Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'story'

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Intarsia and Segmentation Woodworking for Beginners

03-11-2013 11:43 AM by Chris Mobley | 6 comments »

I have often been asked how to get started in intarsia from people interested in this type of woodworking. I have thought long and hard about how to answer this question and I have come up with this Intarsia and Segmentation Woodworking for Beginners article with some tips and advice that I have for anyone interested in getting started with intarsia or segmentation woodworking. In the photograph examples that I will show, I am using a pattern by Kathy Wise called Clydesdale and Colt. The f...

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Short Shavings #5: Wanted: Phychoanalysis.

08-07-2010 10:38 PM by Div | 24 comments »

I work the wood for a living and that isn’t half bad. Lately though, strange things are happening in my shop and I find myself working with weird materials. Some self analysis revealed a few key questions that need immediate answers from people with more expertise than me. In my short time here, I have seen that we have LJ’s from all walks of life, of all ages, of different backgrounds and countries. So, I want to tap this vast resource for intelligent answers on the following life altering q...

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Short Shavings #4: A bird's eye spray job

08-03-2010 11:11 PM by Div | 9 comments »

Finishing is an essential part of building cabinets, but I view it as a necessary evil. Maybe I must change my outlook; they say if something can go wrong it will and that describes my relationship with finishing. I once had a large number of cabinet doors to spray. A spray booth is still a distant dream so sunny windless days and the lawn next to my shop is my version. It went well, I would spray a few doors, carry the ones in the beginning of the line back into the shop, spray some more,...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #57: A Good Story With a Happy Ending

07-30-2010 12:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I have a good story for a Friday. Earlier this week, I had a gentleman call me from Florida. It seems he received the latest issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts and really liked the “Welcome to the Nuthouse” segmenation plaque that was in there. He talked to me for a few minutes about it, and then asked me “what do you sell?” I didn’t quite know what he meant. I asked him what he meant. He repeated the questions and I figured that he didn’t qui...

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Handmade Portraits #4: Handmade Portraits: Birdhouseaccents

06-18-2009 12:16 AM by Etsy | 6 comments »

(music by Two Dark Birds, animation by JuliaPott) It took Fred Jakubiec from Birdhouseaccents 25 years before he made building birdhouses his full-time job. It was well worth the wait. After 13 years as Area Supervisor at various fast food establishments, a stint at a steel mill and years of driving for Fed Ex, Fred decided working for other people just wasn’t fun anymore.He and his partner Lynn Patrick regularly took trips to Amish country to go thrifting and flea market shopping. D...

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found wood #1: HUGE Eucalyptus score

06-05-2009 02:34 PM by Gary Fixler | 5 comments »

Sheesh. Good thing I have a truck now. I saw a note on craigslist today (online classifieds) that a guy had put “10 to 15 more” eucalyptus logs out in the alleyway behind his house. LA is all blocks split in half by access alleys big enough to drive 2 cars through (barely). The Google directions were a little wonky (didn’t name one of the roads, had me lost for an hour), and so a 47mi. round trip turned into a 75mi. round trip, and there were an incredible number of cop d...

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The Ants and the Fire – A True Story from my Woodshop

04-11-2009 09:22 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 20 comments »

This Blog entry has nothing to do with woodworking, other than it involves firewood, my woodshop woodstove, and my thoughts as a woodworker looking for some heat this week, and ultimately expresses a better understanding of another Woodworker’s life. I guess that counts, so I hope you’ll stick with me to the end, this is a true story, I didn’t make this up. This week we’ve had some unusually cold weather, and then warm, and then cold again. I was able to put up six pickup truck l...

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random #11: What a way to test out my new lumber rack!

03-26-2009 01:35 PM by Gary Fixler | 12 comments »

Last night I ran to home depot for 4 pressure treated 4×4s, 8 2×4s, and 5 sheets of 23/32” construction ply. Today, in bursts of uncharacteristic stick-to-it-ness, I actually put together the whole rack. On my lunch break from the office, I ran home and cut out 8 4’ 2×4s, 8 23-7/8” 2×4s, and cut the 4×4s not only to height (about 69”), but also cut in a 10° angle, and used Sketchup to plot the angle on the front leg to meet up with the back. I&...

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Customer Service - has this ever happened to you?

03-19-2009 08:52 PM by PurpLev | 8 comments »

I’ve actually heard other’s speak of similar experience, but as I’ve never had it first hand, I had always spoke in favor of the stores, and tried to bring a second side to each story. This time – I was on an unfamiliar side of the story… maybe this has happened to you? I’m in the market for a new table saw, I had sold mine (maybe a bit prematurely, as I am without one for the time being – although with not too much time to be had in the shop, ...

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Handplanes #1: What was your first experience with handplanes?

02-13-2009 12:31 AM by PurpLev | 9 comments »

Mine was about 7 years ago, I still wasn’t doing anything woodworking like, and we had moved to a new apartment where the bathroom door wouldn’t close since it was too tall and would hit the jamb (well- actually we mounted one of those over-the-door-hanger thingies which made things that way) so, my wife suggested we get a handplane to fit the door to the (now lower) opening. I have never worked with a handplane before , and the closest thing I’ve ever held in my hand was...

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