Happy May Day and
it's the first day of yachting season here in Washington State.
Spring is definitely in the air and one way you can tell it's spring
on the island is more boats start showing up at our wharf. The
Coupeville Wharf, which was built in 1905, is the longest
continually-active wharf in the state of Washington.
One really pretty
boat that shows up every year is the "Gleaner" a beautiful
old steam tugboat from 1908. She was also called the Erik Foss .
Another way you can
tell it's spring is we've planted our barrel gardens that we made
last year and plants are starting to really grow. We should have a
nice crop of onions, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, peas, potatoes and
We're doing something
a little different this month with our woodworking project. We're
sure that some of you are not at all interested in building our
monthly projects while others really enjoy making them. Rather than
send out such a large newsletter we will describe our project and
provide a link to the full instructions.
While we have your
attention we want to remind you to do your part to save the oceans
from plastic pollution. Roz Savage who is rowing solo across the
Pacific Ocean is doing it to bring awareness to the poor conditions
of the Earth's oceans. She currently has rowed 533 miles since she
departed Tarawa on her last leg. You can follow ther daily blogs of
her adventure at http://rozsavage.com/contents/roztracker/. While you're there
check out all the great links she has to environmental awareness
sites and programs and a little donation to her efforts would really
By the way Roz's TED
talk has been posted on the TED site. It's very inspiring and
Are you an "ECO
Hero"? Check out Roz's latest blog and see how you and your
family can become ECO Heroes! The ECO-Heroes web site is
not fully up and running yet but you can still register at
Ken and Marilyn
Hand Made Wooden Utensils
We asked for comments
on how people use Spoon Oil and Lori G. wrote:
spoon oil was so easy to use, and smelled really good. I did what the
instructions said, cleaned the cutting board and let it dry, then put
a small amount on and rubbed it in with my bare hands. The hand that
I applied it with actually stayed moisturized overnight, which was a
nice side benefit! The next day I rubbed off the excess and let it
sit awhile longer. I am very pleased with the results and will
recondition my steak knives and other wood utensils in the
kitchen. I think this will work beautifully on my inlaid wood
projects too, it's less messy and requires far less effort than paste
wax and I love the fact that it's natural and safe for food use.
If you've tried our Spoon Oil we'd love to hear your story on how you
used it and how it worked for you.
If you're not familiar with Spoon Oil this non-toxic tasteless finish
is perfect and makes your projects look great. I like to rub a
couple of coats into the wood and then buff it with a buffing
wheel. It's a great safe finish for all sorts of wood. I used it
on some wooden knife handles I made and it worked great. You can get
Wood'n Wares Spoon Oil just by clicking on the link below.
While you're there check out their wonderful, Wood'n
Ware hand crafted, hard maple kitchen tools. They feel great in
your hands and work exceptionally well. Not only do they look and
work nice but they last a lifetime when treated with our special
Spoon Oil. Check out the large selection by clicking on the display
Rockler always has great specials, here's the latest!
"Simply Red" is coming to life again. No not
the rock band but our little boat. We have a 1963 Sabercraft Wildcat
Custom fiberglass boat that has been sitting dormant for years. It's
a very pretty and fun little boat and it's time to get her back on
Ken works across the street from the Skagit Valley
Marine Technology Center where they teach people to work on boats,www.skagit.edu/imageuploads/file1636.pdf.
He asked the instructor if they would be interesting in using the
boat for training purposes and they were excited about it. They
started with bringing the 75 HP Evinrude outboard back to life. There
is some dry rot in the floor and they will be repairing that as well.
The other big change is they will be changing the steering from cable
steering to Teleflex Push/Pull steering. All of this for the cost of
parts and no labor, cool!
In the mean time I
sent the Aqua Meter compass to have it repaired as all the oil had
gone out of it. As it turns out this compass does not fill with oil
but instead uses a bladder filled with oil. As luck would have it
that the old compass company is no longer in business and I got the
last bladder available. This model of compass will never be repaired
again. I think it's time to go buy a lotto ticket.
We also had new
upholstery done and this little boat will be the talk of the town.
We'll have pictures of her next month, stay tuned.
Site Of The Month
How appropriate is
this for a RunnerDuck Site of the Month suggestion? "Duck Duck
Everyone knows about
Google as it's the number one search engine and Internet Explorer is
number two. There are a number of also ran's but I've been enjoying
Duck Duck Go. The seem to be less consumed with making the big
advertising bucks that Google makes by placing actual relevant sites
at the top of the list instead of web sites that are selling things
and paying commissions to Google.
I've set Duck Duck Go
as my default search engine and I feel I'm getting much better search
results. So if you want a better search experience on the Internet
give www.duckduckgo.com a try.
We have a real
infestation of Yellow Jackets that we are trying to get under
control. They are building nests everywhere and it's tough to stay
ahead of them. I decided to build a trap based on a very old concept.
Hang a piece of meat over some soapy water and after the Yellow
Jackets eat they will fly into the water because they cannot fly up
when they take of. The meat attracts them and the soapy water makes
it impossible for them to fly.
I used a one gallon
milk jug (another good use to keep plastic out of our land fills) and
cut a triangular hole about three quarters of the way up on each
side. I poked a wooden skewer through the bottle right where it gets
wide near the top.
I tied a wire around
the handle and hung it on our fence so that the fence holds it up
straight. If you plan to hang it from something then secure the string
around the top.
To use the trap fill
the bottle about half full of soapy water. Poke the skewer through
one hole, thorough a piece of bacon and through the other hole so it
hangs in the middle of the bottle.
wait for the Yellow Jackets to feed on the bacon and fall into the
You can also use one
of those net veggie bags you get in the produce department to put
some fish in and hang that instead of bacon.
Hopefully this will
start to give us some control over them. We really don't like using
pesticides sprayed into the air.
If you have a craft project that you'd like to share
with our readers just send it to email@example.com.
Tempos Big Swing Band
The Tempos will be performing for the General Aviation
Day at Paine Field on Saturday May 15th. This will be a really fun
family event with lots of great vintage airplanes to see. The event
is open from 9:00AM to 3:30PM and we'll be playing from 11:00 to
1:00. Find out more at www.wpaflys.org.
If you have
an event planned in the Seattle area and are in need of a great band,
The Tempos are ready to perform for you. Just drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tempos CD, "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
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.
Joke of the Month
This is a pretty
funny story from Mike O.
Montana State Trooper
In most of the United
States there is a policy of checking on any stalled vehicle on the
highway when temperatures drop to single digits or below. About 3AM
one very cold morning, Montana State Trooper Alan Nixon #658
responded to a call there was a car off the shoulder of the road
outside Great Falls, Montana. He located the car, stuck in deep snow
and with the engine still running. Pulling in behind the car with his
emergency lights on, the trooper walked to the driver's door to find
an older man passed out behind the wheel with a nearly empty vodka
bottle on the seat beside him. The driver came awake when the trooper
tapped on the window. Seeing the rotating lights in his rearview
mirror, and the state trooper standing next to his car, the man
panicked. He jerked the gear shift into "drive" and hit the
The car's speedometer
was showing 20-30-40 and 50 MPH, but it was still stuck in the snow,
wheels spinning. Trooper Nixon, having a sense of humor, began
running in place next to the speeding (but stationary) car. The
driver was totally freaked, thinking the trooper was actually keeping
up with him. This goes on for about 30 seconds, then the trooper
yelled, "PULL OVER!"
The man nodded,
turned his wheel and stopped the engine. Needless to say, the man
from North Dakota was arrested and is probably still shaking his head
over the state trooper in Montana who could run 50 miles per hour!
This recipe is
from Nicky D. and was given to her by her father in 1978. We've been
eating a sample jar that she gave us and they are probably the best
gurkins we've ever had.
Nicky's dad was an
engineer and wrote the recipe like and engineer, very detailed and
precise. We've transcribed it exactly as written. Due to the length
of his recipe we've decided to not include the whole thing in our
newsletter but instead give you a link to the recipe on our web site.
We've been having
them on sandwiches and on the side with lunches and they really add
great flavor. Nicky says that she adds them to her potato salad and
her husband calls it "Gurkin Salad With Potatoes" ;-) They
are sweet and full of flavor.
We are sure if you
decide to make them that you will not be disappointed! Go to www.runnerduck.com/gurkin_recipe.htm
If you have a recipe you'd like to share with our
readers please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to share
it with everyone.
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Months Woodworking Project
As promised last
month here is my glider deck chair plan. I'm really excited about
this project. I started working on the design of these chairs before
Christmas and I'm just now getting them finished. Of course I had
some Christmas projects that put these on the back burner but they
are finally done.
The first thing I did
was make a prototype of the chair out of cheap lumber to make sure
that it balanced correctly on the glider hangers. More importantly I
wanted them to be comfortable for us. After I had my prototype put
together we sat in them and made adjustments until the fit perfectly.
We plan to be spending a lot of time in these chairs once I retire
and they needed to be comfortable.
The finished chairs
are made out of clear cedar and stained with Penofin Western Red
Cedar Stain. They really weren't all that hard to build there was
just a lot of cutting, drilling, routing, screwing and sanding.
I made all the plugs
for the holes using a plug cutter,
3-Pc. Self-Centering Plug Cutter Set
worked great. It took a while to make the 160 plugs I needed for each
chair but the result was well worth it.
I also made good use
of my new digital protractor from Wixey.
Wixey 8'' Digital Protractor
I found that cutting,
drilling and routing all the pieces first and then doing the assembly
As always our plans
are free and you can find the glider chair plan by going to www.runnerduck.com/glider/glider.htm.
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