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Thickness Sander

1282 days ago by Bob, Oregon | 18 comments »

There were a few questions about the sander so I thought I’d answer them here. Condor1 & Blake: Yes, I simply push the stock under the drum freehand on a sled. The sled is nothing more than a piece of plywood with a sacrificial little wedge-shaped fence that is tapped into a saw kerf at the operator end. That keeps the drum from trying to spit the wood back at you. (By the way, I have found that the same safety rule for table saws applies to this bugger…stay to one si...

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Creating Wood Inlay Bandings...A Step by Step Process #3: A Banding with Checkers

1278 days ago by Bob Simmons | 10 comments »

“Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn’t then it is of no use to us.” Carlos Castaneda…Peruvian-born American anthropologist and author…(1925-1998) (This banding pattern will be referred to as Banding #2 for the sake of convenience.) Banding #2 with Checkers can easily be understood and made in the shop if we take a few minute...

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

1291 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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