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Blog series by TheGravedigger updated 09-04-2011 09:33 PM 9 parts 7128 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: Principles Rather Than Plans

10-02-2010 01:10 PM by TheGravedigger | 1 comment »

This is a repost of an article originally posted on the Little Good Pieces blog on September 7, 2010. Principles Rather Than Plans I built a bookcase last month – nothing special, not even worth posting as a Lumberjocks project – just plywood, edge banding, and paint. White paint. Why even mention it? Because it wasn’t really a bookcase, it was a shoecase. It was sized specifically to hold 24 aftermarket plastic shoe storage boxes for my wife, and it fulfilled this ...

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Part 2: Seeing the Fangs

10-09-2010 04:21 PM by TheGravedigger | 2 comments »

This article was originally posted on the “Little Good Pieces” blog on September 11, 2010: My wife had a nasty scare the other day. She was mowing near the house with our zero-turn mower when she accidentally ran over an old bath mat the dogs had dragged up. The mower started a nasty vibration that jerked her body and thusly the control levers. The mower immediately took off like a bucking bronco, tearing a chunk out of the doghouse roof, knocking a support post completely loos...

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Part 3: Shutdown - Sometimes Stopping is More Important Than Starting

10-19-2010 12:53 AM by TheGravedigger | 0 comments »

This article was originally posted on the Little Good Pieces blog on September 15, 2010 ”Sometimes stopping is more important than starting.” After my wife’s adventure with the mower, we did an after-action analysis. This practice is a good idea after any sort of mishap to determine if anything can be changed to prevent a recurrence. She kept saying, “If I could have just stopped the blades…”. <address> </address>I made the suggestion that s...

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Part 4: Powerless Satisfaction

10-23-2010 07:52 PM by TheGravedigger | 0 comments »

This article was originally posted on the “Little Good Pieces” blog on September 13, 2010. I finished construction of my first piece of greenwood furniture the other day. True, it still lacks a seat, but that sort of counts as a second project, and I really didn’t want to wait till spring to post about it. Not terribly impressive is it? It’s just a little footstool of white oak without any curves or ornamentation of any sort. However, this stool has great ...

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Part 5: Follow the Leader

10-31-2010 03:14 PM by TheGravedigger | 2 comments »

This article was originally posted on the “Little Good Pieces” blog on September 22, 2010. I was on Twitter the other day, complaining about how clumsy a deep-throated fretsaw was for cleaning out dovetails. The problem was that the board was too wide for my jeweler’s saw, and my Gramercy dovetail saw’s kerf was too narrow for the pivoting blade of my coping saw. Kari Hultman (The Village Carpenter Blog), with her usual clarity, pointed out that I could saw down...

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Part 6: Links with the Past

12-05-2010 04:32 PM by TheGravedigger | 1 comment »

This article was originally posted on the Little Good Pieces blog on September 27, 2010. There’s something about old hand tools. Unlike the shiny new ones in the catalogs, the old ones have character. What exactly is character? The dictionary defines it as “the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing”. Look at an old tool, and I’m sure you’ll agree. Take the old bit brace above as an example. It belonged...

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Part 7: Sauce Packet Bin - Part 1

01-29-2011 11:59 PM by TheGravedigger | 0 comments »

This article was first posted on the Little Good Pieces blog on September 29, 2010. While I was starting my planning for the toilet cabinet, it occurred to me that I first needed to build an outfeed table for the new tablesaw. As I was shifting gears to start on THAT, my wife reminded me that we needed some way to organize the sauce flavoring packets that were trying to take over the pantry. Sigh The need should be apparent from the above photo. What I envisioned was some sort ...

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Part 8: Sauce Packet Bin - Part 2

02-26-2011 03:51 PM by TheGravedigger | 1 comment »

This article was originally posted on the Little Good Pieces blog on Oct 10, 2010. When we left our bin, it was being overrun by a horde of shop cats (well, two anyway). Since that time, I added three dividers placed to give four pockets of varying sizes. The unit was then spackled, primed, and painted (yes, white). The bin, together with its pivot blocks, was worked into position. The gap was a little wider than I wanted, so I added a piece of 1/4” plywood as a shim on the le...

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Part 9: The Right Tool for the Right Job

09-04-2011 09:33 PM by TheGravedigger | 1 comment »

This article was originally posted on the Little Good Pieces blog on Oct 3, 2010. Anybody see anything wrong with this picture? Show of hands…thought so. Nobody in their right mind would try this. Putting a large irregularly shaped object through a tablesaw as-is is a surefire recipe for disaster. Why do it, then? To make a point. Power tools, by and large, are designed to do their best work with relatively straight wood. Also, with the exception of the lathe, stationary...

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