Category Archives: Shop projects

The Art of BEEing: The China Feeder

Recently I was in China on a business trip and happened to come across another beekeeper in the office there. He no longer had any bees of his own since he was living in an urban apartment, but he had … Continue reading

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Shop Projects – Bee Feeder

Last year when I realized I needed to feed my bees on an on-going basis through the summer I slapped together a feeder made of a half gallon plastic storage container with  some plastic canvas and cable ties used to … Continue reading

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Shop Projects: Making a Chinese kitchen knife stand

I was recently in China and, as tends to be the case, I came home with a selection of tools and kitchen knives.  Unfortunately, as Chinese kitchen knives tend to have taller blades than most others and even vegetable knives … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing – Experimenting with swarm traps

The problem with one bee colony is that it soon wants to be two – either by the colony swarming, or the beekeeper realizing that adding a second colony is a big gain for little extra effort. I fit into … Continue reading

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Real Life Review – Incra iBox box joint jig

Years ago when I was redoing my kitchen I tried making box joints with a shopmade jig and a wobble dado for some drawers, and after quite a bit of frustration trying to get it dialed in just as I … Continue reading

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Shop Projects – Wok paddle

I recently transitioned from a flat to a round bottom wok, and in doing so I found that I didn’t have a good utensil to work with the round bottom. Flat edged utensils bridged over the contour, while of my … Continue reading

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Shop Projects: Murphy Bed

A friend has several friends who come for extended visits but can’t manage stairs well, and all of their bedrooms are upstairs. That means that when these friends came to visit they ended up sleeping on an air bed in … Continue reading

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