Something You Might Find Interesting

One of my favorite online wood channels is http://www.youtube.com/user/darbinorvar. Linn happens to be an Oregon resident to posts very practical building project of her YouTube channel. She certainly knows what’s she’s doing and puts up projects that are interesting and fun. Check out her site if you get a chance and enjoy this video.

Share Your World – May 15, 2017

Share Your World – May 15, 2017

How many languages do you you speak?

In all honesty just English. I took four years of French in high school so I might survive with the little I remember after 50 years.

What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?

I read newspapers and online instructions or tool reviews but that’s about it. My eyes are deteriorating due to age and diabetes. My right eye is developing a cataract that I’ll need to address soon with my VA eye doctor. I watch a lot of YouTube videos that provide entertainment as well as educational information on my hobbies. As far as food I eat a lot of eggs, bagels and oatmeal for breakfast. I generally eat a wide variety of foods at the Uxbridge Senior Center for lunch. Our chef prepares excellent nutritious, well balanced meals, low in fat, salt and sugar. We’re having Shepherd’s pie today. 🙂

What was the last photo you took with your phone?

It would have to be my parking spot in a multi-story parking garage at a hospital in downtown Portland, OR. It helps me recall where I parked.

What is your favorite time of day?

I love early in the morning, about 4:00 a.m., before sunrise is my favorite time of day. I love the peace, quiet and being physically refreshed from a good night’s sleep. I can hear the birds singing outside but no other distracting sounds such as traffic, barking dogs or lawn mowers.

Breakfast To Go

Stick Frame Variations

There have been some inquiries about the process of making what I call “Stick Frames”. These unique picture frames are constructed using a table saw’s miter gauge coupled with a MicroJig MatchFit Dado Stop Block. The pieces fit together like a jigsaw puzzle in the corners of the frame using half-lap joints cut on the table saw. The setup produces some tight joints that are simply glued together where the joints intersect each other without the need for miter cuts. The half-lap joints provide a lot of gluing surface combined with the additional physical strength of interlocking pieces at perpendicular angles. With the MatchFit Stop Block no measurements are needed. You use the stick material itself to set up the dado cuts that lock together to form the picture frame.

The photos below demonstrate just a few of the variations on a theme limited only by the woodworker’s imagination.I think they are beautiful, strong and precise. As soon as New England gets past the Nor’Easter presently hammering Massachusetts I’ll  start making a few of these stick frames and show you the live results. In the meantime my raised container vegetable gardening is getting all kinds of free water, compliments of Mother Nature! 🙂

Stick Frame 1

Stick Frame Variations

These photos were taken from a PDF file downloaded from

Copyright 2016: R. Bagnall and appeared originally in

Woodcraft Magazine, January 2007

Over & Under Scrap Wood Frame

My specialty table saw accessory arrived today that will allow me to make exact intricate picture frames out of basically scrap wood. Below is a graphical representation of the over & under weave that can be accomplished using 3/4″ sticks of different color or species of wood. I love the look which can be varied for a variety of art deco looks. When the rain stops in New England I’ll be able to get outside and cut the pieces for my first attempt at this technique. Here I go again, building beautiful things out of 2″x4″s! LOL

By experimenting with a variety of wood types combined with the almost unlimited types of rub in gel wood stains you can customize the exact look of the overall framed picture for just pennies per frame. The reproduction of any photo to 8.5″x11″ is just $1.25 at photo labs such as that found at Costco. I don’t know about you but I’d love to have this kind of artwork hanging on my walls, especially for under $5.

I have a box of 12″x12″x1/4″ Baltic Birch Plywood and just ordered two clear 12″x12″ acrylic sheets. All I need to complete the part list is a can of gel stain that would allow me to make dozens of frames. Remember, the frame pieces are just 3/4″x3/4″.

Frame Test 1

Frame Test 2

Share Your World – May 8, 2017

Share Your World – May 8, 2017

When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

I tend to do all three at one point of time or another. In warm months I go barefoot. In the Spring & Fall I wear socks and in Winter I wear socks and my fuzzy slippers, for extra warmth.

What was your favorite food when you were a child?

I loved two things: my mother’s homemade German potato pancakes or her slow cooked apple pancakes. 🙂

Are you a listener or talker?

LOL My friends are all reading this so I’ll fess up and admit I’m a talker! Let’s just say I have the gift of gab. 🙂

Favorite thing to (pick one):  Photograph?  Write? Or Cook?

Of the three choices I’d have to choose photograph. I can be more expressive capturing the essence of a person/animal or flower.

Smile #1

Inji Workin It

Siskiyou iris #1

Nora On The Rocks

What fun! Nora, the new polar bear attraction at the Oregon Zoo, is seen below playing in a giant tub or ice. Obviously polar bear love cold water as well as ice so it appears she’s giving herself a bath. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday To Me

Wow! What a great day I’ve had! I turned 68 today with much fanfare and celebration. My email box was full of birthday greetings this morning from groups I’d forgotten about for years. You see every time you join a forum online you list your birthdate as part of the personal information kept on file. A computer never forgets your birthday so dozens of sites automatically spit out email birthday greeting to me.

Iy also happens to be payday today, ie. my Social Security check was directly deposited to my checking account. My wish list with Amazon Prime got a lot of business today fulfilling some of my birthday wishes. There are 3-4 packages heading my way that will be here in 2 days.

The Senior Center in Uxbridge didn’t forget my birthday either. There was a birthday card handed to me with birthday greetings sign by all the regular lunch crowd during the week. Our cook graciously failed to produce the traditional cupcake with a candle in it, knowing I’m a diabetic. I enjoyed the butterscotch sugar free pudding we all ate for dessert after the delicious chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes and carrots we had for lunch.

Next came a phone call from my best friend, Warren, back in Portland, Oregon. He caught me at the perfect time, just before I was about to start my car in a Dollar Tree parking lot. We chatted for a good 45 minutes before we wrapped it up for the day. I arrived home just in time for two more emails, a gift card from Warren and a birthday greeting from Warren’s parents in Salem, OR. They are my dear friends made during my 10 years of living in Oregon. I was their guest on every holiday. They always made me feel like family and I dearly love them.

So here’s to one of the happiest birthday I’ve experienced in decades. Now it’s onward to 69! 🙂

How I Spent My Weekend

I know this may seem boring to some but it represents my life now in beautiful New England. I’ve changed so many things since moving here, reviving my old woodworking hobby and pushing my motorcycling and photography in the background.

I’m often asked what I do with all my woodworking projects when they are finished since I still live in a 10’x20′ single room plus a full kitchen & bathroom. So far most of my woodworking projects involve building and making woodworking tools. I’ve built a brand new fantastic workbench on casters as well as useful furniture such as outside benches and stands for my raised container garden.

With the acquisition of two Dewalt folding sawhorses I’ve built a 2’x4′ bench top screwed to two 48″ 2″x4″s that fit perfectly into my new sawhorses. That gives me a quick, sturdy, portable workbench I can carry outside and set up in under 10 seconds flat. Can’t beat that with a stick! 🙂

Sunday, after church, I set up that sawhorse bench outside and then slapped my DeWalt table saw on one side and hand tools on the other. I cut and ripped all the wooden parts for my flower pot stands before my friend, Jack, arrived with a project that would keep us both busy the rest of the afternoon. He brought with him a supply of old tongue & groove hardwood flooring that we ripped down to perfectly milled pieces we used to make picture frames. Jack is a local artist requiring high quality, good looking frames to display his artwork in museums. They have to be perfect or they detract from his artwork. He only needed one exact frame that day but he brought enough wood for 5 frames by the time we were finished. He gratefully took me out to lunch as a thank you for my time.

He was impressed with how quickly and accurately I did the job at hand, measuring twice and cutting once. I cut groves in the frame pieces for the backerboard and painting before mitering all four corners. I added rabbets on the inside edges of the frames to accept a backer board, mat glass & the painting. The joints were perfect, causing the seams to virtually disappear. Jack left with the completed frame pieces that he would take home, paint and then fasten together. He also took home the raw stock for four more frames complete with rabbeted edges and that grove for his back. It was a successful project! Jack helped me clean everything up before we carried it all back into my apartment to store away for the next day’s project. Weather usually dictates workdays. 🙂

Completed Planter Stands

Planter Stands

Completed Frame

Week 29