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Hobby Workbench Build

In my post on finishing projects, I discussed taking up the hobby of model trains.  This hobby can be very challenging and time consuming, but the final product can be visually beautiful.  Regardless, you will need a place to work while building your steam empire.  As shown below, my...

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Applying Victorian Steam to a Horizontal Bandsaw – Part 2

In Part 1 of applying steam to a horizontal bandsaw, I began the steampunk “restoration” of a new in the box horizontal metal cutting bandsaw to give it the late Victorian look.  The last post showcased the basics of restoration and some basic machining.  In this post, I’ll tackle some new issues, do the last of the painting...

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Giving the Machine Lathe Some Steam – Part 1

I especially like projects where I can take a new item and through a little work and some minor additions give it some Victorian Steam.  My recent post about applying steampunk design to a horizontal bandsaw is a good example.  So when I look at any tool, new or used, I’m...

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Modifying Modern Furniture: Lessons Learned – Part 1

Five years ago I needed a computer desk but was unable to find something suitable in my antique buying travels.  Antique furniture, and desks in particular, are difficult to find in a correct size.  Remember that we are taller/larger today than our recent ancestors, and we are also richer in material...

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Today in History: November 11, 1918

98 years ago today on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ended.  However, history will one day admit that this was merely a cessation of hostilities until the continuation of the war under Adolph Hitler.

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Wallpapers Galore!

Many of the pictures on this blog tell the story of the process, the “how to”, of making something.  They are illustrative in intent, and I post a rather large version of these pictures so my readers can zoom in and see the details.  The below pictures are examples...

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Chapter 1: The Antiquarian’s Early Years

I thought it might be fun to cover a little of my relevant history for you faithful readers and for my son’s future reading.  What follows in Chapter 1 covers the early years of my antiquarian ways and gives some credit where it’s due.  A lot happened during this era, especially hand...

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