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September 2009 Blog Archive

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An Early Reminder of Winter...

Friday, September 28th, 2009


Only in Colorado can I be out getting a "farmer's tan" while riding my Harley-Davidson Road King one day and the next day wake in the morning to cold temperatures and horizontal snow squalls. Thus is life living on the front range of the Rocky Mountains.

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America's Best Home Workshops 2009...

Friday, September 18th, 2009


One evening, about a week or so after I completed transforming my garage into a workshop, I was surfing the Wood Magazine forum pages. I noticed a fellow woodworker had posted a thread asking for others to share pictures of their workshop. Since my garage makeover was completed I figured "what the hell" and posted a dozen or so images from around the shop.  

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Understanding Hardwoods: Making The Grade...

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009


In an ideal world every piece of wood that was milled from a tree would be straight grained and free of any defects. When purchasing lumber you wouldn't have to worry about knots or wormholes or color variations. It would be a woodworker's dream. However, trees are living organisms with branches and leaves and are subject to droughts, flooding, fire, insects and animal infestation and disease. 

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Extension Holder...

Sunday, September 13th, 2009


I have two tool chests in my shop, an old 3-tier Craftsman and a large 2-tier Husky, and both are chock full of tools. The Craftsman chests is used for woodworking tools and accessories and infrequently used miscellaneous items and the larger Husky chests store all my mechanics tools. 

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Understanding Hardwoods: Plane & Simple...

Friday, September 11th, 2009


Buying hardwood lumber can be a confusing and often expensive task. Unlike softwood lumber, which comes in standard sizes and lengths (2x4, 2 x 6, 4 x 6, etc.) hardwood lumber does not necessarily adhere to the same standards. The sizes, appearance and cost can vary considerably.

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Jointer Pal...

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009


I was in the shop this weekend and came up with a safer way to hold boards securely when using the jointer to true one surface. This is not a new idea but maybe a refinement of an existing jig that has probably taken on various shapes and sizes in other woodworking shops.

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