Awards entry period is over and we ended up with 24 entries in ‘Wooden Wear-ables’ category. Now it’s time to pick your top 5 list and cast your votes. Voting deadline is on February 7th at 3 PM CDT. Please note that if you submitted an Awards entry, you will not see your project listed on the voting page. (You are not allowed to vote for yourself.) So don’t panic – others can pick your entry without any problems. The results will be announced on Februa...
It’s the middle of January , and I am itching to get out in the shop. Right now it is all packed up for the winter so we can park inside. I just added a bunch of new T8 lights to the shop. 5 new fixtures in all. I also recieved my brand new Veritas Router Plane yesterday. I am very excited to try it out. I guess I will spend the cold months sharpening my tools, and designing projects so I can hit the ground running as soon as the temps are over 40 all day long. I have a bunch of projec...
I had a good day yesterday finishing up my new snowflake candle tray and getting some instructions written. I know the tray looked finished yesterday, but I wanted to see how it would look with a little tint and – yes – some sparkles added to it. I was certainly not disappointed. I had purposely used ash to cut the tray because of its light color. While maple can be light in color like the ash, I find that sometimes the grain is very nondescript and when I use stain or color...
I had a nice relaxing day of cutting yesterday. Among other things, I finished cutting out the pieces to my new snowflake candle tray. Everything went well, except if I were to do it again I would make sure that I left a bit more waste area on some of the smaller snowflakes so that they would be easier to handle on the scroll saw. More than once the blade grabbed the wood and it started me when it slammed it on the table. Nothing broke however and my reaction was quick, but I am not used...
As usual, I am the queen of underestimation when it comes to time. Thank goodness my job and life are fairly flexible and the things that I do aren’t completely reliant on my own estimations as to how much time a particular project would take. If that were the case, I would be lost. In trying to figure out why this happens so often and why I just can’t seem to get over the hurdle of accurately judging how long something will take me, I have come to the conclusion that it prob...
I kind of had a change in plans yesterday. It was one of those ‘flexibility’ things that I was talking about that happens. But it was a good thing and one of the best parts of being your own boss and being on deadline with the things that you need for everything else means that you can switch things up rather quickly without too much of an issue. Early in the day I received an order for several of the painting kits that we offer. We usually keep a couple of each of the kits ...
Our 2013 LumberJocks Winter Awards are officially here so it’s time get busy again. As always, we are looking for not only the skills involved in the build but the creativity as well. Be sure to describe your project as this is an important component of the Awards selection process which will be done by your fellow LumberJocks. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THEME ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wooden Wear-ables – LumberJocks’ crea...
About a year ago, I blogged about waiting for winter here in Winona, MN. Oh, we know it is coming, but it is always anyone’s guess when and how much. This year, November gave us a few cold nights, but nothing in the way of snow. In fact, I didn’t put my fishing boat into storage until Nov. 26….and that was a pretty nice day, too. During that last week, I got out fishing three times and brought home some nice messes of crappies. The neighbors love getting a meal of filleted ...
Today was one of those mornings that I couldn’t wait to get going. I got up a little earlier than usual, and went back to bed, thinking that I would get ‘one more sleep.’ But lying there and thinking about what I was going to do today was too much for me and I just had to get up and get started. I had a good day yesterday, and got lots of odds and ends done in addition to getting my little sleds finished up. Once again, I used the photo box that Keith made and had some re...
Well, I will start out this morning by saying that I think I am ‘cracking up.’ Maybe it’s because I have been using this crackle paint on my new snowmen, or maybe it is just me, but I am certainly not thinking the way I should be. Yesterday turned out to be a pretty good day. Besides another heavy day of traffic from the site (thank you everyone!) I spent the day painting the little snowmen pieces for the next pattern packet. As I showed yesterday, I am using a product...
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