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Figured/Curly Purpleheart

1656 days ago by dustbunny | 18 comments »

I couldn’t tell what the grain of this the 8/4×7” x 50” piece looked like because it was rough cut and dusty.I cut a strip off and the grain appeared to be not so straight. Ran it through the planer…chip out. Reversed the direction of feed…chip out. Looked very close and see this is swirly, curly and a bit knurly. I guess it must be sanded. Have any of you seen this grain in purpleheart?It was fresh from the planer so it hasn’t purpled up yet. ...

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That's how the fight started

1679 days ago by WoodSparky | 16 comments »

My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed.I turned to her and said, “Do you want to make love?” “No,” she answered. I then said, “Is that your final answer?” She didn’t even look at me this time, simply saying “Yes.” So I said, “Then I’d like to phone a friend.” And that’s when the fight started…. —————————...

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Right Angle Clamp Jigs

1688 days ago by David Craig | 11 comments »

I had to do a glue up of a shoe rack for a friend today so I finally got around to making some right angled clamps. Design mostly inspired by Wood magazine. It is a tip most woodworkers are familiar with but is worth a frequent repeat. There are many ads out there for various types of right angled clamps. Most are made from plastic, some from aluminum and other metals. They are used to assist in keeping any box type project square while fastening. I didn’t feel like buying them so I ...

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Charging Station - No more worries

1775 days ago by cbMerlin | 12 comments »

I read one too many stories about over-heating batteries during re-charging. Went out to the shop the other day and realized I forgot to take a battery off the charger. It was extremely warm! I didn’t want to burn down the house, not to mention the cost of replacing batteries, so I made this station. I found the timer switch on e-bay for about half the price of a local purchase. I had everything else left over from other projects so my total (new) investment was under $15. Had the rece...

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Making a dust hood for my Ridgid oscillating sander

1690 days ago by SimonSKL | 17 comments »

After reading many favorable reviews of the Ridgid oscillating sander (model # EB44242) and with a 15% rebate offered by the manufacturer, I finally bought this sander as my Christmas present. The more I use it the more I like the sander. I would have given it a 5 star rating if it has better dust collection capability when the belt sander is used. The dust just got collected at the end of the belt and landed all over the floor. I thought there must be a better way to collect the dust. Here i...

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The Straightedge (video) #2: Router Inlay Basics

1709 days ago by Brian Havens | 13 comments »

Here it is. My next video… finally! I feel like I got over a lot of learning curves on this one. I found this a particularly challenging subject to present because router inlay can get involved and there are often several ways to go about the different steps. Trying to cram all that into a video, however, is more likely to discourage folks from trying router inlay. My goal in this video was to present the essential knowledge and skills that one can start building on, thereby remo...

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Out of the scrap pile and into a gift #4: Arched Candle Holder - gettin' jiggy

1712 days ago by sras | 5 comments »

Now, it’s time to cut the recesses for the candles. I had originally thought of using a Forstner bit, but it does not leave a smooth flat bottom to the recess. Instead, I used the Forstner bit to cut a pattern for use with my router. I plan to use a pattern bit with a bearing. Looks like it is time to build a jig! Since I am only building one of these, I’ll build a temporary jig. The same elements can be used to create a smaller, but permanent jig. I have two hole sizes so...

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Dial Guage Holder

1744 days ago by PG_Zac | 5 comments »

A few months ago I bought a dial gauge ‘cos I knew it was time to replace my planer knives. I decided not to but a holder for it, but rather make one. Take one parquet floor block (see previous post) and set a pair of magnets in the bottom. .Hack up some aluminium off-cuts and assemble the whole lot with mismatched bolts.. .Don’t laugh – it works.

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A Small Project for Rita (2 years in the making)

1798 days ago by Todd A. Clippinger | 18 comments »

Yeah, that’s right – 2 years… I plan on finishing this little cabinet up this weekend and I will post more details. The cabinet is made of black walnut and the drawers are made of curly ambrosia maple. This is a great combination. I started this project 2 years ago and I am finally going to cross it off the “unfinished projects” list. Today I got all the little drawers fitted and tomorrow I will cut the corners to add the contrasting keys. Then it wi...

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Drunken Cutting Boards #2: Smooth Flowing Drunken Checker board

1803 days ago by poroskywood | 15 comments »

So having read part #1 I’ll complete the second variation of the Drunken checker board pattern. The process is basically the same except for one critical part and is as follows. Start again by taping two blanks together. This time In stead of making opposing S cuts I’ll follow the S pattern with each cut. (I get a little sloppy, but it works out OK). Follow the Part #1 procedure. CRITICAL PART! This step creates the difference between the pattern in part one ...

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