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About senrabc

Hi, this is not really about anything. Just me testing the intertubes with my own random meanderings and thoughts. Ostensibly, big word, I’m using this site as my personal log of sorts. I’m a random guy with 4 kids and a beautiful wife living in sunny Florida. Pardon the gratuitous posts with pictures of cute kids. I have an iPhone and can’t help myself. My day job is working in the area of informatics at the University of Florida where I like the shell. Oh, yeah and incase you can’t tell I like woodworking with handtools. Goes along with my command line philosophy 😉 Thanks for reading. Christopher P. Barnes

Who gets excited by an oak stump of wood?

This followed me home today and my wife and kids don’t get why I’m excited. I knew my woodworking friends would get it. Its so hard that this is what a few heavy blows with a sharp hatchet will do. … Continue reading

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Southern Live Oak Tool Handles

So I got tired of the not so great handles on my files and rasps. Thanks to some bad weather this year I have a plethora of handle shapped firewood in my yard. So I decided to dry a few … Continue reading

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Swing for a friend.

I took a break from my projects to start to knock together a 2 seater Adirondack 2 seater swing for a friend. It’s a birthday present for his wife. I’ve built a few chairs so not too worried. The hardest … Continue reading

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Check out this set of Holtzapffel tools in a very familiar looking case.

I had to post this. The first thing I thought of was HO Studley. The description at Jim Bode says that Holtzapffel was a high end tool and lathe maker that sold it’s last lathe in 1928. Does this case predate HO … Continue reading

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Traversing in the 10 inch eclipse vise.

I couldn’t take it any more. Our ikea cutting board looks like a potato chip. So tonight I looked at my cut off pile and found a 24 inch southern yellow pine 2×12 cut off from the bench aprons. It’s … Continue reading

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It’s just a matter of perspective.

That’s the first number 4 I ever bought. Recently, while planing some syp for my marking gauge project I broke the tote. I wasn’t pushing hard or taking a deep cut. It just broke. I’ve had a few weeks to … Continue reading

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Laundry Cabinet, shelf housing joints done.

I like the British housing joint name, plus my my phone keeps trying to autocorrect dado. Maybe it knows something I don’t know. Here it is holding it self off the bench. Self supporting as Paul Says. After cutting all … Continue reading

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Laundry Cabinet Case Dovetails fit, ready for shelf dados.

Finally getting back to my laundry cabinet build. The vise is mostly mounted. I haven’t written the longer post yet, because its a pain in the rear end to write a long post with pictures from my phone. The app … Continue reading

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I humbly say thank you.

It’s just one of those things …   Its taken me a few days to get my thoughts together to write this post. I want to start by saying thank you to the anonymous person(s) that recommended my little blog … Continue reading

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Eclipse 10 inch vise install. Mostly done.

I’ll be writing a longer post about the craziness with the install. How I broke a No 4 plane handle just planing. How I had to shim to fix the gap from miss marking the holes, the 3 different sets … Continue reading

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