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Blog series by Jack_T updated 05-11-2011 09:00 PM 5 parts 12365 reads 24 comments total

Part 1: First comments

05-03-2010 07:38 PM by Jack_T | 1 comment »

I have decided to start a blog on my journey in woodworking and how it integrates with my journey through life. Hopefully, some will find it interesting and possibly some might learn something. In the latter case I will claim no credit as it will belong to the individual. I will only be grateful that my self centered musings were of help. In later entries I will discuss my background, my shop, my projects and of course my thoughts such as they are.

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Part 2: Gorilla Glue Contest

05-06-2010 02:31 PM by Jack_T | 0 comments »

Well I had not planned on entering the Gorilla Glue Contest but now I am. OOPS! I had the scrap. I had the glue. I even had the finish. What I did not have was a project that would use the glue. As of last night that changed! I salvaged the cedar from an old picnic table and benches that I had retired a few years ago. It looked horribly weathered, but I assumed that underneath it would be ok, and who in their right mind would want to throw away an entire picnic table of cedar. Th...

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Part 3: The contest and an important safety lesson

05-11-2010 07:47 PM by Jack_T | 3 comments »

Well I made the May 7, 2010 deadline for the Gorilla Glue Contest, just barely. I submitted it at 11:58 p.m. I am quite pleased with myself. Not because I think the project is the greatest project ever made; but rather it was I my first woodworking project that I set a deadline to and met the deadline. Normally the woodworking that I do is in my spare time and gets done when it gets done. No deadline at all. this was fun! I also learned a very important safety tip because of this pro...

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Part 4: Skeletons of the past, present and future

11-01-2010 07:33 PM by Jack_T | 2 comments »

This was the first Halloween that my daughter really got into the Halloween spirit. She just turned 6 in September. She dressed up in the past and certainly went trick or treating on Halloween, but it was different this year. She went and got the decorations out and she had very specific ideas where each decoration should go. This got me to thinking about my childhood and Halloween. When I was growing up I had a cardboard skeleton that my mother would bring out and hang on the door eve...

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Part 5: The most important project of my life

05-11-2011 09:00 PM by Jack_T | 18 comments »

The project is not made of exotic wood. It is not a complicated piece of furniture. It does not have sophisticated joinery. It is finished only with house paint. Normally, I would consider a project like this to be a simple throw away project made for the fun of it but not very important at all. This time was very different though. It would be turn out to be the most important project of my life. The project was commissioned by my six year old daughter, Jacqueline. She came t...

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