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October 2007 Newsletter

Brooks Woodworks Newsletter                                                                         October  2007 ____________________________________________________________________________________


What a scary month October can be.  First, Mother nature brings storms and fires,  Next, the Stock Market has all the ups and downs of a wild roller coaster ride.  And last, the ghouls and goblins are out playing tricks and looking for treats. 

In the shop, things have not been so scary.  I completed the design and began working on the TV stand I told you able last month.  The weather has been great, but there have been a lot of other distractions at the same time.  Football season is in full swing, so you have to take a day off once a week just for that!  Then there are the usual assortments of reasons to not be in the shop, such as business matters and writing newsletters.  Of course with these shorter days, it makes it more difficult to work into the late afternoon or evening.  So progress has been slow, but I am still moving foward.

So, before the gremlins manage to stop the presses (or mess up my PC), here is the rest of the newsletter.

Shop Notes

Ok, so I am a bit behind in my projects.  Last month, I said I would have the Chess Board, Shoe Bench, and DVD Box completed by now.  Well, the chess board and show bench are built but do not have a finish yet.  But the pictures are posted on my website so you can at least look at what I have done.  I did manage to complete the DVD Box though.

The Chess Board is very similar to the Cutting Board I completed a few months ago.  As a matter of fact, they are both made with Maple and Purple Heart.  The Chess Board involved a few more steps than the cutting board, but came out looking very nice.  The contrast between the Maple and Purple Heart makes a fine board to play on.  As you can see by the picture, the finish has not been applied yet.  I plan to use a water-based urethane finish instead of the oil-based one I usually use.  This will give me a chance to see how the finish will look and stand up over time.  Also, being water based, it will be more environmentally friendly than the oil-based version.

Like the Chess Board, the Shoe Bench has not had a finish applied to it yet.  Since I am using this inside, I will probably apply a regular finish instead of the spar varnish I used on the Potting Table.  The extra protection of the spar varnish will not be needed inside.

I did complete the DVD Box, including an oil-based urethane finish on it.  While similar to the Candle Box I previously built, it does have a few different features.  The DVD Box has dovetailed sides, and a top that is level withs the top of the box.  The larger size allows you to use it to store DVDs or Video games.  Of course, it can be used for storing many other items as well, or even as a Christmas present by itself.

I am currently working on the TV stand I mentioned last month.  Size wise, this is the second biggest project I will have completed to date (the largest being the Wall Bed I made last year).  I need to have it completed by Thanksgiving, as the owner will want it in place by then.

As for additional projects, the usual list of picture frames, planter box, and Adirondack chairs remain.  There are a few other potential surprises ahead in the next few months.  I can not tell you yet, but a few will be indoor projects, while one will be an outdoor item.

Keep watching this newsletter for updates on all of these projects.


The Chess Board, Shoe Bench and DVD Box are all posted on the web site.

Be sure to check our web site for pictures of all the items built to date.


With the addition of the Chess Board and the DVD Box, I now have several items that will make Christmas gifts.  I will be working on a few more gift items between now and the end of the year.  Then it is back to the list and getting ready for spring with some more outdoor items. As the old saying goes, a long time to go and a short time to get there.  Ok, so that is part of a song from "The Bandit" movie,  But it seems to fit what I need to do now.  So, until next month, keep on trucking.

If you have any additional product recommendations, send your suggestions to  Hopefully, I can build some of these dream items in 2007.


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Until next month, stay well and enjoy.



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Last Updated: Saturday October 27 2007