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Getting Clippy   Leave a comment

It’s been too long since I’ve made a batch of clipboards. So, once I cleared the shop time, I made sure I made enough to last a while. We’ll see how long!

I have a wife that tells me they aren’t needed in our modern paperless society.

At the same time, 2 of our kids have an open ended order for clipboards from me.

I’m pretty sure I’ll vote with the kids customers on this one. After all, I worked for a newspaper for over 20 years. I believe in paper … and I still do.

Electrons have their power, but they’ll never have the feel of newsprint. For that reason, I’m a clipboard maker.

Three of these clipboards are special orders; the other 16 go on sale Saturday morning at the Montrose Arts & Crafts Festival.

I Keep Making New Stuff   Leave a comment

This is a pot pourri of recent boards that made it to the finish line.

The first cutting board was a special order, and it’s the first piece I’m completed that uses Mesquite. Further down in this group is a Lazy Susan that better showcases this wood that’s uncommon in Southern California.

At the bottom of this group are a pair of “Family” signs that are the first of the true 3D carving signs that I’ve gotten to the finish line. Both of these are made from Hard Maple, though one of them is made from a dark wood that’s got some curly figure in it … unusual for Maple.

I got disorganized enough that a few pieces made it out of the shop and to last week’s event … and were sold before I got their pictures. That has not happened before!

I’ve got 4 more Lazy Susans in the shop that just might be finished for this weekend’s event … but I’ve got several custom orders that will be my focus this week.

For The Clippers   1 comment

I’ve been told these are old fashioned.

I’ve been told these are simply fabulous.

I’m pretty sure it all depends on your attitude towards paper. If it’s in your life, then clipboards probably have a special place in your heart.

If your goal is to be paperless, well, then just move along. Nothing to see here.

These pieces introduce a new idea for me: I’ve decided to make non-food items not have a food-ready finish.

I’m an innovator.

So, these clipboards are finished with “wipe on poly” … polyurethane. After the urethane was dried & smoothed, I then put on a wax topcoat … because that’s how I do.

Each clipboard has a 1/2″ clip. 2 sizes here: letter size and notepad size. Enjoy!

Clipping Right Along   Leave a comment

The truth of the matter is I like making clipboards.

That’s much to the chagrin of Mrs M, who just doesn’t get it. She works in a paperless office. A virtual world. You could argue that it’s a fantasy world of her own making, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Some people, however, still use real paper to write real words with a real pencil. Or pen. And those people seem to love my clipboards.

After receiving an order for three, I finally got enough shop time to make this batch of 9. One of those is notepad size, and the rest are letter size. All have 1/2″ clips.

With this batch, I’m using a polyurethane finish. Since these boards don’t need to be food ready … they aren’t.

Innovation, on a clip board.

I find that satisfying, so I’m going to keep making these!

Holding Paper?   Leave a comment

Mr-Ms-Logo---LargeI’ve been told that no one uses paper these days.

They’re wrong.

Paper may be on the way out – eventually – but that day is not here yet. Many people use paper, and keep paper. Refer to paper. Hold papers together.

I can help those people.

Clipboards come in three sizes: legal size, letter size and notepad size. Two clips are offered: 1″ and 1/2″ capacity. Two of these 6 boards are commissioned pieces; the rest join my current inventory that just may last me through the end of the year. Time will tell!

Posted September 24, 2016 by henrymowry in Woodworking

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Boards: Cutting, Small & Clip. And A Bear.   1 comment

Odds & Ends. And A Lazy Susan.   Leave a comment

Mr-Ms-Logo---LargeIt’s summer. Thank goodness.

The Spring Fling is but a memory, and now we’re moving on to one of our few summer events.

Very few summer events. Thank goodness.

This week, we’re going to Lompoc (never been there!) for the Lompoc Flower Festival. No clue what awaits us, but Lompoc has been considered a key source of flower seeds for the world, I’m told. So, they have a Flower Festival, and we’re going.

After all, it’s forecast to be 30* cooler there than it is in Santa Clarita this weekend, and we are SO in.

As is my tradition, a few boards got finished just in time for this grand event. Some are off cuts. Some are special orders, and a few are actually added to my constantly shrinking inventory for this event.

After this weekend, we’re back in SoCal for next weekend to make more stuff … for the July 4th event in downtown Ventura. Hope to see you soon!

 

Old-Fashioned Paper Holders   Leave a comment

Mr-Ms-Logo---LargeWhile sleeping last night, I had a dream about drilling holes in these boards to install the clips … and realized that they would then be clip bored.

What, don’t you have punny woodworking dreams?

Alas, I’m often wittier at 3a than I am at 3p.

I have finally produced several clip boards, and I believe they will prove popular. I have been asked for them many times, so we’ll see if that demand will be satisfied with this group. Mrs M doesn’t have faith in this product line, but that’s OK, as I have no idea why she’s playing with bath bombs.

But that’s a story for another day.

All of these old-fashioned paper holders will be at this weekend’s Santa Clarita Home & Garden Show in Central Park. Stop by and see the lovely Little Girl substituting for the Mrs M’s.

Hope to see you there!

 

Clipboard   3 comments

It’s far from my # 1 request … some even say they’re outdated.

When you look up “clipboard” online … all of the articles are about copying & pasting. There’s a desire for a clipboard to be on smartphones. Everybody’s talking about how to use your clipboard.

But no one is asking how much paper they can hold.

In this case, the rated capacity is 1″.

I certainly don’t know how to use it with your smartphone, though.

Posted February 24, 2016 by henrymowry in Woodworking

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