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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 11-13-2007 05:10 AM 1015 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here we see the woodworker in his natural habitat…

I really need to get moving on my website update, especially since I got everything straightened out with my computer. But here is a link to my online photo gallery with my current project that is in the works

New photos get posted every couple of days at least and they just have simple titles. If pictures say a thousand words then that is enough. These are real shots in the shop as I am making progress on this project. The idea is to allow the customers to see the progress and to prove to my wife that I am working too. (We are both wondering what I am doing here at this point.)

If you have followed the link before then you have seen some of the photos. Right now I am building hollow core doors in the vacuum press. I have never done this before and I could fall on my face. The work is labor and detail intensive. It is demands perfection. I hope things work out. If not, you will see me rebuild them.

Wish me luck.

Great to see all the wonderful work everyone is posting. It is very exciting to partake in the woodworking adventures of others. Keep up the good work!

Peace, Love, and Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 11-13-2007 05:15 AM

If it requires attention to detail, then you’re the man for the job! Wishing you good luck for success the first time.

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#2 posted 11-13-2007 05:17 AM

Thanks Peter.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 11-13-2007 05:29 AM

Why hollow core doors.? Why not good old fashioned solid cored doors?

Great series of photos.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 11-13-2007 05:39 AM

Todd…I thoroughly enjoyed watching the slide show. Great photos, and your shop looks pretty kick ass. That is a serious closet your building…I love the way it almost disappeared once you put that piece of glass on the side! Like Peter said you definitely seem to be all about the details! Nice work


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#5 posted 11-13-2007 05:48 AM

Todd, the scale of your work is amazing. Thanks for the link. I enjoyed watching you work.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 11-13-2007 05:49 AM


The hollow core doors have the specific characteristics that I need to do veneer work on them. The doors will have a 70 – 30 split (approx). The left door will be 36” wide and the right will be 14”. The doors are 8’ high. The big one weighs in at 105lbs. right now and I don’t think it will get past 112lbs. by my estimates. The hinges are rated at 135lbs. for three hinges and I am using four because of the height.

These hinges come out to be $40 each with shipping. They are adjustable 3 ways. I bought them from Hafele’.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 11-13-2007 06:55 AM

Todd, I went and looked at the door glue up. Did I miss a bunch of photos? It seems I was looking at the Cooper Closet a while back but couldn’t find it this time. By the way, Are you still in Ohio? That’s a long way from the Bear Tooth and the Clark’s Fork.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 11-13-2007 09:53 AM

Good luck Todd. I Wish I had a vacuum press but i’m not sure where I would put it.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 11-13-2007 02:35 PM

Thats gonna look awesome. Great presentation!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 11-13-2007 07:10 PM

Grumpy – a vacuum press takes hardly any space. It is a small pump and bags that roll up for storage. The platen to press the large doors on is what is so large. I over built it a bit because none of the tables in this shop are large enough or flat enough to accurately press a door.

Thos. A – Yep, still in Ohio. Try this link
it should take you straight to the vacuum press photos.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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