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Easy. Elegant Wooden Box Hinge #1: I could kick myself

1030 days ago by shipwright | 58 comments »

A few months ago I spent many many hours trying to perfectly align a set of “box joint hinges” for my project ” A Little Cabinetree” After I finally got them working I installed them on the edges of the MDF sides and doors and then veneered over the whole works. The only good part was that there were enough left over prototype parts that I could make a hinge for my next project from the cast-offs Then this week I was making a tea box for a friend and when...

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Making a Wooden Hinge For Your Box - Tutorial

1542 days ago by stefang | 53 comments »

While the rest of the world is going forward I seem to be going in the other direction, ie; wooden hinges. I bought a book from FWW back in 1998 showing router projects and techniques culled from past magazine articles. There was an article there by Rob Cosman.which included a method of making wooden hinges. This is the type of hinge in question shown on my box below. ““ ““ Main Problems producing a hinge using Rob Cosman’s method In Cosman’s a...

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5 Cuts to a "Perfect" Cross Cut Sled

778 days ago by wnwoodworkingschool | 50 comments »

I’ve been getting a few email requests for a video on how I calculate the error ratio and how to correct and construct a cross cut sled that’s dead on square. I’ve been demonstrating this at the Woodworking shows for the past 5, 6 years and I still get emails asking me about the error ratio calculations. So here it is. Material List for sled:Runners: 5/16” x 3/4” x 30” Base: 1/2” x 34” x 30” Front Fence: 1-1/2” x 5” x 30R...

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How I make cabriole legs, long, lots of pictures.

795 days ago by AlaskaGuy | 12 comments »

For this tutorial I going to use some pine I have laying around the shop. I glued up and number of pieces to get a blank big enough that my pattern will fit on them plus another 1/4’’ so. It’s real important that the blanks are square. First I make up the blanks and my leg pattern. Next I cut the blanks to the same length as my pattern. Then I draw the pattern on two sides of my blank.   Once you’ve gotten this far it’s time to make your mortises where the apron...

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Great Woodworking Videos #1: Amazing Videos of a Master Japanese Craftsman at work

1207 days ago by Blake | 41 comments »

I was clicking around the net when I came across these videos. They are some of the best videos I’ve ever found of a real Japanese craftsman using traditional techniques to build a project from start to finish. In this series of 5 videos he builds a beautiful small chest of drawers (most likely a jewelry box) using only hand tools. I am in awe at how the techniques he uses are so simple yet so effective. I wish I spoke Japanese. If anyone could repost these videos translated to engli...

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Jointer Setup

1442 days ago by thewoodwhisperer | 18 comments »

I find that the jointer is one of the most complex tools to calibrate. But if you ever used one that was out of shape, you know exactly why calibration is critical to your success. I hear from so many woodworkers who think their jointing problems are due to technique, when in reality, its the jointer itself that’s presenting the issues. Its a two-part process that starts with leveling the infeed and outfeed tables and making them coplanar. Next, you need to adjust the knives in...

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Solar kiln #1: from design to construction

1998 days ago by Julian | 12 comments »

A few years ago, I had the idea of building a small solar kiln. Well, life happened, and I didn’t have the time or money to build one. Then two weeks ago, my neighbor had a red elm cut down that had been struck by lighning earlier in the spring. I figured that a beautiful elm tree would never just fall into my lap, so I had the tree removal service roll the 8’, 30”+ main trunk into my front yard. After having it milled, I realized that I couldn’t wait an entire year to...

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"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #67: Turning A Page In Life

1506 days ago by frank | 9 comments »

Turning A Page In Life…. ….can we define the moment that wood took hold, can i fathom the canker i have be-come within my woods, who can understand that time when light exposed pine, and color bore witness to the heavens under which we lived…. ….i have walked in silence before the trees of these woods, where i shunned the teachings that came from noisy man, after all what is man but a creature of manifold knottiness, sent on his ways by the opinions he ply’s daily ...

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How to Close Gaps Around Dovetails Without Fillers

1552 days ago by stefang | 30 comments »

Even the best woodworker sometimes get gaps around their dovetails or box joints, This is probably more of a problem for hand cut joints than ones done with a router jig. It can be pretty frustrating to get just one or very few gaps when the rest are all ok. The problem is that someone who wants to show off their craftsmanship certainly does not want to fill gaps with wood putty or other fillers because it’s pretty obvious. A couple of years ago I read in FWW magazine about how to fi...

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