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Happy New Year from 2007

12-31-2006 03:12 PM by Don | 11 comments »

Hey, just realized that when I’m blogging away, most of you guys are in bed. And when you are doing the same, well you know where I am. That brings me to the point of this post. HAPPY NEW YEAR LumberJocks! Yes, I’m in the new year already – waiting for you guys to come on over. It’s been a great year so far. Trust you will find that you are closer to fulfilling your dreams this year. So best wished from downunder. God bless.

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Rustic Ramblings

12-31-2006 07:46 AM by dennis mitchell | 3 comments »

It is the season I pretty much just want to shut down and watch football. (Boise State in the Fiesta bowl!) Sometimes the world can drain my spirit and the last place I want to be is behind the table saw. I have a fellow who wants me to do kitchen cabinets on a production scale. I wonder about all my peers who are successful building kitchens. The long hours they work. Always needing good help but only paying about half a living wage. The headaches and I see how they have lost the joy in doin...

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Learning From Errors

12-31-2006 04:15 AM by Don | 0 comments »

When recently making a clock, I learned a valuable lesson about using brass screws. It’s one of those old clocks that was hung in each classroom that school children used to watch wondering if the end of the school day would ever come. It has a pendulum and a large clock face with clearly printed numbers which teachers used to teach students how to tell time. The one I’m was making had a brass basal which is mounted to the circular clock with small brass screws. I carefully turned the...

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Measure Twice - Don't cut at All

12-31-2006 03:48 AM by Don | 0 comments »

We often hear the old adage, “Measure Twice — Cut Once”. The point of this is to remain diligent when cutting. Wood is expensive, and the time you’ve taken to mill it to just the right size and shape can be considerable. To make an error in measuring is a ‘disaster’ we have all experienced. I have fallen into the habit of using one piece to serve as a template for a second identical piece. This is OK and makes a lot of sense as long as the first piece that you use as the template is ...

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gotta love the kitchen store

12-31-2006 01:45 AM by scottb | 6 comments »

Had to make some returns up at the outlet mall today. Popped in to check out the kitchen store, I needed a few things for the kitchen, ended up with these for the shop! Nice to go home with $55 worth of great-quality rasps for $34 – oh, and with a $10 off coupon on top of that!

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RusticWoodArt

12-30-2006 04:01 PM by frank | 1 comment »

” Summer Beams and Beaming Life” ....and so while out walking one morning quite early, i strolled out onto your summer beam as burly, as one of three in place all spanning forth width of girth, i now know something of the tales of your birth…. As you can see, if you read between the lines my mind is already starting to drift to thoughts of spring, summer and all those other things that follow. Ah yes, canoe trips and white water, camping in places of solitude where...

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this artisan house #1: artisan household

12-30-2006 07:13 AM by scottb | 3 comments »

Back in my lumberjocks interview, I mentioned one of my lifelong goals was to fill the house with useful items made by myself, as well as other artists and artisans. (while paring down all the cheaply made, hand-me-down, and mass manufactured items) Here’s a quick first look at how things have been shaping up over the past several years. My wifes cousin, Tim made these pottery bowls as a wedding gift, even stamped them with his own chop (signature) before firing and glazing. T...

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The Measure of Things

12-30-2006 12:39 AM by Don | 11 comments »

Reading Franks blog about the reliability of spirit levels and Dicks comment about taking measurements has caused me to think about the trials of being arithmetically challenged. I suppose I have my English ancestors to blame for the Imperial measuring system, but at least they had the good sense to move away from it. I mean, what on earth is logical about 32nds and 64rths? I’m being honest when I state that it was the Imperial measuring system that kept me away from woodworking f...

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RusticWoodArt

12-29-2006 02:05 PM by frank | 2 comments »

”Spirit Level” ....and then there are those days when I need to make an adjustment to my way of thinking a project through, to see if I am still within the perimeters of abstract vision in my head or has my peripheral outside vision become tainted and therefore infected with a virus whereas I am no longer horizontally centered,.... WOW!!! Now where did I last lay my spirit level down at? As a worker of wood and one who has been captivated by the character of rustic furnit...

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I'd Better Pace Myself

12-29-2006 08:08 AM by Don | 13 comments »

Sorry gang – guess I got carried away with enthusiasm. I’ve bee posting new projects almost daily since I joined LumberJocks. I didn’t mean to be a LumberJock hog. So I’ll perhaps revert to one project per week. Does that sound like a good idea? Oh, did you know that the term’ lumber’ is not used in Australia other than to describe a walking style, as in, “He lumbered along the path.” And the word ‘wood’ is not used very much eith...

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