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Blog series by LittleBlackDuck updated 04-02-2020 05:07 AM 22 parts 16679 reads 129 comments total

Part 1: Houses I have purchased that should have been demolished.

01-08-2020 10:37 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 5 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas of the past (so far)…. This being the pilot instalment, I will try not to keep it short, however, my following OOPSIES in the series may just consist of one photo and a one-liner. This Stupidity covers all the Houses I have purchased that should have been demolished instead. ...

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Part 2: Workshop Upgrade.

01-08-2020 11:00 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 0 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas of the past (so far)…. Took me 17 years since moving into Richmond to upgrade my workshop. Upgraded from, To, the details are incidental. The stupidity was not in the upgrade but the 17 year wait...

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Part 3: How stupidity nearly cost a thumb… without machinery.

01-08-2020 01:59 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 2 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas of the past (so far)…. When I built the two sheds at Richmond (location not really important), I temporarily decked out the adjoining platform by sheetgoods of chipboard. And used some off cuts to plug some gaps between joists, I neglected to secure them and one of the smalle...

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Part 4: Which handed saw?

01-08-2020 02:23 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 4 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas of the past (so far)…. Buying these types of handsaws with interchangeable hand grips, for different sized hand users. Stupidity was not buying the two saws or even interchangeable grips, but the same sized interchangeable hand grips on both saws. To boot, because of th...

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Part 5: Painting with a Lathe.

01-08-2020 10:08 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 2 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas of the past (so far)…. Created these ”buffing wheels” out of paint rollers to use on the lathe, The one at the front has some splattering of wax that took me minutes to distribute in patches. The other 2 have never seen any action. They were created for a Jet mini-l...

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Part 6: Snow/mud chains.

01-09-2020 04:11 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 2 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas of the past (so far)…. Buying 2 sets of chains for cars that have never seen the snow (or mud). As an FYI… Snow is not a regular occurrence here in Victoria. You have to make a pilgrimage to our snowfields, 500K away, to make yellow trails. The Stupidity is not for buying...

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Part 7: Cannibalisation opportunity lost.

01-09-2020 05:06 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 4 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas of the past (so far)…. A while back while placing an order on Rockler, I decided to purchase this Table Saw Magnet Micro Adjuster as a stocking filler, At first glance I thought I was so clever picking it out of some other useless offering until I had to use it. Moving the ...

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Part 8: If I had another hand.

01-10-2020 03:09 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 8 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. Walking through my local toolie shop, the first thought that crossed my mind was the trouble I had operating pop rivet guns with insufficient reach of my small hand… my turmoil is portrayed in my review Pop Rivet gun for small hands. When I f...

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Part 9: Blast(ed)-Gate… wasted.

01-11-2020 06:17 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 9 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. I use a lot of prefab’d plastic blast gates, that tend to get jammed after a few months of use to the point that they will not provide a sufficient seal. Sample of gate(s) supposedly closed, Indication of the gap due to blockage on one of those...

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Part 10: All in the numbers.

01-12-2020 12:21 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 4 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. Measure twice cut once. Hell, twice and once are two numbers not hard to forget… but as you get older… it’s the order you tend to stuff up, however, you may also need to remember thrice and quadriuply... any more and just buy a white flag!...For this ...

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Part 11: RTFM…

01-13-2020 12:50 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 10 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. Nearly every woodworking article I read that talks about wax, refers to Johnson’s Paste Wax. Ever willing to plagiarise, I ventured down to Bunnings (Australia’s local hardware store) to buy a can/bottle/tube or whatever it comes in (all the ...

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Part 12: Build it Up Just to Pull it Down.

01-16-2020 12:39 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 9 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. When I bought my first Drill Press (DP) the only woodworking I knew was screwing… in one direction… UP! So I bought this pre-fab DP tabletop based on Incra hardware, It served me well and I should have been content… Nah, had to improve it.. decide...

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Part 13: Uplifting Drill Press table inovation.

01-24-2020 10:40 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 3 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. This stupid idea was inspired by, My previous stupidity of loading up my DP tabletop. Izzy Swan’s dexterous use of his cordless drill. I thought with the weight of my DP’s box and sliding tables I could facilitate the movement by the...

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Part 14: Blue Hands #1.

01-26-2020 03:39 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 2 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. If you decide to install a keyed lock on your dunny (a toilet as opposed to a bathroom) window, most people decide to place all the gear on the window sill. The fear of being attacked from the window behind while squatting on the loo, is NOT Stupid...

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Part 15: Bricking up a house-vac.

01-28-2020 11:12 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 4 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. However, with this offering…As the dough said to the dear…More bang for you bucks! You’re getting two for one… a Stupid Ideas/Buys instalment (here). a handy Workshop Operational Tips instalment (elsewhere). How I got in the sh...

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Part 16: When a "fence" doesn’t pay up…

01-31-2020 01:39 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 2 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. To be fair to any product(s) mentioned, this is not a review per-se, but my impression, be it through bad judgement, misuse or just too much cheap vino. I have seen this gadget, in many videos and a few cameo appearances in pictures, however, I hav...

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Part 17: Fancy a useless chisel?

02-03-2020 02:04 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 6 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. To be fair to the product(s) mentioned, this is not a review per-se, but my impression, be it through bad judgement, misuse or just too much cheap vino. After buying my lathe the second chisel I ever owned was this broken gouge that I amateurishly ...

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Part 18: Blue Hands #2.

02-07-2020 11:08 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 20 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. I held back this post after posting Blue hands #1 just to see if the rice trick worked on a Samsung phone… Looks like the Samsung phone reacted more to rice paddies than rice alone. If you are forced to volunteer to clean the dunny, ensure you do ...

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Part 19: Bit Too Many Bullets....

02-15-2020 09:47 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 5 comments »

Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)… Bit Too Many Bullets… Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. This blog is going to be short and sweet as it was just too hard to get my teeth into and swallow. While this may not be in the realms of woodworking, other than Georgie (Washingto...

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Part 20: Custom builds for the not so weight conscious.

02-26-2020 11:12 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 10 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. To be fair to the product(s) mentioned, this is not a review per-se, but my impression, be it through bad judgement, misuse or just too much cheap vino. When we get a good idea we often go hell bent for leather trying to accommodate that concept. ...

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Part 21: Splitting headache in splitter setup…

02-29-2020 03:03 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 5 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. To be fair to any product(s) mentioned, this is not a review per-se, but my impression, be it through bad judgement, misuse or just too much cheap vino. When I bought my contractor’s tablesaw all those many years ago, it came with a detachable blad...

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Part 22: Super Hoarding fettish....

04-02-2020 05:07 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 13 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. To be fair to any product(s) mentioned, this is not a review per-se, but my impression, be it through bad judgement, misuse or just too much cheap vino. When I started turning pens about 12 years ago, the buzz ingredient was CA glue finish. Whenev...

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