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Across the Bench from Charles #1: The beginning

06-11-2018 01:26 AM by Monte Pittman | 25 comments »

Most don’t know that I shut down everything in the Black Hills of South Dakota and moved 1650 east to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. About last Christmas I told my wife that it was time to do something else. There’s probably a dozen or more personal reasons for us leaving SD. Those are too lengthy and family stuff to get into. However, there were mainly a few professional reasons for the move that really forced the issue. The hospital where I worked for 38 years is currentl...

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Prairie Style Mosaics #1: First Things First

05-05-2018 01:04 PM by EarlS | 8 comments »

There were some folks that were curious about how to make prairie style mosaics like the one that was on my Box Swap submission. I’m writing this as I work on another mosaic for an extra box that was started for the swap. Hopefully this will help. For me, this isn’t a quick process. The 2 mosaics for the box swap took 50+ hours. Find a design Use Google search to search for the style you are interested in and then go to to the “Images” tab. Generally, includ...

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Joints #8: Is it a "Y" joint? AKA The Candy Pinwheel joint.

12-08-2017 04:09 AM by robscastle | 21 comments »

I saw this picture of a fancy mortice and tenon joint and was facinated for one how it looked and also how was made. I “fiddled” around with a protractor and some old packing crate timber and then calculated how to make a jig to the do the cut outs for each end of the timber, at this stage no M&T will be done, not just yet anyway just yet one step at a time. I made a jig to hold the wood at 60 degrees and then I needed the ability to slide it across the saw blade to ...

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Flipping Images in Word 2010 #1: Making Mirror Image of text or Photo in Word to transfer to wood

11-05-2017 01:08 AM by Jim Jakosh | 25 comments »

This is a follow up to Joe Lyddon’s forum topic about transferring images to wood: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/244825 Thanks to persistent help from Rob Castle, I finally found out how to do it on Word 2010 on my computer.This is needed so the image or text is a mirror image of the way you want it to be transferred so it will be the right way when you view it. In MS Word 2010, :click on INSERTClick on WORDARTClick on the top left A ( or anyone will work I think) a text box w...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #1: Material Preparation

10-06-2017 03:12 AM by TungOil | 7 comments »

Now that my Thorsen inspired dining table is complete (you can see the BLOG here), it is time to turn my attention to a set of chairs. Since I have never built a chair, I decided to enroll in the Gamble House Side Chair class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Indiana. Many will know the instructor, Bob Lang, who is not only a Lumber Jocks member but has authored several books and was editor of Popular Woodworking magazine for many years. The chair design is based on the side chairs in...

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Portable Carving Board

09-14-2017 08:07 AM by Druid | 13 comments »

I’ve been thinking about creating a Portable Carving Board that would act as a third hand to hold some types of carvings as I work on them. This would be for portable use when I carve while away from home. Normally, I have used an inexpensive plastic cutting board (typically used as a kitchen chopping board) placed across my legs, or on a table to protect the tabletop. One problem with the plastic board is that the carving is free to slide around on the slippery surface, so I thought th...

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Charles Mackintosh Inspired Computer Desk #1: Getting Started - Design and SketchUp model

07-25-2017 10:53 PM by EarlS | 3 comments »

My youngest daughter asked for a computer desk for her 17th birthday. Well, it was last week so I’m already behind. She wanted something that had Japanese influences. After looking at countless pictures over the past several months I was looking at a side table on Kevin Rodel’s website and she saw it and immediately decided that was the look she wanted. The table is described as a “contemporary Asian inspired Arts and Crafts with roots in several old masters”. ...

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Shopmade Luthier Tools #21: Copper Pencil extender

05-10-2017 01:13 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

I know this is reaching a little bit. I made this pencil extender to use in the music shop because I keep a pencil in a pocket of my apron and as it gets shorter and shorter, There comes a point where I can’t easily reach it. this way it is kept at pretty much the length of a pencil. I made it from a piece of copper pipe just over the inner diameter of a random pencil I grabbed. The end is capped and the open end has half of an extension sleeve on it. I drilled and tapped a 6-32 ...

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Handmade knifes #1: Japfin, knife no 59 - Japan meets Finland

11-29-2016 10:38 PM by mafe | 10 comments »

Japfin, knife no 59Japan meets Finland As the headline explains, this is a try to make a knife that fusion the elegance of knifes from Japan and Finland (Lapland) and it’s knife no 59 in the line.My knife making is my meditation and after I started forging blades also, it has gotten a new dimension. The forge was fired up and a piece of spring becomes a blade by the anvil. Blade shaped as close to the final shape as possible.You can read more in the blacksmith blog: http://lumb...

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Quick Tip #6: Miter Sled

09-16-2016 03:31 PM by Kent Shepherd | 2 comments »

I frequently do smaller moldings in cabinet doors and other projects. I find it easier and safer to use a sled on my table saw rather than a miter saw. I can see my mark to cut by better this way. The small waste pieces don’t fly around as much. Years ago I was measuring a cabinet door job. As I was sketching the cabinets, the trim carpenter was cutting some small molding. The end piece flew off the saw and hit my face right by my eye. It bled a lot, but it turned out fine. However,...

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