Monthly Archives: November 2013

Welcome home surprise!

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My wife, Amy and I got home from a week long Walt Disney World vacation.  Coming back to 50° from Florida’s 80°, sunny days was quite a shock.  I also got a very unexpected surprise when we got back to the house.  We made sure to have our mail stopped while were gone and didn’t expect any packages.  That being said, as we drove past the front of the house, Amy commented about a big FedEx package that was sitting by our front door.  Who knows how long it had been sitting there.  Once we got inside, I went out to bring in the box and noticed it was addressed to me.  I had no idea what it could be.

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I opened up the box, and out came a brand new handsaw.  A closer look at the index card taped to the box indicate that I had won the Rip cutting event at Woodworking in America and the saw was the prize!

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2013-11-09 18.15.55I can’t wait to put this saw through it’s paces.  It will definitely be making appearances in future blog posts!

Until next time. . .

Gate – Sketchup Model

2013-10-12 18.18.46I have been meaning to upload a Sketchup model of the gate I built for friends for a few weeks now and haven’t gotten around to it until tonight.  A picture of the gate can be seen above.  The gate I built needed to be fairly wide (43″) to fit the space properly.  If you would like to build one, you may want or need to change the dimensions.  A copy of the model can be downloaded here.  To view or edit the file, you will need the most current version of Sketchup, which can be downloaded from

If you have any questions, you can leave a comment or send me an email from the About page.

NOTE:  There are two elements that are not included in the model: 1) all the mortise and tenon joints in the real gate were pinned with 3/8″ gluing dowels, and 2) the smaller tenons on the bottom board (the ones that don’t go all the way through the stiles on the sides) are shorter than the mortises and have oblong holes for the dowels to pass through to help the board expand and contract without spitting.