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A Walk in the Woods in March

The weather this past March was kind of wacky. It didn’t exactly come in like a lion, nor did it go out like a lamb. Instead, it alternated on a weekly basis between much colder than normal and much warmer … Continue reading

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Batonga stools

Since this blog seems to be transitioning from all-workbenches-all-the-time to all-stools-all-the-time, I thought I’d pass along something I came across recently. The Batonga people, of present-day Zimbabwe and Zambia, have traditionally carved stools out of single log sections. The stools … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Woods in February

I love the smell of ponderosa pine in the morning…. Smells like…vanilla. –Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore, Apocalypse Now (director’s cut) We’re going to travel a little further afield today, but first, a correction: Last time, I posted a photo that … Continue reading

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Planes and Curves

I was flattening some panels by hand the other day (too wide for my machines), and that got me thinking about plane blade camber. If you search online for discussions of blade camber, you’ll find that a great many electrons … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Woods in January

In case you haven’t looked out your windows for a while, it’s the middle of winter. (Californians and South Floridians are exempted from noticing.) Everything is gray, the trees have no leaves, and no one in their right mind would … Continue reading

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Best laid plans…

As some of you will recall, I last reported from Ecuador back in August, when I showed you the workbench that I had completed. Since then…nothing. What happened? Well, as it turned out, a variety of events and situations conspired … Continue reading

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Bootstrapping – End game

The bench is finished. It’s not the prettiest bench around, but I think it will get the job done (and it only has to last until December, anyway). The top is 6′ long and 21″ deep. I had planned for … Continue reading

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