Craftsman - Stickley Projects #1: Restart

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Blog entry by Paul posted 05-27-2007 03:08 PM 1526 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I guess it’s been so long since my last entry on this blog that I have to begin the series again. The New Blog entry page didn’t give me this title as a choice again.

I was sidetracked with the Thorsen Table challenge and a couple of furniture repair jobs that came to me. (This is a commission that said, “Whenever you can get to it.” That’s not a good thing to say to me.) But, I worked most of the day yesterday on the chests of drawers and hope to post a few pictures of something resembling a chest of drawers case a little later in the day.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#1 posted 05-27-2007 03:27 PM

Look forward to seeing the pictures. Have a productive day.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-27-2007 04:43 PM

Congratulations on the commission!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 05-27-2007 05:19 PM

love seeing that word “commission” !!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 05-28-2007 03:07 AM

Go for the money…

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-28-2007 03:22 AM

I’d like to see those pics too. jockmike. good luck

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 05-28-2007 06:10 AM

Paul -

Great to see “commission”!


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#7 posted 05-28-2007 07:18 AM

Someday I too hope to be commisioned to do something….sigh.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 05-28-2007 04:27 PM

“Commission” . . . that was kind of a “professional” word, and a bit overstated! Some time ago, someone on Lumberjocks mentioned having some benefactors/friends that found things for him to make for them and he implied that he knew it was thier way helping him out rather than just handing him cash for milk and Wheaties (my words).

Well, at this point in my life, I don’t build things for milk and Wheaties (some day maybe?). But, these follks appreciate my ministry in the church, and this community (Habitat for Humanity, etc) and they know woodworking is a regenerative, soul-enriching activity for me. So, they find things for me to build for them. He has given me “birthday gifts” (not necessarily on my birthday) like a PC Bisquit Joiner and the Kreg Pockethole Jig system which I don’t recall even wishing for in his presence.

They’re taking care of me and while it is technically a “commission,” – they’re actually taking “care” of me in a different way than financial. (I roll the cash over into the shop, the kids college funds and woodworking classes.) So, while pocketholes and screws weren’t my first thought for installing the drawer dividers and the chest top (I first thought of dowels or bisquits), I am going to use them. It’s their “commission” and I think it will please him to know that I used the pockethole jig he gave me.

So, take the word “commission” with a grain of salt. Believe me, regardless of how decent the pictures of my projects look, I see up close the quality of my finishing and how tight my joinery is. These folks have additional purposes than just gaining some well-built funriture.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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