Life in Pappy's Woodshop

Wood Butter

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Wood Butter?  What?  You've heard of regular butter, peanut butter,  almond butter, apple butter, but wood butter?  Sounds tasty, eh?    Well, you probably don't want to eat this stuff.  Have you ever eaten  dutch oven mutton?  Actually , it is one of my favorite meats but it has  to be almost burned to a crisp.  It's pretty tasty but you need one of  those rubber spatulas your wife uses in the kitchen to scrap the  grease off the top of your mouth.  Hey, I didn't say it was healthy, just good!  I'm sure wood butter wouldn't be as tasty...

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Mammy's Carrots

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 I built some 3' x 3' grow boxes for Mammy in my woodshop.  I used  some end pieces left over from building our Trex deck on the back of  our house.  I figured Trex wouldn't rot like wood does.  Once built we  filled the grow box with one-third peat moss, one-third manure, and  one-third vermiculite.  Well, take a look at the carrots Mammy grew  last summer.  Pretty impressive!  She juices them and adds a little  spinach and makes me drink it each morning.  I think she is trying to keep me healthy or cure my baldness or something.  I have...

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Bookcase Cabinet

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 Hi!.....Pappy here!  I made the bookshelves for  Mammy over twenty years ago.  Normal size  books fit on them very well but bigger books  such as scrapbooks, etc are just too deep.  My  wife came up with the idea of building a deeper  cabinet that would fit between these  bookshelves to hold scrapbooks and knick-  knacks that had been in boxes long before the  bookshelves were built.  The bookshelves were made out of maple.  The cabinet in between is made from birch which I got from my major purchase which you can read about here.  It was built specifically to fit...

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Pappy's Prostate Treatment

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 Well, if you're between woodworking or honeydew projects, I'm sure  you will be thrilled to hear about my treatment for prostate cancer.  You need to read "Pappy's Prostate" before reading this to get the  complete story. Anyway, if you look at the picture in this post, you'll  see where this is going. I survived the biopsy. This I wasn't too sure  about. After visiting with my urologist, he sent me over to his  associate that treats prostate cancer with radiation. I had checked into most treatments before going, even Loma Linda University in California where they do radiation treatments (with...

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The Making of a Cupola

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 I've been building a cupola for Mammy's greenhouse. Why I like  cupolas will come later in this blog post. You say, what is a cupola?  There are many definitions but the one I am referring to relates to  architecture...."In architecture, a cupola is a small, most-often  dome-like structure, on top of a building, often used to provide a  lookout or to admit light and air, it usually crowns a larger roof or  dome". Some things just don't look finished or seem complete without the topping. For example, look at the pictures of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The small dome...

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