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Greetings! I'm a time-traveler -

04-05-2009 05:39 PM by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler | 9 comments »

from the year 1933! Perhaps this blog should have the sub-title, “How I Finally Came to Woodworking”. Unfortunately, I can only travel forward in the stream of time, so I can’t get any do-overs. Drat and piffle! Making something has always been important to me, so very early on at the age of five, I declared that I wanted to be an Artist. Yes I capitalize the word because I feel its important enough for that.I began by drawing. Using crayons, pencils, whatever I cou...

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Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation #6: Painting is Done - White and Bright!

04-05-2009 03:19 PM by Matt | 4 comments »

I’m getting excited and I’m pretty happy with how everything has come out. My father-in-law came over to the house on Saturday around noon. He and I used to do professional house painting as a ‘side gig’ for several years so we made short work of it. Only took us a shade over 3 hours to do all 3 walls and the ceiling. When you have done something like this with someone for a long time, you can work really efficiently. The wife tried to come out and help a litt...

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Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation #5: The Sanding is Done!

04-05-2009 03:04 PM by Matt | 8 comments »

Here are just a few shots of the garage after I finished sanding all of the walls. Something I thought I would never finish. Once you start doing it and realize how tiring it is, you think it will never end. Perseverance is the key. Just keep your head down, don’t look up and keep on sanding. I have some gaps in places but that no longer matters to me. I never planned for this to be a ‘home interior’ drywall job. That would have been great but when all is said and ...

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From wood butchery to wood workery #1: Learning how to learn in wood

04-05-2009 07:07 AM by Woodbutchery | 6 comments »

I find myself caught up in the act of doing, many times to the detriment of a project. I look at the projects that are done on LJs, and I want to learn to do them, but then I start a project and get so taken by the idea of completing the project that I don’t take the time to do the project well. What I end up with is usually something serviceable, but often not of the quality of work I aspire to. They say that acknowledging a problem is the first step in resolving the problem. I...

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Aurora Night Stand #6: FINISHED!! Well, almost...

04-05-2009 07:02 AM by Topapilot | 2 comments »

My nightstand is finished, finally. This took way to long to complete; the plans were poor and really got me into a funk that was hard to shake. Fortunatly Darrell Peart came through with e-mail support and I was able to get it all together. And from the side: Material is African Mahogany and Ebony accents. Finish was from Darrell’s blog using water based dye. It’s darker than I expected, even making a test board in advance. Top coat is Arm-r-seal in gloss, six coat...

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Closure suggestions?

04-05-2009 06:42 AM by majeagle1 | 9 comments »

I am making a small box for a very special friend to put some of the ashes from her recenltly deceased husband. She really likes the keepsake box that i am posting a picture of here: I want to make the top so it is somewhat secure ( not locked ) but because it is such a small box (7×5 x 3)I would prefer not to put a bunch of hardware on it. I thought about a couple of small button magnets mortised into the inside edge of the box to hold the top shut and it would put a “fair&...

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Table Saw Workstation #3: Drawer fronts are done.

04-05-2009 04:37 AM by raf | 2 comments »

Finally had some time to work on this…got the drawer fronts done. Started working on the top for the downdraft table…I’m about half way through drilling the holes for the top. Hopefully I’ll get those done tomorrow.

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Hanging Shorts Storage

04-05-2009 04:10 AM by sIKE | 12 comments »

Well get this done, despite my best efforts. The design I posted works well. I did make a couple of changes though. It is deeper than originally planed. The other is on the back inside bottom I used my pocket hole jig to make a couple of 1”x1” runners for the plywood to screw into. I also used the same thing up front to create a lip. It is working as planned, I have freed up an entire shelf on my Rack that is on my wall.

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Adventures in Trace Fork #1: Woodworker's Paradise

04-05-2009 01:19 AM by Tony | 4 comments »

Most Saturday mornings, I am hiking in Trace Fork Canyon in South Charleston, WV. Heavily wooded, steep, and rocky, the canyon is 300’ deep and runs several miles right through some of the most congested urban sprawl in West Virginia. You can literally go from shopping centers and subdivisions right into hundreds of acres of forested paradise in just a few minutes. Here’s a photo I took with a model airplane on a bright, hazy July morning, showing the canyon snaking away into the ...

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Plane Restoration #2: Bedrock 603 - Halfway there

04-04-2009 04:59 PM by depictureboy | 8 comments »

Well I am about halfway there that I can tell. I am restoring this to be a user, but I am not sure really how far I need to go. I soaked it for 2 days in a molasses water mixture after finding that molasses is a chelation agent like most of the other rustoff products… As you can see, I dont have it “shined up”. But in think what you are seeing is what I keep seeing referred to as patina..but I really dont know. Here you can see the patent numbers, but also you ...

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