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About Jim Barry

A Newfoundland born Canadian with a life long interest in woodworking, baking and anything else that peaks my curiosity.

Holiday Raccoon yard art project

Today we added a fun new design from Monica Sugg, an artist living in the Halifax area of Nova Scotia, Canada. This Holiday Raccoon measures 28.5 x 30 inches in size. We provide the full size drawing for you to successfully complete this project. While at our online store take a few minutes to view the thousands of other yard art projects you can use to decorate your outdoor living space!

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Holiday Raccoon full size drawing

Workyard expansion

Never thought I would say this but we started expanding the work yard today. Going inwards on each side of the road about 30-40 ft. For now it will be a place to put flitches and rejects off the mill. Afterwards it’ll be space for a couple 10×20 sheds. Its a sloped hill, so dirt removed from the left side will be used to fill in the right side.

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Scraps ready to chip.

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Gravestone repairs

We are the caretakers of the cemetery across the lake from us. We have been for about 11 years now. That involves mowing and any repairs we see fit. Saturday we spent the afternoon at the cemetery filling in low spots in the grass and straightening some headstones. As you can see, this one is tilting forward quite a bit. It is actually tilted more than this picture shows since the cemetery is on a hill.

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headstone repairs

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How to install an hour meter on machinery

Equipment maintenance is important. You work hard for your money so when you spend that money on something, you want that something to last as long as possible. When it comes to big and small engines, the common maintenance task is the oil change. An hour meter can solve that problem.

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engine hour meter installation

Today we install one on a saw mill. The best part is its super easy.

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Sawmill Blades

Diary of a sawyer (newbie stage)

I have been trying out some different band saw mill blades this past month. The blade on the bottom having already gone through the mill, past due for sharpening, the result of this newbie sawyer not knowing when to stop and change the blade. The top blade is a different brand, new out of the box and ready to start cutting.

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band saw mill profiles

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