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Opportunity #2: When Opportunity Knocks... continued

03-13-2007 01:07 AM by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

Well, tonight was the night that we were going with my brother to check out that big ol’ maple log for $500. After about a 15 minute drive we reached the Mennonite community and turned down a gravel road (which of course in this weather is now a mud road). The scenery was beautiful. I live in the country but our farm country isn’t like that beautiful area (only about 1/2 hour from where I live). There was a beautiful little “valley” wrapping itself around a winding ...

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'This Old Crack House' #18: The Plumber "cracked" me up... calling us the odd couple

03-13-2007 12:34 AM by Dusty | 10 comments »

Stopping short of tearing down the house there weren’t a lot of options. Ms. D couldn’t stay living in that house without a sink and water, not even considering the unlivable condition of the house. Although it was only a part of the problem, we needed to get the plumbing fixed and fast. Over time, the floor had rotted away from the slow but steady leak. Besides, this all was a moot point considering no plumber would even enter that house in the condition it was. In as non judgmental w...

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Walnut (again!)

03-12-2007 10:55 PM by Philip Edwards | 8 comments »

At last, the fluted table is complete!But before you get too excited, no I don’t have some lovely pictures to show you. Sorry – but I will soon!Saturday saw me in the workshop applying the finishing touches to the table. I was surprised how much the table has changed in colour compared to the drawer front (which has only just received its first coats of oil) Black Walnut ages very nicely, and becomes even more beautiful with time. I was looking at my Maloof inspired chair which is...

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The Saga Continues #2: Entertainment Center

03-12-2007 10:25 PM by fred | 1 comment »

I finished the dining room cabinets and started thinking about my next adventure in woodworking. I had been using a couple of room dividers against a wall in the family room to house the television and some stereo equipment. My family gave me a DVD player and a surround sound system as a gift. The more I thought about it the more need I had for a ‘proper’ entertainment center. I researched the magazines and the internet to come up with a picture of something that would work for me. Nothi...

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The M&M Files: Sorting Through the Nuts in Life (not woodworking related)

03-12-2007 10:01 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 49 comments »

During each trip to get groceries, my wife likes to buy 2-3 bags of Mountain Trail Mix at Walmart in the 1lb-12oz bags. She likes the taste of Almonds, Raisins, Cashews, Peanuts, and M&M’s all mixed together in one big mouthful. I, on the other hand, only like the M&M’s. So, here is the argument:I like to dump out about a cupful of trail mix, and then sort out the M&M’s and put the rest back in the bag. The way I figure it, I am eating the parts I like, but...

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My First Rocking Horse #2: Just a little horse

03-12-2007 04:51 PM by Dan Lyke | 3 comments »

“We were somewhere around Lagunitas, on the edge of the redwoods, when the screws began to take hold…” (with props to Dennis Mitchell who suggested that my previous rocking horse entry was headed into “Fear and Loathing” territory…) After evaluating and deciding to postpone assorted good suggestions involving dump valves and such, I finally got around to glue-up on the rocking horse, and slapped a first layer of finish on it yesterday. After all...

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Return of the Peacock

03-12-2007 05:40 AM by WayneC | 7 comments »

I spent all day yesterday cleaning the garage and working to get the shop in order. I took some pictures of the shop before I started and as requested some of the peacock that had taken up residence on my table saw. I also took some pictures of the handplanes I am going to restore. I’ll start another blog series about the planes. It may be a day or two before I post any pictures. The memory card reader on my PC is not working for some reason. Anyway, my wife came out to “h...

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back to the box #1: little cherry box

03-12-2007 03:50 AM by scottb | 27 comments »

Apart from reading just about every magazine that hit the newsstands since we bought our house several years back, I’m basically a self-taught woodworker. I’ve only taken two classes. One a 5-week lathe class (spindle turning), the other a ten-week intro class – where I designed and built my pub table. (The first project I posted here). I finished those classes a little over a year ago, and my wife and I agreed that I could continue to take classes as time and budget allowed. Consequently, I ...

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Cheap tools

03-12-2007 03:23 AM by Rob McCune | 18 comments »

Okay, I am kinda tired of just how cheap my cheap tools can really be. I have always had trouble with my $179 compound slide miter saw. I was never able to get it to make an exact 45° degree miter. I have always kind of assumed this was lack of talent or skill. I kept working hard to get it lined up exactly right and it always ended up just slightly off. Not a lot, but maybe 1/2°. It really hasn’t affected me since I have mostly done crown molding and chair rails with it. Coping ...

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Birthday #4: The Universe ... continued

03-12-2007 01:07 AM by MsDebbieP | 14 comments »

and so the rest of my day was filled with incidents that clearly reminded me that the Universe was smiling down upon me! Oh yes, I am special. I am the one that was giving the Universe a laugh for the day. 1. the leftover Chinese food fell out of the fridge and splattered all over the floor (and me). 2. the BBQ sauce squirted out of the bottle and .. yup.. went all over me.3. the ribs caught on fire – and I mean caught on fire!!!! and well,, the charcoal crumbled as we pulled the ...

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