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4th (Final) Update on the St. Anthony Hymn Number Board

08-04-2007 01:38 AM by Mark A. DeCou | 10 comments »

This week, I’ve been finishing up the Hymn Number Board for the St. Anthony Catholic church in Strong City, KS. Final assembly, glue, number plate holders, stain, finish, and gold-powder painting, and it is all finished now, ready for delivery to the church on Saturday. This is my Original Design, and it looks nothing like anything I have seen before, although it has design elements of things I have built in the past. I built it to match the other furnishings of the St. Anthony chu...

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3rd Update on the Hymn Number Stand

07-30-2007 08:15 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 9 comments »

I had a nice weekend. Saturday I worked with a local cabinet maker helping him catch up on his schedule. We are nearly finished with the 3rd kitchen cabinet job, and then he will be caught up. I think I have worked about 8-9 days this summer with him on Saturdays. Sunday was relaxing, went to church and then home with the family, and a nap. A nap makes a lot of things better for some reason (not to take anything away from church). Today, Monday, I have the Hymn Number Board just abo...

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2nd Update on the Church Hymn Number Board Commission Project

07-24-2007 02:59 AM by Mark A. DeCou | 11 comments »

Today, Monday, I took photos of what I have accomplished on my Hymn Number Board that I am building for the St. Anthony Church in Strong City, KS. On one hand, it seems like I made a lot of progress since my last blog late last week, but when I look back over the photos tonight, I can see that the number of hours it takes me to do this tedious work is mounting. I started the project with the previous blog: http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/decoustudio/blog/1508 Also, since I had enough in...

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Work Progress on my current Commission for the St. Anthony Church in Strong City, KS

07-20-2007 08:54 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 13 comments »

I have received some correspondence lately asking about what I am doing right now in the shop. So, I thought I would post a little progress on my current commission piece. The people at the St. Anthony of Padua Church in Strong City, KS asked me to build a Hymn Number Stand to match the other pieces in the church I did earlier this year. Here is a list of the other projects that go with this commission that I have already completed, some have been posted as projects, while others haven...

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Important New Tool Added to the Shop for Summer

07-20-2007 07:58 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 17 comments »

Just a quick note to show a photo of an important new addition to the shop. Last Fall a neighbor said that they had a large window air conditioner that I could have if I wanted it. I waited all Fall, Winter, Spring, and half of the Summer, but did get the big unit installed this week. We have had a very mild Summer here in Kansas, with lots of rain, cloudy days, and cooler weather than normal. So, why rush into installing the window a/c unit? Then, I saw the forecast for this wee...

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Anyone want Cedar Wood?

06-21-2007 11:00 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 2 comments »

The other day I posted a couple of projects where I used some reddish-white wood, that we around here call “Cedar.” I don’t know what the species name is, some say Western Red, some Say Eastern Red, so I don’t know for sure. I received enough interest on the wood type from commenters to the project and emails,, that I did some checking around, and I found a local source for this red/white cedar wood with the aromatic smell if anyone is interested in it. It would c...

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You call that a "Vacation"?

06-19-2007 01:26 AM by Mark A. DeCou | 9 comments »

Wow, I’m not sure that I’ve ever been so tired after a two week vacation before. In fact, I know not. In years past, I spent my vacation time aimlessly, without purpose, doing things like laying on a hot windy beach, skiing in blizzard conditions, looking at smelly animals in a zoo, getting drenched at a water park by rain, wringing seawater out of my souvenior t-shirt at Sea World, getting so sunburned while snokeling that I couldn’t sit for a week, standing in long lin...

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A Kansas Lumberjock Offical Meeting at Kev's Place

06-13-2007 04:01 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 13 comments »

After reading Martin’s blog yesterday about all of us having some lumberjock club meetings, I did one of those head slap moments and thought out loud, “Why didn’t I think of that?” What a great idea, a nice way to tie us altogether….actual face, to face club meetings. I was first visited by Joel Tille from Iowa. Then, it was Kevin Larcom from Wichita. Now, Karson tells me that he will honor me by a visit late this summer while he is in Kansas seeing famil...

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Developing Authentic Expectations While Working With Commission Customers

06-01-2007 06:28 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 6 comments »

I have moved this information over from the Church Lectern project as I think it cleans up the Project Posting better, as most of this extra information was really just Blogging material. So, if you read this information in the Project Posting, then there is nothing new here. Let me know what questions you have, and I would also enjoy hearing tips from each of you on how you work with clients. I’m just figuring this out myself, so I have a lot to learn.- – - – - – -...

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Dustless Sanding (really!): Rigging up your own vacuum system with the Porter Cable Model 333

06-01-2007 03:35 AM by Mark A. DeCou | 7 comments »

The hardest dust for me to breathe is the fine stuff that comes out of the orbital sander. I have used the Porter Cable Model 333 for about 10 years now, and have done a lot of sanding with it. I am sure there are better, more expensive sanders, but I like it, at least so far. Here is a photo showing my collection. The one I bought two years ago (gray one with yellow tinted lacquer overspray on it) is now dead, but I keep ...

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