Chronology of a woodworker

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 10-06-2012 05:16 PM 2006 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Grand title. Every time I glue up a multi-layer board for EZ Mitre or veneer a pattern I use my veneer press. Every time I write what I am doing, date and time. I looked at it today, just before I used it, and started to read some of the entries. They go back to the turn of the century, the press being made in 1999.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 10-06-2012 05:19 PM

Great idea Martyn.

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#2 posted 10-06-2012 05:30 PM

I like it. :) You’ve come a long way baby!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 10-06-2012 05:34 PM

That’s what I call a wood log.


-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#4 posted 10-06-2012 05:42 PM

do you have a block
of roseta to read this

wonderful provenance

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 10-06-2012 08:00 PM

Must keep.

It looks like someone collecting articles from old prints.

I should stat doing that. All my notes on smll pieces of paper gets lost.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 10-06-2012 10:15 PM

cool! nice to have a record – must trigger a lot of memories.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 10-06-2012 11:56 PM

Think of the lucky guy that digs that up a thousand years form now! ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 10-07-2012 01:11 AM

pretty neat idea.

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 10-07-2012 02:23 AM

That press has seen a lot of amazing projects. I wish I had thought to chronicle my woodworking journey as you did.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 10-07-2012 04:57 PM

At first I was thinking of the wrong century turn, then I remembered that even I am not that old. Wonderful
idea, and way more useful than a diary. I know a lot of us would be helped it that was translated into a full
notebook. Thank you for sharing your world and giving us an idea to make our shops easier to use.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 10-07-2012 06:57 PM

Big smile here, thinking of the book with the toilet seat.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 10-07-2012 08:39 PM

Very interesting..

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#13 posted 10-14-2012 03:11 PM

Thanx for reminding me to stay with my log, Martyn. I’ve been keeping notes in a spiral ring notebook – from time to time. I had planed to put entries in it daily, BUT . . . I know, no excuses – just do it! It is a way to keep track of how much time I put on a particular carving – thoughts, what happened, discoveries, new experiences and whatever. Didn’t they use to call it diaries or journal? My “Twists n Turns o Life” ended up with 200 hrs – some days 3 or 4, some days as much as 9 hours – that’s when I’m fired up and on a roll – couldn’t quit – forget to eat – nothing else matters . . . I will do better to keep up on my logging, Martyn.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#14 posted 10-15-2012 04:59 PM

A nice history lesson of you Martyn

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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