| Welcome Back
We're sorry to be coming to you a week late this month but Ken got the punie's and spent last weekend in bed! He's getting better but still coughing and blowing some.
There were a couple of large fir trees in the back yard at our new house in Coupeville that needed to come down. One was up against a fence and the other had grown to within three inches of the gutter on the woodshop.
We contracted a local tree removal company, Pioneer Tree Service & Landscape, to do the work. They were further challenged by the tall fence that goes around our back yard. They hooked up this slick guide wire and ran the limbs down the wire to the chipper.
Ken and Marilyn
It was fun and nerve racking to watch but by the end of the day both trees came down without any incidence. Those guys were great!
It looks like the weather has turned the corner and spring is well on its way.
We have daffodils opening up and many trees are budding out. This will be our first spring on the island and it looks like it will be a beauty.
Don't forget that this weekend we Spring Forward. Change your clocks forward one hour when you go to bed Saturday night.
Our friends Bob and Jean who make these wonderful wooden kitchen utensils in their little wood shop in Montana are getting ready for the spring craft fairs that are coming up. These fabulous tools go fast at these fairs so now would be a good time to place your order.
Check out all the great kitchen tools by going to, www.runnerduck.com/woodnwares.htm.
|We have some exciting news; Ken has changed his day job to a place much closer to home. For the past seven months he has been commuting from our new home in Coupeville, Washington to Redmond. It was a 100 mile round trip with two ferry boat rides. The total travel time each day was between four and four and a half hours! We're sure you've heard about the terrible traffic in the Seattle area. Thank goodness that's no longer an issue. My new job in OakHarbor is twelve miles or twenty minutes away, much better. Not only that but the drive up Madrona Drive, along Penn Cove, is absolutely beautiful and relaxing.|
|Site Of The Month|
This months web site should be right up most of our readers alley. We know that many of you enjoy our newsletter and web site because of our craft and woodworking projects. We have found a web site that covers just about any subject you are interested including home and garden projects and arts and crafts.
All of the instructions are home made "How To Videos". While there are hundreds of different subject matter we liked the craft and woodworking ones the best.
To learn how to make a wishing well or how to plant indoor bulbs go to http://www.wonderhowto.com/ . Not only will you learn something new you may just have some fun too.
Faux Beach Glass Pot
This is a pretty and fun project. On the beach you often find beach glass that has washed up on the shore and smoothed by sand and time. It quite often has varied hues that show up in the sun. I used "marble medallions" over gift wrapping.
Using a small terra cotta pot glue or decoupage wrapping paper around the lower part of the pot. I used foil paper which is a little hard to work with but it did work.
For the top of the pot I cut strips of wrapping paper and decoupage them over the edge.
I glued the marble's with a Loctite product I found that worked great. It's called "Stick'n Seal". You apply a little glue to the marble and to the pot, let it set for five minutes and then press them together.
When I got to the top I used glass beads to finish it off.
You could make a bouquet of driftwood sticks and seashells or a glass float like I used.
Remember we have all of our past projects archived on our web site at www.runnerduck.com. Just click on the Craft Egg.
|The Tempos Big Swing Band|
| The Tempos are getting ready for their summer concerts. If you are interested in seeing and hearing The Tempos keep an eye on this column for performance dates.
Right now they are scheduled to perform at the Early Ford Picnic and Car Show at Bellevue Community College June 1st from 11:30 to 2:00.
News and CD of the Week
"Big Swing" features fourteen great swing songs from the 40's and 50's. If you love the old big band swing music we think you'll enjoy this CD. It's the kind of music that makes you just want to get up and dance, you do remember how to swing don't you?
The only place you can get this CD is from our web site. Go to www.thetempos.com and click on the "Click Here" at the top of the web page or click the album cover.
If you'd like to get a taste of this CD just go to The Tempos web site. When you are at the Tempos web site click on the horn valve button that says "Hear our CD". Then click on the song titles to hear a little bit of each song.
The Tempos big swing band is available for hire. If you have a special event that could use the wonderful music of a classic sixteen piece big band be sure to contact email@example.com. We perform all over the Seattle area for all sorts of events.
Album Pick of the Week
"River: The Joni Letters"
Can we pick um or what? Last month we said that this album had been nominated for "Album of the Year" at the Grammy Awards. With a lineup like that this album should be a shoe in for the Grammy.
Well we were right! It's the first time a jazz album has won a Grammy in many years. If you haven't added this CD to your collection yet just click on the album picture above and get it today!
|Joke of the Month|
This came to us from The Tempos singer Diane.
Have you ever been guilty of looking at others your own age and thinking, surely I can't look that old!!! Well, you'll love this one.
My name is Alice Smith and I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist. I noticed his DDS diploma, which bore his full name. Suddenly, I remembered that a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name had been in my high school class some 30-odd years ago. Could he be the same guy that I had a secret crush on, way back then?
Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was way too old to have been my classmate.
After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Morgan ParkHigh School.
"Yes, I did! I'm a mustang," he gleamed with pride."
When did you graduate?" I asked.
He answered, "In 1975. Why do you ask?"
"You were in my class!" I exclaimed.
He looked at me closely. Then, that ugly, old, bald, wrinkled, fat, gray-haired, decrepit old wretch asked . . . . .
"What did you teach?"
|This Month's Free Recipe|
Here's a hamburger recipe that is really different and really good.
- 1 1/2 lb. Ground Beef
- 1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
- 2 Eggs, Hard Cooked and Chopped
- 1 Egg
- 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 Cup Celery , chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Green Onions, chopped
- 2 Cups Mashed Potatoes
- Salt and Pepper
Combine Meat, Bread Crumbs, Egg and Salt.
Pat into a rectangle on waxed paper.
Combine the remaining ingredients and spread over the meat.
Roll up the meat and chill overnight.
Cut into 1 inch slices and bake on a broiling pan at 350 degrees F for 25 - 30 minutes.
Serve as a hamburger or as a steak with your favorite vegetable.
Remember, if you have a recipe you'd like to share please send it to Marilyn at runnerduck.com. We'd be happy to post your favorite recipe on our Kitchen site or in our newsletter and give you credit.
|Cookbook of the Month|
| Build a Better Burger
We're sure you'll like our burger recipe this month but just in case it's not gourmet enough for you we'd suggest trying one of these recipes.
This cookbook was reviewed by
who wrote: "I was lucky enough to be a finalist in the 2003 Build A Better Burger Contest in the potato contest. The book features my name.
There are lots of wonderful recipes in the book. I am sure you can adapt them for indoor cooking. And, you can mix and match---a burger from one recipe with the toppings from another recipe. As a plus, Chef Star (the head chef at Sutter Home Wine) gives a wine paring for each burger.
You will get a year's worth of burgers from this book."
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This Months Woodworking Project
Recovery from a Design Change
Have you ever had a project that changed direction once you got started on it? This is a story about one of those projects.
I designed and started building a new stand and cabinet for over the toilet. It will be featured in an future newsletter. After numerous changes to the design it was finally time to cut wood. I started with the legs, cut them to length, cut in the mortises and had put tenon's on the cross pieces. That's about the time Marilyn saw her sisters new toilet that was higher than a standard toilet. She thought it was great and asked if it would work with the new cabinet I was making. Of course it will work if I add 3 1/2" to the legs!
Since I had already spent a fair amount of time getting the legs to this point I really didn't want to start over so I added extensions to the legs. That is what this months project is all about, recovery!
The first thing I did was glue up some new wood for the extensions. The legs are 2" X 2" so I used 5/4 fir and glued them together.
I cut them a little over 3 1/2" so that I could exactly cut the total length of the legs later.
I decided to make a mortise in the extension and a tenon on the leg.
Next I marked the center of each piece using my handy dandy Steel Center that Marilyn got me for Christmas.
3" Steel Center Square
I laid out the 3/4" square for the mortise from the center of my previous mark using my Incra precision centering rule. This is a very handy tool. You line up the center and then measure out from each side of the center to make your mark through the rule.
INCRA Precision Centering Rule
I used a small square to draw the square for the mortise.
I set up my drill table to drill 3/4" holes 3/4" deep in the end of each leg extension.
>Using a 3/4" chisel clean out the corners following the lines that were drawn earlier.
Next I turned my attention to the tenon's. I needed to cut a 3/4" long tenon with a 3/4" center in the middle of each leg. Since the extensions were not exactly the same size as the legs this became a challenge. Also my drill centering was a tiny bit off from piece to piece so I needed to make each tenon a little different. I'll try to explain how I recovered below.
I knew each tenon was going to be 3/4" long so that was easy I set the stop on my miter to 3/4".
Since there was a tiny bit of difference for each leg extension I marked each matching leg and extension with chalk. I then set my blade height for each side to match the mortise of the extension by lining it up with the bottom of the mortise.
Next I needed to cut the cheeks for each side of the legs to match the mortise of each extension. I used calipers to measure each side.
I transferred that measurement to my tenoning jig, set the blade to 3/4" and cut the cheeks.
Heavy-Duty Tenoning Jig
I performed a fit check lining up the marks I'm made on each piece and they fit perfectly!
I decided to glue up all four legs at once since I don't have a whole lot of long clamps.
I dry-fit everything and had everything ready to go before I applied the glue. I quickly put the glue on each mortise and tenon and clamped it tight.
I put a piece of scrap wood between each leg so if there was any squeeze out of the glue they would not bond together. I also used scrap wood on each end and clamped it down with pipe clamps.
Sure-Foot Plus™ 3/4'' Pipe Clamp
These clamps were on sale as of last Thursday. You might check them out and see if they are still on sale, great price!
That's about it. We hope you liked this project. If you build it and your friends ask where you got such a clever idea, please tell them that you got it at RunnerDuck.com.
If any of you have wood projects to share I would be happy to put it into a format for our newsletter. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and lets see what we can come up with. Thank you!
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