazines Rock!

06-20-2010 12:24 AM by Ecocandle | 5 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I love reading about woodworking, especially in magazine form. There is a lot online that is great, and goodness knows I read a bunch of blogs and stuff, but it isn’t the same as flipping the pages. Tonight’s blog is about a nice find of older magazines and how I realized that they are a pretty good deal. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/06/bargain-woodworking-magazines-rock/ Brian http://extremelyaverage.com

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Part 170: One Degree of Confusion

06-21-2010 05:48 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ’s I had a baffeling experience squaring up my practice piece of walnut. It was really odd, as mathematically everything seemed to work out. There was just one tiny problem… http://bit.ly/aTjCZJ Brian

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Part 171: Building Two Boxes

06-22-2010 05:12 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello Lumberjocks, I decided to make two tiny boxes, instead of one, mostly because after I cut the first strip of wood, it turned out so nice. I love the jig I built for ripping with my circular saw. The walnut is from the practice piece, which I was using to build my hand planing skills. Once I got it flat, it just seemed like I should turn it into something, so I decided on boxes. I included a picture to show how much I had shaved off while practicing. Woodworking is fun! http:/...

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Part 172: Hand Plane Tribe

06-23-2010 03:59 AM by Ecocandle | 11 comments »

Hello LJ’s, What a day! I got a present from a LJ reader of my blog. I didn’t know it was coming, he just sent it. The best part is that he just labeled the box Brian Meeks, Martelle, Iowa. No address or p.o. box, but since I live in a town of 280, where everyone knows everyone else, that was plenty. It made me and the post master chuckle. I received 3 hand planes and a spokeshave, in great condition. So tonight’s blog is about my new hand planes that have joined my...

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Part 173: A Day To Remember

06-24-2010 05:22 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I did a lot of work on my little walnut box I am building. When it finally came time to write my blog, I had lots of ideas for ways to go about telling the story. I also considered talking about the stuff I got from Lie-Nielson today, or some more about my hand planes. There was even a purchase of a new 45 degree Freud Chamfer bit. I thought about pointing out that I had some factual errors in my piece from two days ago, I cut a goove, not a dado. A clever reader poi...

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Part 174: Back to woodworking

06-25-2010 05:20 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hey All!!! I have had a triumphant day. I had to build a jig, to hold tiny pieces when using the router table. It was a wonderful success. I can barely contain my joy. So tonight I wrote about how I built the jig and how to use it. I hope you enjoy. http://su.pr/52IOPp Brian

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Part 175: I wrote a guest blog piece...

06-26-2010 04:31 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello LJ’s, Today I wrote a guest blog post. Sometimes I get requests to write some drivel for someone else, and I usually agree. The problem is that on those days, when I use my best stuff for another blog, I am left with just dreck for my own blog. I decided to give an update on StumbleUpon and how it had done since I wrote those pieces. If you are curious about SU, check it out. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/06/a-traditional-post-about-stumbleupon/ Brian

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Part 176: Paying it Forward

06-27-2010 04:12 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, Today has been busy. I just got home. If you read my blog on a regular basis, then you will know that I was given a gift of hand planes, with the only request, that I ‘pay it forward’. This seem like a bargain to me. So tonight I went into Des Moines and volunteered to help feed those who are hungry. This church has been doing this for 40 years. My parent’s church does one day per month and there are 35 other churches that have their days and times, so th...

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Part 177: Paying it Forward

06-28-2010 04:53 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello LJs, I did some volunteering this weekend because I promised to ‘Pay it Forward’ and it was really fun! http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/06/volunteering-is-fun/ Brian

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Part 178: Chatting With Some Pros

06-29-2010 04:58 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, Tonight’s blog post is GREAT! Lots of pictures of beautiful furniture. I went to the Des Moines Arts Festival and got to chat with some of the artists. I thought it would make a good post and it did. It is nice to mingle with people who make their living doing what we all love. http://su.pr/3vO36y Brian

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Part 179: Planing with my router...

06-30-2010 05:12 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, Time Travel and Butterflies – Extremely Average http://su.pr/72cZ97 My latest blog post, full of silliness. I realized that I could thickness plane my bit of walnut with my router table, much more easily than with the jig I built to plane it. Brian

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Part 180: An interesting question...

07-01-2010 04:06 AM by Ecocandle | 7 comments »

Hello LJ’s, Tonight I wrote some musings about what ‘Type’ of woodworker I might become. I really don’t know, but I do know that there are a lot of great designers who I like. I guess the fun is in finding out. http://su.pr/3SDgV0 Brian

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Part 181: Tiny Box Progress

07-02-2010 05:13 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, Tonight I continued on my quest to build a tiny box. This probably seems like a trival matter to the seasoned folks here at LJ, but for a novice, it can be a bit challenging. My first two attempts ended with slight misalignment. So I am into my 3rd shot and having learned from the 1st two, seem to be doing better. I am almost up to the point where I went awry last time and I think the wood is in better shape and should be ok after I cut the pieces. http://bit.ly/9sbeJ7 ...

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Part 182: An Update...

07-03-2010 04:24 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello LJ Bloggers, Tonight’s post is an update about using StumbleUpon to drive traffic to one’s blog. I have been using it steadily for a few weeks now and decided to publish the results. I hope you find it interesting. My weekly update about Stumble Upon and it’s impact on Traffic. Exciting Graphs. http://su.pr/1vKTi9 Brian

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Part 183: Which is Better?

07-04-2010 04:11 AM by Ecocandle | 10 comments »

Hello All, There was a recent debate on Twitter, among woodworkers, about which was better. The Festool Track plunge saw and table system vs. the Saw Stop table saw. After much discussion about which I should consider for my next purchase, someone said neither. I gasped. They suggested a bandsaw. This changed the direction of the conversation considerably. I had not been even thinking of getting a bandsaw. Tonight I did some investigating of my own and even went to ACME tools to t...

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Part 184: Happy Birthday USA

07-05-2010 05:01 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I had a great 4th of July. I did some woodworking, at some hot dogs, and then did some more woodworking. I have made it past the point where I goofed up the last attempt at making a tiny walnut box. This was exciting for me. I am on to the lid. There is still one major opportunity to screw this attempt up, but I am not going to worry about that right now, I am going to revel in my tiny victory. Happy Birthday USA http://su.pr/1EpqDz Brian p.s. Thanks for all the h...

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Part 185: My Decision

07-06-2010 04:08 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

Hello LJ’s, Tonight’s blog is relatively short. I am too excited to write. I made my big tool purchase decision today! http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/07/my-decision/ Buying tools is GREAT! Brian

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Part 186: Nightmare

07-07-2010 03:55 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, Well after 9 hours I broke the tension lever, so I have not gotten my bandsaw set up. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/07/nightmare/ Brian

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Part 187: By Request

07-08-2010 04:13 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, Not much about woodworking tonight. I had a request for more detailed information about building traffic to my blog through SU, and I do like requests, so that is tonight’s blog. My StumbleUpon Methodology – Extremely Average http://su.pr/6atfFx Brian

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Part 188: Five Stages of Tool Assembly Disaster

07-09-2010 05:05 AM by Ecocandle | 7 comments »

Hello LJ’s, Tonight I give a better account of my trials and tribulations with getting Jeff, the Powermatic 14” bandsaw, up and running. The Five Stages of Tool Assembly Disaster http://su.pr/7o2dmQ Enjoy. :-) I hope you enjoy. (Please don’t try this at home…I am not endorsing my methodology at all!!!!) Brian

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Part 189: What is in a Name Indeed

07-10-2010 05:04 AM by Ecocandle | 9 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I have two new tools. As you know, I like to name them, but this time I am calling all readers to chime in. I need help naming my new Chisels. :-) http://su.pr/1snYAF Brian

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Part 190: Time to build a jig for Jeff

07-11-2010 05:28 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, Tonight I discuss my methodology for designing a jig. I also go on a bit of a rant, which I do sometimes. On another note, I am going to let people have one more day to make suggestions for the names of my two new chisels. There have been a ton of great ones thus far. So if you want to submit your idea, go to yesterday’s blog. http://su.pr/2S6Qmy Thanks, Brian

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Part 191: And the Winner is...

07-12-2010 05:26 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello All, I want to thank everyone for helping in the name the chisels contest. There were a lot of great ideas. And the Winner in the Name the Chisel contest is… http://su.pr/1L9NPn Thanks, Brian

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Part 192: Fun in the Shop

07-13-2010 05:04 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello Everyone, I had fun in the shop tonight, working on my bandsaw resaw jig. A fairly bland post on the blog tonight, though Manfred did get some work. My first chiseling with my Lie-Nelsen chisel was a joy. http://bit.ly/9wl04y Brian

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Part 193: Ancient Master Shapening Monk Wisdoms

07-14-2010 05:09 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I made a mistake tonight, with building my bandsaw resaw jig, but by going back in time 1000 years or so, I was able to gain some wisdom from a great Master Sharpening Monk, and overcome my problem. Ancient Master Sharpening Monk Wisdom – Extremely Average http://su.pr/8gVN1o Brian

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Part 194: The Jig is Finished

07-15-2010 05:10 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, I finished the bandsaw small piece resaw and bread holder jig. Ok, I don’t actually intend to hold a loaf of bread for resawing, but I am pretty sure one could slice a baguette up in no time. I digress. I had an error to fix from yesterday and tonight’s blog is about my successful triumph and there is a picture of my first, rather thin, cut I made using it. I am very happy with the results. http://su.pr/19x9iI I also included a photo of how I set up the sho...

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Part 195: Tiny is Cool

07-16-2010 04:28 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello LJ’s, Tonight I tried testing the limits of my bandsaw resaw jig. I have succeeded in cutting a really thin piece of spalted maple off of a somewhat less thin piece of spalted maple. The original was less than 3/4 of an inch. It worked so well that it triggered some memories which I decided to share. So there is woodworking, memories, and a cool picture. http://su.pr/2xd9N1 Enjoy, Brian

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Part 196: It is all about precision

07-17-2010 05:14 AM by Ecocandle | 5 comments »

Hello LJ buddies, I spent most of my shop time, fussing about making some very precise cuts. My router table jig has become one of my favorite things in the shop, and it severed me well today. Finally…the blog is done…it is exceptionally mediocre tonight. Sorry. http://su.pr/50vqIM Brian

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Part 197: Wanting and Doing are Different Animals

07-18-2010 05:20 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, I had some success, I had some failure. In the end, I was a bit smarter. So that is a pretty good day, I would say. I had fun in the shop, but it didn’t go exactly as I had planned. http://su.pr/1nlt6E Brian

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Part 198: More Camel Musings

07-19-2010 04:56 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, I recently did a break down of my blog. I have written 2% of the posts relating to photography, 12% are the Henry Wood Detective Series, 84% are woodworking related, and the remaining 2% are from the ‘Camel Musings’ series, which I write with a Mommy Blogger in the UK. Sometimes it is nice to stretch one’s writing legs, or fingers as the case may be. Tonight was such a night. If you have been following the story, I think you will enjoy it. If you havenR...

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Part 199: Top 7 Things I Hate About Top 10 Lists

07-20-2010 03:51 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, 198 days ago, I posted my first blog post. It was a bit if a lark, but then a bunch of people left some really nice comments. It spurred me on to write more. Which I did. After a while I bought my own domain. And over the last 30 days, over 4100 different people have stopped in to read my drivel. It all began right here on LJ. I really appreciate all the encouragement everyone has given me. I wanted to share some good news here first. I have just been accepted to be ...

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Part 200: My 200th Post. Yippee

07-21-2010 04:30 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I did some more work on my tiny walnut box today. I may have gotten over my fear of tiny piece glue up today. :-) Another Milestone Reached http://su.pr/18qaCA Brian

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Part 201: Things I Love

07-22-2010 04:58 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I have glued the box together. It is a simple act, though I fussed over it for a long time. When the moment arrived to apply the glue, it was much less stressful than I imagined. I am getting excited about making another box. It will be far less scary. And likely go much quicker, as I won’t be goofing around trying to understand what I am doing. Tonight’s post is entitled ‘Things I Love’... http://su.pr/3c4T3s I hope you enjoy it. Brian

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Part 202: The Right Shape

07-23-2010 05:04 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I have finished the box, well sort of. It looks like a box. I can do better though. I think I may start my next attempt tonight. http://su.pr/1MBC9K Brian

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Part 203: A Great Day in the Shop

07-24-2010 05:06 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, I am starting a new tiny box. I decided to use Jeff the bandsaw to make my initial cuts. I learned a bunch about how to calibrate the table and get a good cut. All in all, it was a great day in the shop. I love my new bandsaw. Thanks everyone who suggested it as being a good choice for my next major tool purchase. http://su.pr/1IZWqt My post tonight is done, despite the power outages trying to stop me! Ha! I got it up anyway. :-) Brian

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Part 204: Not to Worry

07-25-2010 05:14 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, Some of you, who read my blog, may be aware that I live in Martelle Iowa, which is on the southern edge of Jones county. If you have been watching the national news you may have heard about the damn which broke today. I am pleased to say that Martelle is not affected by the flood. I am sad for those fine folks in Monticello, as they have been hit very hard. Tonight I am late with my post, because I was having so much fun in the shop, I just lost track of time. I have made...

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Part 205: Sunday is for being Social

07-26-2010 02:50 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I have become a featured blogger on the Des Moines register, so most Sunday’s I will be writing my blog about Social Media. Today I wrote about why one would use Twitter. Tonight’s post is ‘What is Twitter?’ http://su.pr/2idoup If you don’t use Twitter, you might give it a try. There are a lot of really great woodworkers who hang out and chat. I am following several hundred really clever people. Brian @ExtremelyAvg (My Twit...

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Part 206: Henry Wood Ch 23

07-27-2010 04:05 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello LJs, It has been a long time coming, and for that I am sorry. I have penned another chapter of the Henry Wood Mystery. Enjoy. http://su.pr/1plPGE Brian

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Part 207: A Detailed Explanation of My Methodology

07-28-2010 05:24 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello LJ’s, It has been pointed out, and rightfully so, that I am really descriptive in every aspect of my blog posts, except my methodology. This is true and tonight I decided to give a much more detailed account of how I glue up a tiny box with 45 degree angled joints. I have lots of pictures and of course, a silly introduction. Tragic Error in Communications – Extremely Average http://su.pr/2dhgCI Tonight’s post made me chuckle. :-) Brian

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Part 208: What I learned from the Tiny Oak Box

07-29-2010 04:47 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, I have finished the tiny oak box. It is ok. I learned a bit, so in that regard it is a success. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/07/what-i-leaned-from-the-tiny-oak-box/ Brian

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Part 209: Just Goofing Around Today

07-30-2010 05:14 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ’s, Sometimes I like to just experiment. Today I mostly toyed around with an idea and to be honest, it never really got me fired up. Oh well, that happens sometimes. http://su.pr/2WFLNo Brian

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Part 210: Karma is Watching

07-31-2010 04:03 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I can’t think of a good teaser to tonight’s blog. It is, on a scale of 1 to 37, a solid 28. Of course, you are welcome to score it differently. http://su.pr/2qVDec Brian

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Part 211: Starting a Fence Alignment Gauge

08-01-2010 04:56 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJs, I decided to make a Gauge to help align my router table fence. This is something I have actually needed a few times. I had a fun time in the shop today. http://su.pr/AtoRpg Brian

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Part 212: Extra Credit

08-02-2010 05:10 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, Today I tried out a trick I read about, to help fix small gaps in the corner of tiny boxes. I suppose it would work on a box that wasn’t tiny, but I only have tiny boxes, so I can’t say for sure. The point is, it worked marvelously and were I being graded on my boxes, the C- that I think they would have gotten, has been adjusted to a solid B! Today I had a triumph. http://su.pr/1aCtZs Brian

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Part 213: A Brief Shop Session Today

08-03-2010 05:49 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I didn’t have much shop time today, but I did have a minor success. I successfully drilled a hole in a tiny piece of wood. I needed to put in a threaded insert and I did it without messing up the tiny piece of wood, something I felt was likely. http://su.pr/17LZqv Brian

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Part 214: I Finished the Gauge

08-04-2010 12:59 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, I finished the Router Table Fence Gauge today and did a few other things. I would say that it isn’t an especially entertaining post, but the pictures are nice. I got last night’s post up so late, I felt I should get tonight’s up early. http://su.pr/2Xl5o0 Brian Now I am going to watch season II of ‘Flight of the Conchords’...they are “New Zealand’s ‘4th most popular Folk Parody Duo’” after all.

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Part 215: I Was Efficient Today

08-05-2010 05:25 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, Today’s blog was one of the longest I have ever written. I had a lot to share today, several good pictures. I don’t think there has been a day I have enjoyed, year to date, as much as I enjoyed today’s time in the shop. http://su.pr/2ccN8g Brian

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Part 216: When I Rule the World

08-07-2010 03:55 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, I have begun to try to understand finishing. It is going to be a long strange journey, filled with curse words, disappointment, and sorrow. But it is a necessary part of the the path to unsuckiness in woodworking. http://su.pr/2I1wky Brian

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Part 217: More Lumber

08-08-2010 04:48 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello, I may have a problem. I love buying wood. Today I found some at a garage sale. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/08/more-lumber/ Brian

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Part 218: I did the math...

08-09-2010 05:19 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I took great care today and mapped out what I needed to do. This planning yielded the best tiny box bottoms I have yet created. I also finally got that rare earth magnet tool holder, hung on my wall. I built it months ago, but until yesterday, didn’t have the right router bit to cut the key holes. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/08/finding-my-way-with-a-compass/ Brian

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Part 219: I made another jig

08-10-2010 04:56 AM by Ecocandle | 8 comments »

Hello LJ’s, Today I made a jig to hold my belt sander upside down for detail work. I love building jigs. It is fun and when the jig is done, I have a new way to do woodworking. I love this stuff. I named my belt sander today, and did some other fun stuff too. http://su.pr/2CrLCs Brian

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Part 220: Sanding Away the Hours

08-11-2010 05:03 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, Today I mostly sanded lids. Noting too exciting there. But as I set the beautiful pieces of wood next to one another, I started to see things a bit differently, and I found inspiration. http://su.pr/30Fafy Brian

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Part 221: Going Batty for Finishing

08-13-2010 04:51 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I did a test bit of finishing today. I have been a little bit frightened to get started, but it was a lovely evening and I felt the finishing gods were speaking to me. Or perhaps it was the bat couple flying about? I am not sure, but it was a good night. http://su.pr/1KNQxU Brian

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Part 222: Tiny Box Update

08-14-2010 02:19 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I realize that every night is a tiny box update, but tonight I included a bunch of pictures of the previously completed boxes. http://su.pr/17p9pN Ok, I am off to hang out with some of my classmates from the Ames High School class of 1985. It has been 25 years. It seems like I should have gotten a bit more done. Oh well. Brian

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Part 223: Very little woodworking in tonight's post.

08-15-2010 04:49 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, This weekend was my 25th high school reunion. Tonight’s post is a bit different. I sort of wrote it for me. I don’t know if it is worth a read or not. http://bit.ly/bOD0hU Brian

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Part 224: Not What I wanted to Write...

08-16-2010 05:15 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, After last night’s post, and then the subsequent drinking in Lisbon, I really wanted to tell the ‘rest of the story’, but alas I am suffering a bit today. So I decided it was best to get back to woodworking, which is what most people like best anyway. I have started my router table spline jig and am sending out a call for naming two more of my tools. There is a picture of the tools who need names, so if anyone would like to help, feel free to chime in. T...

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Part 225: So tonight I wrote the post I wanted to write yesterday.

08-17-2010 04:16 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, The hangover has subsided and I was able to write ‘The Threads of Time pt. 2’. http://su.pr/24ld3b Brian

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Part 226: Tonight I felt Clever

08-18-2010 05:21 AM by Ecocandle | 8 comments »

Hello All, Tonight I had the tiniest of triumphs. I love it when I am able to come up with a clever clamping solution. I am not sure why, but each time I do, I feel great about it. That is all that happened tonight, I figured something out and then had to write about it. A small success tonight, which made me feel very clever. http://su.pr/6YPgV9 Brian

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Part 227: Almost Done

08-19-2010 05:06 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, As you know, if you read my blog, I have been trying to make a tiny box from Doug Stowe’s book, “Basic Box Making”. I have just completed my spline jig for my router table and tried it out today. There was success, joy, maybe a bit of dancing. I am very excited. I hope to have one (of 12) of my boxes completely finished tomorrow. http://su.pr/2CMbXO Brian

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Part 228: Thanks to Tom and Ralph

08-20-2010 04:45 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, It was strange how both Tom and Ralph sent me things today, which I seemed to need. I am not sure how they knew I was in peril (ok that may be to strong a word, slightly confused would be more accurate), but they came through. Thanks! http://su.pr/1k1Cfz Brian

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Part 229: Shattered Jig or I Need Your Help

08-21-2010 05:16 AM by Ecocandle | 10 comments »

Hello All, I had a brief disaster in the shop today, and as such, exploded my spline cutting jig. Sometimes that happens. On another not, my herd of boxes is nearly finished…I hope…though the finishing stages do seem to be dragging on…but I digress. A couple of people have expressed interest in my tiny boxes. I had not planned on selling any of them, but now I think I might be willing to part with a few of them. Which presents a bit of a quandary, how much should I...

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Part 230: Valley of Mediocrity

08-22-2010 05:05 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I did a very simply inlay today. It was really quite thrilling. Inlays are cool. Now I need to try something without straight lines. The title of my blog post is ‘Valley of Mediocrity’, which made me chuckle. Sometimes that is my only goal. :-) http://su.pr/2aD7RF Brian

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Part 231: Enlightenment

08-24-2010 03:18 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, I just thought I would let you know that tonight’s post is up. It isn’t about woodworking though. I haven’t done a piece about Social Media in a month or so, and a few of my regular readers requested one. So I discuss Digg and will be checking out that site, to see if it helps my blog. http://digg.com/d31aCvy Brian

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Part 232: I gave Tung oil a try...

08-25-2010 04:58 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

Hello LJ’s, Tonight I decided to give Tung oil a try. I diluted it, as per the instructions, at 4:1, and applied it to one of my tiny boxes. I am very happy with the results. http://su.pr/AVLw5A Brian

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Part 233: Henry Wood Chapter 24 is up!

08-26-2010 05:10 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I have finally added another chapter to the Henry Wood Saga…and I included a photo…with a tiny box in it…so it is doubly great. For those who have been following the Henry Wood Detective Agency, you will be happy to know, that I have finally figured out the rest of the story in my head, so the chapters will come more frequently now. :-) Enjoy. http://su.pr/5Xj430 Brian

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Part 234: Have to give a Shout Out

08-27-2010 04:42 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello All, Tonight I had to give a ‘Shout Out’ to a great blog, by Shannon, The Renaissance Woodworker. He created his video podcast just for me today, and it was really helpful. His explanation of how one uses hand planes is perhaps the best I have seen. http://su.pr/1CyxjX Brian

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Part 235: Fixing the gaps

08-28-2010 05:19 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, Tonight I tried my hand at fixing some tiny gaps in the splines on the boxes I am building. I think it worked out quite well. http://su.pr/2e0Nxf Brian

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Part 236: The post is up...

08-29-2010 04:23 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I am feeling a bit icky today, so I started out to write a really lame post. I may have accidentally written a slightly entertaining one, I can’t be sure. There isn’t any woodworking stuff tonight, but there is a photo of a duck, so it has that going for it. It might be good…it might stink…I am just not sure. The 3 photos are nice though. http://su.pr/6RVkZX <My post tonight is…well…it started out as rubbish and then finished strong&...

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Part 237: More Henry Wood

08-30-2010 04:21 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, I am going to try to continue to update the Henry Wood Detective Agency story more frequently. So tonight I continued from where I left off a couple of days ago, and finished chapter 24. It had felt a bit short to me, so I wrote a little more. http://su.pr/3Rwl0C Brian

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Part 238: Nearing the Finish Line

08-31-2010 05:07 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello, I am nearly done with the tiny boxes. I put some Tung oil on several of them last night and learned a couple of valuable lessons. http://su.pr/1bwGRS Brian

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Part 239: Introducing Fred

09-01-2010 02:47 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

Hello All, I finished another tiny box. http://su.pr/2HV6P5 Brian

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Part 240: An Update...

09-02-2010 04:24 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I sold my first tiny box yesterday and decided to put up another one today. I also cleaned the shop and did some more finishing to the boxes I have now. There are lots of pictures tonight. http://su.pr/2RrGNM Brian

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Part 241: Inlays

09-03-2010 03:54 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I have begun to learn how to do inlays. I am starting with some simple ones. Straight lines before I try curves and shapes. http://su.pr/4zZ5jo The blog is up…so are the Buckeyes!!! Brian

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Part 242: My First Commission

09-04-2010 04:49 AM by Ecocandle | 10 comments »

Hello All, Yesterday I was asked to build a tiny box. This is fortunate, because I only know how to do one thing…build tiny boxes. The request, from a reader, was to build a box similar to my first successful tiny walnut box. It is interesting to note that the entire conversation took place on Twitter. He asked me if I planned to build any more like the first one, because it was his favorite. I said I would build him one, and the deal was done. I have been having trouble slee...

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Part 243: Gappy the Dado Jig

09-05-2010 04:54 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I busted out an old friend, the Dado Jig. I created him way back in the first couple of months I was doing woodworking. He didn’t have a name until today. I also received a very nice comment from the gentleman who commissioned Henry the tiny walnut box. It was a good day. http://su.pr/1FkGoX Brian

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Part 244: Claude's Awakening

09-06-2010 05:10 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, The story of Claude was discovered with the help of Henry the tiny box. Henry is still hanging out here, until the post office opens on Tuesday. Then he will be off to his new home. I hope you enjoy the story. http://su.pr/2xzTeQ

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Part 245: Inlay Boxes

09-07-2010 04:33 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I took advantage of Labor Day to work on my tiny inlay boxes. I am almost done and they look like tiny boxes. I still have some sanding and finishing to do, but that can be done tomorrow. Tonight, I am going to watch the rest of the Boise St. vs. VA Tech game. http://su.pr/66ZjBl Brian

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Part 246: Sorry I am so late...

09-08-2010 06:23 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello, ...but I didn’t really talk much about woodworking tonight. I participated in a blogoff and the theme was ‘My Slice of Heaven’. So I talked about photography. Lots of photos, but no woodworking. http://su.pr/2nL2Uu Thanks, Brian

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Part 247: Charlie Welcomes a New Friend

09-09-2010 05:06 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello All, Tonight I wrote about the little oak and morado box and his new friend. I hope you enjoy it. http://su.pr/1h5HVu <More talking tiny boxes. :-) Brian

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Part 248: No More Fuzzy Feeling

09-10-2010 04:26 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I wrote a bit of a different blog piece today. I needed to vent a little, so I did. I learned something when I hit publish. I felt much better. I am someone who rarely needs to vent, and when I do, I usually just ignore the impulse and move on. But having a blog to use for this, is actually quite a wonderful thing. When I was done, I didn’t feel I needed to vent anymore. So I guess I will sand a tiny box lid! Fun. And watch more football. http://su.pr/ASH7AW ...

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Part 249: My Method

09-11-2010 03:48 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I have been wanting to compile the steps I go through, in creating my tiny boxes. Tonight I finally got it done. http://bit.ly/aGMa0G Brian

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Part 250: A bit of planning

09-12-2010 04:55 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, Today, since I was at my parents, I couldn’t do any woodworking. But I could plan my next project. I have some graph paper and proper drawing tools, so I went to it. I am very excited about my next project. I included a scanned picture of my drawing in tonight’s blog. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/09/the-plan-is-a-winner/ Brian Ohio State 36 – Miami 24. Go Buckeyes!

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Part 251: Henry Wood Ch 25

09-13-2010 05:04 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I figured it was about time for another installment in the Henry Wood Detective Agency. I hope those who are following it, enjoy. http://su.pr/5udWJ3 Brian

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Part 252: Inner Pieces

09-14-2010 05:22 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I went to work on the Ikebana I designed on Saturday. It is fun, but is going to take longer than I expected. http://su.pr/2yvju8 Brian

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Part 253: Listening to James

09-15-2010 04:53 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, The blog is up. I had a bit of a setback today, but I learned a valuable lesson. http://su.pr/9hSRmn Brian

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Part 254: Blog is Up

09-16-2010 04:50 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I tried a few things, which didn’t really work today. Eh…it happens…tomorrow is another day. http://su.pr/1ITIYx Brian

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Part 255: Ugh...wrote blog...lost it...ugh.

09-17-2010 05:15 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

Hello All, Often I look at the clock and realize that it is 9:00 and I need to write my blog. This was the case tonight. I already had the photos, so I wrote my blog piece, added the photos and hit save on wordpress. It then disappeared! This is the angry and bitter 2nd attempt. http://su.pr/1CJpJD Brian

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Part 256: I have been Attacked!

09-19-2010 04:13 AM by Ecocandle | 9 comments »

Yesterday I started to get messages that my sight was considered a threat to all of humanity. There were scary red letters and I feared the worst. Apparently somebody, likely a middle aged, socially awkward, virgin, had found my blog and after eating some hot pockets, his chain smoking, raging alcoholic mother had brought down to him in the basement (‘Apartment’),and had decided to hack into my blog. In doing so he has stuck fear into the hearts of my readers. I apolog...

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Part 257: I fixed my site

09-20-2010 06:00 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, It took all of yesterday and today, but my site has been taken down and put back up. So tonight’s blog is more of me cursing the hacker. I feel better now. The Curse – Extremely Average http://su.pr/1DUzOI Brian

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Part 258: Calm and Focus

09-21-2010 05:05 AM by Ecocandle | 8 comments »

Hello All, Today the blog is back to normal (for almost everyone). There was an issue for one of my readers, who has a router which flagged my site last week during the hacking debacle. She has had trouble getting back to my site ans her router continues to block it. If any of you fine LJ folks are having troubles, it may be something similar. As for writing the blog, it was nice to not be railing against the evil hacker. I am moving on an continuing with my ikebana building. It is...

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Part 259: Giving Myself Credit

09-22-2010 05:02 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, It was a good day in the shop. I solved an admittedly simple problem, but it still felt good. http://su.pr/2izkqd Brian

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Part 260: The Elders

09-23-2010 04:56 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I did some woodworking, a bit of creative writing, and ended up with a blog post which is a B-. http://su.pr/2wPGZs Thanks, Brian

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Part 261: The Fool

09-24-2010 05:02 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I had fun with tonight’s blog. I have done some finishing of the ikebana and started on some table legs, which presumably will be used on a table. http://su.pr/1dXNx5 Thanks, Brian

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Part 262: Sorry I forgot...

09-26-2010 05:03 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, I just realized that I forgot to post last night’s blog post. I am at my parents and got distracted by fun. So if you want to catch up, there are two posts at http://ExtremelyAverage.com For those who follow the Henry Wood Detective Agency, tonight’s post is another addition. It is easy to write Henry posts, when I am not at home and can’t do woodworking. :-) Brian

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Part 263: Henry Wood Detective Agency ch 27

09-27-2010 05:22 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, We are nearing the end of the Henry Wood saga. I added ch 27 tonight. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/09/henry-wood-detective-agency-ch-27/ Brian

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Part 264: Computer broke...

09-30-2010 06:03 PM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, I am back at my parents, as my computer broke. I couldn’t do woodworking, so I did some creative writing. It is a strange blog piece. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/09/the-80-year-war/ Brian

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Part 265: Henry Wood Chapter 29

10-02-2010 04:31 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I didn’t put up last night’s post, because it wasn’t about woodworking, or Henry Wood, or anything I thought you might like. Tonight’s blog though, is chapter 29 of the Henry Wood Saga. I hope those who are following enjoy it. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/10/henry-wood-two-hours-to-go-ch-28/ Brian

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Part 266: A Bit Sickly

10-03-2010 04:54 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I am still under the weather, as is my computer. So I didn’t write too much that was interesting tonight. But if you are curious of the specifics of my troubling week, and I can’t imagine you would be, you may check out my blog. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/10/a-bit-sickly/ Brian

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Part 267: Henry Wood Chapter 30 pt. 1

10-04-2010 04:42 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, Though I may not be able to do much woodworking, I am able to finally bring the Henry Wood Mystery to a close…almost. We are in the final scene, and I think it turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/10/henry-wood-the-exchange-ch-30-part-1/ Brian

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Part 268: Henry Wood Chapter 30 pt. 2

10-05-2010 04:59 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello, I am really making progress on finishing up the Henry Wood saga. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/10/henry-wood-detective-agency-chapter-30-pt-2/ Brian

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Part 269: Henry Wood Final Chapter

10-06-2010 04:37 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, If you have been following Henry Wood, I just posted the final chapter. I hope you all have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it. http://bit.ly/brYZm9 Brian

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Part 270: Rural Iowa Adventure

10-07-2010 05:04 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello, My computer is still getting fixed. I am still at my parents, so no woodworking. But I am able to blog. Tonight there are a couple of photos, by guest photographer extraordinaire, Sandy Meeks. (I often call her mom.) Best Blog Post with a Goat, I have ever written. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/10/rural-iowa-adventure/ Brian

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Part 271: Still Blogging

10-08-2010 03:57 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, The computer seems to be almost fixed….I hope. I am still a few days away from going home and having access to my shop, so my blog continues to be non-woodworking drivel. But some of you like my ramblings, so I thought I would let you know anyway. :-) I did ask a few questions, which I would love some help with. http://bit.ly/c7Xx3j Brian

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Part 272: Is tonight's blog about woodworking?

10-09-2010 04:28 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello LJ’s, Sadly it isn’t. I am still without computer, and as such, am not at home with my tools. So I have written the best blog about a relative’s guinea pig, that I have ever written. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/10/ferrari/ Brian

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Part 273: A Drubbing

10-10-2010 05:57 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, Still waiting on my computer. Today my father and I went to the ISU vs. Utah game. My post tonight is entitled ‘A Drubbing’. I took a bunch of pictures with my iphone and was pleasantly surprised with the results. I know a lot of you are only interested in my woodworking posts, but I will say, there are CHEERLEADERS in one photo. Not that that would sway you. :-) http://bit.ly/aZLUCw Brian

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Part 274: Let the Madness End

10-13-2010 12:08 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hey, I don’t think I have posted my blog here for the last couple of days. Sorry about that. Today’s blog is up, and oddly yesterday’s blog was very well received. Perhaps I misjudged it. This is today’s blog. http://su.pr/2jmb8k If you wish to see either of the last two, just scroll down. You will find them. Hopefully I will be doing some woodworking tomorrow. Brian

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Part 275: Back in the Shop

10-14-2010 05:01 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, The feeling of the hand plane in my mits was a joy. My results were sub par, but I felt some joy. It is good to be home. http://su.pr/2NHVZW Brian

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Part 276: Did some finishing

10-16-2010 05:13 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I divided my free time today, between adding a coat of shellac and teaching myself more about html. The html knowledge should be helpful with Kindle. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/10/ikebana-in-october/ Brian

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Part 277: Kindle Stuff

10-18-2010 08:00 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hey Everyone, I made a great find last night. Ok, actually it was at about 3AM on Sunday morning, but the point is that, as some of you know, I have been working on putting Henry Wood into Kindle form. I wrote tonight’s blog about the PC and Apple versions of the Kindle reader. There are lots and lots of talented people here on Lumber Jocks. I am sure that some of you have thought about compiling your blog posts into a book, and the more I learn about it, the more excited I get...

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Part 278: Time to learn something new...

10-20-2010 05:06 AM by Ecocandle | 10 comments »

Hello All, I didn’t get very far today, but getting started was half the battle. I have decided that the table I want to build, will have a drawer. That decision was difficult to reach, as it would have been easier to do one without. I have been fearing the drawer for along time, but it is time to get after it. Tonight I got a late start, but it was a start none the less. It felt good to get back into the shop, even if some of my tools were unhappy with how much time I have NO...

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Part 279: Love my LN Chisels

10-21-2010 05:02 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello, My Lie-Nielsen 3/4” chisel and the fishtail, named Manfred and Donna respectively, did a great job today. We had lots of fun, despite me making one slight stratigic blunder. http://su.pr/3Y9evq Thanks, Brian

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Part 280: Dovetail Cutting

10-22-2010 05:11 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello, So I did the pins last night and tonight was very fired up for the tails. It didn’t go as planned, but I got some good photos. I am choosing to look at the positive. The Blog is Up, which is surprising considering the difficulties I had today. But I am still happy! http://su.pr/4TNPgT Brian

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Part 281: No woodworking tonight...

10-23-2010 04:39 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I like to give an honest preview of my blog, and the realities are I just didn’t get any woodworking done today. I did write a blog piece, but it may not be of any interest to those who like my woodworking foibles. Still Optimistic http://su.pr/1GqweF I wrote a piece about Optimism on Tues, after some bad news, I am still happy. Brian

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Part 282: A Better Dovetail

10-24-2010 05:00 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, If you recall, two night’s ago, I cut a rather sad and pathetic dovetail. Tonight I improved! I am stoked. Do woodworkers get stoked? Or is it just survers and fires? I don’t know, but I digress. http://su.pr/15xxnN Brian

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Part 283: A Woodworking Miracle

10-26-2010 04:55 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello LJ’s, Today I attempted my first half blind dovetail. I don’t want to give away the ending to the story, but I think you will enjoy today’s blog. http://su.pr/1rqUfj Thanks, Brian

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Part 284: Half Blind Dovetail Success

10-27-2010 04:21 AM by Ecocandle | 8 comments »

Hello All, I felt terrible that I was unable to include a picture in yesterday’s blog. I cut another half blind, for the other side of the drawer and it turned out even better. So though I don’t have my Nikon, I used my iphone to take a photo for tonight’s blog. I also included a new poll widget on my blog. I want your opinion on how much I should charge for my Kindle version of Henry Wood. I will be keeping all the chapters up on the blog, so it will always be ava...

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Part 285: A bit more practice

11-03-2010 04:54 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I always feel badly when I post in here, if my blog isn’t about woodworking. Tonight it is! The last week has been almost entirely about getting the Kindle book ready, but now that I am back home, I made it down into the shop. Another half blind dovetail cut and I feel good about it. I also have a guess the photo contest. No prize though, but it might still be fun. It might not be fun…I don’t know…it is the sort of thing I enjoy though. http://su...

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Part 286: Pride Goeth Before a Fall

11-04-2010 05:34 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, Tonight I demonstrate how NOT to cut a half blind dovetail. Pride Goeth Before a Fall | http://su.pr/28MsKt <with a photo Brian p.s. And I gave the answer to the photo guessing bit from yesterday.

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Part 287: Nothing to see here....

11-07-2010 05:07 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello, I did only the slightest bit of woodworking today. I applied the last coat to the ikebana. That is all. The blog doesn’t have any pictures or anything. But if you want to read my ramblings, then here you go. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/11/short-gain/ Brian

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Part 288: Blog is up

11-08-2010 06:02 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello, My blog, entitled ‘Gutter Gunk’, is up. There is some woodworking and some house maintenance chores, in this issue. No pictures though, as the gunk I was pulling from the gutters, wasn’t very photogenic. I am sorry. But I am pleased to have them clean, and I can now glue up the ikebana, and consider it done. http://su.pr/2axwiE Brian

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Part 289: Bubbles

11-10-2010 06:21 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello, I had some bubbles in the latest coat of shellac I applied. I think this may be rather common when applying shellac, though I can’t be sure. I have only applied 3 coats, and maybe it is the foam brushes which are the problem. Anyway, I was about to glue up the ikebana, when I saw the bubbles, so I need to sand them out, and apply some more shellac. It is only a minor setback. On the upside, I figured out the code for how to do a NCX table of contents, for my Kindle book....

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Part 290: Good Day in the Shop

11-13-2010 05:45 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ’s, Though my last attempt, at a half blind dovetail, was a miserable failure, I decided to try one with two tails today. This seemed like the next step in my education, so I took it. I am thrilled with how it turned out. So were my tools. Good Day in the Shop – Extremely Average http://su.pr/5dW1YH Brian

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Part 291: More half blind dovetails

11-15-2010 05:47 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I continued to practice half blind dovetails today. I really like cutting them, or more aptly, chiseling them out. I think half blinds are more fun than regular dovetails, though perhaps it is just the newness of them. I am sure whatever I learn next, will become my favorite. That is how woodworking seems to go for me. http://su.pr/2lEgIO Brian

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Part 292: More Henry Wood

11-17-2010 06:51 AM by Ecocandle | 5 comments »

Hello All, I have undertaken a new job, and it will take up much of my time, for the holidays. As some of you may know, I started blogging Jan 2, of 2010, and done so every day since then. I have posted links to most of the woodworking posts (which make up about 85% of my blog) here, and I try to focus the majority of my effort on woodworking. But over the next two months, I may have many days which are too full to allow for woodworking, and thus, a blog about my woodworking. So I a...

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Part 293: I read a great book...

11-18-2010 05:42 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I just finished ‘A Reverence for Wood’, by Eric Sloane. It was delightful. Tonight’s blog is my review. I think that most woodworkers would enjoy this book. http://su.pr/2KEEWz Thanks, Brian

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Part 294: A Moment of Woodworking

11-20-2010 05:54 AM by Ecocandle | 5 comments »

Hello All, I didn’t have to work today, so I had a some time for woodworking. I have missed being able to do it every day. So I continued work on my tiny drawer. In taking the photos for the post, I tried something new, and it worked. So I got better at woodworking and photography tonight. That is a pretty good day, in my humble opinion. http://su.pr/26Vlxf Brian

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Part 295: Food and Lumber

11-23-2010 05:45 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, It is starting to feel like winter out, and it is only going to get worse. I didn’t have a lot of time or energy tonight, but the little bit I could muster, led to some good tails. Perhaps my best yet. http://su.pr/1E7yRV

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Part 296: The drawer sides are done...again...

11-24-2010 05:59 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I cut the pins on the back piece, of my tiny drawer. When the drawer sides are assembled they pins are very snug. It is almost hard to take back apart. I am very pleased with how it has turned out thus far. Of cousre, a drawer isn’t a drawer, until it has a bottom. It was the grooves ro the bottom which caused my undoing on the last attempt. It is all part of the journey, but the successes are more fun than the failures. :-) http://su.pr/1ZK9RE Brian

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Part 297: Henry Wood Ch 4

11-25-2010 05:49 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I worked on my the template for cutting the grooves in my tiny drawer today, but it wasn’t enough for a proper blog entry, so I added another chapter to the latest Henry Wood. http://su.pr/2MbwjT Brian

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Part 298: It Fits

11-26-2010 05:56 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello LJ’s, It has been a long time since I had a bunch of photos about woodworking. Tonight I did a much better job. The quest today, was to build a template to cut the groove for the drawer bottom, for the front and back. I love learning new things and my plan worked really well. When I assembeled the drawer, it fit together really snugly, and I was happy. http://su.pr/1GEMKm Brian

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Part 299: Henry Wood Chapter 4

11-27-2010 06:06 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I worked 11 hours today and had fun. This left little time for woodworking, but I was able to add another chapter to the latest Henry Wood. I hope you enjoy it. http://su.pr/8JxZtq Brian

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Part 300: Henry Wood Ch 5

11-28-2010 05:56 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, I think that this is my favorite chapter thus far. While I was working today, I sort of let the ideas rattle around in my noggin all day. When I finally got home and wrote them down, the little bits of ideas seemed to go really well together. Henry Wood Chapter 5 http://su.pr/9YrbRX Thanks, Brian p.s. I am going to start working on a matte board cutting/photograpy table on Tuesday. First step will be to go buy some wood for the legs, and Tuesday will be my fir...

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Part 301: Good Question RTB

11-29-2010 04:16 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, RTB, who hangs out here a bunch, asked me a good question in the comments for my blog. So I decided to write tonight’s blog in response to his query about Henry Wood. http://su.pr/1z8FXr

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Part 302: Charlie the Tiny Box got Adopted

12-01-2010 04:50 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello All, Today we had a going away party for Charlie the tiny box, as he was adopted. He is off to Conniticuit. I took lots of photos of the party. I hope you enjoy. http://su.pr/4NQFh4 Brian

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Part 303: Henry Wood: Time and Again Ch 7 Voices

12-02-2010 06:05 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, I bought some wood for the legs on my next project. I was torn between writing about my ideas for a photography/matte board cutting/background holding, table, or doing another Henry Wood chapter. On the drive home from the lumber yard, the Henry Wood ideas were too strong to ignore, so I wrote another chapter. I think it is better than a post about buying 4×4’s. Hopefully I will have a more interesting woodworking post tomorrow. Brian http://extremelyaverage...

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Part 304: Henry Wood Ch 9

12-04-2010 05:44 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, It was a long day at work today. I went in early and now I am exhausted. But I did keep my blogging streak alive by writing Ch 9 Second Wind. I hope those who follow HW, enjoy it. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/12/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-9-second-wind/ Brian

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Part 305: So little time...

12-05-2010 06:45 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, I really miss spending hours upon hours in my shop, but alas, I am super busy these days. I do find a little bit of time to continue building the latest Henry Wood story. As many of you have pointed out, there are lots and lots of spelling errors. I always appreciate the help. I would also like to apologize for each chapter’s lack of polish. I have little time, and find myself rushed to get the post up by 10:00. Tonight I failed in that regard, by almost 40 minutes. ...

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Part 306: Henry Wood Chapter 11

12-06-2010 05:51 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, Thaks for the kind words on yesterday’s post. I hope you who are following Henry’s latest adventure, will enjoy today’s too. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/12/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-11-patience-and-fortitude/ Brian

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Part 307: Henry Wood Ch 12

12-07-2010 06:51 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello, I took a little bit longer than usual, to write tonight’s Henry Wood chapter. Sorry for the delay. http://bit.ly/eKOiZR Brian

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Part 308: Ch 13, 14 and 15

12-10-2010 05:42 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello all, I am really tired. I don’t know how I forgot to let my friends on LJ know that I had put up Chapter 13, but it looks like I forgot 14 too. I have also written 15 tonight. I seem to have little time these days. But I have so much of the Henry Wood story banging around my head, I am still able to write. I hope you enjoy. 13: http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/12/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-13-the-job/14: http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/12/henry-wood-time-and-again-...

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Part 309: More Henry Wood Chapter

12-15-2010 08:49 PM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello Everyone, I haven’t done much of late, besides work, and writing. There are 4 more chapters of the latest Henry Wood. Ch 16: http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/12/father-patrick/ Ch 17: http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/12/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-17/ Ch 18: http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/12/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-18-the-siena/ Ch 19: http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/12/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-19-cleared-head/ Ch 20: http://extremelyaverage.co...

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Part 310: The latest chapter is ready...

12-16-2010 02:49 PM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, Here is the latest Henry Wood Chapter, I do hope it is enjoyable. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/12/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-21-condolences/ Brian

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Part 311: Merry Christmas All

12-25-2010 09:21 PM by Ecocandle | 5 comments »

Hello All, I hope everyone is enjoying the day. It was a pretty good year. I discovered two new loves, woodworking and writing. The encouragement from everyone at Lumberjocks has made all the difference. Teh last few weeks have been chaotic, and I have done a terrible job of posting here. For that I am sorry. I haven’t had any time for woodworking, as I have been working every day, but I have still been doing some writing, each night before I hit the sack. I think the last ch...

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Part 312: Another Chapter

12-29-2010 05:09 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I didn’t post last night, because I wrote a ‘I have a terrible cold’ adeled post about a goat. It was not at all about woodworking or Henry Wood, so I posted it and went to bed. Today, I had hoped to do some woodworking, but I was still recovering. It was an off day from work, so I did bang out another 1100 words of Henry Wood. I hope you enjoy. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/12/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-33-back-at-the-office/ Brian

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Part 313: A Great Year...Thanks

01-01-2011 04:37 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello Everyone, On Jan 2 of this year, I started blogging. I posted on blogger and here. Because of the wonderful encouragement everyone gave me, I continued woodworking and blogging. Now I can cut dovetails by hand, and they look fair. I am able to make tiny boxes. I am also not afraid to try more and more difficult projects. I also descovered a second love. Of course, I mean that sexy babe writing. I haven’t been doing as much woodworking the last month, mostly because I ...

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Part 314: I did it!

01-02-2011 06:16 AM by Ecocandle | 18 comments »

Hello All, I just posted chapter 35 Henry Wood. I wrote a blog piece every day of the last year. In truth, because of guest blogging, I actually wrote around 380 posts, but the point is, I didn’t take a day off! I couldn’t have made it without all of your kind words. Thanks, Brian http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-35-moments-in-time/

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Part 315: Henry Wood Ch 36

01-03-2011 06:17 AM by Ecocandle | 7 comments »

Hello All, I appreciate the comments and feedback. Even the mean and nasty ones, like the one I received an hour or so ago on yesterday’s post. I don’t mind mean and nasty, if the person is also including accurate corrections, which he did. He did ask that I “please quit abusing the English language!” I guess it isn’t that nasty, because he did say please. I am not sure if the exclamation point was necessary though. It is hard to say. But it does seem...

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Part 316: Ch 37

01-04-2011 06:48 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, Another Henry Wood, for Dennis, Bill, Canadianchips, and anyone else who is following the adventure (yes even Shirley too. :-)). Now I think I am going to make a master copy of all the chapters thus far, and start trying a bit of rewriting. It couldn’t hurt. I might learn a thing or two. :-) Brian http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-37-the-captain/

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Part 317: I am reading a really good book...

01-11-2011 05:48 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, Spike Carlsen, ‘A Splintered Hisotry of Wood’, is a delight. I am only two chapters into the book, but I became so excited about the stories, I had to write the review. I have decided to write the review in parts, because, well, I can. If you have a mild interest in wood or woodworking, this book will be one of the best you read all year. Or I should say, the first two chapters will be. If you love woodworking, this will send you into a state of giddiness. Tha...

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Part 318: Unhappy Tools

01-12-2011 06:06 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello All, As many of you know, I have been spending very little time in the shop of late. Tonight I got back down there and found my tools were very upset with me. I was even bitten by my belt sander. But by the end, we were all friends again. http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/unhappy-tools/ Brian

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Part 319: Just an update...

01-19-2011 06:21 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello all, I did some cleaning of the shop tonight. Nothing worth writing about though. I have still been adding chapters to Henry Wood. I just realized that I have been neglecting the LJ folks. I am sorry about that. There are seven or eight more chapters up now. I just posted ch 45, and I think the last one I told you about was 37. If you click on the Henry Wood heading at the top, they are all grouped together. It is pretty close to 50,000 words now, so this one is offically a n...

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Part 320: I have done a terrible job...

02-08-2011 06:17 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

Hello All, I have been writing a lot, but have done a terrible job of updating LJ. I haven’t done much on woodworking though, so I haven’t been around. The Henry Wood is coming along, in fact, I just posted chapter 64. So that means there are about 19 more chapters, if you haven’t been checking my site daily. I believe the last one was 45. I think most people from LJ who have been reading Henry Wood, do stop in daily, so I haven’t felt like clogging up the bl...

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Part 321: And the murderer is...

02-10-2011 06:13 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I wrote ch 65 last night and tonight 66. Today’s chapter reveals who the murderer is, but I am going to write one more chapter tomorrow. So it isn’t quite done yet, but it is close. Ch 65: http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/02/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-65/ Ch 66: http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/02/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-66/ Thanks, Brian

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Part 322: Henry Wood: Time and Again 67 Epilogue

02-11-2011 05:41 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I have finished my novel. http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/02/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-67-epilogue/ It is time to start thinking about Henry Wood 3: The Wrath of Kahn….wait, I think that title has been taken. Brian

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Part 323: Henry Wood: Perception Ch 1

02-13-2011 03:48 PM by Ecocandle | 7 comments »

Hello All, I took a day off. Then yesterday I wanted to start writing again. I am completely addicted. So I have started the 3rd Henry Wood. http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/02/henry-wood-perception-ch-1-photos/ Thanks, Brian

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Part 324: Hello Long Lost Friends

05-27-2011 04:59 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

Hello LJs, I have not posted in a long long time. I used to post every night, but eventually my blog was no longer about woodworking, just additional chapters of my Henry Wood Detective novels. Back in October I got a job which required leaving my home. The long commute really shortened my days and I lost my ‘Woodworking Time’. I had only enough time to write every day. On Monday I went to the Woodsmith store and picked up a couple of magazines and a nice piece of cher...

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