The Woodshop Shed

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

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Wood Clamps

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Wood ClampsAnother project. I made a second one this week. It came in a kit. No wood except round handles. I did not like them so I made my own from oak. I layered oak over some dark African Rosewood scraps. The first one went well. This weeks project was more difficult as I misplace the instructions. I had to copy from the older one. Its Ok now. Varnish is drying now .



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Spotty McGregor

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Spotty McGregorHi:This week my project was to build another “cremation urn” for our neighbour's dog.“Spotty”, a beautiful Border Collie, was the best friend of his master, always ready to please. He was a well trained and well exercised dog, who came to his master the week after his master had received double hip replacement.The idea was that his master would take him on walks five times each day, and that way undergo the necessary exercise to promote rapid healing from his surgery. It worked. His master was soon able to discard the walker, and move to a single cane. Later, he was able to discard the cane and walk unassisted.As a reward for service rendered to his master, Spotty got to enjoy walking the neighbourhood each day, greeting other dogs and socializing with the local community.Unfortunately, last week Spotty went out to the back yard for his morning constitutional, gave and loud shriek of pain and dropped dead from a heart attack.His master was overcome with grief. For seven years he and Spotty were companions.Thus the need for a cremation urn for Spotty's ashes.Spotty's full name was “Spotty McGregor”, a nod to his master's Scottish heritage. The Scottish Thistle was carved into the side of the urn, along with Spotty's name carved (and painted) onto the lid.Made of black locust and cherry woods, and featuring corner spines and buttresses.Dimensions: 5” x 5” x 5”. Volume = 60 Cubic Inches, one cubic inch for each pound of Spotty's weight.



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Blocks for Dax

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Blocks for DaxBlocks for DaxGrandson of a good friend is nearly two years old. He needs a set of blocks.Honduran Mahogany
Indiana Walnut
Tennessee Hard Maple
Georgia Fir
Carpathian Elm Burl on Baltic Birch
Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Suggested Activities:

  • Sort and group
  • Stack and knock down
  • Clap together, with a beat
  • Build a road
  • Build a tower, tall
  • Build a house
  • Build a corral
  • Build a castle, strong
  • Build a bridge
  • Build a cascading knock down series
    (dominos style)
  • Count and compare groups
  • Arrange in artistic patterns
  • Learn the shape names
  • Learn to identify; lookup picture in chart
  • Learn their names; big words
  • Give them nicknames
Info: Finish is Howard Butcher Block ConditionerPut them in a burlap bag and they are ready for delivery.Thanks for any comments


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Finally finished my Christmas projects

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Finally finished my Christmas projectsI made 2 quilt ladders for Christmas presents. I almost had them done on Christmas. All I needed to do was apply the finish.
The first one is for my wife. It is made of cherry. The other was for my wife's good friend. It is made of pine. Both were finished with rattle can polyurethane.
I apologize for the sideways photos. That is how this site uploaded them. If anyone can tell me how to fix them I would appreciate it.



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