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Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 20140 Comments

Happy Independence Day to my fellow US compatriots. I hope you’re day is filled with all the fun and frolic we’ve come to enjoy on this date. May your grills be hot, the beverages cool and the fun never-ending. Go forth and celebrate!

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More summertime woodworking suggestions…

July 2, 20140 Comments

It’s the first week of July and having grown up in the great state of Michigan it’s also the time of year most of the automotive industry gets a two-week furlough for changes to the assembly lines. Of course, I don’t work in the automotive industry so I’m at work and writing this post on […]

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“The Trade of the Joiner” from Finn Yarbrough

July 1, 20140 Comments

A big project around the house that I’ve been putting off for a little too long is some badly needed window repair. Nothing major, just a little cosmetic repair. In fact, completing this project should be motivation to save up the money and buy modern replacement windows. But for the time being, I’ll continue to […]

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Bob Lang’s “The 6 Most Important Woodworkers I’ve Ever Known”

June 30, 20140 Comments

Inspiration comes to us from many different places. The materials we buy, the tools we use, the mentors who guide us and above all the people we meet along the way. I can honestly say that in my life I’ve been very fortunate to have opportunities others could only dream of having. And sadly, I […]

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526 A bottle opener’s wooden makeover

June 29, 20142 Comments

For sure the warm days of summer are upon us in the Northern hemisphere, and as I mentioned in a recent post, that means it’s time for me to start spending more time out of the shop. I’d love to say all that time outdoors is devoted to hanging with the family; swimming in the […]

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Short and sweet summer projects

June 23, 20142 Comments

As I’m writing this post Summer has officially arrived. For a large number of you this is the time of year your woodworking projects get into full swing because your shops are located in garages or portions of the house that are difficult to keep warm during the cold months. For me this is the […]

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Head into the weekend inspired

June 20, 20141 Comment

It’s Friday and I’m worn down from a long week. Not like I need a lot of motivation to get in the woodshop, but occasionally I like to be inspired just before I do. While this particular video is pretty much a promo for a professional woodworker and doesn’t feature a lot of woodworking or […]

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“10 Quick Tips to Make Miter Joints Better and Easier” from M&M Tool Parts

June 18, 20140 Comments

Now that the bathroom cabinet is completed and the client has picked it up, it’s time to start thinking about what’s next. One thing for sure is that whatever it is, now that we’re in the warm days of summer I want something that gets me in the shop but leaves me plenty of time […]

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525 Bathroom cabinet part 4 “Skinny legged base”

June 14, 20147 Comments

I’ve finally navigated my way through the quagmire that is “the loose ends” of the final steps to completing a project. It was a rough trail with a few pitfalls along the way. But regardless of the route I took to get here, the final video of the bathroom cabinet project is complete. In today’s […]

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Woodworking father, thoughts on kids in the shop

June 11, 20140 Comments

I’ve been a hobbyist woodworker pretty much my kids’ entire lives. This summer my oldest will be 17, my youngest 13, and neither have KNOWN a time when dad didn’t say something like “I’m heading down to the shop if you need me…” or “WHAT DO YOU MEAN I CAN’T BUILD THAT FOR YOU???” Even […]

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