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"Willows and Wild Turkey's" --by RusticWoodArt

04-21-2007 01:29 PM by frank | 7 comments »

Willows and Wild Turkey’s ....and so as morning’s dawn comes singing, an awakening song deep within my soul of desire, my spirit was the first one to sit up in taking notice, of what was first heard in this early morning breeze…. —-” rise up and give a shout most glorious workers of wood, is not the sound of branches swaying, as culled from the vastness of forest storehouses understood, while you lay listening to carillon’s playing ”.... ......

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A Galoot Prepares #3: Some days you're the windshield, some days the bug

04-21-2007 06:08 AM by photonic | 3 comments »

AAARRRRGGGHHHHHH!The title aptly sums up my feeling over the last few days. I spent the last few days getting my chisels and plane blades sharp. Like really sharp. Like shave the hair of my arm off sharp. These blades gleamed dangerously, glinting in the light like little razor sharp mirrors. Then I went outside. One of the saw bench legs had split. No split doesn’t do this justice, exploded is more like it. This board wasn’t just relieving stress, it had a midlife crisis. ...

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When it rains it pours

04-21-2007 05:37 AM by scottb | 7 comments »

... literally and figuratively. If you’ve been following the weather (or live in the northeast) you are no doubt aware of all the rain and flooding we’re dealing with this week. There was a landslide almost in my backyard closing a state highway. Five days later, and it’s still closed. A clean up crew came monday (while schools were closed and businesses were shut down) and attempted what clean up they could manage before instability threated them… thus, the clean u...

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How To #2: Video Blog: Finishing Softwoods

04-21-2007 02:09 AM by gizmodyne | 10 comments »

For the last month or so I have been experimenting with different ways to finish our douglas fir woodwork. It had been stripped and stained. Fir stains very blotchy. I tried : pre-stain conditioner…. shellac…. gel stain… It all turned out blotchy. Final solution. Apply a washcoat of mineral spirits and boiled linseed oil. Apply gel stain while washcoat is still wet. Wipe with clean rag Lots of wood to stain..

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I think it's spring!

04-20-2007 07:47 PM by MsDebbieP | 8 comments »

For the second day in a row the sun has shone brightly in our area and a warm spring breeze has lightly moved through the air. Today, as I roamed the property picking up pieces of this and that, I ended up on one of the benches that Rick and I built last year. The bench is nestled between two lilac bushes and last year I created an arc of lilacs that will eventually surround the little retreat bench and separate it from the neighbour’s property/garage. My little moment of soli...

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My Friend The Mountain

04-20-2007 06:51 PM by Phil Brown | 2 comments »

I said hello to my friend the mountain yesterday. Hadn’t seen my friend in a long time. As you can tell from my posts, trucking was and still is in my blood, competing with so many other passions, woodwork, art, music and writing. Some days I feel like I’m going to burst, keeping up with all these things. How does one make all of this work together in harmony. Well, I did drop the trucking, for almost six years. I’ll keep on trying to create outlets for the rest of these...

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"PROVIDERE" --by RusticWoodArt #5: Providere, a Work In Process

04-20-2007 01:59 PM by frank | 6 comments »

Providere, a Work In Process Well I finished roughing out a shape of the last of four legs last night with the drawknife, and I thought I would post a picture of where the ‘in the process’ of Providere now stands. 1) Cherry backsplash, needs to enter into it’s hand sanding phase, starting with #120 grit….and ending with some slurpies…. 2) Table top, needs to be worked some more on sides with a timber slick to get a better trueness…. 3) End board...

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Go Sharks

04-20-2007 06:26 AM by WayneC | 7 comments »

Between a crazy work schedule and the Hocky Play offs my workshop time is suffering. Any other NHL fans out there? Any favorites for the Stanley cup? I’m hoping to spend some serious time at the Woodworking Show this weekend. It is here in Sacramento starting tomorrow. Hopefully this will give me some additional inspiration to get back to work on my projects and I will not spend too much money on gadgets. I’ve purchased a couple of items that have not been used since they ...

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The Saga Continues #5: My First Jewelry Box

04-20-2007 03:08 AM by fred | 11 comments »

About six weeks ago I received a catalog in the mail with a jewelry box on the cover. My wife saw the cover and asked me to make it. I guess I should not leave catalogs lying around and should take them to the shop. However, if I leave the catalogs in the house she will find something for me to make. Yes! A new project is born. I ordered the box side and foot router bits together with the plans and hardware. When I saw the size of the box side bit at 2 ¾” tall and 1 ½” wi...

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Thorsen Table Challenge #6: Joining the Table Top, & Shelves

04-19-2007 10:20 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 19 comments »

My Walnut board was 6 3/4” wide, but it was dished a little, so I ripped it in half, & joined it in 4 sections for the top, I also glued some Ash to the edges. The Top clamped up.Now I have to go out, & start with the breadboard ends for the Tabletop. This is one of the Shelves, using my new Irwin Clamps

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