Patriotic DuckThe All American RunnerDuck Review
June 5, 2010
 Welcome Back
We've spoken with several people and they all want to know where May went. It seems like yesterday was April and today it's June!

We did have a rather wet month ending with a rainy Memorial Day weekend for all the campers to enjoy. It's hard to believe what people will go through to spend three or four days in the rain on our beautiful island. On Friday before the holiday weekend traffic was backed up with a three hour wait to take a ferry here. I guess we're lucky that we're already here ;-)

Realizing that all of our readers are not woodworkers we changed our format a little bit last month to just describe the project and post a link to it online. The responses from you were positive and so we'll continue that practice. We always appreciate feedback to help us improve things.

Our little red 1963 Sabercraft boat is still progressing at the marine technology school so still no pictures, maybe next month.

As you know we follow the adventures of Roz Savage Ocean Rower quit closely and support her efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic to help clean up the oceans. She just completed crossing the Pacific Ocean, in a row boat, all by herself! She is the first woman in the world to accomplish this task. It took her 250-days over 4-years, 8,000-miles and 2.5 million oar strokes but she did it! To read all about this accomplishment and see all the work she is doing to bring awareness to the issues with plastic go to She's really an amazing woman and fun to follow.

Are you an "ECO Hero"? More importantly are your kids? Go to ECO Heroes to find out all the cool things people are doing to earn badges for their good deeds.

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
Rockler Specials
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What's New?
Oh boy, we got a new fifth wheel camper!

Our old fifth wheel was a 26 foot Dutchman with no slide-outs and you had to crawl around on your hands and knees to make the bed. Our new one is a 2010 Crossroads Cruiser, 30 feet long with three slide-outs. We brought it home on the 11th of June and have been outfitting it every since.

We've add a lot of cool stuff to it to make it perfect for us. Some of the cooler items are a rear view camera with a monitor mounted in the truck and a weather station with wind speed/direction, humidity, temperature, rain and much more, all wireless. We added stabilizers to the landing jacks and rear scissor jacks that make it rock solid. Marilyn has been handling the inside putting in towel racks, kitchen racks and all our dishes, silverware and the like.

We had a steel cover built at Port Susan, where we keep the trailer, to protect it from the winter rains and wind. Our old trailer just had a canvas cover so it made it quite difficult to use in the winter. Now we'll be able to use it any time we like.

We probably won't take any lengthy trips until next spring but hope to do a lot of camping at Port Susan until then.

Site Of The Month

My friend Gary C., the drummer for Mickey Gilley, sent this month's web site and it is really something. While it's not complete yet and probably won't be for years it's quite usable right now.

The bad news is that it does not have a very memorable name, "WolframAlpha". The good news is like Google you can ask it just about anything and it will come up with the answer but it's much more sophisticated than Google. Right now it shines especially well with scientific, mathematical, financial, food and nutrition plus many many more. They will continue to add all the knowledge of the world. That's why it's going to take a long time to complete or more likely never complete.

This web site will be great for students who are doing research or having problems with things like math problems.

Go to for a thirteen minute introduction to the power of the web site or simply go to and start asking away.

Marilyn's Corner

Dad's Dresser Basket

This is a simple little project that would make a good Father's Day gift. Have your kids make this and watch them beam when they give it to Dad or Grandpa!
Dads always need places to put things like keys, change, pocket knives, etc. Rather than just throwing them all over the dresser give him this basket so everything will be in one place.
Here is a list of the things you will need. 
  • A small basket.
  • Pinecones or you could use sea shells.
  • Hot melt glue. Be careful so you don't burn yourself. You might want to get some adult help with this.
Try to find pinecones or shells that will fit around the edge of the basket.
Carefully glue each pinecone or shell to the rim of basket. Hold each one in place until the glue sets up.
Put a gift certificate to his favorite hardware store in it and you're ready to go.

Like we said, very simple but puts a big smile on dad's face.

If you have a craft project that you'd like to share with our readers just send it to
The Tempos Big Swing Band
The Tempos will be performing tomorrow June 6th at the Annual Early Ford Picnic. We will play from 11:00 to 1:30. It's a really fun event with many different kinds of vintage cars, not just Ford's. Bring the family and picnic basket and enjoy the cars and music.

If you have an event planned in the Seattle area and are 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

Baseball season is in full swing so a baseball joke is in order.

A little boy was overheard talking to himself as he strutted through the backyard, wearing his baseball cap and toting a ball and bat. "I'm the greatest hitter in the world," he announced. Then, he tossed the ball into the air, swung at it, and missed. "Strike One!" he yelled.

Undaunted, he picked up the ball and said again, "I'm the greatest hitter in the world!" He tossed the ball into the air. When it came down he swung again and missed. "Strike Two!" he cried.

The boy then paused a moment to examine his bat and ball carefully. He spit on his hands and rubbed them together. He straightened his cap and said once more, "I'm the greatest hitter in the world!" Again he tossed the ball up in the air and swung at it. He missed. "Strike Three!"

"Wow!" he exclaimed. "I'm the greatest PITCHER in the world!"

If you've got a funny family friendly joke send it to

This Month's Free Recipe
London Broil Marinade 

Here's a little information about London Broil I got from

London Broil is the name of a recipe or method of cooking; it is not the name of a cut of beef. The recipe first appeared in print in the U.S. in the early 1930's, and consisted of marinated flank steak, broiled or grilled and sliced thinly across the grain. Top round steak and chuck shoulder can also be used.

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped Green Onions
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • Several drops of Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

As noted above you can use several different meats but we prefer Flank steak.
Mix all the ingredients together and place in a locking freezer bag along with the meat.
Turn the bag around until the marinade is all over the meat and put it in the refrigerator.
Turn the bag over three or four times while marinading.
The longer it can marinade the better it tastes.
Our favorite way to cook the meat is on the bar-b-que. Brush the marinade over the meat as it cooks.
To serve slice the meat at an angle, across the grain, about 3/4" thick.
Bring any remaining marinade with the green onions to a boil in a pan and pour over the slices.

If you have a recipe you'd like to share with our readers please send it to We'd love to share it with everyone.
Woodworking Project


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This Months Woodworking Project

SawStop DRO Install

I purchased the Wixey Tablesaw Digital Read Out (DRO) because everything I had read about it sounded really good.

Wixey Saw Fence Digital Readout
Wixey Saw Fence Digital Readout

When it came I looked for ways to install it on my SawStop tablesaw and didn't find any instructions that looked like they would work. That prompted me to devise my own plan and it worked out great!

I had to do some improvising but now that it's mounted it works as advertised and is very accurate.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with a DRO it is a device that attaches to many different machines giving them the ability to have their adjustments presented on a screen in decimal, metric or fractional dimensions depending on the device. In the case of the tablesaw DRO to set the fence you just turn on the DRO and slide the fence to the dimension that you want shown in the readout and you're good to go. Here's how I installed mine,
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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