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Blog series by Jim Bertelson updated 03-18-2013 12:02 AM 7 parts 16245 reads 121 comments total

Part 1: Chris's table. An old student's table.

11-09-2009 05:40 AM by Jim Bertelson | 5 comments »

I feel embarrassed to put some of my very practical projects, utilitarian things, into the projects category. Note that I have no projects, but have completed two woodworking projects for the shop and posted them… in a blog series. I am reserving the Projects category for my true woodworking hobby projects…............should I ever do them (-: Here is a table I made for my son when he was 13 years old, about 28 years ago. It was used by him until he left for college. Sinc...

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Part 2: Apology

11-09-2009 06:30 AM by Jim Bertelson | 0 comments »

For the first 13 viewers, the #1 entry got prematurely posted through some inadvertent keystroke shortcut…...I didn’t realize there were such things. In any case, if you didn’t see pictures, you didn’t see the whole entry…..., so look at #1 again…......Thanks.

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Part 3: Dirty Dancing, and Quick as well- Garden Honey Do

06-07-2010 12:34 AM by Jim Bertelson | 28 comments »

Innocently Sherie asked me, while I was in a good mood, yesterday out eating lunch, and this is a for real quote…...’Could you cut up a couple of boards for me?’ I looked at her suspiciously, and I am sure she batted her eyelids as she spoke, so I started trembling with the opportunity. Cut up a couple of boards? Can I….........the neighborhood Lumberjock….........cut up a couple of boards?!? Now those of you that are married realize that wives are much ...

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Part 4: The Planter Stands......Dancing in the Sun

06-22-2010 03:57 AM by Jim Bertelson | 22 comments »

Thought those of you who read the last blog item might enjoy a couple of pics from the garden…..... .........first the planter stands, with planters, one with tomatoes, the other with brussels sprouts…........ And a close up…........ ........a little overview….... ......just flowers…...from the land of the igloo…......(-: The front yard…........ The garden is Sherie’s. It starts blooming before the snow is o...

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Part 5: Multi-Function Bench.......the interminable project from hell, is finished.

07-18-2011 12:13 AM by Jim Bertelson | 19 comments »

MULTI-FUNCTION BENCH This project was previewed as a Mini-Bench, but that was apparently confusing. So I gave it the more appropriate Multi-Function name. This bench is where I sand, assemble, and glue-up projects. It holds a compressor, nail guns and the nails. I am also filing this as a project today, but in much abbreviated form. CONSTRUCTION: From the front left…. From the back left….. From the back right…. The construction is stud gra...

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Part 6: Scrap Projects - Tall-Thin-Mobile Storage...and Ten Minute Projects

08-15-2011 03:59 AM by Jim Bertelson | 20 comments »

These are a few shop projects from scrap. First a Tall-Thin Storage gizmo that is mobile. For my dowel collection, aluminum extrusions, continuous hinge, etc… Had a problem with these things falling all over the place, and had to get that space clear for more stuff. Here is the gizmo sitting in its assigned space: Took four swiveling ball casters, scavenged from throw aways….....two of one type, two of another, but they were exactly the same height. Bet they wer...

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Part 7: My cutoffs breed and multiply at night..........what's an LJ to do?

03-18-2013 12:02 AM by Jim Bertelson | 27 comments »

My cutoffs breed and multiply at night…… yours? Mine begged for a new home, so I started this cart about 8 months ago, then had about 6 months out of the shop due to some work related computer projects, and then today, I finished it. This is the detailed blog, later I’ll post a brief report as a project. My cutoffs are now finally content……perhaps reborn, set for inclusion into new and exciting projects. Exciting is still an IN word, isn’t it? Feeling old and marginalized…...

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