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Class On Kevin Rodel's Side Chair #1: Introduction

579 days ago by Grampa_Doodie | 6 comments »

This class will show you the steps that I took to build this really beautiful side chair designed by Mr. Kevin Rodel. Here’s a photo of just some of my chairs sitting around our kitchen table. I’ll be sharing several good things (and a few bad things) that evolved down in my shop while building ten of these gorgeous chairs. Hopefully you will walk away with a handful of tips that will make your chair building session a much more pleasant experience. I learned an unbelievabl...

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Building handplanes #1: Adjustable compass plough plane

1034 days ago by toolchap | 8 comments »

A while back I mentioned a commission for a circular plough plane similar to the Falconer plane. The client wanted it to look as close as possible to the original. Now research only brought 5 photographs to light and armed with these, I had to start delving into the mind of the designer and how to overcome the myriad of problems this plane presented. To be frank, I would rather rebuild a Stanley 55 in bronze than this little beauty with its problem plethora. After many weeks I am finall...

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Making a pizza cutter with a celtic knot

1069 days ago by Eric_S | 12 comments »

I purchased the Rockler pizza cutter recently and decided to try a celtic knot in the turned handle. It was surprisingly easy. I started with a leftover piece of hard maple I had from the legs of the nightstand project. Started with 1 1/2×6 block. In the center I marked x’s at 45 degree angles using my compound ruler. I was looking for scrap that would look nice and fit the kerfs that either my band saw or table saw would produce. I found the perfect scrap of cherry tha...

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How to Build a Chevalet From Scratch #3: Some Chevalet Modifications A New Friend

1229 days ago by shipwright | 11 comments »

There are two stories here that can’t be separated from each other so I’ll tell them together. One is about the first modifications to the Chevalet after using it for several hours. The other is about making the acquaintance of the premier marquetry and chevalet master on this side of the ocean. As our story begins; I was having a bit of an ethical struggle with myself about offering my (however humble) Sketch Up chevalet plans publicly for free when there is someone out there ...

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Taking the Chevalet (no not Chevrolet) for a Test Drive. #3: The Requested Video, Part One.

1236 days ago by shipwright | 30 comments »

I had two LJ friends over today to do a test drive and we managed to shoot a surprisingly passable video. We started with my digital camera but its battery died so we switched to one of theirs. I was able to find a video editing program downloadable free and managed to clean up the part from my camera but the rest will have to wait a day or so. Anyway this should give you a pretty good idea of how it works. I’m a complete virgin at this video stuff (and the chevalet for that matter) so ...

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Making Octagonal Stock from Square Stock

1404 days ago by swirt | 16 comments »

Many of the tips I have read regarding starting to round a spindle on a lathe recommend starting with octagonal stock. Many of the tool handles on tools I like, have octagonal handles. So I thought I would define the simplest method I have found for making octagonal stock from square stock. Be sure you have square to begin with.Find the center of the square. Take the length from corner to center and transfer it to the side face. Set your marking gauge to that length and...

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How to use a Kerfmaker (trying to help out!) Blog.

1406 days ago by mafe | 37 comments »

How to use a KerfmakerOk, many asked me this question, and I have seen it again and again on LJ. If you need to find out how to make one, you can see my Kerfmaker 'Brass'n wood'. Another fun gadget is the tenonmarker:http://lumberjocks.com/projects/39236 I’ll try to explain, as well as I can, feel free to ask questions if I do not make myself clear (I’m only human): Collect what is needed, in this case a base stock and two thinner side stocks, and of course a Kerfmaker...

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Owning your own business (Post #1)

1413 days ago by nate22 | 9 comments »

Owning your own business is fun but it takes a lot of work and staying commited to it. I started my business two and a half years ago and I just started getting really busy about seven months ago. One thing I have learned is you have to make what is selling even if you don’t build it or like to. Because when I started my business I was making livingroom furniture well that wasn’t selling for me, so I decided at the beginning of this year that I would start making bed frames esp...

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Going Pro as a Woodworker Part 1 - The Dark Side

1604 days ago by Charles Brock | 4 comments »

Since I started my woodworking publishing and education company after retiring as a school teacher company, I have been living a dream working daily as a professional woodworker. This series taken from my website’s (Build A Maloof Inspired Rocker) blog will share some of those experiences and give some advice to those who are pros or thinking about the day! I was traveling before six in the morning recently, on my way to do a personal appearance as a woodworker. There was a big chan...

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Starting Upper Cut Woodworks #1: Key Decisions, Goals, and Scoping

1666 days ago by Matt (Upper Cut) | 3 comments »

So I’ve decided to turn my woodworking hobby into a woodworking business. When making this decision, I had to take a lot into consideration. I have a family, and a demanding (and rewarding) full-time job at Microsoft. So, here’s some of the key decisions I’ve made to scope the business and the reasoning behind them. Focus on my familyI have a great family that I love to spend time with. I’m not going to take on so many projects that I can’t continue to spend time with them. Kick butt at...

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