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Shop Remodel #44: At last the End is Here!

03-15-2016 10:21 PM by bearkatwood | 7 comments »

So this remodel has consumed my life for the last four months, some good and some wee, just nutz!!I have very much enjoyed getting to know all of you who have sat thru my endless dribble and actually read this blog. Your comments have been very inspiring to me. There were some days I felt like just moving on and leaving it alone, but I felt I owed it to you to get this done. I hope that I can use this new amazing space to show you what fun things I am lucky enough to get to work on and help y...

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Splinters of thought #9: My Magical Coast.

03-02-2016 02:59 AM by bearkatwood | 15 comments »

It is not often that I make it thru a day without realizing what an amazing place I am blessed to live in is. I know that sounds cheesy, but it is true. The Oregon Coast has a magical quality to it that I just can’t escape from. I tried, years back I took my family on a cross country tour of America just to see it all. We got out to West Virginia and got hooked on it’s beauty and history. We had been looking for a place to buy for years, but being so close to the number 1 golf cou...

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Shop Remodel #42: Finally the Finale

02-05-2016 07:32 PM by bearkatwood | 15 comments »

I would like to thank everyone for reading along as I spoil myself with this amazing remodel. It is such a huge difference for me, I am not sure it will really sink in until I have made three or four projects there. It has been a pleasure to have you all follow along and cheer me on. You have been an amazing bunch of people to chat with and get to know. So thanks a million.This will be my last blog for some time as I need to concentrate on orders and getting my world put back together. I have...

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Shop Remodel #41: I Got Chopped

02-03-2016 01:11 AM by bearkatwood | 9 comments »

For those of you who have never used a leg vise, they are amazingly useful animals to have in the shop. To those of you who have one, “way to go” ;)To those of you who have one, and it happens to have benchcrafted hardware, let me commiserate with you just a bit. They are not really a difficult thing to put in, though I am a bit mechanically disinclined. They seem to be more on the tedious end of things and very persnickety. Kind of like putting a leash on a bumble-bee; be accurat...

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Shop Remodel #40: Putting On The Ritz

02-01-2016 01:57 AM by bearkatwood | 4 comments »

So It is a good thing this will be the last week of my remodel.I currently have orders for; A music stand, 6 dining room chairs, a bench and chair for the library, 31 snake canes, mountain top cane heads, walnut sofa legs for an upholsterer in Portland and I need to finish up the candle stick holders, not to mention anything I want to build for a gallery. WOW! So today I put the door trim on; I need to do some paint touch-ups on the door frame, I got a little wild with my bac...

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Chop Sticks.

01-30-2016 01:04 AM by bearkatwood | 1 comment »

Hope everyone had a nice week. I have not been in the shop too much this week. Next week will be the last of the remodel for now. I will start on the plane till probably later this summer. It is official… We have orders to fill. We landed the snake head cane job. So we will be making 31 of these at $175 a pop… Nice! We also have mountain cane tops to make, about 40 of those.Thankfully those will be run through the cnc to save some carving time and have them all end up th...

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Shop Remodel #39: What's Behind Door #1

01-27-2016 02:14 AM by bearkatwood | 15 comments »

I managed to get the right door of my tool cabinet fitted with its’ selection of tools. I decided to make the right side the cutting and shaping side. The saw till occupies that area so it seems appropriate. I started with holders for my most used dovetail and carcass saw. One has a carved handle and one does not so I built the holders respectively. I used leaves to hold the saws in place once in. Next I moved on the Japanese saws, which to be honest plagued me and they ar...

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Shop Remodel #38: Two Month Anniversary

01-23-2016 03:20 AM by bearkatwood | 6 comments »

So today marks the two month date since I started this remodel. I scheduled for three months, but orders are starting to pile up and the plane till might have to get left off until I can get to it as well as the inside of the tool cabinet. So far so good, but there is still much to do. I got the base put together today and thee top leveled and mortised in place. I put a coat of finish on the base before I stuck it together. ...

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Shop Remodel #37: Last puzzle piece again, the fifth corner ;)

01-21-2016 12:13 AM by bearkatwood | 4 comments »

Uh-Oh. I know I said yesterday I got the last piece of the puzzle, then I get a package today. It was something I ordered two months ago, but Lie-Nielsen had trouble with a batch of bronze so they scrapped a line and had to remake them. It is always fun to get their packages, I get to catch up on the haps of Portland, ME. I got my new scratch beader and it looks nice in its’ new home. I will make a holder for it one of these days. Always one tool away fro...

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The last piece of the puzzle.

01-20-2016 12:55 AM by bearkatwood | 11 comments »

So for my big remodel I had ordered a Galbert travisher, soss hinges and fancy drawer handles. I ordered all the fixins’ from benchcraft to make my bench. I saved up lumber for over a year to make it. Today I received the last piece of the puzzle to finish off the remodel and have a kick-butt beautiful place for me to make videos, play with designs and spend the rest of my life working on a craft I hold very dear and am hopelessly addicted to.John Switzer from Black Bear Forge in Beulah...

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