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So you want to own a sawmill.....

05-01-2009 10:04 PM by sw_iowa_sawyer | 4 comments »

When I was a kid I had a paper route and I saved up all my money and bought a little tiny black and white T.V. I would love to stay up late and watch old cliff hanger movies; it was always exciting waiting for the next installment to see what would happen in the story line. I thought I would try a cliff hanger of sorts for my blog, partly because I hope to make it interesting and partly because I have a regular job and have to fit the sawing in when I can. So I will start the saga now with...

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From Logs To Lumber #3: got some hard maple and cherry logs today

05-20-2009 03:36 AM by alaskan79 | 2 comments »

Today was a good day for logs. Got 3 nice Hard Maple logs the butt log is 20 inchs on the small end and is 13 feet long and got 2 shorter logs from the same tree that are each 10 feet long. Also got four cherry logs from the same cherry tree. The tree was dead and the sap wood had rotted away. It was still standing and when I cut it down it was in good shape. Also the same tree had a burl on it about 4 inchs square and I cut it off, it had some really wild looking grain. Looks like I might ha...

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30 in30 (Projects/Days) #4: Day #7 - Projects 3-12

06-08-2009 12:19 AM by Russel | 7 comments »

Okay, it’s Day 7, the end of the first week of the 30 projects in 30 days challenge. As of today, I’m a bit ahead of schedule, but for a reason. My daughter and grand daughter will be flying in from Arizona on Friday for the first time in about 2 years. So, I’m expecting my shop time to be diminished a bit. I’ve got 5 pens (actually 3 pens and 2 pencils) which are pretty straightforward and fortunately don’t require a lot of shop time. Being a novice turne...

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Grumbles from the shop #7: Another gallery done gone

06-14-2009 11:15 PM by dennis mitchell | 23 comments »

Tomorrow I set out to pick up my furniture from another store that has closed up. In the ten years I’ve been building furniture I’ve had my furniture in four different galleries. All of which have shut their doors. One of them more than once. This one lasted a year. The hard part is knowing how much heart the owners of these stores have invested. Let alone money and time. I see this and I know the American dream has died. What is the average? One out of ten small businesses survi...

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delta contractor saw upgrade and workstation build #1: new fence for delta 36-650

06-30-2009 06:16 AM by Jimmy | 2 comments »

well this is the first blog post of my woodworking carreer. i bought this delta 36-650 contractor in pretty bad shape in march. tore it down cleaned as much rust as i could off oiled it up and painted the base. it came with the original crappy potmetal delta fence. after unloading the saw from my buddys truck i set the fence and it broke at the lockdown. so after a few more tool purchases and much web surfing i found the biesemeyer bc-50 fence system for a saw. heres a link to the site and pa...

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added text box on website

07-19-2009 04:37 AM by kosta | 2 comments »

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2444/3733276241_bb1ebcd71d.jpg?v=0 Yo whats up everybody so I added this text box about the fdny on 9/11 and you would not believe how many emails and comments I have gotten about it. I have gotten over 30 emails in 1 week thats more then any other post that I have ever made here is what it says On september 11, 2001 we lost more then 7 buildings we lost our freedom. Every New Yorker went through hell that day. And I still remember standing there in manha...

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Delta Rockwell Super 900 Radial Arm Saw #1: 1958 or 59 Delta Rockwell Super 900

08-05-2009 10:36 AM by Mark Duncan | 1 comment »

This is another Craigslist buy my dad made for only $60. And for $60, this saw runs like a champ! its over 50 years old and runs like it just came off the line. It just looks like its been around for a while.(These are pictures before i began restoring the saw)

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Adventures in Trace Fork #7: Forces of Nature

08-24-2009 06:31 PM by Tony | 1 comment »

Saturday was a magnificent day for a hike. I spent much of the morning slowly walking about 3 miles of creek bed. For such a small creek, there are some pretty deep holes on it, and circumventing those at times was fun. We have had an unseasonably cool and very wet summer. It has made for very nice hiking weather, but I began seeing leaves changing and falling from the trees in late June. Here’s an example: I posted a photo a couple of months ago showing where Trace Fork had c...

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finishing with mineral spirits

09-27-2009 09:50 PM by kosta | 2 comments »

Yo whats up everybody I am working on a project now and I found something out today that really surprised me if you put a polyurethane down over top of a oil based finish then it is a really rough surface if you sand it but if you take a rag soaked with mineral spirits then it removed that rough coat and it seals the wood up really good.

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Ramblings Loosely Related to Art History #4: Another Depiction of Jesus as a Carpenter

10-13-2009 08:26 AM by naomi weiss | 3 comments »

This painting, from 1620, entitled ‘The Childhood of Christ’ was executed by Gerrit Van Honthurst, a Dutch painter from Utrecht. He travelled to Italy to imitate Caravaggio. In fact, loads of Dutch artists took the trip, and were known as the Dutch Caravaggisti. For an excellent intro to Caravaggio, Simon Schama’s The Power of Art is fantastic. He’s refreshingly funny, so he makes art history particularly exciting! Here’s the first part. By clicking it, you c...

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