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Salvador Ortega
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La Forge Populaire Miter Jack
I first came across the La Forge Royale miter box when looking through the Benchcrafted  blog in preparation for building my workbench. It was an elegant device that was filed away in my mental future project list. My interest in this appliance resurfaced w...

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Dovetails and Miters
In my sawdust producing evolution, two areas stood out as needing improvement. While eventually I could arrive at a satisfactory product, being able to reliably and consistently make frames with tight miters that required no further tweaking was an unmet go...

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A Tale of Two Benches, Part 2: workbench
We've been through Some things together With trunks of memories Still to come We found things to do In stormy weather Long may you run. N. Young Just like 'ol Neil and his beat up hearse, I was attached to my original workbench. Made in my scuffling days fr...

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Benches Intermezzo
This post began simply enough. A fellow Lumberjock had requested more details on the built-ins along the wall. They were done as a 90's solution to media storage and bulky TV's, so now for most people, the CD storage and TV cabinetry are, em, obsolete. But ...

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A Tale of Two Benches, Part 1: Library Room Bench
As my shop regained functionality, DW asked- so what's your next project for our house?  I had done everything except chairs in our home's furnishings as I did not feel up to the angles and curves involved. We had talked about getting another sofa as our li...

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Workshop furnishings
Twenty years of working in the shop prior to the 2015 remodel gave plenty of time to form a list of needs and wants. The prior two posts had to do with the shop itself- addressing realistically working area, lighting, ceiling height, access and dust managem...

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Workshop Remediation Completed
Ugh. Back in January, this tale had been started and left "to be continued". Well, blog posting being relatively low on my task priorities, the tale continues. The shed- topic of the last post- was a major detour. It did help clear the shop area out so the ...

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Storage Shed
Much has happened since the last post. As with all home improvement projects, the battle plan does not survive encounter with the task itself and this years work turned into a conflict with two fronts; military buffs know how that usually goes. This was in ...

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Workshop Remedial
Le Corbusier, is famous for proclaiming "the house is a machine for living in".  Our ranch home has certainly influenced my life. As I addressed it's shortcomings, the house helped me develop values, learn skills and even played a role in finding my spouse....

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Home Office Declutter
Most projects I read about or see are before, after and done. My office area often seems, like many areas in our home, a perpetual work in progress. We recently put in hardwood floors in DW's office, which provided the opportunity to unclog her chronically ...
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