(continued from Lee Valley Interview, part I) Following my interview with Robin Lee, President of Lee Valley, I took my Canadian Film Crew with me as I headed to my “local” Lee Valley Store, which is just an hour away, for my very first public appearance as MsDebbieP, the Canadian LumberJock. The weather was the hottest that we’ve had all summer and, boy oh boy, was the hat and coat ever hot! Inside, Don Riley, the store manager, gave me a tour, starting with the warehouse area i...
Well, MsDebbieP is at it again! Adding to her shop tours and inspections are visits to companies that support woodworkers! Last week I had the privilege of speaking with Robin Lee, President of Lee Valley, one of our Summer Woodworking Awards sponsors. Mr. Lee, heading the family business that was first started by his father Leonard Lee, carries on the family vision of providing quality customer service by “doing what is right” and by “making people happy”. This underlying goal can be f...
Yes.. we’re on the count down. This is the last chance to enter your project(s) to the Summer 2007 Awards. The exact deadline is July 31, 2007 at 3 PM CDT I’d like to remind you of two important things: Your project may be older to be considered as the valid Awards Entry in both categories (Garden Project and Wood Joinery). I’m sure that many of you have created at least one interesting garden project in the past. So don’t hesitate to enter it. Your project s...
I had a request for the dimensions I used. These are a bit ugly because I just pulled the dimensions as I needed them and was indiscriminate of the plane I was on in the rendering and there are duplicates thoughout. My apologies but it was just for my own benefit when I added them. However, I wanted to get them posted as I’m already a day a late with the post. Bob Babcock, if you view this thread, can you suggest a place to house the actual sketchup file? I don’t know if I want...
Making better use of you time includes making jigs that can be used in different ways, or positions. The first series of photos show the jig used to cut the dovetail slot into the post, to receive the legs. This had a knob to tighten to prevent the post from spinning. The second set of photos were the jig for carving the post. This too, proved to be very helpful. It has boards on the back side that fit snugly over my bench top, while held tight in the vise. On the e...
Templates and Jigs Whenever we do a project that has the potential to be built again, or if the design is somewhat difficult, we’ll spend the time to build a jig. This is a process that pays back big dividends, and has been practiced for hundreds of years. In the first instance, it makes sense to speed up the process of duplicating it. This prevents you from having to record all the dimensions and engineering that went into the piece. A very big time saver. In the second ...
well, now, wasn’t today just an exciting one for MsDebbieP?!!!! ! Yes, today I had the pleasure of meeting with Linda and Paul Fulcher, Publishers of the Canadian Woodworking Magazine. Canadian Woodworking is one of our gracious sponsors who have supported our Summer Woodworking Awards! (Two of our Award Recipients will be receiving free one-year subscriptions to this super magazine.) Thank you, thank you, thank you! Linda and Paul took some time out of their busy schedule tod...
Glen Huey has just wrapped up our Spring Thorsen Table Challenge in great blog article. He even revealed some background information about their judging process. Don’t forget to post some comments there if you like the article ;) Once again, congratulations to Popular Woodworking and the entire LumberJocks community!
There’s a quote, something to the effect of “I’m so far behind I’ll never die”... If that’s true, and we need to finish everything we start, I’ve come quite far in my quest for immortality. Why is it that I never seem to get anything done? Could it be the 60+ hour weeks? Trying desperately to cram projects, familytime and relaxation (you know, naps) into every weekend. Could it be jockeying for computertime, attempting to maintain three other blogs...
Taking A Breath- It’s the Fourth of July and I decided to not work the last half of the day. I have been working weekends and that includes half days on Sundays. Anybody that thinks about taking the leap professionally needs to observe closely. Some of you will do it no matter what warnings are issued because you will be like me, you can’t help yourself. Stack O’ Pubs- I was able to read a couple of articles in my magazines that are piling up and I found someth...
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