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Kinda fun, from WordPress, an annual report for this little ol’ blog. I think that biggest rocket on the right is the post of my finished workbench!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 49,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 18 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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So I’m in my motherland enjoying the cool September weather, the amazing food and drink, and the hospitality of these friendly Germans. Life is good. If only my family could be with me!

We had a bit of free time the other day so I latched on to a guy going to a nearby town (Gr├╝nberg) that has a hardware store. I’m not in the market for anything in particular – I just wanted to browse around. So we ended up at Herkules, which sounds like a cool name for a hardware store. I probably would have picked slightly cooler graphics though…

It was a nice hardware store. It reminded me very much of Home Depot, just a little of everything. I didn’t get much, just some small brass hinges for a box for my daughter (I can’t get decorative hinges where I am for some reason), and a couple bolts for the crochet on my bench.

I’m also trying to find a 2010 1-Euro or 2-Euro coin, to countersink into my completed bench to mark the year. I may need to go to a bank to do that. But I thought that’d be fun.

Will be back this weekend and then it’s back to the bench build!

I needed a saw for doing simple cuts on my soon-to-be workbench, like cutting the ends of the benchtop even, or cutting the bottoms of the legs post-glueup. My ryoba is the best saw in the universe but is not really beefy enough to do larger jobs. I’m seriously considering getting one of those big lumberjacky pull saws. But in the meantime, a cheap hardware store saw will do.

The one I got (for $10) is Japanese, apparently, but is a push saw. It’s got a fine classic look to it, but I blog about it here because I just get a kick out of English [mis]translations. Here is what is etched (or printed) on the blade:

Japanese Tradition: High Quality Steel. This fine ground bendean is a good example of the craftmantap anel can Rexcut puts into their quality tools. It continues function effaxney with the traditional boiusy of an aget proven had tool moild.

I dunno. I cut a big hunk of fallen tree with it the other day and it cut just fine. I should probably not use it too much so that it can still function effaxney when I need it to on my workbench.

There’s a blog out there called Instapundit, written by a law professor named Glenn Reynolds. Instapundit used to be so widely read (may still be) that if he ever linked to another blog, that blog got such a tremendous volume of traffic that it sometimes gave them bandwidth issues with their host. That flood of traffic became known as an “instalanche“.

Well in my short time as a woodworking blogger, I have found myself twice the willing victim of a Schwarzalanche. The first time was when I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to continue the blog at all. I had zero readership, and was just testing the waters. But an email conversation with The Schwarz resulted in his posting my first attempt at building a Roubo – with Legos! From that post, look at my site’s traffic:

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From that time on, I started regularly(ish) blogging about my woodworking. It was no surprise to me, then, when my “winning” entry in the Most Pathetic Workbench contest (also run by The Schwarz) created another Schwarzalanche. Check it out:

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So what did I do with my [second] 15 minutes of fame? Blogged once in about a month. Heh.

Yesterday I had just a little bit of shop time. Enough to make sure the tops of the legs are all level so that there is no wobble when the plywood top goes on. I had to glue on a few shims, but otherwise it’s all good to go.

Before I glue the top on, I thought it would be a good idea to have the kids go to town on the underside. Here you can see them in action: our son (and my wife) had one half, and our daughter (and I) had the other. P.S. Notice the mess of legos at the top of the picture – we need this table done soon!

I made sure that when I left my mark, I left a reminder of what hoops I had to jump through to get this project done. No wonder the average project takes me 10 times longer than it would take you! :^)

When it was all done, the kids had a ball checking out their handiwork. And I’m guessing that when my wife shows houseguests the lego table (she’s kinda proud of me), the kids will be dragging them under it to show them what they did as well!

As we kick off Woodworking Safety Week 2008, I thought I’d offer some improvement on marketing it to the woodworking community. It seemed like something was missing: a tagline. I mean, just saying “Woodworking Safety Week 2008” sounds kind of boring, don’t you think? So I’m proposing the following taglines for your consideration. Please choose the one that sounds most appropriate (or offer your own in the comments below).

P.S. This is just for fun. Marc Spagnuolo is in no way obligated to apply the tagline to this or any other Woodworking Safety Week.

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