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October 3, 2009
 Welcome Back

Wow, what a nice September we had, it was like summer was never going to end but it's beginning to feel a lot like fall now. One of the things that made September so nice was a visit from Ken's aunt Shirley and her two daughters Cindy and Sandy. They came from Erie, Pennsylvania in celebration of her 80th birthday and stayed a couple of days with us. They had never seen our new home so it was fun showing them around Coupeville, our little town historic town, and around the island.
The other big event in September was a family reunion in Buckley, Washington. It was the first time Ken's mom's side of the family had gotten together in more than twenty years.

Only aunt Shirley remains but she's joined here by her kids, Ken's mom's kids and her sister's kids. Ken's brother Ron,, and sister Diane,, and their spouses came up from California to be with us. We all had a good time reconnecting and reliving old memories. If you haven't had a family reunion recently we highly recommend it.

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?
We still haven't sold our 2005 PT Cruiser and have lowered the price to something quite affordable, $9,950. The blue book on this car is $9,400 and we're asking a little bit more because of the thousands of dollars and dozens of hours we've put into this car to make it a retro beauty.

While this car looks very cool and gets lots of compliments everywhere we go the real selling point is the fact that it only has 16,000 miles on it. For a four year old car that's only 4,000 miles a year. If you are interested just drop a line to

Site Of The Month
The kids are back in school and we're sure they are all thrilled ;-) One of the things they might not be thrilled about is being bullied! Bullies can leave long lasting scars on kids. It's important to know information about bullies and share that information with your kid's.
This week is The Fourth Annual National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week. It encourages communities nationwide to work together to increase awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children.

Families, students, schools, organizations and other groups can unite with PACER to prevent bullying in several ways. Activities and materials such as contests, toolkits, and online bullying prevention training are available to help reduce bullying in schools, recreational programs, and community organizations.

This month's web site provides a bunch of information on how to keep from being bullied and how to help keep your kids from being bullies. For a whole bunch of great information on bullying go to
Marilyn's Corner
Fall Corn Husk Wreath

It's time to start decorating your home for fall and this corn husk wreath is just the ticket. It's fun to make and you can get quite creative with your own wreath. I made mine look like a sunflower with a cone center but once you get started there is any number of ways to make them look cool.
Here's what you'll need:
9" Straw Wreath
A Bag of Dried Corn Husks
Low Temperature Hot Melt Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
8" Length of Jute or Other Heavy String
Indian Corn Kernels
Poppy Seeds
White Glue or Tacky Glue
Begin by hot melt gluing and wrapping corn husks around the wreath. I cut the husks into halves or thirds lengthwise to be a more workable size. 

To keep it neat, start and stop your wrap in the same area on the wreath. Continue until the whole wreath is covered.
Tie the jute string around the wreath, this will be the hanger.

Wrap and glue each husk from the inside of the wreath to the outside edge. Start with the cut end. The point will be sticking out like a star. Continue to glue and overlap until you get to the fullness you want. I did it three times around.

To make the center only glue the inside edge then bring the ends together and glue to form the center.
Using tacky glue add the corn kernels along the outside of the center. If you don't have corn kernels you can use sunflower seeds, they would look great too.
I put tacky glue all over the rest of the center and sprinkled poppy seeds on it to make the center dark. Of course you can make yours any way you like, just be sure to have fun while doing it.

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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 Michelle C. of North Bend, Washington.
Ramblings of a Retired Mind

I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones that everyone has clipped onto their belt or purse. 

I can't afford one. So, I'm wearing my garage door opener. I also made a cover for my hearing aid and now I have what they call blue teeth, I think.

You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn't like me anyway.

I was thinking that women should put pictures of missing husbands on beer cans!

I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is "when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it."

I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age, and call it "Pumping Rust."

I have gotten that dreaded furniture disease. That's when your chest is falling into your drawers!

I know, when people see a cat's litter box, they always say, "Oh, have you got a cat?" Just once I want to say, "No, it's for company!"

Employment application blanks always ask who is to be notified in case of an emergency. I think you should write, "A Good Doctor!"

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do... write to these men? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen could look for them while they deliver the mail? Or better yet, arrest them while they are taking their pictures!

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older. Then, it dawned on me, they were cramming for their finals.

As for me, I'm just hoping God grades on the curve.
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This Month's Free Recipe
Stuffed Ham Slices 
This is a great recipe for making yummy hors d'oeuvres to serve to your guests.
  • 1 Loaf French Bread
  • 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 Cup Parsley, chopped
  •  8 Ounces Cream Cheese
  • 3/4 Cup Celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 8 Slices Ham
  • 1 Large Dill Pickle
Slice the bread in half and hollow out each half leaving 1/2" crust.
Spread Mayonnaise over each half and sprinkle with Parsley.
Blend the Cheeses, Celery, Onion and Salt.
Pack this mix down in the center of the loaf halves leaving a small hollow down the center.
Quarter the Pickle lengthwise and roll each end with double thick Ham slice.
Place the Pickles end to end in the loaf.
Place the top half of the loaf on the bottom half, wrap with plastic and chill for several hours.
Cut it into crosswise slices and serve.

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Woodworking Project


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This Months Woodworking Project

Cabinet Slide Out

Our house that we've now lived in for two years had manufactured cabinets installed in the kitchen. They are OK and the shelves in the big cabinets slide out which makes access to things in the back quite easy. That is to say that all but one cabinet had this feature.
The shelves in the cabinet under our built in oven did not slide and they were really hard to get into. I fixed that with some simple shelves and slides.
Since every kitchen and cabinet have different dimensions I'll just give you the basics of what I did and let you do the math on your end.

    Here's what I used:
  • 1/4" Plywood, finished on one side
  • 3/4" X 1 1/2" Oak
  • Full extension slides
  • Scrap wood for the slide mounts
  • Nails
  • Glue
To make the frame I started by measuring the opening and depth of the cabinet. Be sure to allow for anything that protrudes like hinges or recesses on doors. Except for the face of the shelf, subtract the width of the slides plus 1/4" to give a little extra room for dare I say "mistakes". For the face just subtract 1/4".
The frame is made with the sides and slides being inset in the face and the back going in between the sides.

Cut the front, back and sides to length.
Cut a dado in the front allowing for the with of the sides and the slide.

You could set up a dado blade but I used my favorite Freud General Purpose Blade.

FreudŽ 10'' x 40T Hi ATB Premier Fusion General Purpose Blade
FreudŽ 10'' x 40T Hi ATB Premier Fusion General Purpose Blade

I set up a spacer on my fence as a guide and just made several cuts to clean out the dado.
Next I cut the slots for the bottom of the shelves using a router with a spiral bit.

Spiral Mortising Router Bits
Spiral Mortising Router Bits

Lay out the frame and carefully measure to get the size for the bottom.
Cut the bottom and dry fit the assembly to make sure that it goes together as planned.

Glue the ends but let the bottom float in the dadoed groove.

Nail the ends with a brad nailer.

Porter Cable Pin Nailer Kit
Porter Cable Pin Nailer Kit

Clamp and square the shelf by measuring from corner to corner making sure that the dimension is the same both ways.

These plastic squares work well also for squaring up your projects.

Clamp-It? Assembly Square 6-Pc. Kit
Clamp-It™ Assembly Square 6-Pc. Kit

I had to build out supports for slides on the inside of my cabinets. I used scrap wood for this and made them so the slides would line up with the width of my shelf.

I used full extension slides that would carry a good load so I didn't have to worry about the shelf sagging when it was extended.

Centerline 100 lb. Full Extension Drawer Slides, Black Finish
Centerline 100 lb. Full Extension Drawer Slides, Black Finish

I mounted the slides to the cabinet wall and the shelves and slid them together, perfect!
Marilyn is now a much happier gal and it really makes getting at things at the back of the shelf easy.

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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