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242 days ago

Hey Fellow LJers! Hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas. I’ve been off here for a while. Well… just lurking in the shadows. Why??? Well… been too stinkin busy in the shop to come in and play on the computer. That’s a good thing… right? LOL!

Anyhow… I had several orders for items for Christmas and it was ALOT of work. Man… making multiples of 6 of one item… makes you look forward to something new. Had a lady order doll furniture for her 6 granddaughters. Six tables and set of two chairs for each. Plus three of them got doll bed and another family ordered a doll bed as well. That was just the stuff I just finished up. Ready to be making something other than doll furniture. Had lots of orders for other pieces as well.

So… it’s time to get ready for the new year. Today I did get a last minute order for a small table for a Christmas gift. They would like it for Sunday. LOL…. I’m gonna do my best. :) Had several different ideas that I was going to do. But in the end.. this is what I came up with. I drew it up in SketchUp.

Here is the drawer. Chose not to do any fancy joinery on the drawer. I just simply don’t have the time.

Getting better at using sketchup But I know I need to learn more. It is fun to use though.

Once I get this done I have a couple other things to make for others and then it’s on to making some things I have on my list for the shop.

I did get a nice new toy for Christmas…. The Kreg K5 and a new face clamp. One of the new ones. I’ve been borrowing someone elses so now I have my own. YEAH!!! Also got a bucket shop vac (what else do you call it? It’s a shop vac motor that you put on a bucket… LOL) and some adapters for that.

Did you guys get any awesome toys for Christmas? My brother cleaned up this year. He has never been into woodworking and he got inspired by some things I made. For his anniversary (Dec 20th???) he got a new 12” compound sliding miter saw and a router & router table. Both Craftsman. And for Christmas he got a nice 30 pc router bit set and a 10” Craftsman table saw. Plus he got a $50 gift card to Lowes. He CLEANED UP!!! LOL. I told him… Router bits are not something to play with… I will seriously need to check those out for him before he uses them.. :) LOL. I don’t think he bought it… but I’m gonna keep trying anyways. LOL Glad he lives right around the corner.

Anyhow… off to the shop tonight. Gonna try to get some pics of this build. I borrowed a friends biscuit jointer for the doll tables… LOVED IT! Gonna use it for the table top on this project tonight. Hope it comes out good :)

Again… Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and that you will have a wonderful New Year! Looking forward to getting back on here. I miss you guys :)

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#1 posted 242 days ago

Glad you’re busy. Hope you have the best of holidays.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 242 days ago

So all of that stuff in miniature? Mini is more difficult than full size. I am sure all the little ones were thrilled with their doll house furnishings. I gotta learn SU.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 242 days ago

Good to see you are back on deck. You certainly have been busy making those dolls house furnishings and the sketch up looks great.
Your new Kreg Toy looks great also. I love anything Kreg produces.
Well Done and Happy Wood Working.


-- Cliff Australia

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#4 posted 242 days ago

Well if you can’t be on LJs, being in the shop is the next best thing. Congrats on finishing your orders!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#5 posted 242 days ago

Very cool. Glad that you have been busy!

On drawers like the one you sketched out (up?) I always use pocket hole screws on the back and false front. Put the pocket hole screws on the back side of the back and the front side of the front. That way there is no screws showing inside the drawer itself, the front screws are covered by the drawer front, and the back screws can only be seen if the drawer is completely removed.

Have fun and stay busy!

-- Jay - or

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#6 posted 242 days ago

Welcome back Angie! Been wondering when you’d stop by. Looking forward to some project posts. Merry Christmas ans Happy New Year!

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 242 days ago

Busy good, making money good! Saying hello is good too…LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 242 days ago

I feel for ya having to do so many of the same pieces. It drives me nuts if I have to keep building the same thing over and over. Congrats on the new toys, I mean tools.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 242 days ago

Ang, I’ve missed you. Things aren’t the same around here without you.

-- 2014 will be a different least for me it will.

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#10 posted 241 days ago

Angie, quick, turn around….

(pause while Angie turns around…)

Good to see your back!

(Sorry, lousy pun but in truth we’ve missed you on here.)


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#11 posted 241 days ago

I know I have, Herbc…

-- 2014 will be a different least for me it will.

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#12 posted 241 days ago

Santa brought me a Porter Cable 4212 Dovetail Jig. Time to make some saw dust!

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. Don't cry because it's over, smile....because for 7 glorious miles, everyone thought you were the real bus driver!

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#13 posted 241 days ago

Very good Angie. Nice work with Sketch Up too. I’ve used it a few times, but not very good at it.

-- Harold

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#14 posted 241 days ago

Glad you had a nice busy Christmas as long as it wasn’t too crazy then it’s all worth it. I agree with you on the Kreg Jig. I find myself reaching for it a lot to do away with all that fancy joinery. Not all projects call for that kind of craftsmanship. Good to see you back and have a Great New year.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#15 posted 241 days ago

It’s good to be back. I’ve missed all of you too. :)

Was out in the shop all night. Got everything ripped and cut. Been out assembling today. I learned something yesterday. I have these three harbor freight clamps (the kind you twist?) and I’ve never liked them. But… Last night I used them and now they are my favorite. Of course I’d like to get some nice Bessey clamps… But these clamps did the job nicely. They are a bit big for what I was clamping… But I made it work.

I didn’t have any 8/4 lumber so I had to glue up to make my legs.

I’ve also found that I really really really like my Kreg featherboard. I would like to have some pushing down too. Seems like I’ve seen some people make a jig to attach to their fence with them. Gonna have to look into that.

And thanks JSB… I hadn’t thought of that and was wondering how I was going to do that. Good tip! :)

Off to the shop!!!! :)

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