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Blog series by agartzke updated 10-02-2010 05:26 AM 4 parts 8320 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Mortise and Tenon Joinery

04-12-2010 05:28 AM by agartzke | 4 comments »

Just got up from the shop (mine’s in the basement) and thought I’d post my first blog entry. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but the mortise and tenon joints I was working on gave me the kick I needed! A little background first. I live near Milwaukee and the weather is JUST beginning to turn nice, so during this season, I sort of mix it up between landscaping, woodworking (furniture) and remodeling (1926 bungalow – always needs work). I’ve been woodwo...

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Part 2: Nice weather = Not working in shop!

08-09-2010 04:30 PM by agartzke | 0 comments »

Well, perhaps it was foreshadowing or some fancy trick, but I mentioned in my first (and last) post that the weather was starting to turn nice. I should have kissed the idea of woodworking over the summer goodbye right then… lucky for me I got the bug to start up again a bit earlier than expected. I spent maybe 12 hours in the shop over the two days of the weekend. It’s time to start finishing the projects that I have started, and to my chagrin, that total is currently four (ye...

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Part 3: Dirty, dirty...

09-12-2010 04:42 PM by agartzke | 1 comment »

The last couple days have been both refreshing and frustrating. Refreshing because I can see my shop floor, my tools and things are starting to have a sense of order again. Frustrating because I’m the one that has to clean it all! At least I have some motivation… I just recently picked up what I would call a steal of a deal – A Powermatic 1150A 15” Drill press with the Foot Pedal add-on. Got the thing for $350. Not bad, I say! Only challenge is that it must have bee...

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Part 4: Completionistic Fixations

10-02-2010 05:26 AM by agartzke | 0 comments »

What an exhausting couple of weeks! Between work, family and the shop, I’ve been non-stop for what seems like forever. Cramming woodworking has been a way of life now for the better part of 5 months. Since my second daughter has been born, it has been a challenge getting some shop time. Obviously I wouldn’t want it any other way, as I thoroughly enjoy my family. But I do admit getting away to the shop feels all that much sweeter now. In doing so, I’ve found myself much mo...

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