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How Time Has Changed-Old Pictures

Went through some of our old stuff today and found old pictures we had from years and years ago! This was at the time when we had old patterns, thinner strings and were still working out the little nooks and crannies of getting down the Tie Production Process.  Oh how time has changed! They look so much better and more professional now in comparison to then! 

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Piano Time!

It has been a long time since we last posted. Frankly, we have been so crazy busy that we have forgotten to write and take pictures! But today, there is a good story for you. This is our newest design, and in its trial run this year. The Piano Tie! So here, is short is how we do it.  We measure as close as we can to the lengths and sizes everything needs to be. Its all so varied: 1/2, 3/4, 3/8. We need the black and white keys and then the pieces in between them all! So we set them up on the chop saw and use a jig like always so we can cut them all to the...

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Jigs

Now, so here we go on another topic: Jigs. According to Wikipedia, “A jig's primary purpose is to provide repeatability, accuracy and interchangeability in the manufacturing of products. A jig is often confused with a fixture; a fixture holds the work in a fixed location. A device that does both functions (holding the work and guiding a tool) is called a jig.” So long story short: A jig is something we use to make the work go faster, help us cut things all to the same length, sand things to the same shape, design things exactly the same way as the next thing, or even the one before. Jigs in a wood shop are priceless. PRICELESS!! They are especially important when doing large...

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Burrrrrrrrls!

What on earth is a Burl? It sounds like “hurl” which does NOT sound appetizing. So what is a "Burl"?? Burls are those g-narly g-nasty guh-ugly looking things on the sides of trees and trunks. They are all over the place and can make your already not so great looking Boxelder tree look even worse. So what do Burls that have to do with wood working? Well, believe me or not, but Burls are the PRETTIEST parts of the tree that you can ever find. YUP. Ill prove it to you.    Burls are growths in a tree caused by injury, stress, or fungus, although it's most commonly from insect or mold infestations. The tree makes a "burl" to protect...

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Surfacing: from Slab to Table

Everybody has seen it and wanted to do it. HUGE slabs of wood being used for everything from desks to kitchen tables to chandeliers. Why does seeing things like that make you want one or to make one? Why is it so appealing? Maybe it’s because we take something BIG and make one big project and piece. Maybe its the fact that nature can make something so beautiful without us even messing with it. Or maybe it the challenge of the project we’ve been given and that we, as human beings, just want to take on that challenge and beat it.     Whatever it is, making tables out of huge slabs of wood is appealing. So here is a little...

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