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Blog series by rtb updated 02-28-2010 04:51 AM 7 parts 8660 reads 49 comments total

Part 1: Why I needed a new wood rack

12-04-2009 04:32 AM by rtb | 16 comments »

About 3 weeks ago my wife & I went to an estate sale. This was no an auction but a 3 day sale where all items are priced. we were thee on the 2nd day went some items had started to be reduced. The owner had done some woodwork. I went to the barn where all the woodworking tools were, together with tools he used on his farm. Up against on wall were 3 boards that I could not identify. The guy who was handling that part of the sale, who also does a bit with wood told me that they were ...

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Part 2: Starting to get some of it home

12-06-2009 05:21 AM by rtb | 3 comments »

I guess a little background is in order. I do have a 16 ft open trailer. I have ruptured tendons in both biceps. After a long history of back problems I underwent surgery to remove bone from each of my 5 lumbar vertebra. In a nutshell I am lifting impaired. If anyones interested I’ll post a picture of the foot long scar down my lower back (presuming I can convince my wife to take the picture, she funny that way) The afternoon of the purchase I hooked up the trailer and returned to ...

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Part 3: Starting to get some of the haul home.

12-11-2009 05:30 AM by rtb | 11 comments »

I picked up Mike and his brother Chad and met with the son(executor) who opened the barn for us. The trailer backed in to the area where the wood was directly overhead.Starting at the far right where most of the cherry was Mike handed the wood, one board at a time to his brother to be stacked on the trailer. I made like a big shot, I supervised. Since the cherry came down first it was stacked to one side of the trailer.With some careful loading and several strong straps we managed to load abo...

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Part 4: using some of the load.

01-31-2010 06:11 AM by rtb | 7 comments »

I’m not certain but what this should be separate but any way… Before I joined us I thought that workbenches, real workbenches were limited to professional cabinet makes, magazine editors, and hand tool advocates. Having now been exposed to a much wider school of thought I have come to realize that this is not the case and that I too was in need of something of this nature. ( I got tired of moving everything off the table saw every time I needed to make a cut.) I ‘ve spent se...

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Part 5: The base comes together

02-06-2010 07:01 AM by rtb | 6 comments »

I probably should have updated this about a week ago but the best laid plans of mice….etc . Drilling 5/8 holes through 1 in of white oak 3 in. cherry and an additional 1 in. of red oak is not something that you can whip out in 45 seconds. You are constantly removing the bit to clear the hole of the waste and there are many holes in this base. This assembly is still quite rough and there will be a lot of sanding and planning once its all together. As the above picture sh...

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Part 6: Vises & and 1/3 top and pop the grain

02-15-2010 04:55 AM by rtb | 5 comments »

I recently read a short article in one of the current woodworking magazines about a simple three step, foolproof (thats the part that caught my attention) method finish. The first step was to wipe on and then off a light coat of BLO. “to bring out the natural color” or words to that effect. Although I was going to whip out the small face vise the very next day cool temps and some sanding etc of the frame was in order first. Among others I wiped the tail vise with BLO just to s...

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Part 7: Design Changes ?

02-28-2010 04:51 AM by rtb | 1 comment »

In every project I do there is a time when I discover things that I should thought of before I did what I have done and now have to undo. Before joining this great group I simply called these screw ups, mistakes, of other terms that will not be put in print on a family web site. Now I understand that correcting these little errors can politely called design changes. Of course to non woodworkers this is the way that was intended fro the git-go.The first little error on this project came when I...

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