Sorry about the delay in posting this tutorial of the series. I ran into some technical difficulties… which is another way of saying I sometimes have the attention span of a gnat and messed things up the first time around. Speaking of messing things up, I’ve injured my knee and have to stay off my feet for a few days. I am only on day two and already going crazy. All in all, it looks a good time for going on with this toot toot tootorial series. —...
About nine months ago, I had my semi-annual physical, & I had an increase in my white blood cells, so my Doctor made an appointment with an oncologist. The oncologist took a bone marrow biopsy, & the results showed that I have Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, (CLL). They call CLL the friendly cancer. Many people live a long life with this condition. He then set me up for a CT scan of my lungs, & abdomen to see what could be causing my problem. The scan showed so...
How often have you dined at a restaurant and the waiter or waitress asked you “Would you would like some cracked peppers with your meal?” Probably more than once, right? If you’re like me I answer “Sure. I’d love some.” There’s just something nice about having a good meal with freshly ground salt and pepper. For a long time I have browsed through my various woodworking catalogs and noticed mechanisms for salt and peppermills. Then one day I decided to order the mechanisms and make a se...
Storms, just when you don’t want them summer storms. At least I am not in a burn ban right? So today is now, according to NOAA, supposed to be the last stormy day until next week, meaning, I should have a full 48 hours or so before I get off of work Friday of nice, dry weather. This means that the few remaining stumps that need to burn are going to be barbecued this weekend… The charcoal is standing by, at the ready, the fire rings are waiting to go. I just need to get my dr...
“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. I read that quote the other day and I liked it so much that I posted it on my Facebook status. I like reading and finding little nuggets of wisdom like that because not only do they make us think a bit deeper, but they also can sometimes inspire us. Emerson is great for that. I also like Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) because he had a knack for stating the obvious. I love...
Day off and so a trip to my ‘local’ wood shop, about 60 miles (yes we still use those) away. A little surreal in the car, on the road, thinking of wood, listening to Egyptian Reggae by Johnathan Richmond (JGI, its fun).There’s been an Escher vibe to my thoughts recently, especially during and after the Snakes cutting board. Last night I checked out some images on the net and one was now stuck in my mind. Then it hit me, my next challenge. I will attempt the impossible! ...
What is left with you when you gave your worthliving work to somebody? Far away from you, but yet so near in your memory. In a year time, I was so grateful about this Janna’s box. It made a great part in my life! Last year when my stepdaughter Janna’s visited us, I came up with a gift … I made a Jewelry box, took me about 4 Saturdays and made it an simple and elegant. Included the 2 trays for it. When Janna and Richard his brother to USA, words from Janna still echoe...
Progress! After cutting the modling on the jig (which worked really well, by the way), some coping saw skill building and some creative Dremel-ing, the end of the first 12’ piece was complete: The first piece destined for the wall was one of the 14’ pieces, so I cut that square on both ends. Patty then painted them with the primer and pain we selected, Benjamin Moore Navajo White in Semi-Gloss (see modification, below). We left the 12’ piece in its original 14...
Although still distracted by the crown molding project, as well as the “rip off the front porch and redesign it” project with the architect we hired, I have found some time to continue on the wine rack. I used the template to flush-trim the larger racks to the final shape and surface. My search for double sided tape ended up with no success (Rockler’s supplier isn’t making it, Woodcraft was out, etc. Need to start searching those internets for it), so I added the ...
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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