The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Extreme Birdhouses !

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Extreme Birdhouses !Here is my newest Extreme Birdhouse , it is 58” x 52” x 62” and made from white cedar .
It will be mounted 9 ft in the air on a single post .



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Saving an 1890 Fairbury Fair poster from 1976 folded newspaper

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Saving an 1890 Fairbury Fair poster from 1976 folded newspaperI am basically the Historian for our small town of 3,800 people. Our local Fairbury Fair first started in 1876, and still runs today.In 1976, our local newspaper re-created 2 old fair posters…...........one for the 1890 Fair and one for the 1900 Fair.A local citizen moved to California, but he continued to receive our local newspaper. He died. One of his descendants hand carried the old 43 year old newspaper on a plane from California to Illinois and gave it to me in July of 2019. The 2 old fair posters are really neat, but they had significant creases in them that detracted from the images.I was wondering, “How the heck can you remove 43 year old creases from a fragile newspaper?”Then I remembered a trick I learned in the early 1980's. Back then I was making wood picture frames. After finishing the frame, putting in the glass and photo….......then I white Elmer glued brown grocery bag paper onto the back as a dust seal. The brown paper was not tight and slightly wrinkled. Somehow, I learned that if you rub a web rag on the brown paper and wet it….............and then let it dry…...........the brown paper draws up tighter than a drum…....and stays that way…........like magic !!I decided to try out this old trick on the fragile 43 year old newspaper. I made a wood frame using scrap 1×4's with Kreg pocket screws. I Elmer glued the old newspaper to the wood frame. Then after 5 cycles of wetting the back of the newspaper with a wet rag….....and then electric blow drying it….......all the creases tightened up!!I used Microsoft Paint to do a little more digital touch-up…........and the old images are as good as new!!I plan to have a print shop make me some new copies…............wood frame then….....and then donate to our local museum and local charity auction.You can see my whole process at my woodworking web site.thanks



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My fourth attempt at Woodworking a Sewing Box /Seat

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My fourth attempt at Woodworking a Sewing Box /SeatHi AllFinally finished my fourth project since starting woodwork, so 2x grandchildren done, 1x mum done and the most important girl in my life 1x wife done ;-) So now 2x grandchildren to do 1x dad, 1x son and 5x daughters to do :( and not sure I will live long enough to do them all so need to get a wiggle on.I am afraid the moment I finished this my wife had it from my hands and was transferring all her sewing stuff from her little Roses Chocolate tub straight to her Sewing box, hence the pictures have all her sewing stuff in there.I used Steamed beech for the main box and Walnut for the trims and outer legs. Its the first time I have used Walnut and whilst expensive I really love it, when I sanded it down it was just so smooth. I really struggled again getting squared cuts as my 99 table saw is just so inaccurate and I do not have the experience to figure out how to work around it so in reality this project has plenty of faults if you know where to look for them, but to the untrained eye (my wife) its still wonderful.My wife wanted something to sit on in the mornings while she blow-dries her hair hence the padded seat on the lid, the material is pretty thin but it is what she wanted. The letter is something I have done with my grandchildren's projects and now my wife's. On the lid of the box there is a panel screwed down inside the middle of the walnut trim and then covered with the same upholstery as the top, under the panel is this letter for my wife only to be opened when I left this mortal world. Something my grandad did for my mum and sisters nd it gave them a lot of comfort after he was gone so I make a habit of doing the same now.Anyway I hope you like it, now to think of things to make for grandchildren 3 and 4 LOL



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