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Blog series by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB updated 01-19-2016 01:56 AM 11 parts 19012 reads 20 comments total

Part 1: Ommm = Zzzzuhm

03-14-2014 04:39 PM by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB | 1 comment »

Growing up in a family of six on a First Sergeant’s pay, meant that my parent’s provided my brothers and I with what we needed but there wasn’t much left over for extras. My father actually learned to refinish antiques because busted-up old – what other people called trash – antiques were cheaper than buying couches, beds, and dining room tables. The remainder of this week’s blog is now available on my website. Check it out.

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Part 2: Yuz got skillz

03-21-2014 01:14 AM by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB | 0 comments »

Do you have any favorite, little known, online woodworkers? I was a strange kid. When I was in high school in the mid-nineties my peers were interested in watching Married with Children and playing on their PS1s. (I was still slumming it with my NES.) Sure I was happy to watch an episode of Married with Children; but if I flipped across PBS and the New Yankee Workshop was showing, I was going to stop and see what Norm Abrams was up to. (Though I am pretty sure it was Seattle Grunge Mus...

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Part 3: My Harbor Freight Experience from H-E-Double Hockey Sticks

03-28-2014 02:21 AM by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB | 6 comments »

Consider Checking Out My Website: MonkWerks.org   Did He Just Say He Went to Harbor Freight?!? I know … I know what you’re all thinking: “You get what you pay for.” – Actually I was thinking, “What a cheapskate.” The old HF – great now he thinks he’s one of the kids using acronyms – gets a lot of excrement for low-quality products. I’m definitely not being a commercial here, but if you look at their consumable good...

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Part 4: Dear Diary ... (A Day in the Life of a Hobby Woodworker)

04-04-2014 04:30 AM by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB | 0 comments »

Please Consider Checking Out My Website: MonkWerks.org Dear Diary, This morning I awoke to a beautiful Saturday morning with the birds chirping and the sun shining, and I was reinvigorated and ready to tackle a new woodworking project. I quickly dressed, had breakfast, and checked out the new woodworking videos on YouTube. I couldn’t believe my luck. All my favorite Youtubers had posted new videos!!! Though tempted, I was not to be deterred from my task – I will sta...

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Part 5: Just When I Thought It Wouldn’t Happen to Me …

04-11-2014 04:23 AM by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB | 2 comments »

Please Consider Checking Out My Website: MonkWerks.org Lets make one thing clear: I was certainly not expecting to be writing this blog entry this week. I had a lovely little piece on some preliminary reports that showed the shavings (only garnered from boards planed with a #365 Stanley Jointer plane) from 3000 year old, spalted, birdseye, curly, Spanish, aromatic bubinga cured CANCER. I had to hit the delete key, however when two things happened: 1) The world’s supply of the wood...

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Part 6: The Wood of the Cross (Different Style Than My Normal Entry: Good Friday Meditation)

04-18-2014 05:44 AM by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB | 3 comments »

Please Consider Checking Out My Website: MonkWerks.org This year is my 10th anniversary of priestly ordination, or at least it will be on June 11. Before I was ordained I spent 4 years studying at Saint Meinrad School of Theology and living with the monastic community there. In the archabbey church there are many beautiful stained-glass windows. One of my favorites was nestled on the northwest side, and we passed by it every time we went in procession into the church – the Crucif...

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Part 7: Who Me? You Want Me to Build What?!?

05-02-2014 03:20 AM by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB | 0 comments »

Please Consider Checking Out My Website: MonkWerks.org I decided to take last week off; Holy Week was a busy one and I needed a little rest – he didn’t go to Cozumel, no really he didn’t. But I am back this week talking obliquely about a project I started in my shop. Its a little hush-hush because I am participating in a tool swap on the Woodworkingtalk.com forum, and we are not supposed to say what we are building nor for whom we are building it. If we do so, the too...

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Part 8: Are You Ready for Woodworking Safety Day? Or As I Like to Call It, “Not the Zombie Apocalypse”

05-17-2014 12:38 PM by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB | 1 comment »

Please Consider Checking Out My Website: MonkWerks.org    Let me start off by saying that safety is never a joking matter, – So why are you writing this post? – and in the short five months that I have been writing this blog, safety has occupied 5% of all posts on this website (now standing at 10%). The last time I talked on this subject it was the basic idea of personal responsibility. If you are uncomfortable with it, do not do it; just say, "No." Well &...

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Part 9: Oceans and Oceans of Glue, But Still Don’t Eat It

05-26-2014 03:14 AM by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB | 3 comments »

Please Consider Checking Out My Website: MonkWerks.org Some people may have thought that the glue blog title I mentioned in Clamps, Clamps, and More Clamps!!! was made up. And yes it was, but such a good title should not go to waste – he’s quite the recycling monk, mostly other people’s ideas. So I took it upon my self to patent, trademark, copyright, and claim it as my own. Let’s see those royalty checks just start rolling in – you do remember that you&...

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Part 10: IKEA and the Workshop (Should Those Words Ever Be in the Same Sentence?)

06-13-2014 06:54 PM by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB | 1 comment »

- If you answered “yes” or “maybe” to the above question, please click this link. I returned home to my monastery last week, and boy was I in for quite a shock – the monastery moved without telling you?; changed all the locks?; turned out the lights and pretended no one was home? I only noticed one thing at first, someone had committed the unforgivable sin of utilizing the top of the table saw as a place to water and take care of Easter lilies. After I stopp...

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Part 11: My Dirty Little Secret

01-19-2016 01:56 AM by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB | 3 comments »

“For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.”– Luke 8:17 It was bound to happen one of these days, but I was finally caught at Harbor Freight. And so, “My name is Fr. Thomas, and I am an Harbor Freight customer.” To which we, the minions, were forced to respond, “Hi, Fr. Thomas;” how humiliating. I did not have a lot to do today except sit around and watch DIY/Maker/Woodworking videos on Youtube. (Classes do...

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