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My lathe journeys. #49: My aluminum lathe tools, how're they holding up?

10-24-2016 10:30 PM by JoeinGa | 23 comments »

I made my own lathe tools using 5/8” aluminum bar stock. You can see the previous posts about them here…. folks have asked me how the aluminum has held up as far as getting gouged or bent from banging against the tool rest. So today I took a few pictures. As you can see, there really isn’t much more than surface scuffing on the tooling. I have had some pretty hard catches, but th...

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Toy costruction #53: Making a spoked wheel

05-19-2016 03:37 AM by htl | 14 comments »

Here’s a quick how to for making spoked wheels. Please watch this video it’s where I got my ideas on how to do it. I just used the windows Snapping tool and copied his plan but it’s at an angle so not right.If I was to do this again I would draw up a better pattern. As always changes are made to suit the tools and ability. First I cut out all the parts using my holes saw set.My wheels are for a 2 3/4 wheel and made adjus...

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Toy costruction #52: 32 Lincoln Kb 2.5 Spent the day making A wheel.

05-16-2016 10:59 PM by htl | 15 comments »

The lincoln Kb needs some wheels and not just any wheels but the stock wheels that come with it when new.Something like this 1932 Lincoln KB Roadster.But I don’t know about them white walls. LOL Can it be done well I did it once took me all day hope I can get better on my next 7 tries. But first need to catch up on how the cars coming along. [What was done Saturday]Now hardly any thing is glued up, there are quite a few part that need gluing then shaping and then add another part ...

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Toy costruction #45: Coal Train Build day 4.5 Wheels

05-05-2016 12:00 AM by htl | 9 comments »

It’s time to make the wheels or what ever their called on trains.Spent nearly the whole day yesterday trying out an idea and it was a bust and I don’t like not accomplishing something, well I did get the 4 small front wheels done but I’ll show them later but that’s all I got done.So today I headed in a whole new direction about the wheels and got them done thank you very much. LOL Here’s what I did yesterday and you’ll find it some day on a project that ...

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Shop Built Belt Sander Project #5: First Improvements: Lathe Tool Sharpening Jigs

02-29-2016 11:18 PM by Lazyman | 3 comments »

One of the things that inspired me to make a belt sander was seeing YouTube videos of the Sorby Proedge™ Sharpening system. I struggled with getting consistent edges on my lathe tools and had messed up one of my bowl gouges more than once. I knew that I would not be able to get good results on my lathe unless I got better at sharpening and if it wasn’t quick, easy and repeatable, I would wait longer than I should to freshen the edges. The Sorby Proedge™ system is crazy e...

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Album of patterns and carvings #1: progress

01-22-2016 11:18 AM by FancyChip | 2 comments »

Working on my new album:

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Toy costruction #7: Excavator Day 2

12-24-2015 02:52 AM by htl | 4 comments »

Cleaned up the mating edges then sanded some more on the base and engine cover then,played with the booms and bucket. Made the booms in three parts to add a little color and just change it around a little.Still need to plane down the booms some more . The bucket took quite a bit a work, first glue it all up then cut it out then sand sand sand.I cut out the inside of the bucket then sanded it up really good then glued up the sides.The main bucket is all end grain [1/4” thick] it co...

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Chevalet Build #1: Getting the lumber

10-06-2013 10:28 PM by Mike Lingenfelter | 6 comments »

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here on LumberJocks, but because there seems to be interest in the Chevalet here, I thought this would be best place to chronicle my Chevalet build. I decided to pick up a Chevalet kit from Patrick Edwards. It came with full-size drawings, which was great. Although having full-size drawings in a small shop, was a little cumbersome. So, I decided to convert Patrick’s plans into a SketchUp model. I still have a few tweaks to finish on ...

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A Simple Fix for a Vexing Problem

01-27-2014 02:21 AM by Paul Stoops | 6 comments »

One of the most favorite tools in my shop is my Performax (Jet) 16-32 Plus drum sander. I use it on almost every project. However, this power tool has one characteristic that has proven to be a great vexation to me over the last 15 years – the tendency to trip the motor circuit breaker while sanding. This one part blog describes my journey to find a solution to this problem. The 1 1/2HP Jet drum sander drive motor has a thermal circuit breaker rated at 15 Amperes. Exceeding this limit for ...

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Tips for Building a Freestyle End Grain Cutting Board

11-12-2013 05:04 PM by JL7 | 18 comments »

Lately I’ve been building some end grain boards that don’t follow the “traditional” convention of the repeating pattern from one end to the other. Examples: I call them Freestyle boards. I put together a video that shows some cutting and gluing tips: I really don’t have a lot of detail photos of some of the more complex blocks but I will share what I have so far: These are some of the shapes: The diamond shapes were inspire...

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