Patriotic DuckThe All American RunnerDuck Review
January 2, 2010
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Happy New Year! It is so hard to believe that a decade has passed since the millennium, time sure is flying. This edition of the RunnerDuck Review marks the beginning of our tenth year of sharing our projects, news and views with you. Some of you have been with us from day one and others are just joining our little family.  We look forward to many more years of your company.


We had a wonderful Christmas and a fun time at Ken's daughter's house on Christmas Eve. It was our new granddaughter's first Christmas, she's only six months old so probably won't remember much. Ken's sister Diane and husband Del were up from California to celebrate with us. We also celebrated Christmas a week early with Marilyn's sisters Susie and Sandy, her husband Steve and niece Tammy. Family and friends sure did make for a wonderful time.


Here's a picture of Marilyn and Emerson with the wooden scrap book Ken made for her. The book is all wood including the pages and next month he'll show you how he made it.


Weather-wise we got a little snow which was only a trace and was gone in a couple of days. We did however get a cold snap that lasted a couple of weeks. It's very unusual for us to be below freezing for such a long time.


This is our fishpond and I don't think the fish were very happy.


New Years is starting off with wind, rain and a little warmer temperature but we doubt that it will last, there's still a lot of winter left.


Our little town of Coupeville was all a bustle with visitors near and far. There was a lot going on over the holidays but now things will slow to a crawl which we like. Stores will open around 10:00, if they open at all and those that do open will likely be closed by 4:00. Oh the joys of living in a small town on an island.


We wish you all a wonderful new year and hope your every dream comes true.
Ken and Marilyn

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In This Issue
What's New
Site of the Month
Marilyn's Corner
The Tempos Big Band
Joke of the Month
This Months Recipe
Woodworking Project
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Wood Plans
Woodworking Tools
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What's New?

New Year's resolutions, NOT! While New Year's resolutions are a nice thought most of them are never kept. Ken's brother Ron,, on the other hand has the right idea. He has a "want to" list. It's a list of things that he wants to do in the coming New Year.


Here are some of the things he wants to do; I want to do more sketching and I want to start doing some Haiku, again.  I want to thin out my "holdings".  I want to build up my swimming and keep walking.  I want to do some good backpacking trips when the days get longer.  I want to investigate the possibilities of the local transit system and see where it will take me.


Isn't that much nicer than; "I resolve to lose ten pounds this year" or "I resolve to stay within my budget all year", neither of which you'll probably do.


We think we'll get busy on our "want to" list right away J
Site Of The Month

Every day we get email on some subject of interest that sounds just too strange or good to be true. Things like "Starbucks do not support our troops" or "You've won a large sum of money from the lottery".


When we get one of these rather than forwarding it we check it out at More times than not it's a lie or scam! You could really do your friends a favor by checking out the stories first on Snopes before you forward them.


Just go to and enter the email subject in the search box. Sometimes people change the subject of an email so you may have to put in some of the key words.


Help stop these terrible emails that perpetuate bad and bogus information.


For a little fun this New Years check out the list of New Year's beliefs that Snopes has put together at
Marilyn's Corner

Holiday Recipe Cards

This week's suggestion came from Marilyn's sister Susie and we think it's a pretty good idea.


We all have favorite recipes that we pull out every holiday. We usually have to go did through the recipe box looking for it because we forgot where we filed it. This suggestion might just make finding that recipe a lot easier.


Here's what you'll need:

  • Old greeting cards from any holiday

Look for greeting cards that do not have writing on the back of the cover.
Measure out the size of your recipe card box and cut the card to that size.
For your favorite Christmas recipes write them on the back of a Christmas card, for Easter recipes use an Easter card, for Birthday recipes... well you get the idea.

On the front (picture side) of the card write the recipe along the top edge in a contrasting color.

File the recipe as you would file any recipe i.e. meats in meats, veggies is veggies, etc. but with the picture side toward the front.

Now when you are looking for a cookie recipe that you like for birthday parties just look for the one with a birthday greeting.
Thanks Susie, neat idea!
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The Tempos Big Swing Band
Thanks to those of you who bought our CD for stocking stuffers we hope your gift was well received.
What you didn't get our CD for Christmas? Then just click on the album cover below and get your own, we're sure you'll love it.
If you have an event planned in the Seattle area and in need of a great band The Tempos are ready to perform for you. Just drop a line to

The Tempos

The Tempos CD, "Big Swing", features fourteen great swing songs from the 40's and 50's. If you love the old big band swing music we think you'll enjoy this CD. It's the kind of music that makes you just want to get up and dance, you do remember how to swing don't you?

The only place you can get this CD is from our web site. Go to and click on the "Click Here" at the top of the web page or click the album cover.


If you'd like to get a taste of this CD just go to The Tempos web site. When you are at the Tempos web site click on the horn valve button that says "Hear our CD". Then click on the song titles to hear a little bit of each song.

The Tempos big swing band is available for hire. If you have a special event that could use the wonderful music of a classic sixteen piece big band be sure to contact We perform all over the Seattle area for all sorts of events.

Joke of the Month

This joke came to us from Andrea, thank you.



This one is priceless...A lesson to be learned from typing the wrong email address!!!!

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.

Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day...

The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife.  However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack.

The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted.

The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I've Arrived
Date: October 16, 2005

I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in.

I've seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then!!!! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P. S. Sure is freaking hot down here!!!!
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This Month's Free Recipe
Salmon Stuffed Pasta Shells 

Here's a wonderful seafood dish you'll make time and time again.



8 ounce package Large Pasta Shells

2 Eggs

2 Cups Ricotta Cheese

1/2 Cup Green Peppers, finely chopped

1/4 Cup Onions, chopped

1/4 Cup Parsley

1/4 Cup Milk

1/2 teaspoon Lemon Peel, shredded

15 1/2 ounce canned Salmon

1/3 Cup Bread Crumbs

2 Tablespoons Melted Butter

1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese


Ripe Olives


Cook pasta uncovered in salted water for 20 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water.

Mix together the Eggs, Ricotta Cheese, Green Peppers, Onion, Milk, Parsley, Lemon, Salt and Salmon.

Stuff the pasta with the salmon mix.

Place in a 9" X 1" baking dish.

Bake covered at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Add 2 Tablespoons water to the dish.

In a sauce pan mix Crumbs and Butter, cook until brown, stir in Parmesan Cheese.

Sprinkle over the shells and bake uncovered for 5 minutes.

Garnish with Mushrooms and Ripe Olives.

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Woodworking Project


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This Months Woodworking Project

Cedar End Tables

This was a Christmas present I made for my daughter Jenni and husband Matt. I actually made two of them and they turned out great.
I used 1" X 4" and 2" X 2" Alaskan Cedar.

Top and frame - 1" X 4" Cedar
Legs - 2" X 2" Cedar
Screws - 1 5/8" coated deck screws
Finish - Penofin stain

Cut List:
Table Base
1" X 4" - (2) sides 18 1/2", (2) ends 14 1/2"
(1) 1" X 4" X 19 3/4"
(2) 1" X 2 1/4" X 19 3/4"
(2) 1" X 2" X 19 3/4"
(2) 1" X 1 1/4" X 19 3/4"
(4) 1" X 1" X 19 3/4"
(2) 1" X 1 1/8" X 19 3/4"

2" X 2" X 16"

I started off by radiusing the ends of the sides.

I used a paint can to mark it and cut them on the band saw.
The ends are set inside the sides about 1 1/2" back from the ends.
Counterbored a 1/4" hole for the plug using a Forstener bit and drill through with a small countersink bit for the screws.

22-Piece Forstner Bit Set
22-Piece Forstner Bit Set

I drew a squared line as a guide for getting the ends straight.

Using an outdoor glue and deck screws I installed the ends.

Next I cut the top pieces. Since they will curve along the edge I cut some shorter than others just to save a little wood.

I used a big French curve to lay out the pattern.
It's extremely important from this point on to keep the pieces in order. I numbered the bottoms of each piece with chalk.
Cut the ends of each piece with a band saw.

Using a roundover bit radius the top edges and ends of each piece.

Rockler 3-Pc. Roundover/Beading Bit Set
Rockler 3-Pc. Roundover/Beading Bit Set

Set up the fence on the drill press so the holes will be centered on each piece and in line with the base sides.

Counter bore each hole for the plugs and drill through with a small countersink bit.

You should now have something that looks like this.
Sand all the top surfaces and edges smooth.
Starting with the center board mark the center of the sides and drill pilot holes.
Screw the center board in place and then use a spacer to locate the next boards out.

Continue this process for all but the three end pieces on each end.
You will have to remove the end pieces to gain access for screwing the legs on.
Mount the legs using a square.

Drill the holes the same as the others with a counterbore and through countersink.
At this point I took all the top pieces off and reinstalled them in place with glue and deck screws.
Now the fun part of making all the plugs. I used a taper plug cutter on the end grain to give the plugs some contrast when finished.

Hex Shank Tapered Plug Cutters
Hex Shank Tapered Plug Cutters

From a 1" X 4" I could get four plugs at a time.
After the plugs are drilled cut them loose with a band saw.

Carefully apply glue in each hole being careful not to get any on the board surface.

Gently pound in each plug. I say gently because if you are not careful you can split the cedar near the ends.
Using a flush cut saw trim each plug flush to the surface.

Dozuki Dovetail/Flush-Cut Saw
Dozuki Dovetail/Flush-Cut Saw

Install the remaining end pieces and plug them.
Some people like to leave cedar natural and let it silver over time but I decided to stain them with two coats of Penofin penetrating stain. If they are somewhat protected from the weather they should be good for two or three years before more stain should be applied.

That's about it for this month. We hope you liked this project. If you build it and your friends ask where you got such a clever idea, please tell them that you got it at

If any of you have wood projects to share I would be happy to put it into a format for our newsletter. Just send me an email at and lets see what we can come up with. Thank you!
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