A Box for Kim, Part Two

November 04, 2016

Since the last installment I have made good progress on Kim’s Postal Box. If you missed the beginning you can go back and catch up here: Part One. In this […]

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A Box for Kim

October 25, 2016

If you call Blue Spruce Toolworks you will either talk with me (Dave) or more likely, Kim. She is the nice friendly voice who takes your order and helps out […]

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Spring Rolls & Chopsticks

August 04, 2016

Guest written by Hannah Jeske My family prefers making dinner instead of going out to eat, even on vacation. On our most recent family vacation, we decided to be gourmet […]

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Setting up Shop, New Benches

May 24, 2016

Blue Spruce Toolworks humbly started in a one car garage about 10 years ago. The garage had a few built-in benches and shelves along the walls and a large steel-framed […]

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December 06, 2012

She is all dressed up now.  Many hours have been spent primping and prepping. A little rough at first but with time, love and attention, her latent inner beauty is ready to be revealed. Smooth and silky, she has a depth and a glow that is hard to capture.

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Oh, That Sweet Smell!!

October 31, 2012

Some steps in a project are more enjoyable than others; some are downright fun! Such is the case of making tongue and groove panels from Port Orford Cedar. First a bit about the wood. Port Orford Cedar is not a true cedar, but a species of cypress that grows in the Southwest coastal range of Oregon down to Northern California.

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Making Drawers, Part 1

October 31, 2012

I have put off making drawers for the Hope Chest until near the end because I was not confident in my dovetailing skills. I have not had time to hone my skills with many real projects. Actually, this project is only my third with hand cut dovetails.

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Topping It Off

September 04, 2012

I seem to misplace things more and more lately, or maybe it just seems so. And when you simply cannot find something no matter how long you look, it is time to call it lost. Such is the case with a whole session of pictures I took while working on the lid to my hope chest project.

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Drum Roll Please....!

August 13, 2012

The time had come. After many hours of fitting and checking and fitting again I ran out of excuses. It was time for assembly. I decided to apply some finish to all of the inside surfaces of the frame.

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Coming Together

August 02, 2012

There are usually several milestones in a project that are moments of truth. I recently reached one of those moments. It was time to do a complete dry fitting of the frame assembly.

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Back in the Shop Again

June 10, 2012

had a few good days out in the shop and made some progress on the Hope Chest Project.  The design calls for beads on the framework around each panel. The beads were added to all of the frame pieces using a beading plane and scratch stock.

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Hope Springs Eternal

May 18, 2012

While the this blog has remained silent for many months, my shop has been quite busy. The noise of production machinery has dominated my hours but there have been the occasional soothing quiet moments to help bring some balance back into life.

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