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Circular trays with Dished centers on the Router #1: Getting started

03-26-2009 03:25 AM by HeirloomWoodworking | 12 comments »

Hello Fellow Lumberjocks! Welcome to my very first attempt at a blog. Let me open this discussion by letting you know that I am a self taught carpenter, with a humble collection of tools and a humble little workshop. I truly enjoy the Lumberjock community because we are all made to feel as an equal participant of the group, regardless of our individual skill levels. An important part of my growth in the wood art is to work hard at improving my skills and learn valuable new techniques ...

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Circular trays with Dished centers on the Router #2: Lets get ready to ROUTER!!!

03-29-2009 03:55 AM by HeirloomWoodworking | 2 comments »

Welcome fellow Lumberjocks to the second installment of my blog. I hope that you felt like the information presented in the opening episode of this blog was properly presented and that I was able to convey the information to you in an understandable manner. Unfortunately, in the opener we had to cover a lot of necessary information and provide a lot of pictures so that all Lumberjocks could understand the concept and construction of the jig. Now that we got that out of the way…and we...

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The Super Sled #1: Shop Built Tenon Jig

03-23-2009 12:09 PM by John Nixon | 8 comments »

I finished the latest accessory for the Super Sled – the Tenon Jig. It’s pretty darn easy to build. Given the cost of commercial tenon jigs, you could easily make this one with the scrap plywood you have laying around. The Tenon Jig’s features include: - micro adjustment feature- built in scale- unique leveling system For PDF measured drawing of the Super Sled and the Tenon Jig, go to the project page and click on the “Browse This Projects Files” link towards the top:h...

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Not woodworking, but your trivia of the day.

01-18-2009 06:22 PM by Karson | 21 comments »

Since it’s so cold outside. ————— DID YOU KNOW THIS???? It was necessary to keep a good supply of cannon balls near the cannon on old war ships. But how to prevent them from rolling about the deck was the problem. The best storage method devised was to stack them as a square based pyramid, with one ball on top, resting on four, resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to...

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Old tools #1: One mans junk is another WOmans treasure

12-12-2008 02:26 PM by Andraxia | 15 comments »

Being the only driver in the house, I am the one who gets the joy of hauling a trailer load of rubbish to the local tip. I had backed up the trailer to the hopper (who said a woman cant reverse a trailer????) and a young (mid 20s) man was unloading his rubbish into the hopper from his boot (trunk) of his car. I was chatting to him whilst I spaded the junk into the hopper. He was clearing out his granddads shed who had just gone into a nursing home. He was about to throw a box of stuff i...

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Benchmarks, Mentors, and Friends

07-02-2008 04:23 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 23 comments »

Like most individuals, I consider myself to be self-taught. I have no formal training as a woodworker, I did not apprentice under anyone, nor do I possess any formal education in design or art. But it would be dishonest to say that I have not had any teachers. Like anyone else, I read everything that I can get my hands on and I have inflicted myself on many a hapless professional craftsmen. I want to introduce the LJ community to one of my mentors. His name is Mike Blatnick and he lives in...

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Exotic Wood

11-19-2008 11:07 PM by sandhill | 20 comments »

While in transit back to Florida from NY I stopped in Maryland at an Exotic Lumber supplier and I thought I would share my treasured find. I bought some Purple Heart and Walnut for a few gift projects but while searching through other stacks of lumber I came upon 3 boards I found absolutely stunning! I don’t have a specific use for them but could not pass up the chance to buy them. Here is a photo of what I found ”Quilted Makore” I can’t seem to settle on a project ...

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Urban logging #2: The start of some rustic cedar end tables

09-03-2008 11:00 PM by Daren Nelson | 15 comments »

I had a short piece of cedar log laying around I had saved for “something”, just not quite sure what at the time. It dawned on me today (between pouring rainstorms) to cut some small rustic table top slabs. You can see I don’t stand the log straight up. I have cut many smaller pieces like this for game/fish mounts for a local taxidermist. I found if I cut them on a angle they do not check and bust open, they dry intact. It does make for a weird edge that needs softened/ro...

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My New Big Honkin' Machine

08-11-2008 02:34 PM by Patrick Jaromin | 13 comments »

I love craigslist. Around the same time I began the planning for my new shop, I started using “igoogle” for my browser homepage. I also discovered a couple cool “craigslist” widgets for igoogle that display search results for preconfigured searches on your homepage. So, for example, if I’m considering the purchase of, say, a new dust collector, I’ll add a craigslist “dust collector” search widget to my igoogle homepage. Since I basically live...

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Wood collection box - how to

05-01-2008 08:40 PM by GaryK | 35 comments »

To see the finished project go here: Here is the sample piece to test the concept. I started with wood planed down to 3/8”, cut to width and left a little long for trimming.I used a 1/2” 45 degree router bit to make the grooves. They are spaces 1/2” apart and 1/4” deep, starting 1/2” from the edge. The width of your wood matters. 1/2” increments works great...To enclose and make the sides a full 1/2” I planed some 1/8” pieces...This is...

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