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About collinb

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  1. collinb

    I'm going to brag on a friend

    Minnesota Steve is correct.
  2. Carpenter's Apprentice Paul Klassen (see Facebook) Quality, precise, and attractive work.
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    Fit is it

    One thing I've learned this past five years is that not all tools are a good fit for me, or for a given purpose. I've found that my arm motions don't work well with the straight-handle saws for dovetailing. The traditional saw handle works better give my arm motions and grip. As I posted regarding two planes a couple of months ago one was more comfortable for arm motion 'x' while the other felt better for 'y.' I've a friend who does construction work and who still uses his old Dewalt NiCd tools because of the balance. The newer tools don't fit his use so well. I do this when recommending (again) cameras: Check the feel and comfort before buying because they're all good. The moral of the story: "Buy once" works for many things but not all and certainly not for anything that you hold in your hand.
  4. collinb

    a utility project

    Yes, but Texas.
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    a utility project

    She does tomatoes, apples, blackberries, and pumpkin. Some years when we find sweet corn cheap enough she will blanch/freeze that. Blackberries obviously become preserves. I've learned from her that most any pumpkin will do. The "pie" pumkins are simply a different flavor & sweetness. She will bake the pumpkin, hollow it out and then can the goods. One canned item I never enjoyed that my mother's mother did was to make tomato preserves. But my Dad loved them. (As long as you use a sweet tomoato.) A food of past generations that has been forgotten.
  6. collinb

    These must be pretty special Clearly very old by the lettering style.
  7. collinb

    1/2 quilt rack

    This is 1/2 of a quilting rack. You need two of them that are mirror-images and some braces between. Then add bars for spools in each of the three notches. If you have a friend who quilts -- they know how this works. Two spools on the back side pull forward and combine to the third spool. In between is where the work gets done. But I only have one. Use it as a template to build a mate (or more for other people). You can have this for $15 + actual shipping.
  8. Wife needed some shelves for her canned goods. She would have been happy with a 2x4 solution. But I just couldn't. You understand. So I measured and cut and routed and dadoed and glued and screwed and even filled in the excess dado with some leftover cutoff pieces. Also made the shelf extend to fill in the gaps between the 2x4s Just a few finishing touches left for tomorrow. And cleanup. The moral of the story is that even white lumber can be made to look nice. Utility need not be ugly.
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    One thing that helped was using Rob Cossman's saw blade thickness offset method.
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    Poplar. Same problem. I spent 20 minutes sharpening the chisels beforehand.
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    A hack is generally someone who attempts a project with undeveloped skills. In computer work it used to be those who did things on their own. The "fancy myself a EE" who soldered things in the garage. (The new sense of the term with respect to invading another's computer seems contrary to all other uses.) When it comes to a first hand-cut dovetail ... at least I can say that they fit. Somewhat. Sort of. It could have been worse. My chisels are sharp. Picked up some Marples (used) last year. Definitely worth buying over cheap chisels. But I probably need a better saw. Got one of those Japanese pull type saws. It's ok but seems not a good fit for my arm motions. (Ergonomics is everything, of course. The tool serves us. We don't serve the tool.) But I have firewood. And that's always a good thing.
  12. collinb

    I love this book

    Haven't read a lot of woodworking books and have not read The Anarchist.
  13. collinb

    I love this book

    It challenges the woodworker to excellence and it does so 1.Without being condescending 2.Without guilt 3. With simple tool recommendations 4. With practical projects that are elegant rather than crafty-looking
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    Gas Engine Table Saw

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    Lieutenant Lathe