December 2010

I know I’ve been writing a lot about my vintage Chambers kitchen stove lately but I happen to have another vintage stove that hasn’t gotten any attention.  That all changes today.  Say hello to my old, rusty, but reliable propane campstove. Ms. Bungalow and I love to take the kids camping at our wonderful Minnesota […]


“Just don’t blow yourself up.” That’s what I’d hear from friends, family and even store clerks when I talked about my recent work updating the natural gas supply in the kitchen and installing a vintage Chambers stove that I had improved with an oven safety shutoff.  Well, it has been a month since I finished […]


Chambers Stove Installation

by Josh on December 29, 2010 · 12 comments

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With my vintage Chambers 61C kitchen stove sufficiently cleaned and updated with a new oven pilot light and gas shutoff safety system I was ready to connect the gas for final stove testing and adjustment.  Unfortunately, my kitchen wasn’t ready to cooperate until I updated the gas supply pipe.  Add that one to my list […]


Chambers Stove Cleaning and Updating

by Josh on December 21, 2010 · 13 comments

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Counting the packing, unpacking and travel time, it took a couple hours to move my vintage Chambers stove the 15 miles to my house.  Moving the stove the final 15 yards from the living room to the kitchen took considerably more time and effort.  Before settling it in the kitchen, I wanted to take the […]


About My Chambers Stove

by Josh on December 17, 2010 · 10 comments

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may recall that back in May I shared a teaser photo of the 1951 Chambers 61C range I bought for the kitchen.  Since then, I haven’t said a word about the stove because…. I wasn’t doing much with it besides think about how great it would […]


The chief strength of all-in-one tools is their versatility.  And the chief weakness of all-in-one tools is also their versatility.  In order to squeeze in those extra features, typically something has to give, be it size, price, or customization.  Therefore, when judging a multi-featured tool, the essential question is whether the convenience outweighs the compromises. […]


Snow Day Sights

by Josh on December 10, 2010 · 1 comment

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Snow has come to Minneapolis and more is on the way. The squirrels are making follow-the-leader tracks through the windowbox. The lawn chairs are much more cushiony. And the hearth offers a warm welcome back inside.

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Making a Tile Frame, Part 2

by Josh on December 3, 2010 · 1 comment

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When last we saw my tile frame, I had completed the construction and was ready for finishing.  When it comes to staining and finishing, I’m a complete amateur.  I just haven’t done it that often and my past results have been mixed, so I really wanted to take a step forward in my finish quality […]

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Making a Tile Frame, Part 1

by Josh on December 1, 2010 · 1 comment

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After the adirondack chairs I made last year, I’ve wanted to try some more woodworking projects.  I thought a good next project would be to make some picture frames because the construction, though simple, requires precise cutting, assembly and finishing.  I’ve framed a few walls, so why not frame some things to hang on them? […]

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