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  1. Replacing a Carved Walnut Steinway Piano Cabriole Leg

    Project Story: This was a challenging and stressful project. Now that it is behind me, I can add this project to my list of odd, unique, and crazy items that I have tried to build over the years. Why the stress? First off, I wasn't completely sure that I was up to the challenge. I went to...
  2. Mission/DeCou-Style Burial Casket; How to Build Your Own Casket

    -------------- UPDATE 3-28-2012: MISSION CASKET BOOK & PLANS AVAILABLE: After Posting my Casket Stories and Photos on Lumberjocks, I have been overwhelmed by the response from readers. There is quite a thread of folks wanting to assist in their funeral planning by building their own casket...
  3. Fun With Cedar Logs #1: A Rustic Impression of a Sitting Stool

    I had a good time last week crafting a small stool to be used in our church's Vacation Bible School program. We used a Western Theme, which fit well with the ranch community here in the Kansas Flinthill's area, largely a ranching community with lots of pasture, open prairie and grazing cattle...
  4. "Garden Project"; Are you Serious, an Outhouse?

    Well, I built this about three years ago on a "commission." A friend of ours wanted to give her parents a unique gift, and so she decided to give them something they had always wanted…...an Outhouse. For those that are too young to remember them, an Outhouse is a potty that is placed outside...
  5. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    Every now and then it seems we run into some conflicts with members who are at odds for one reason or another. Some members are die hard craftsman who only want to see WOOD used in each post, others ask questions, share experiences and give out priceless information. Of course there are also the...
  6. Blogs
    A Visit from "Kev", a Fellow Lumberjock Yesterday, I enjoyed an afternoon of getting to know a fellow lumberjock, "Kev", otherwise known as Kevin Larcom from Wichita. He has a design for a Thorsen Table Challenge project, but didn't have any wood. So, I set him up with some walnut and maple...
  7. Blogs
    Seeking Advice from the Rustic Makers on Lumberjocks Hey rustic makers. I piddle around with natural sticks once in awhile, but have never spent the money to invest much in the tools that would speed up this work. I have agreed to help pro-bono with the Vacation Bible School set work at our...
  8. Blogs
    Dustless Sanding (really!): Rigging up your own vacuum system with the Porter Cable Model 333 The hardest dust for me to breathe is the fine stuff that comes out of the orbital sander. I have used the Porter Cable Model 333 for about 10 years now, and have done a lot of sanding with it. I am...
  9. Blogs
    Developing Authentic Expectations While Working With Commission Customers I have moved this information over from the Church Lectern project as I think it cleans up the Project Posting better, as most of this extra information was really just Blogging material. So, if you read this information...
  10. Blogs
    A Kansas Lumberjock Offical Meeting at Kev's Place After reading Martin's blog yesterday about all of us having some lumberjock club meetings, I did one of those head slap moments and thought out loud, "Why didn't I think of that?" What a great idea, a nice way to tie us altogether….actual...
  11. Blogs
    You call that a "Vacation"? Wow, I'm not sure that I've ever been so tired after a two week vacation before. In fact, I know not. In years past, I spent my vacation time aimlessly, without purpose, doing things like laying on a hot windy beach, skiing in blizzard conditions, looking at smelly...
  12. Blogs
    Anyone want Cedar Wood? The other day I posted a couple of projects where I used some reddish-white wood, that we around here call "Cedar." I don't know what the species name is, some say Western Red, some Say Eastern Red, so I don't know for sure. I received enough interest on the wood type...
  13. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    Couple eats pizza while children freeze in car 10/01/2012 10:18:00 AM by Sameer Vasta Police in Vaughan had to smash a window to save two children who were left in a locked, freezing car while their parents were at a pizza joint nearby. Sadly, we've all heard stories about parents leaving...
  14. Blogs
    Important New Tool Added to the Shop for Summer Just a quick note to show a photo of an important new addition to the shop. Last Fall a neighbor said that they had a large window air conditioner that I could have if I wanted it. I waited all Fall, Winter, Spring, and half of the Summer, but...
  15. Blogs
    Work Progress on my current Commission for the St. Anthony Church in Strong City, KS I have received some correspondence lately asking about what I am doing right now in the shop. So, I thought I would post a little progress on my current commission piece. The people at the St. Anthony of...
  16. Blogs
    2nd Update on the Church Hymn Number Board Commission Project Today, Monday, I took photos of what I have accomplished on my Hymn Number Board that I am building for the St. Anthony Church in Strong City, KS. On one hand, it seems like I made a lot of progress since my last blog late last...
  17. Blogs
    3rd Update on the Hymn Number Stand I had a nice weekend. Saturday I worked with a local cabinet maker helping him catch up on his schedule. We are nearly finished with the 3rd kitchen cabinet job, and then he will be caught up. I think I have worked about 8-9 days this summer with him on...
  18. Blogs
    4th (Final) Update on the St. Anthony Hymn Number Board This week, I've been finishing up the Hymn Number Board for the St. Anthony Catholic church in Strong City, KS. Final assembly, glue, number plate holders, stain, finish, and gold-powder painting, and it is all finished now, ready for...
  19. Wood & Lumber
    I had to share this with you guys. I saw a posting from this saw mill about turning blanks, so I contacted them and checked out their website. You gotta love their sense of humor… http://www.morningwoodhardwoods.com/index.html Rich;)
  20. Sweating for Bucks Through Woodworking
    During my recent church commission work, I had the blessing of working along side a really excellent craftsman (and nice guy) who did a bunch of remodeling work on the church. Since we were both working at the church, we went to lunch together, and I enjoyed getting to know him, and his wife...
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