Lots of information about sharpening

Brent Beach has an article in FineWoodworking #184 about sharpening planes and chisels with sandpaper. I’ve been doing this for a while, with mixed results. The article had some tips I’m going to try, and also a link to Brent’s website for more information. And man, is there more information. Tons of information. More than […]

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I love castles

A series of photos of Gosford Castle in Northern Ireland. One of the largest castles ever built in Ireland in the unique style of Normandic revival, which sadly has lain empty for nearly ten years now. It is slowly but surely turning into a ruin. Flickr Image Gallery Wish I had billions of dollars. I’d […]

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Patching the Bedroom Wall

Did some stuff this weekend – worked on the house a bit. About three years ago there was a big project in our neighborhood to replace a storm drain that runs down the street. So they tore up the street and drove a bunch of pilings into the ground. All the vibration caused this huge […]

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Fixing the floor

We have decided to get the floor refinished in the dining room and the kitchen. It’s probably about time as the finish is mostly gone in parts of the dining room and in most of the kitchen. Anyway, there was a section of the inlayed border in the dining room that needed work. So this […]

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More House Work

Let’s see, what did I do this weekend? I’m taking Fridays off for a few weeks to get some work done on the house. This weekend I replaced more siding, finished up two new storm windows and finished up the flashing on the small roof that I redid last week. Nothing but fun at my […]

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More house

Did more work on the house this weekend. Tore off and replaced the roof over the little bay that juts out for the stairs. The roofers that we had replace the roof about 10 years ago didn’t repair the roof decking correctly so that the trim didn’t fit right. It took a little thinking, but […]

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More work

Sunday was wet, so I cleaned the basement and started making some storm windows. Then on Monday I discovered that the reason the MiniVan was shuddering so much at speed was the dried mud packed in the rims from our vacation. Now it only shudders a little bit. After fixing the MiniVan, I scraped a […]

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Stripping paint

Spent all day today stripping paint off the side of my house. Whee… I have this tool called a SpeedHeater 1100, it’s an 1100W infrared heater. It heats the wood under the paint and actually works pretty well. Stripping paint is still a pain in the ass though.

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