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02-07-2014 12:53 AM

The slow goodbye - 16 replies

As some of you know my dear friend and neighbor Walter Craver passed away last year. His death had a tremendous impact on me. Walter loved to rebuild old sports cars. His last car was a ‘63 MGB. He had a stroke before he was able to get the engine finished. The stroke affected his vision and his doctor took away his driver’s lic...

12-25-2013 07:06 AM

MERRY CHRISTMAS! - 12 replies

I wanted to wish all my woodworking buddies a very Merry Christmas.My Christmas was special this year because my son is home from Indonesia. I haven’t seen him in 14 months and it warms my heart to see my only son. So forgive me for not making any saw dust for awhile. He leaves in January…I hope that this Holiday Season brings you...

11-03-2013 02:27 AM

need a new resaw bandsaw - 115 replies

Today, the second time in the last four months, my Laguna resaw bandsaw is down. The last time it was the capacitor. That should have been an easy fix, but it took three weeks to get the part and get it installed. Today the motor the blew. As loyal as I have been in the past, it is time to say goodbye to Laguna. These are the saws that I am ...

10-29-2013 11:16 PM

Who inspires YOU? - 21 replies

There are woodworkers on this site that have amazing skills. In all honesty, in my lifetime I will never share that level of talent. Over the years, I have been surprised, amazed and gratified to see that the artisan spirit is alive and well. At the same time there have been some artists that have not just amazed me, but inspired me. In that...

10-20-2013 09:31 PM

Festool Domino Machine - 23 replies

Today Woodcraft had their annual wood show. There were plenty of demonstrations and lots to buy.I finally broke down and shelled out the big bucks for the Domino Machine. I have a mortising machine, even so you do spend quite a bit of time with mortise and tenon joinery. I am willing to give this tool and chance to save me time. Does anyon...

10-19-2013 12:04 AM

koa for sale - 3 replies

Time to get serious about moving my off cuts. I have about 50 board feet of gnarly select koa. The thicknesses range from 4/4 to 8/4 and the widths range from 3 to 8 inches. These boards are three feet long and shorter. I have longer boards, but those I want to save for some chests that I plan to make. These boards I would use for boxes or s...

10-06-2013 06:55 PM

my sapele nightmare - 22 replies

As some of you know, I was commissioned to make a sapele rocking chair last month. The chair turn out okay. Okay to me a real bummer, since so many other woods could have been better, but the customer is always right. Darn. So just when I was recovering from my sapele nightmare, I am working on a cabinet the fits under a bow window. It is ...

09-14-2013 07:30 AM

rocking chairs - 11 replies

I enjoy making koa rockers. To date, I’ve made 18 chairs and have a good idea of what to expect during the process. So when a client asked me to make a chair from a less expensive wood, I was interested to see if there would be a difference. I selected sapele, a wood that I have limited experience with but the price was quite reasonable...

08-19-2013 09:30 PM

The best profit isn't financial - 11 replies

I finished the second of three shows last night. It was a taxing three day event. I had good sales, got some commissions that I was willing to accept, and received enough praise to make my head swell. To be honest all the praise reinforces just how much people appreciate handworked crafts. Maybe the next time things get a little crazy in the...

05-19-2013 03:09 AM

About those off cuts Part 1 - 29 replies

I don’t think I’m alone in holding onto those precious off cuts that are just too special to toss out. You can bet where I am going with this …So this year I decided that my stored lumber piles are completely off limits until I make a dent in the small stock that I have been storing for most of my woodworking career. It seeme...

11-14-2012 09:23 PM

best sliding miter chop saw - 40 replies

I’m thinking about replacing my Makita. Should I buy another Makita or do you like another brand better?

10-21-2012 06:01 AM

so when is the party over? - 32 replies

Every time that a loved one dies, I try to learn a lesson from their life. I lost Walter last week. He lived across the street from me for twenty nine years. Walter loved cars as much as I love wood. I was amazed over the years to see him buy an old sports car, completely disassemble the thing and literally kept the parts in baggies as he wo...

08-04-2012 06:25 AM

my adventures with silky oak - 20 replies

I’ve heard so many woeful tales about the toxicity of silky oak that I was initially reluctant to ever buy a single board. Yet, over the years I’ve bought at least 200 board feet and never had a problem. Last month when I was finishing up the renovation of the master bath, I framed the doorway and windows with that wood and finishe...

04-07-2012 09:42 PM

My new website was launched today - 26 replies

My website revision is finished and was launched today. Check out my website at cathyswoodworking.com. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated. This year I hope to increase my exposure through the web for more sales. Let’s see if this works or not. I can’t answer that question until next spring.Enjoy

03-18-2012 04:21 AM

New website under way - 6 replies

I wanted to come up for air for a second and thank Andy and Paul for their inspiration. Every year I come to my renewal month with GoDaddy for my website just when I’m gearing up for my biggest fair of the year. Do I dare take down my site and have no business cards to distribute-heavens no! Well within the past several months both Andy...

02-20-2012 03:38 AM

Time to move some wood out of here - 3 replies

Last week, I sold all the tools that I haven’t been using. Thank you all for giving those tools a chance to work again. As long as I’m in the cleaning mode, I should also move some wood out of here. It sounds crazy that I would EVER part with my hand selected wood, but I need to be practical. About 6 years ago I bought quite a bi...

02-12-2012 09:33 PM

Still more tools to sell - 9 replies

I carved for many years and loved it. These days repetitive pounding motions really bother my neck and give me a headache. So let someone in better physical shape create some pieces from these tools. They are not sharp any more- except the Japanese tools, which will cut you! The only tools left are the Japanese carving tools below: My J...

02-11-2012 07:10 PM

more spring cleaning... - 24 replies

I have more tools that I had to have that now need a new home. They include the following: the General Angle-izer for making templates my Lennox 150 inch long 1” wide carbide tipped resaw bandsaw blade

02-10-2012 06:44 PM

Lennox Bandsaw blade - 6 replies

I’m still deep into my spring cleaning this week. I have a Lennox 1” carbide tipped resaw bandsaw blade, still in the box. When I started cleaning yesterday, I was surprised to find it. I had a big Laguna bandsaw and subsequently replaced it with their 20” bandsaw. When I sold the first saw, I didn’t realize that I ha...

02-10-2012 02:34 PM

Time for spring cleaning - 1 reply

Every spring I have a rule: if you haven’t touched this tool in the last 12 months, it has to go. Well, I have some tools that I have never used and I doubt that I ever will. At one point, I thought I would make a guitar for my son. I got the Stewart-MacDonald catalogue and bought some stuff. Then I got busy and he went into the Navy and those t...

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