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From the "Little Good Pieces" Blog Archives #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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Concrete Countertop Series #6: Concrete Curing

12-05-2010 04:21 PM by Siegel_KenEvil | 9 comments »

It’s been two days since the first pour. When I pulled off the top form, I discovered that the concrete didn’t fill completely. I also had the back-splash forms to fill so I mixed up a sand/cement mix. To this, I added acrylic fortifier and liquid charcoal dye. I filled the back-splash forms and troweled in the voids on the sink. I’m learning about curing. My approach is to spray with water every couple hours and cover with plastic trash bags. The concrete mix was w...

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If you can't buy em' something, make em' something

12-05-2010 04:19 PM by nobuckle | 5 comments »

You know, I’m really thankful that I have the talents I do. Because of the economy things are really tight for us right now and I’m not able to buy every one in my family Christmas gifts. So, I’m going to make them. I know, I know, CHRISTmas is right around the corner and there’s not much time left. I have seen some of the gifts that many of you are making and I applaud you all. I have been so inspired by you. The gifts I’ve chosen to make are simple; a set...

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Christmas Boxes #3: Almost done

12-05-2010 03:05 PM by Zuki | 3 comments »

I’m at the final stages of the build. The next step was to assemble the drawers. Nothing fancy . . . I just butted the pieces together with a little homemade glue and nailed them them with 23g pin nails. The button pull on the front are actually oak button plugs that I had left over from another project. I drilled a hole through the drawer front (after finding the center), drilled a hole in the back of the pull and then screwed it on from the back of the drawer front. DW then r...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #185: My Turn To Ask Some Questions

12-05-2010 02:44 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Recently when working with some purple heart wood, my partner noticed something unusual. (Maybe it was not so unusual, but it was to us) In choosing a piece of wood for his projects, he noticed that some of the purple heart looked more purple and other areas of it looked more brownish. He was choosing the piece to make some small overlay pieces on his new ornament patterns and thought the purple color would be suitable. In his observations, he saw that one edge in particular was quite ...

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The Re-designed Mortise Pal #1: Evolution to Excellence

12-05-2010 11:14 AM by newTim | 2 comments »

If you didn’t have to improve a great product would you bother? Would your improvements be incremental or would you really go for it? This is a blog not just about the simplicity and functionality of this jig, but also the progression of the inventor’s ideas and how they are incorporated into the latest model. For those not familiar with this tool, it is a router jig that facilitates perfectly sized and matched mortises for fixed or loose tenon joinery. It was won many awar...

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Gary Rogowski Short Interview/ Documentary

12-05-2010 09:14 AM by ars | 1 comment »

Gary Rogowski - Northwest Woodworking from William Schultz on Vimeo. I didn’t make this video, just wanted to share it. Does anyone know of any good woodworking documentaries?

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please donate to lumberjocks

12-05-2010 07:49 AM by grizzman | 8 comments »

with the commitment from lumberjocks to help our good friend and fellow lumber jock Duane Moore, they are donating two weeks of revenue to Duane and so i ask, i implore, to please give what you can..there are many available choices…with over 20,000 members here…if we each gave 20 dollars…this would be the blessing he and his family need . so on behalf of lumber jocks i ask for your help, here is the link so you can make a donation.

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So you think you can go pro ? :) #3: TIME !!!!!

12-05-2010 07:19 AM by sawblade1 | 13 comments »

Good Evening LJ’sOne of the biggest challenges facing small businesses in my eyes is not money but time. Time? but why well after starting my business I learned the most valuable asset is time And also one of the most mismanaged ones also. My father put in plain English Time will buy you money, but money will not buy you time. Time comes and it goes never returns or goes back, is never recovered or recycled, once it is gone you can’t change it or bring it back, but you can contr...

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Ain't Life Grand? #1: A big change for us (and more to come)

12-05-2010 07:07 AM by rsmith71 | 15 comments »

The last two months have been absolutely insane around our home. We have had some additions to our family marked with tragedy and lots of laughs and love.My wife is an elementary teacher in a small rural district. Two months ago, we received a phone call from her principal and friend that the mother of one of my wife’s students was in the local emergency room. She had no close family and her two children (ages 5 & 11) were with her. My wife turned to me in tears asking what do we do...

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