Duane McGuire Blog

I've been thinking about things for quite a long while.


March 5, 2021
A new Sawstop tablesaw for the workshop
Celebrating my 69th birthday a bit early, I acquired a new Sawstop tablesaw. The Sawstop is known ...
October 18, 2020
A Singer Sewing Machine is not a piano
A singer sewing machine is not a piano. But I accepted the challenge of restoring a sewing machine ...
August 29, 2020
Rikon 10-325 Bandsaw tune up
I've always "liked" my Rikon bandsaw. Now, I just might learn to love it.
August 1, 2020
Building Kayaks
It was a warm summer day and my brother Bob and I were trying to convince our parents that we ...
June 26, 2020
More improvements for Bebop
She’s an expensive dog, and worth it! Now complete is a new walkway to the shop, and concrete steps.
June 12, 2020
Can you fix that?
Yes, I can.
June 11, 2020
Pandemic Projects
June 11, 2020
Completion: East Steps of the Deck
It's done. Steps for the east side of the deck. The deck was completed 5 years ago. Pandemic = ...
May 15, 2020
Getting it done
You might say that I've been thinking about building some steps on the east side of the deck for a ...
April 18, 2020
A fence for Bebop
Quarantine Project: the Bebop fence. For years, it has been known, "You can't have a dog. We don't ...
November 16, 2019
Quick Change Bit holders
I bought a collection of quick change driver bits: square, phillips, hex, torx, and straight. Some ...
November 7, 2019
Front Door Handleset Repair
Yesterday I got an oops text from my wife:
February 18, 2019
A first metal lathe project
I work in wood.  But for years I've wanted to get into the machinist's world too.   A few months ...
September 1, 2018
A piano shop workbench
My bargain shopping wife found a large "workbench" -- a collection of solid cabinets mounted on an ...
November 28, 2017
Smoke Detectors for the Shop
This morning I installed smoke detectors in the shop, which are interconnected with detectors in ...
May 18, 2017
Cousins Meet in Loretto Tennessee
Yesterday found us in Loretto, Tennessee, where my great-grandfather John Henkel immigrated with ...
March 13, 2016
Clamp Rack
I started the day with a sheet of plywood.  I ended the day with a much needed and very useful ...
February 29, 2016
Woodwork Outside of a Piano!
The past few days, the woodshop has been put to work on a project that is not a piano!    In ...
April 14, 2014
Too Much fun with Sketchup
I've refined the design of the tablesaw outfeed table to include details for the router table and ...
April 9, 2014
Outfeed table for tablesaw
I recently took the time to re-learn Sketchup. I'm still inefficient with it, but its capability ...
April 9, 2014
2014 - The year of the deck
We're gearing up for deck building this summer.   Sketchup has been invaluable as a design tool.  ...
May 19, 2013
Garden Gate - 2013
When the neighbors built a white vinyl fence along the north property line a triangle of land was ...
December 31, 2012
Key Leveling Blocks
I recently decided to upgrade from the crude key leveling blocks I had been using, and enjoyed ...
October 31, 2011
Coffee Table
Erin designed a coffee table that we built in the shop in August.   This weekend was the next road ...
December 25, 2010
A mobile base for the Rikon Band Saw
The shop really isn't large enough for the new band saw to have a permanent location on the shop ...
November 20, 2010
A new bandsaw for the shop
I said I'd buy it, if it ever went on sale.  I guess someone at Woodcraft heard me.    It came ...
December 28, 2009
One man’s dream: The Shop is “Complete”
I posted photos of the foundation pour 18 months ago. In the last month, I've made a pretty ...
November 24, 2009
The Paint Job
Ev was OK with that, but he did think that the boss fell a little short of the mark when he bought ...
October 31, 2009
Adjustable height workbench / assembly table
In my early years of woodworking and cabinet building, I spent a lot of time assembling things on ...
August 16, 2009
Wood turning 101
My friend Jim has been busy with his new mini lathe making pens and other turnings. His enthusiasm ...
May 26, 2009
The woodshop attracts some “new” tools
Last week I went to the Davis School District surplus sale hoping to find some cabinets for the ...
February 22, 2009
Woodshop progress: Lighting and Dust Collection Cyclone
I keep plugging away. After hanging ceiling drywall and fifteen light fixtures, I'm pretty good at ...
January 2, 2009
Woodshop progress: insulation and drywall
My shop is too big! OK. That's the last time you'll hear that. Though the work continues it seems ...
December 23, 2008
Woodshop progress: Passed electrical inspection this morning!
A milestone! I finished the rough-in electrical last night and had the inspection this morning. ...
November 23, 2008
Woodstove for the woodshop
I got out to the shop early this morning to work on wiring. But it was about 37 degrees, and hmmm, ...
October 28, 2008
The shop is closed in!
Well, the door is hung, and winter can come. I just need to do the weather stripping, and we ...
October 11, 2008
A door for the new shop
I figured that the new shop should have a fine door that speaks to what goes on inside. Sometime ...
October 4, 2008
Woodshop Progress
To complete the exterior, we just need the overhead and entry door. I'm working on the entry door ...
August 28, 2008
The workshop is a reality
Well, it's not done, but the space definitely exists now! Todd Thurgood was the framer. Who could ...
July 13, 2008
The workshop progesses
The permit was issued, and last week, the site was excavated and footings where poured. The ...
June 29, 2008
New Woodshop: Getting closer
I had once dreamed of building a timber-framed woodshop, but time and locale prevent it. Design ...
November 7, 2004
Timber Frame Workshop
In September, I posted here observations about a barn in Menlo, and the thoughts it spurred in me. ...

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