Category Archives: Chai Boy Journal

Chai-Boy the Final Chapter

The snow is falling, the first real snow of winter, and if you listen carefully, you can hear the faint sounds of someone of rejoicing from the FbY workshop. Yes,,,, you can hear it,,,, the sound of someone dancing and singing. … Continue reading

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My plans are almost complete! Muwhahahaha

The Chai-boy is almost complete. I feel like school boy with a bad case of “senior-itis”. I am so ready to get this project completed and out of sight. Why do I say that? I don’t know, I kinda feel like Dr. … Continue reading

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Chai-boy Part Deux

Part Shtahyeem (two in Hebrew) of the Chai-boy adventure is now in theaters near you! Yes Sirree Bob, the “Yud” is taking shape. This is my first attempt to make a bandsaw box, and aside from the sanding, it’s pretty … Continue reading

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A message from the suggestion box

To Whom It May Concern: As your one and only right shoulder, I would like to lodge a complaint. I have been over-used with all this sanding and sanding and sanding. I am sore, tired, and I have this burning … Continue reading

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My Bonehead Award

All though I got a lot done in the shop yesterday, it was not my day. They say bad luck comes in threes, but I wonder if that rule applies to bad judgment too. After gluing each of the drawer … Continue reading

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Handtool Haven

Today certainly was hand-tool day at Yaakov’s shop. And, how sweet it was! Warning! Rabbit Trail ahead! Last night we watched Toy Story 3 and the scenario of my tools having a secret life of their own popped into my … Continue reading

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Finally!

Dear Chai-boy Journal, I finally got the carcass glued and clamped up. All the parts went together fairly nicely. It would have been nice to have a second set of hands helping me, but I had everything planned out well. … Continue reading

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Oil here there and everywhere

My fingers and shoulders have been getting a supreme workout for the past couple of days. This Chai-boy project is so unusual. This is first time I have had to do 95% of the finishing work before assembly. Let me … Continue reading

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Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Translated from the Italian, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” Actually, a better title for this post would be, “The Good, the oh well…, the disappointing, and the creepy. The Good I needed a new 1/4″ round-over bit, so the … Continue reading

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Looking back to move forward

For the past couple of days, I think I would have been fine working in the shop without electricity. Granted, I would need light, but I certainly have not needed it for my power tools. I don’t know what it … Continue reading

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