A magic box with help from the Grr-Ripper. And a haiku contest!

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 06-03-2011 07:05 PM 5436 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Microjig sent me a pair of Grr-Rippers to check out. They really are cool. Rather than just show you their features, I decided to build something using them. Not only that, Microjig is offering a Grr-Ripper as a prize to one lucky person. You gotta get a little creative, but here are the details. Hurry, you have to enter by Friday, June 10, 2011.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 08:07 PM

Thanks Steve Great video. The Grr-Ripper looks like some thing I definitely need in my workshop. Alf

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#2 posted 06-03-2011 08:21 PM

Very Nice Steve!!

-- Whiskey-Whiskey Out....

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#3 posted 06-03-2011 08:56 PM

I can’t seem to leave a comment on your web page? Here is my Haiku

vibrating wood worried
I know it will end badly
sweat pouring down face

[email protected] .com

I tried several times, so I don’t know what if any will get through. Just delete them if you can. Thanks

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#4 posted 06-03-2011 09:34 PM

Thanks to you I know how to use that plate on the bottom of my gripper to make it more useful. Thanks.

@ 5:28 Tricky part? I thought ALL of the box was tricky. And as for the shenannegans, I know they are always floating around your shop. Remember the coyote sighting?

Another great video Steve.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 06-04-2011 03:55 PM

GREAT VIDEO!!! (yes, caps on purpose). Now I have to think of a Haiku….

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#6 posted 06-04-2011 04:09 PM

The Haiku I posted may be a little sick….. but it was spontaneous…

Push me, cut me right
Grip me tightly, Grr-Ripper
Like Jack the Ripper


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#7 posted 06-04-2011 04:18 PM

steve: Great Video
I would like dimensions and plans… want to make one for grandkids.
Magic is great for kids.


-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#8 posted 06-04-2011 04:25 PM

Cool trick. Now I need to save up for another cool tool. By the way a coyote destroyed my fender yesterday….poor little guy came out of no where.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 06-04-2011 05:13 PM

Well, Steve – Your piano teacher would be proud!!!! (I don’t know if you even ever had one, but you get the jest of it!) I am so happy to see you use this great product so we can continue to see your fun and informational woodworking videos. I don’t like being the ‘safety police’ either, but there were a couple of moments there in the past when I held my breath watching you work. (But I have been guilty of some of the same things, so who am I to talk!)

I want to get one of these for my friend Bernie, who lets me use his shop. His idea of a ‘push stick’ is a piece of wood with a nail sticking out of it! It Horrifies me every time I watch him work. I usually leave the shop when he does because I can’t stand the thought of what may happen. I want to get him this for Father’s day. Getting him to use it may be another story . . . . .

Loved the “magic box” too! When you first ended the video, I was still baffled (I am blonde, after all!) and it was a cool “Aha!” moment after you came back and explained. Great video and fun project (AND SAFE now too!) You are the complete package!!!

Take care, Sheila :D

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

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#10 posted 06-04-2011 05:13 PM

Nice one, Kate, hehehehe.

And nice one to you too, Steve. Thats magic.

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

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#11 posted 06-04-2011 05:18 PM

Bruce, I don’t have any plans. I think mine is about 12” square or so. You can really make these any size. Just any simple box without a top or bottom. I routed the frame grooves and added the corner pieces mainly as an excuse to illustrate routing with the Grr-ripper. They are certainly not necessary.

When I was a kid, my brother and I made one out of a cardboard box and covered it with colorful wrapping paper. It worked just as well.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#12 posted 06-04-2011 08:22 PM

Steve you have me baffled producing a beer from a tube how can this be is this real magic? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 06-04-2011 08:48 PM

Very GOOD Steve!

Nice video on the Grrripper…

The Magic box is good too!

I will have to make the Magic box to get a Gripper! (and a beer or two)

Thanks a lot for the great tip! (LOL)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#14 posted 06-04-2011 08:50 PM

@Garage: Haha…you’re right. I’ll bet I have more Sierra Nevada product placement than anyone! I should try getting back some of the millions of dollars I’ve paid to that company.

@SCOTSMAN: If only there were a way…

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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