A miter jig for cutting door frames and a #TBT feather board

Posted By on April 9, 2020


Last week while continuing to s-l-o-w-l-y work on the bookshelves and painting project, in-between outdoor yard cleanup and cutting the lawn for the first time in 2020, I also used the frame cutting miter jib previously mentioned. It is amazing just how much more accurate this set-up for my table saw crosscut sled is over my Hitachi sliding miter saw! I’ll still used the miter saw for “construction grade” projects and moldings, but when it comes to frames or the rails and stiles of a cabinet door or picture frame, this jig cuts them perfect. Here’s the YouTube clip where I picked up the information on how to use geometry to be sure the jig is perfect. FramingJig_aniFeatherboardClamping200405

As for Throw Back Thursday #TBT, I need to work on my table saw hold down methods. I’ve used the “pinched wedge” method to hold down guides jigs or feather boards on my table saw for years. In fact, the “temporary” feather board (left) has been used in my shop for 35 years! It still works but is overdue for an upgrade.


Annalyn and Ellerie photos are keeping a smile on my face

Posted By on April 8, 2020


Grandparents who receive regular photos, video, FaceTime and Alexa Echo messages from their grandchildren (and children) are fortunate to live in today’s technology rich world. Just a couple decades ago, families who moved apart for careers or whatever reason were lucky to get a few snapshots in the US mail or maybe talk on the phone once in a while.

I know we were thankful our parents lived within a holiday or weekend drive (3-4 hours away) and that we found time to get together (likely not enough for my mom). Nowadays a lot of families live a plane ride away … and with this “new normal” of no travel and “social distancing,” having technology at least helps us feel closer. As my mom would say, “it’s not the same as being together.”


A simple breathing exercise can help with stress and anxiety

Posted By on April 7, 2020

d-keep-calm-relax-button-clLikely I’m not the only one needing to de-stress or at least fall back on a few techniques to “Keep Calm and Relax.”

Here’s a Navy Seal technique to beat stress. With a little practice, you can learn “box breathing” or four-square breathing as a way to reduce anxiety.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Breathe in for four seconds.
  2. Hold air in your lungs for four seconds.
  3. Exhale for four seconds.
  4. Hold your breath, lungs emptied, for four seconds.

The Canary (cardinal) security cam alerts are driving me crazy

Posted By on April 6, 2020

CanaryCardinal_aniThought I would add a late day animated GIF to the blog … partially because these Canary alerts have become a normal annoyance by sending text message alerts and partially this cardinal is cute. Hopefully he will grow tired of “looking at himself” and find a female cardinal who he can impress!


Muzak Monday: The Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini

Posted By on April 6, 2020

HenryManciniPhotoNormally this post would be titled “Music Monday,” but since Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther Theme is often played as “elevator music,” I’m changing the subject line to Muzak Monday. The Pink Panther Theme is also a favorite for those The_Pink_Panther_Theme_coverwho enjoyed Inspector Jacques Clouseau films or just enjoyed listening to fun music played by a symphony orchestra.

During our early married years while living in Cleveland, Brenda and I often attended concerts by the Cleveland Orchestra, both downtown or their summer home at Blossom Music CenterI do miss it. Brenda is a violinist and grew up playing in orchestras and so it was a natural to pick up  tickets whenever we could (or be given them). I sort of think some of her older customers (she was a pharmacist in Shaker Heights) enjoyed seeing a few younger people appreciating and enjoying classical music and the orchestra. Considering our early loose-ties to classical music and the orchestra AND having the last name is Corbett … one would think we would be more involve with music in Cincinnati (see video below).

  The Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini Orchestra (mp3)

As an aside, I proposed to Brenda after a very nice concert at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York, an organization appreciated for their longtime association with music and the arts (I doubt I was thinking much about the music, and barely remember listening. HA!)

A simple framing woodworking jig idea and bookshelves update

Posted By on April 5, 2020

MiterAttachmentCrosscutSledSnipped an idea for the woodworking workshop that I’m planning to add to my table saw crosscut sled .. nothing complicated, but a way to use geometry in order to make the perfect 45 degree jig for cutting frames. It is a way to use perfect squares to accurately cut the 45 degree jig. Check out the YouTube clip – it is interesting!

As for the painting and bookshelves projects, they are slowly coming along and until you’ve primed and painted A LOT of bookshelves, you do not realize how long it takes! UGH!


I’ve also been tinkering with the accent lighting above the bookshelves and making my own strip of LEDs with the leftover “tape” (currently way too many) that will highlight the artwork display area. If and when I head to the Home Depot to purchase some additional molding material, etc … the plan is to to add a shadow depth box to the art display area. In other words, the framed art will be off the wall 3 or 4 inches in order to create a little depth and shadow to the artwork … at least that’s my plan?

As for artwork, Brenda and I have collected paintings over the years. Some from our travel and others from a couple artists in our family. We are planning to rotate a few of the pieces we have hanging throughout the house in the Library/ Music room. Hopefully the highlighted viewing will make us re-appreciate each of the pieces again.

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  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
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