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September 5, 2009
 Welcome Back
Happy Labor Day America! Wow where did August go? It's hard to believe that September is here and summer is almost over. Washington State is up to its old tricks again, yesterday it was 75 and sunny teasing everyone into thinking a three day camping trip would be great. Today and through the Labor Day weekend it will be cool (low 60's), wind and rain, nice!
The Coupeville Art Fair came and went with a lot of people visiting our little town for the event.

The Shifty Sailors,, roamed the streets performing for everyone giving the fair a real sea side feel.
We decided to have our big boat hauled out of the water and put in the yard for repairs.

We had been having problems with the engines and boating wasn't much fun any more. Living in the Northwest, having a boat and not using it is sort of sacrilege. We will be putting two new engines in it this winter along with numerous other repairs and upgrades. Right at the moment we've been removing the teak and starting to refinish it. That's a slow process but it sure does look nice when it's done.
On the grandkids front, Emerson continues to grow and is showing lots of character, For those of you that weren't aware we had our third grandchild June 10th, five and a half weeks early. Hudson had his 6th birthday in July and Camden just celebrated his 9th birthday September 3rd. They all came and saw Grandpa Kenny play the drums with The Tempos,, at the Ballard Locks,

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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Woodworking Tools
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What's New?
Woodpalooza! Now there's a word you don't hear every day! The Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild,, is presenting their annual show of member fine woodworking for sale.

The finest woodworkers on Whidbey Island will be showing and selling their finest works. People come from all around the country to see these beautiful works of art. If you are in the area the show runs September 4th through the 13th from 11:00AM to 6:00PM at the Bayview Corner Cash Store's Open Door Gallery, 5603 S. Bayview Road, Langley, Washington, Whidbey Island.
Site Of The Month
One more Roz Savage update. She should be landing in Tarawa any day now completing the second leg of her cross Pacific row. She was struggling to try and make it to Tuvalu, the main island of the TuvaluIslands, but the winds and currents just didn't work out and she went to plan B. If you haven't followed the adventure of this daring young lady single handedly rowing across the Pacific you should check it out.
Her adventure is not just for the thrill of it but for a good cause, to bring awareness to plastic pollution in the oceans and global warming. The TuvaluIslands are home to some 10,000 to 15,000 people. With global warming (climate change) happening at such a fast rate, which is melting the ice caps, these people will be displaced and the islands sunk in the next twenty to fifty years.
Please check out her daily blog, website and read about her causes. They are all for the good of the planet. Go to for her daily blog and for her home page.
Marilyn's Corner
Plaster of Paris Shell Art

Kids and adults alike have been making plaster of paris art pieces for as long as I can remember. It's always fun and the results can be quite nice. I decided to make a couple of pieces using seashells.
Begin by making some hangers for your art by twisting some heavy gage wire into curlicues and a loop.

Pour wet sand into a pan and press the shells halfway into the sand.

Carefully remove the shells so you don't disturb the sand.

Pour in the plaster of paris and insert the wire hangers at the top of your art.

Brush the sand off the plaster and allow it to dry.

Depending on how thick the plaster is you may have to let it dry for a few days.

Once it is good a dry you can paint it with almost any kind of paint.
One note, do not put plaster of paris art out of doors, it will deteriorate with exposure to the elements even if it's painted and placed in a covered area.

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The Tempos Big Swing Band
The Tempos summer concert series is over but if you'd still like to hear them you can buy their CD below. 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 was sent to us by Ken's cousin Terry!
An Aussie truckie walks into an outback cafe' with a full-grown emu behind him. The waitress asks them for their orders. 

The truckie says, "A hamburger, chips and a coke," and turns to the emu, 
"What's yours?"
"I'll have the same," says the emu.

A short time later the waitress returns with the order, "That will be $9.40 please". He reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment.

The next day, the man and the emu come again and he says, "A hamburger, chips and a coke".

The emu says, "I'll have the same."

Again the truckie reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change. This becomes routine until the two enter again.
"The usual?" asks the waitress?

"No, it's Friday night, so I'll have a steak, baked potato and a salad,"
says the man.

"Same," says the emu.

Shortly the waitress brings the order and says, "That will be $32.62". Once again the man pulls the exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table. 

The waitress cannot hold back her curiosity any longer. "Excuse me, mate, how do you manage to always come up with the exact change in your pocket every time"?

"Well, love", says the truckie, "a few years ago, I was cleaning out the back shed, and found an old lamp. When I rubbed it a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there."

"That's brilliant!" says the waitress, "most people would ask for a million dollars or something, but you'll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live"!

"That's right. Whether it's a gallon of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there," says the man.

The waitress asks, "What's with the bloody emu?" 

The truckie sighs, pauses, and answers, "My second wish was for a tall chick with long legs, who agrees with everything I say".
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This Month's Free Recipe
Ruben Sandwich Ring 
Ken loves Ruben sandwiches and this is a really good one. It should serve six to eight people so make a couple of them and take them to that Labor Day pot luck.

  • 2 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds
  • 3/4 Cup Hot Water
  • Package of Yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoons Garlic Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Chili Sauce or Catsup
  • 1 Package Hot Roll Mix
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley Flakes
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Relish
  • 1/8 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 12 ounce Can Corn Beef
  • 8 ounces Sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Cup Swiss Cheese, shredded
Grease a Tube Pan and sprinkle with Poppy Seeds.
In a bowl dissolve Yeast in Hot Water.
Stir in Parsley, Garlic Salt (3/4 tsp), Onion and Egg.
Add Flour, blend, cover loosley with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 - 45 minutes.
Kneed for one to two minutes.
Roll out to approximately 12" X 15".
Combine Mayonnaise, Chili Sauce, Relish and Garlic Salt (1/8 tsp).
Spread on dough to within 1" of the edge.
Sprinkle with Beef, then Sauerkraut and Cheese.
Roll up and pinch the edges to seal.
Place seal down in the pan, cover and let rise for 45 - 50 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes.
Cool in plan for at least 5 minutes before cutting.
Cut into slices and serve.

As a serving suggestion, double the Mayonnaise, Chili Sauce, Relish an Garlic. Put half of it in the sandwich and save the other half to spread on the cut sandwiches.

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Woodworking Project


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This Months Woodworking Project

Wood/Clamp Storage Rack

I have been fighting my clamp storage for a long time along with trying to find a good place for sheet stock. My sheet stock leaned up against my roll-up door so that you would have to move it all in order to open the door. The final straw came when the top of my book case that my long clamps that had been hanging on collapsed dropping all my clamps on the floor.

I decided it was time to make some sort of storage rack that would hold both my clamps and my sheet wood. The following is what I came up with. Since every shop is different in allowable area I will just give general dimensions and show you what I did.

I started with a 3/4" piece of MDF cut 2' X 4'. As you are probably well aware 3/4" MDF is very heavy. Rather than try and muscle it up onto my table saw I used a couple of saw horses and a straight edge. I clamped my straight edge to the MDF and used my circular saw.

I cut two pieces of 5/4" X 4" three inches wider than the width of my base. This is to allow for the wheels to be a little outboard for better stability.
I glued and screwed them onto the bottom flush with each end.

I cut two 2" X 2"s to fit the length of the base.

These were glued and screwed flush with the edges.
I cut two 3" pieces of 5/4" X 4" to fit on top of the wheel extensions to add a little more strength.
On each end I added a 1" X 4" piece that was approximately 4" short of the front edge.

These are to hold the upright supports
I cut the upright supports with a 5 degree miter on each end. Each upright is 56" long.

I cut top pieces out of 1" X 4" to hold the tops together.
Then I glued and screwed the uprights to the side supports.

I cut two 1" X 4" pieces to fit on top of the supports.

Next I added 1" X 4"s between the supports.

I placed these flush with the front sides of the supports. I spaced them so that they would hold different sizes of wood. The lower one was 17" up from the bottom and the top piece was at 38".
Next I worked on the clamp side of the rack. I made half circle cutouts in the top for my pipe clamps.

I made double the number of pipe clamps I have so I had some room for growth. I backed the top using a piece of scrap and clamps. To make the cutouts I used forstner bits that matched my pipe diameter. I started the holes 1/8" in from the edge so that the bit point would have some room to track down through the wood.

16-Pc. Forstner Bit Set
16-Pc. Forstner Bit Set

Irwin® Quick-Grip® SL300 Clamps
Irwin® Quick-Grip® SL300 Clamps

I made two clamp guides from 1" X 4" by ganging them together and running them through my table saw using my box joint cutter blade.

Freud Box Joint Cutter Set
Freud Box Joint Cutter Set

I really like this blade set because the bottom of the cut is square.
I glued and screwed the clamp guides perpendicular to the front of the supports.
Here's a picture of the clamp side with some of the clamps in place.

I added quite a few more slots than the number of clamps that I have. I figure I'll be getting more in the future, you can never have too many clamps!
I also made the space between the clamp side and the sheet stock to put some plastic buckets for small wood pieces.

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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