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Blog series by Don updated 06-28-2007 03:38 AM 4 parts 5504 reads 31 comments total

Part 1: Off With Your Head!

01-18-2007 11:09 PM by Don | 0 comments »

Commenting on one of Gizzard’s first posts, I wrote of my practice of recording my mistakes as Learning Opportunities. In a later conversation with Martin, I got to thinking that this might be helpful material for other LumberJocks. So with this blog, I am commencing a series on LO’s with the intention of about one per month in the series. Anyone who has used brass screws in their woodworking will have experienced the dreadful “off with your head” scenario. I was install...

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Part 2: If In Doubt, Follow the Instructions

02-11-2007 07:53 AM by Don | 6 comments »

A few days ago I returned to a project, a box that I have promised to make for a friend. I posted that project here. This friend asked me to make it with a hinged lid with the hinges being constructed from wood, similar to this box. I didn’t expect the project would take long, particularly as I already had two pairs of hinges left from a batch I had previously made. The project proceeded well, and I am quite happy with the way it is turning out. I made the lid by cutting it free f...

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Part 3: Forget the Easy Option

03-09-2007 11:43 AM by Don | 12 comments »

I’m not sure why, but I’ve really struggled with a small box that I’ve been making. From the outset, the design of the box was to include wooden hinges. I guess I’ve made over a dozen boxes with these hinges, and have the procedure down pat. This past Christmas I made this that featured these hinges. I use an Incra Hinge Crafter, and the method of work they describe makes four sets of two. So, I had a few left over from my Christmas project. Now I have to say that I recall that the wood...

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Part 4: What is the thickness of a human hair?

06-28-2007 03:38 AM by Don | 13 comments »

Yesterday, I took my new TS Aligner Jr. and DowelMax over to a friends home. (I purchased both of these tools during my recent visit to Canada.) I was meeting with him and another Mate for a BBQ lunch and a chat about our mutual interest in woodworking. All three of us served on the executive committee of our woodworking club, so we have formed a close bond. I showed them the results of having calibrated my table saw with the TS Aligner by taking a sample of a perfectly fitted Dowe...

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