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July 4, 2009
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Happy 4th of July America, 233 years and counting!
You may be thinking that that's the big news of the day but then you'd be wrong. The really BIG news is that Ken's daughter Jenni had a beautiful baby girl five and a half weeks early on June 10th.

We had planned on telling you about the blessed event next month but no, baby Emerson just couldn't wait.

This is a picture of her and Jenni in the hospital. It took a couple weeks for them both to get home but baby, mother and family are all doing fine. Our other two grandson's are really having fun with her and think that she's pretty cool.
Jenni put together a really great story about the beginning of Emerson's new life. You can read all about it on her blog at . If she updates her blog the story will move down so you may have to go down a little to find it.
Ken and Marilyn

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In This Issue
What's New
Site of the Month
Marilyn's Corner
The Tempos Big Band
Joke of the Month
This Months Recipe
Woodworking Project
Free Rockler Catalog
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Wood Plans
Woodworking Tools
Rockler Specials
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What's New?
Summer is here and the island is jumpin'. There is something going on every weekend all through the summer. Last Saturday we went to Saturday Market and got some great local vegetables and fruit.
Crab season opened this last Wednesday and we are getting our boat and crab traps ready to get some yummy Dungeness crabs. Just around the other side of the peninsula from the marina are some great crab grounds. Right now there are too many people out there to fight over the crabs but once it settles down it will be a lot of fun.
Site Of The Month
I know we seem to be a broken record in talking about Roz Savage, the gal that is rowing across the Pacific Ocean single handed, but she's doing it for some great causes and we really support her effort. About the time you are reading this she should be crossing the equator which is a huge milestone for her. She's gone over 1,000 miles to get this far but still has over a thousand to go.
Please check out her daily blog, website and read about her causes. They are all for the good of the planet. Go to for her daily blog and for her home page.
Marilyn's Corner
Step Ladder Plant Stand

I've had this old ladder that I got from my folks which they had for most of their adult lives and always wanted to make a plant stand out of it. Well that time has finally come and thought I'd share the project with you.  
This is what I started with,

I made some plywood shelves out of 1/4" plywood and added a front edge to them with some scrap wood that was lying around.

I attached the shelves using three screws through each into the ladder rungs.
I painted it and added flower pots.
That's all there was to it but it sure does look cool!

Remember we have all of our past projects archived on our web site at Just click on the Craft Egg.

The Tempos Big Swing Band
The Tempos only have one summer concert left on their schedule. If you are going to be in the Seattle area on the following date come check us out.
  • The Ballard Locks, August 16, 2:00 - 4:00, Ballard Locks
If you have an event planned in the Seattle area and in need of a great band The Tempos are ready to perform for you. Just drop a line to

The Tempos

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 don't you?

The only place you can get this CD is from our web site. Go to 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 We perform all over the Seattle area for all sorts of events.

Joke of the Month
This was sent to us from Michael O. Thanks, we love "old people" jokes ;-)
Speeding Senior
A senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the
dealership. Taking off down the road, he floored it to 80 M.P.H.,
enjoying the wind  blowing through what little hair he had left.
"Amazing," he thought as he flew down I-95, pushing the pedal even

Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a state trooper behind him,
lights flashing and siren blaring.  He floored it to 100 mph, then 110,
then 120. Suddenly he thought, "What am I doing? I'm too old for this,"
and pulled over to await the trooper's arrival.

Pulling in behind him, the trooper walked up to the Corvette, looked at
his watch, and said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is
Friday.  If you can give me a reason for speeding that I've never heard
before, I'll let you go."

The old gentleman paused. Then said, "Years ago, my first wife ran off
with a state trooper. I thought you were bringing her back."

"Have a good day, sir", replied the trooper.

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This Month's Free Recipe
Five Minute Chocolate Cake for One Person 
This months recipe came from Maureen G. in the U.K. a new subscriber to RunnerDuck, thanks Maureen. She calls this "the most dangerous cake recipe in the world".

  • 4 Tablespoons Flour
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Chocolate Chips (optional)
  • Small Splash of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Coffee Mug, microwave safe
Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.
Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for three minutes at 1,000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

Serve alone, or with cream or ice cream.

(This can serve two if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).
And why is this "the most dangerous cake recipe in the world"?
Because now we are all only five minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

Woodworking Project


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This Months Woodworking Project

Firewood Box from Scraps

We had a pile of scrap wood from some shelves the previous home owner had installed. They were made from 3/4" X 4" pine and 2" X 2"s. The door for a storage area he had made was from 5/4" X 4" cedar. It was sort of overkill for shelving and took up more space than I through was necessary. I replaced them all with Home Depot shelving boards. The problem then was what to do with all this scrap.

Then I remembered that I had a lot of other scrap wood that we use for evening fires in our back yard. I didn't have a very good place to store it so why not make a firewood box? I came up with the following and it is working good.

I started with a 2" X 2" base.

I screwed and glued it together and made sure it was square by measuring corner to corner from all corners. If the dimensions are the same then it is square.

I cut and nailed the 4" pine boards to the base using a scrap piece for a spacer.

Next I built the end frames. To cut the correct angle on the top I squared up the base and used a piece of scrap wood marked to the width of the door.

I marked and cut the angles and then assembled the ends.

I used the measurements with the end frames in place to make the front and back.

I cut a 2" X 4" for the top of the back using the same angle as the ends and attached it to the back frame using screws up through the bottom.

Once I had the frames nailed up I laid them down and added the siding.

I placed the siding so that it overhung the ends to cover past the end frame and siding. This made it so I can do my final assembly after all the sides are covered.

After all the siding was on I finished it with a deck stain.

I prepared the foundation by digging out an area the size of the box.

I laid down pavers for the foundation and leveled them with a long level.

I put the base in place and built the box on top of it using screws.

I pre-assembled the corners using nails and glue. I cut them on the miter saw at the same angle as the top.

I nailed them to the corners and then stained them the same as the rest of the box.

I screwed the hinges of the lid in place and that was it.

To seal the top I ran a bead of clear silicone along each seam between boards. I now have a nice looking place for all my scrap firewood with very little out of pocket expense.

That's about it for this month. 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

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 and lets see what we can come up with. Thank you!
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