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Location: Saint Peters, MO
Website: http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

Probably about time for a profile update...

Been woodworking for about 12 years now.

Have mostly converted to using hand tools instead of power tools, though I do still own a table saw and an old 8" Wallace jointer. I'll probably sell the jointer in short order and... might even sell the table saw, as well, but it is more likely that I'll keep that crutch in the garage for a while still.

Working on outfitting my new-ish basement shop. In the near future, will be building a bench. Currently working on building a saw horse and rehabbing some tools and getting rid of lots of other tools.

I prefer using quality tools, whether they are new or old. Buy quality and cry once; buy cheap and cry every time you buy a new one (or it ruins a project). Lately I've been spending more time rehabbing tools I've picked up over the years - I learn something with each tool and I get a better understanding of how it works and how best to use it.

I am a writer by trade and working on various ways to combine my love of writing with my love for all things woodworking. You will soon start seeing articles from me on www.wkfinetools.com. I have one or two other things coming down the pipeline. More on that later.

I do most of my writing on my blog - http://thekiltedwoodworker.com I'm afraid I'm probably not going to duplicate my writing here; I tried for a while and it was too tedious.

Cheers,

Ethan
Thekiltedwoodworker

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#1 posted 12-22-2006 02:01 PM

Welcome aboard

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Martin Sojka

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#2 posted 12-22-2006 02:24 PM

I didn’t plan to create dangerous website for you, Ethan.. The good thing is that you mean that in a positive way ;)

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Ethan Sincox

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#3 posted 12-22-2006 03:39 PM

I certainly do, Martin! Your hard work and efforts are not unappreciated!

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Obi

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#4 posted 12-22-2006 04:04 PM

“Good enough” is just another way of politely saying that it sucks. (Well, in most cases)
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#5 posted 12-22-2006 04:12 PM

Welcome I think you will like it here. The people are very nice and helpful!

-- Kathy, Kersey Colorado, kh1@hughes.net

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Don

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#6 posted 12-23-2006 12:12 AM

Ethan, from one newby to another, welcome!

Thanks for sharing your web site with us – a nice clean 2.0 look.

Now since you want constructive criticism, how about making it possible to click on the pic’s in your web site for larger views?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Ethan Sincox

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#7 posted 12-23-2006 04:37 PM

Yep, that is something we’re working on, Don. It is a slow and painful process, sometimes. I’m trying to learn as much about the programming of my site as I can while Chris works on it, but there is a lot that is also beyond me, and I know that.

The way he puts it, he gets paid a lot of money by Enterprise to be able to do this. If just anyone could do it, then there wouldn’t be any reason to pay HIM a lot of money! Ok, I can accept that. :)

Right now, Chris is in the throws of moving most of the belongings from his house into his parents’ house so he can put it on the market for a fast sale. He and his wife and his two children have quickly out-grown it. There is a house in the area they want, at the price they want, but the seller won’t take a contingency of sale in the offer, so they must first sell their own house.

In light of that situation, I feel it best to just let them complete that process and settle in to their new house before we worry about website construction for a while!

But he does do top notch work, doesn’t he? I can take credit for nothing other than the things in the pictures (except for having taken the pictures, as well…).

In the mean time, I do have a gallery of work on my Shutterfly account. It is a bit of a misuse of the shutterfly system, but it works well for me! I’ll post the web address on my profile, but here it is, too:
www.merganserwoodworks.shutterfly.com

It doesn’t give as much writing room as a writer might want… but that is something Chris also makes me do – limit my writing for descriptions and the introduction paragraphs! He tortures me!

I’m surprised he didn’t see it before, though… a blog would have been JUST the thing I needed to have set up first! But no matter. I’ve already told him that we should just link up my website to lumberjocks.com and put a little badge on there and such and we’re done with that part of the website. Actually, I need to check my email for his response on that…

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Don

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#8 posted 01-05-2007 08:59 AM

Ethan, I re-read your Profile and was struck with your phrase ”ok, that’s good.”... I take pride in every project I do, no matter how big or small. Because of that pride, “good enough” no longer makes the cut. ..(but) I don’t waste time with perfection..

I’ve used this phrase in my business and personal life for years, ”Excellence is expected, perfection is a waste of time.”

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Ethan Sincox

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#9 posted 01-05-2007 03:35 PM

Unfortunately, I’ve found more often in the business world that perfection is expected, but when it really comes down to it you only need to just get by, especially when the bottom line is concerned.

Very frustrating.

And probably why I try to reverse that in my non-corporate life.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 01-08-2007 07:38 PM

I enjoyed reading your introduction. I am working on overcoming the “good enough” perception of my work, so thanks for the reminder!! :)
My goal, when starting my woodworking journey ( a few months ago) was to make boxes – beautiful pieces of art that are really functional. I have yet to make a box. I am interested in your journals that you have created. I have been doing leatherwork for the past year and am in love with the process. As I am also a hobby-writer I I have wanted to make a leatherbound book but haven’t known how to do it. Now, I have a picture of what it will look like, thank you very much! I’m really looking forward to this, as I can bring my writing, my leatherwork, and my woodworking all into one project!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Ethan Sincox

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#11 posted 01-08-2007 09:19 PM

That was my goal, as well, Debbie. When trying to figure out what size to make your books, remember to keep in mind what kind of paper you want to use and in what sizes you can order the paper. I use 80lb parchment paper in mine; I have to buy it in bulk sizes (something like 36”x 60”? It was huge…) and then have another place cut them down to size for me.

Also, if you try a technique similar to mine, you’ll need to find a place to order the brass screw posts I use for binding. The best place I’ve found, for quality, solid brass posts, is Lee Valley (www.leevalley.com). When on their site, search for “Chicago Bolt” or “Chicago Screw” (it is listed as one of those and I can’t remember which one off the top of my head).

Let me know if you come across any other problems along your journey; I’m always happy to share information on resources and techniques!

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 01-08-2007 09:34 PM

thank you Ethan. I’ll definitely keep you posted.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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MsDebbieP

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#13 posted 01-08-2007 09:39 PM

http://www.zelikovitz.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=486 would this be the screw posts? (This is from the leather supply company that I use).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Ethan Sincox

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#14 posted 01-08-2007 11:51 PM

Well… they are similar.

I’ve tried several different kinds over the past two years, and all other brands have left me with concerns. Some of them were not really the solid brass they claimed. A lot of them only came in 3/8” size (like the one you showed me) – once you add up the thickness for the wood spine and the leather, that doesn’t leave you much room in the middle for paper!

I really prefer the Chicago Screws I get from Lee Valley. They are well-made, solid brass, and they come in many different sizes. I usually have a good supply of 3/4” and 1” spans on hand.

It all goes back to quality in/quality out. If you don’t use quality pieces in your works, you will have a much harder time trying to achieve a quality product.

Unfortunately, it is going to be the same way when it comes to hinges for your small jewelry boxes. You can probably get away with using the inexpensive hinges from Lowes or Home Depot, but if you want to build an heirloom box that will last and get passed down for generations, you’ll want to go wtih something like Brusso hinges…

http://www.vandykes.com/product/02015511/

It seems like an awful lot of money (and, to be honest, it is) but the difference in quality will be absolutely noticeable by you and everyone else.

That isn’t to say you can’t use the Home Depot brass hinges when applicable… I made a router bit box for my little brother for Christmas this past year. There isn’t any use in throwing away $25 on Brusso hinges for a simple router bit box; in that case, I think it would be perfectly acceptable to go with the less-expensive materials.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Martin Sojka

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#15 posted 01-09-2007 06:14 PM

Ethan, feel free to change your display name to “Ethan” to prevent the problems with spacing in the Most Active LJs block ;)

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