Duane McGuire Blog

I've been thinking about things for quite a long while.


November 5, 2021
Amateur Machinist: Tuning Lever Extension
Making a useful tool improvement for piano stringing with new machinist skills
September 5, 2021
Efficient Use of 20 square feet
Finally. A bathroom for the main floor.
May 29, 2021
Landscaping Spring 2021
Spring project: garden landscape
May 29, 2021
Garden Railroad Spring 2021
Spring has sprung, and it's time to get working on the railroad!
November 29, 2020
Pet Doors for Bebop
This is all about a doggie door.
October 18, 2020
A Singer Sewing Machine is not a piano
A singer sewing machine is not a piano. But I accepted the challenge of restoring a sewing machine ...
September 19, 2020
Progress on the MH&D Railroad
It looks like we'll be laying track on the McGuire-Henkel-and-Dunbar railroad next spring. For a ...
August 8, 2020
McGuire-Henkel-Dunbar Railroad
Last year I decided it was time, if ever, for me to start building a garden railroad in the ...
July 20, 2020
An old Piano Friend Comes Home
Sometime around 1959, in Raymond Washington, I had my first piano lesson. It was on this piano: ...
July 6, 2020
Sand, Gravel, and Cement, Mixed With Experience
For Terri's birthday, she asked for sand and gravel. Actually, it was sand, gravel, cement, and ...
July 2, 2020
A roof in a day
Our house was built 17 years ago. A look around the neighborhood will tell you that the roofing ...
June 26, 2020
More improvements for Bebop
She’s an expensive dog, and worth it! Now complete is a new walkway to the shop, and concrete steps.
June 12, 2020
Can you fix that?
Yes, I can.
June 11, 2020
Pandemic Projects
June 11, 2020
Completion: East Steps of the Deck
It's done. Steps for the east side of the deck. The deck was completed 5 years ago. Pandemic = ...
May 21, 2020
Terri's Garden 2020
Showing off some of Terri's work
May 15, 2020
Getting it done
You might say that I've been thinking about building some steps on the east side of the deck for a ...
April 18, 2020
A fence for Bebop
Quarantine Project: the Bebop fence. For years, it has been known, "You can't have a dog. We don't ...
December 1, 2019
A sequencer for Jazz Chord Practice
As I work to develop my "Jazz vocabulary", I wanted an electronic flashcard tool that would help ...
November 16, 2019
Quick Change Bit holders
I bought a collection of quick change driver bits: square, phillips, hex, torx, and straight. Some ...
November 7, 2019
Front Door Handleset Repair
Yesterday I got an oops text from my wife:
April 24, 2019
Just Like Downtown
Dad was someone who was known as a practical man.   He could get things done, and was always ...
February 18, 2019
A first metal lathe project
I work in wood.  But for years I've wanted to get into the machinist's world too.   A few months ...
September 1, 2018
A piano shop workbench
My bargain shopping wife found a large "workbench" -- a collection of solid cabinets mounted on an ...
November 28, 2017
Smoke Detectors for the Shop
This morning I installed smoke detectors in the shop, which are interconnected with detectors in ...
September 28, 2017
Time Keeping Automation with TOGGL
For my piano rebuilding business, I do not work by the hour!  I am working on spec projects, or on ...
March 13, 2016
Clamp Rack
I started the day with a sheet of plywood.  I ended the day with a much needed and very useful ...
February 29, 2016
Woodwork Outside of a Piano!
The past few days, the woodshop has been put to work on a project that is not a piano!    In ...
April 14, 2014
Too Much fun with Sketchup
I've refined the design of the tablesaw outfeed table to include details for the router table and ...
April 9, 2014
Outfeed table for tablesaw
I recently took the time to re-learn Sketchup. I'm still inefficient with it, but its capability ...
April 9, 2014
2014 - The year of the deck
We're gearing up for deck building this summer.   Sketchup has been invaluable as a design tool.  ...
May 19, 2013
Garden Gate - 2013
When the neighbors built a white vinyl fence along the north property line a triangle of land was ...
December 31, 2012
Key Leveling Blocks
I recently decided to upgrade from the crude key leveling blocks I had been using, and enjoyed ...
October 31, 2011
Coffee Table
Erin designed a coffee table that we built in the shop in August.   This weekend was the next road ...
December 25, 2010
A mobile base for the Rikon Band Saw
The shop really isn't large enough for the new band saw to have a permanent location on the shop ...
November 24, 2009
The Paint Job
Ev was OK with that, but he did think that the boss fell a little short of the mark when he bought ...
October 31, 2009
Adjustable height workbench / assembly table
In my early years of woodworking and cabinet building, I spent a lot of time assembling things on ...
February 22, 2009
Woodshop progress: Lighting and Dust Collection Cyclone
I keep plugging away. After hanging ceiling drywall and fifteen light fixtures, I'm pretty good at ...
January 2, 2009
Woodshop progress: insulation and drywall
My shop is too big! OK. That's the last time you'll hear that. Though the work continues it seems ...
December 23, 2008
Woodshop progress: Passed electrical inspection this morning!
A milestone! I finished the rough-in electrical last night and had the inspection this morning. ...
November 23, 2008
Woodstove for the woodshop
I got out to the shop early this morning to work on wiring. But it was about 37 degrees, and hmmm, ...
October 28, 2008
The shop is closed in!
Well, the door is hung, and winter can come. I just need to do the weather stripping, and we ...
October 11, 2008
A door for the new shop
I figured that the new shop should have a fine door that speaks to what goes on inside. Sometime ...
October 4, 2008
Woodshop Progress
To complete the exterior, we just need the overhead and entry door. I'm working on the entry door ...
August 28, 2008
The workshop is a reality
Well, it's not done, but the space definitely exists now! Todd Thurgood was the framer. Who could ...
July 13, 2008
The workshop progesses
The permit was issued, and last week, the site was excavated and footings where poured. The ...
June 29, 2008
New Woodshop: Getting closer
I had once dreamed of building a timber-framed woodshop, but time and locale prevent it. Design ...

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