Patriotic DuckThe All American RunnerDuck Review
January 3, 2009
 Welcome Back
  March was an interesting month starting off with a short vacation to Florida and Kansas. We visited my Aunt Shirley and Uncle Jim in Ormond Beach near Daytona. The weather was only in the high 40's when we arrived but by the time we left Friday morning it had warmed up into the 70's. We went to the KennedySpaceCenter and had a great time looking at all the space stuff.

It was the second time we've been there and still haven't seen it all.

We also went to see the Manatee's and there were hundreds of them.

It was the most my aunt had ever seen and we were lucky to be there at that time. They are truly amazing animals and look a bit like sandbars when they are resting.

While we were there it was also "Bike Week" in Daytona.

Bikes at the Iron Horse Saloon

Several hundred thousand motorcycles show up for the event. We got to see many beautifully customized motorcycles and lots of interesting people.

In Kansas Ken was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame as part of his old band "The Serfs".

It was a blast seeing people I hadn't seen in over forty years and receiving this award. You can check out the acceptance speech at .

Weather wise it has been a typical March here on the island with rain, wind, hail, snow, sunshine and basically gray days. While that's not great it sure beats the heck out of many other parts of the United States. We feel bad for all those unfortunate people who have been hammered with really bad weather. Of course this morning we did have a record low temperature for this date.

Ken and Marilyn
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In This Issue
What's New
Site of the Month
Marilyn's Corner
Our Environment
The Tempos Big Band
Joke of the Month
This Months Recipe
Woodworking Project
Free Rockler Catalog
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Wood Plans
Woodworking Tools
Rockler Specials
Rockler always has great specials, here's the latest! 

What's New?
For Sale
2005, highly customized, PT Cruiser
Yep you heard right we are selling the PT Cruiser that you've been hearing so much about over the years on our web site.
It's a wonderful car but we just have too many cars and it doesn't make sense to keep them all. The PT Cruiser being the least practical one for us has to go.
The car only has 14,890 miles on it and is fully documented on our website at If you or anyone you know is interested in buying this wonderful car we're asking $15,000 and we can be contacted at
Site Of The Month
Bargains for Seniors
During this troubled economy everyone could use a little help. We usually try to find web sites that are interesting or fun but this month we hope you find this web site useful.
Bargains4Seniors is a new-age family business in which the 30 year old site founder, Joel Kriner, works hand in hand with his grandparents, parents and in-laws to create a website with a truly personal touch. Enjoy! There are lots of bargains for everyone so check them out at
Marilyn's Corner
Seashell Picture Frame

This is a fun little project that is even more fun if you have your kids or grand kids help.

While we live on an island with salt water all around finding seashells is not all that easy. I have to confess that the shells I used for this frame came from a collection that my mother had built over many years.

Of course this is a creative project so there aren't a lot of instructions for it. Use your imagination to create your own seashell picture frame.

I started with a small picture frame and painted it white.

I glued the shells onto the frame using craft tacky glue. Since there were so many shells and of different sizes I glued them on over several secessions allowing them to dry in between.

I got lucky and found a starfish in the collection that fit perfectly.

This close up gives you a better idea of what the finished frame looks like. Now go get some shells and start getting creative!

Remember we have all of our past projects archived on our web site at Just click on the Craft Egg.

Our Environment
Roz Rows!
In just a few weeks Roz Savage, will continue her solo row across the Pacific Ocean. Besides trying to set the record for the first woman to row solo across the Pacific she is raising awareness of the environmental damage that man is doing to the oceans. Two organizations that she is rowing for are Blur Frontier Campaign,  and The Blue Project (Blue),
Blue Frontier Campaign was founded in 2003 by David Helvarg, author of Blue Frontier - Saving America's LivingSeas. It works to support seaweed (marine grassroots) efforts at the local, regional and national level, with an emphasis on bottom up organizing to bring the voice of citizen-activists into national decision-making that will impact our public seas. There are now some 2,000 blue groups working on ocean and coastal conservation but largely operating in isolation, and with little coordinated effort among them. Blue Frontier's mission is to strengthen this ocean constituency through building unity, providing tools, and enhancing public awareness of both the challenges and solutions being offered by these groups to the various threats facing our living oceans.

BLUE connects people, their lifestyle and their passions by harnessing the popularity of adventure sports that showcase the natural environment.
BLUE works with world-class sports men and women who share their experiences, their passion for the environment and their commitment to healthy living with the wider community. BLUE channels this content to build digital learning, social networking and mass participation activities designed to achieve measurable behavior change and clear environmental and social outcomes.
There is lots of good information on these web sites and I encourage you to check them out and get involved.
Do you have any suggestions on how to help protect our environment? Write us at

The Tempos Big Swing Band
If you are in the Seattle area and interested in hiring a great band The Tempos are ready to perform for you. Just drop a line to

The Tempos
News and CD of the Week

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 months joke came from M. Taylor, very funny and sadly true!
No one believes seniors . . .  everyone thinks they are senile. 
An elderly couple was celebrating their sixtieth anniversary. The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved back to their old neighborhood after they retired. 
Holding hands they walked back to their old school. It was not locked, so they entered, and found the old desk they'd shared, where Andy had carved "I love you, Sally." 
On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of an armored car, practically landing at their feet Sally quickly picked it up, but not sure what to do with it, they took it home. There, she counted the money-- fifty-thousand dollars. 
Andy said, "We've got to give it back."

Sally said, "Finders keepers." She put the money back in the bag and hid it in their attic. The next day, two FBI men were canvassing the neighborhood looking for the money and knocked on the door. 

"Pardon me, but did either of you find a bag that fell out of an armored car yesterday?"
Sally said, "No!" 

 Andy said, "She's lying. She hid it up in the attic."

 Sally said, "Don't believe him, he's getting senile."

The agents turn to Andy and began to question him.  One says: "Tell us the story from the beginning."

Andy said, "Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday..."
The first FBI guy turns to his partner and says, "We're outta here." 

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This Month's Free Recipe
Susie's Seafood Chowder 
Marilyn's sister Susie came and visited this past week and while she was here we made the best Seafood Chowder you've ever had.  We think that you'll agree once you try this recipe. Of course living on an island where fresh seafood is readily available really helps.

  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1/2 Pound Bacon, chopped
  • 3 Large Russet Potatoes, small dice
  • 2 Stalks Celery, small dice
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese
  • 1 Pint 1/2 and 1/2
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Pound of Fresh Clams or (2) 8 Ounce Cans Clams, drained
  • 8 Ounces Fresh Shrimp
  • 8 Ounces Fresh Scallops, small
In a 5 quart pot, brown the Bacon until Crispy. Drain the Bacon on a paper towel.
Pour off all but 2 Tablespoons of Bacon grease.
Saute the Onions and Celery until tender.
Add Potatoes and pour water halfway up the Potatoes.
Put the lid on and cook until the Potatoes are tender.
Add Cream Cheese, Salt, Pepper and 1/2 and 1/2.
Bring to a simmer and add Clams, Shrimp and Scallops.
If it's too thick add milk.
Serve after the seafood is heated through.

All that's left is to enjoy!

Woodworking Project


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This Months Woodworking Project

Sewing Cabinet Conversion

Due to the complexity and number of steps in this project we are going to break it into two parts. This month we are going to talk about getting the cabinet ready to accept the drawer. Next month well make the drawer, top and bottom shelf.

This project just sort of evolved. We had this old sewing machine in a cabinet that was in really bad shape. I always had visions of restoring it someday but upon closer examination it looked like more work than it was worth. I did some web searching to find out the value of the machine and cabinet and discovered that in the current condition it was worth somewhere between $0.00 and $10.00. Even in excellent condition it would only be work $100. We decided instead to make it into a table with a drawer. In a future project I am going to make an indoor greenhouse to go on top of it.
There are no dimensions for this project because if you tackle something like this it will be different than this one. Hopefully the ideas we have will inspire you to take on your own project.

Here's what we started with:

Notice that the top that usually folds out to extend the table is missing.

Here's a close up of the cabinet so you can see the condition.

There was a lot of stuff behind the front door that needed to be removed.

One of legs had apparently attacked a dog who immediately took revenge against it.

The first thing I tackled was adding a rail across the bottom front of the legs to match the other rails. I wanted to add a shelf to the bottom and this rail was needed.
There has been a lot of talk lately about "memory sticks" and this project seemed like the perfect place to try it out. I took a scrap piece of material and marked the length of the rail and the length of the tenon on the stick.

I transferred that information onto my rail.

I cut the tenons on my tablesaw and then transferred that dimension directly to the leg for the mortise.

I marked the depth of the tenon on a drill bit with a piece of tape.

Then I drilled holes in the leg where I had marked.

Next I chiseled the mortise square to match the tenon.

Ah, perfect fit!

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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