September 10, 2004

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WELCOME BACK:   It seems like the pressure is on with the days getting shorter and the weather starting to change. We have a number of things we need to get done before the winter rains and winds come and we have a lot of playing we want to do. Marilyn is working overtime trying to get our new boat cover done. This has not been an easy task at all. We told you earlier that the first cut at copying the original cover onto the Sunbrella material made the cover too small. That's been fixed and now I'm putting in the grommets or at least trying to. I don't know how many of you have ever worked with Sunbrella but that material is incredible. It must be what bullet proof vests are made from.

We bought a grommet kit that came with a punch for making the holes and a die and anvil for installing the grommets. We took the punch and attempted to make the first hole. It cut about half way around the hole and when we looked at the sharp edge of the tool it looked like we had pounded it into concrete. Ken grumbled about it being a cheap foreign tool and then looked at the package and it was made in the USA. Ken stopped by Tool Town and picked up an industrial hole punch and we gave that a shot. While it didn't destroy the sharp edge it didn't cut through cleanly either. Marilyn finally decided to cut each hole out using a pair of scissors. What a pain in the posterior!

While Marilyn is working on the canvas Ken is STILL working on the teak. He says he's about done for the season even thought all the teak on the boat is not done. Good enough for this year!

We did manage to have a little fun by going to our grandson's fourth birthday party. We forgot how crazy and wild it can be when you get a bunch of excited little kids together. Here's a picture of the birthday boy blowing out his candles.

This weekend we are hoping to make it to the Western Washington State Fair in Puyallup, Washington. We may get lucky and see some more RunnerDucks! The weather prognosticator is showing nothing but rain for the next week or so but hey it's Washington.

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What's New This Week?   This week's project comes to us from Joe in Michigan. You may remember seeing the pictures of his woodworking in our newsletter a couple of weeks ago. In getting this project ready for you we talked to him a couple of times and found out some interesting things that we thought would be fun to share.

First of all Joe is turning 78 years old. He's very healthy and very active including a newspaper route that is over 15 miles long. His daughter is a crafter and takes her crafts to fairs to sell. Joe started taking his creations to the fairs and has been selling them at a pretty brisk pace. What was really fun to hear is that he has made many of the projects we've featured in our newsletter and sold them at these fairs. Be sure to check out Joe's very nice stool in this week's project.

If you build woodworking projects we'd love to hear from you. It's really tough coming up with a new project every week and when we get help from you it really relieves the pressure. Just drop us a line at and we'll help work out the details.


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Are you sending your kids off to college and worried about what they will eat and how they will afford it. Well they say that good food leads to a good mind and if what I've seen at dorms is any indication our future brain trust is in trouble :-) Actually kids at our universities have been eating junk for years. They try to save money for more fun things and skip on good eating.

Maybe this week's web site will inspire them to take a little better care of themselves while saving a buck or two. has money saving recipes and tips that anybody can use. While we haven't tried any of their recipes yet they sound pretty good. There is a calculator for figuring the cost per serving of different cuts of meat and many other handy tools.

If you are looking to save a buck on your grocery bills and still serve up a good meal then you should check out


Tissue Dispenser

Steve, a coworker of Ken's came up with this clever idea. We think it looks pretty neat and it actually works. Steve has made a number of them for people at work at they all love it.

Here's what you'll need:

An empty plastic bulk 100 CD container.

A picture that is 6" X 16". An old calendar picture might work for this. You can also print pictures off your printer, use stickers or paint it.
Tissue (toilet) paper

Cut out your picture to fit inside the container.
Tape the picture inside the container.
Remove the center post from the base.
Remove the cardboard core of the tissue roll. You can cut it out with a good pair of scissors.
Start the tissue from the center of the roll. Do Not start unwrapping the tissue from the outside of the roll.
Drop the tissue roll into the container and feed the loose end up through the hole in the base.
Twist on the base and you are good to go.

Thanks Steve for this cleaver idea. It always amazes us when someone comes up with something nice from something that would have otherwise been thrown away.

     We hope you enjoy Marilyn's Corner and look forward to all the fun things she brings you each week. If you have a fun project that would be suitable for our newsletter we'd love to share it with our readers. Just contact and we'll do the rest.

Remember we have all of our past projects archived on our web site at Just click on the Projects or Kids Only Eggs.

Kids Stuff

Rolling Backpacks


We thought we'd leave this link up for another week since taking care of your back at a young age is so important. Now that school has started I'm seeing these poor kids walking home from school with these overloaded backpacks hanging down past their wastes and think about what their backs will be like when they get older. We think these rolling backpacks are a much better option and they have some really cool styles for the kids. If you want to do your child a favor that they won't appreciate until they get older, order them one of these rolling backpacks today!

The Tempos
News and CD of the Week

If you like soft jazz we thought you might enjoy hearing one of the Tempos trumpet players playing with another group. Geno has a trio that performs from time to time and they will be playing tomorrow night at Romeo's Restaurant from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM. Romeo's is located at 21110 - 76TH Ave. W., Edmonds, Washington (just a few blocks West of 99 at 212th and one block North of Edmonds-Woodway HS).

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.

Album Pick of the Week

The Passion of the Christ

We usually find you an interesting music CD each week but we thought that we'd do something a little bit different this week. This week Amazon is offering The Passion of the Christ at 40% off the list price. That means you can get this movie for only $17.99. That's $11.99 off the regular price. If you've been wanting to get this movie for your collection then this is the opportune time.

Be sure and visit the RunnerDuck Music Store for great savings on just about anything.



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Do you have a freezer? It's a great way to save money by purchasing bulk food at places like Costco and then freezing the excess. Where is your freezer located? Since the whole idea of a freezer is to make things cold then consider putting your freezer in a cool place. A room that can breathe is good. A freezer creates a lot of heat so you want a room that has a way to expel that heat. Garages are great in the winter or an entry area works good too. Don't stuff it in a small sealed room in the basement. It will only cost you money in the long run.

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Sausage Salad

This salad is unusual but really good. Serve it up at your next gathering and see what everyone has to say about it. We're sure you will get rave reviews.


  • 1/2 Pound Kielbasa, sliced in 1/4" pieces
  • 2 Cups Diced Cooked Potatoes
  • 4 Hard Cooked Eggs, sliced
  • 1 Cup Cooked Peas or Beans
  • 1/3 Cup Onion, diced
  • 1/2 Green Pepper, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato Wedges
Cut up and mix all the ingredients together.
Chill and serve on Lettuce with Tomato wedges.

That's it! It takes a little preparation cooking everything but the results are well worth it.

Remember, if you have a recipe you'd like to share please send it to We'd be happy to post your favorite recipe on our Kitchen site or in our newsletter and give you credit. Just drop a line to.

     Every month we post a new recipe on our web page. Be sure and check out the September recipe at the RunnerDuck Kitchen Store.


"Bruce Aidells's Complete Sausage Book"
by Bruce Aidells, Denis Kelly


Do you want to make our Sausage Salad even better? Then make it with your own home made sausage! This weeks cookbook not only guides you through making great sausage but also has a bunch of great recipes you can make with sausage.

One reviewer from Portland, Oregon reviewed this cookbook and wrote; While visiting from Indiana, my brother told me about making sausage. He bought a grinder and a book. Said I would no longer wonder about the fancy sausages I got in Portland. He convinced me. I bought an attachment for my Kitchen Aid, picked up Bruce Aidell's book and that was that! I bought some casings from the local whole foods store and some meat, spices and stuffing goodies and started making the best sausages I have ever eaten! This book has all the recipes and they are wonderful! Easy to follow. No pictures, but it is a book about grinding and stuffing. Who needs pictures? The book is great! Want to make your own sausages? Buy this book. Adds a new dimension to cooking...or grilling!


Joe's Stool

Joe from Michigan submitted this weeks project. He was kind enough to fax us a great layout so we could see exactly how it was made. We would really like to thank Joe for his contribution.


3/4" oak plywood or solid oak or birch.
(16) #8 X 1 1/2" wood screws.
Paint and varnish.

Here's an exploded view with the dimensions. I know it's awful tiny but if you click on it you'll get a picture that you can actually see. Print it out and take it to your shop with you.

Cut the top 16" X 11 5/8".
Radius the corners using a pint paint can or 1 1/2" radius.
Cut a 1" X 4" hole in the center.
Sand the edges to a slight radius all the way around.
Cut two legs 11 1/2" long, 9 1/2" across the top and 11 1/2" across the bottom. Bevel the top and bottom edges 10 degrees.
Cut a 6" radius in the center bottom of each leg.
Cut two sides 10 3/8" along the top and 11 1/2" along the bottom and 2 1/8" wide. Make the top cut a 10 degree bevel.
Cut the bottom board 14 3/8" X 2 1/8" long beveled 10 degrees on each end.
Sand all the pieces and assemble using glue and screws.
First screw the sides into the legs. Recess the sides about 1/8" to add some detail. Drill and countersink the screw holes, two on each end for each side.
Install the bottom board in the same manner.
Using a Forstner bit, drill four holes angled in from the inside of the sides for the screws that will hold the legs to the top. The hole will bury the head of the screw. Don't drill too deep or your screw will go through the top of the bench.
Pilot drill these four holes then glue and screw it centered on the top.
Put wood putty over the countersunk holes and sand smooth.
Finish your project with paint and varnish. Joe has made these in many different colors and they always look nice.

That's it, now get busy and make several for presents or to sell.

Thanks again Joe for helping out this week. I really do appreciate it!

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