Projects

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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Codex of Endeavors

In my post on the four things makers should have, I mentioned that I had a sketchbook to record ideas and plan future projects:  a Codex of Endeavors.  This Codex is a more recent development because, despite what you might think, I wasn’t always this organized.  Originally when ideas hit, I...

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Painting Tips from the Antiquarian

You end up doing a lot of painting when you restore antiques.  Tips and tricks abound, but I thought it might be a good idea to share some basic concepts so my followers can jump start their painting.  I’m going to cover painting cast iron and sheet metal because...

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Windows into History

There is a new book by Julien Knez called Fenetres sur l’Histoire that caught my attention.  Julien has found the locations shown in old photographs of Paris and taken new pictures of the scenes using a wider angle lens.  This has allowed him to place the original photograph into the new picture...

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Handy Reference Page Added

As this site grows, it will become more difficult for you faithful readers to go back through the old posts and find the external links to help you with your projects, so I put together a handy page of links to the suppliers and webpages I frequent.  It can be...

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About Finishing Projects

Several years ago, my wife purchased a Bachmann N-scale “Empire Builder” train set for me.  It was a starter set that included a heavy steam locomotive, a small selection of freight cars, a power pack, and an oval of Bachmann’s quick connecting track.  Man was I stoked!    ...

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Documenting Progress

I’ve been restoring antiques since 1992.  In that time we’ve seen tremendous change in our world:  the rise of the internet, cell phones, email, text, social media, GPS navigation, and digital photography just to name a few.  Music transitioned from tape to CD to digital download.  Stealth became American military philosophy...

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