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Blog entry by Chase posted 03-22-2013 04:38 PM 1105 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been away from LJ for a few years. Seems like I was always trying to rush to get something done and never quite got around to documenting. Since then I have renovated a lot of my house, built custom bathroom cabinets, made many jigs, lots of christmas and birthday presents, and gotten married. Now married life should have me at home more on the weekends instead of trying to keep up with a long distance relationship. I will slowly go back and document some of the more important projects I have completed along with lessons.

Now that I am into a few years of woodworking it seems like the lessons are almost as important as the projects. Almost as if I am saying that from this point on, I wolnt screw that up again.

In the mean time I will pass on some fondness for magnets I have acquired.

I use pencils all the time and manage to lose them by the hundreds. a few epoxied magnets set into the back of a piece of wood makes a quick pencil holder.

Process: Drill a hole just a bit bigger than the diameter of the magnet. Mix a batch of 5 minute epoxy and set them in one at a time. I find that you can blue tape over them as you put each magnet in. That keeps them from pulling each other out while the epoxy sets up. Lastly I place the magnet surface on one of my big cast iron tools. The blue tape keeps it from becoming a permanent fixture, and that makes sure the magnets are all as close to the surface as possible (that is why the depth of the hole wasnt critical). Amazon has good prices on a variety of magnets, and different epoxies. use 15 minute if you want to relax while working. I find the stuff in the bottles is easier to control as far as volume goes. I do all my mixing in small dixie cups (3-4 oz) with a popsicle stick. The cups are very cheap at the supermarket and keep the mess from spreading. popsicle sticks are cheap from craft stores and can be bought in a large box.

Magnets glued into a small wooden base can provide a mobile platform for many of your metal tools. A lot of mine need extra light, and this is what i use. The gooseneck LED lamps are from ikea and cost 15 bucks. About half the price of a similar project from our woodworking specialty stores. You can only buy them in ikea though, no online ordering.

That is it for now. I am building a proper woodworking bench for myself and it needs my attention. Happy woodworking everyone!

-Chase

PS – Forgot to mention that watching a lot of Steve Ramsey (Woodworking for Mere Mortals) lately inspired me to get back into documenting and sharing my experiences. His screw ups have taught me much!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.



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BTimmons

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#1 posted 03-22-2013 06:23 PM

Haven’t been on here as long as you have, but welcome back.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#2 posted 03-22-2013 07:16 PM

Welcome back, I like the led light ikea idea. Is the light output bright enough? Just wondering because you have two in the same location.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Chase

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#3 posted 03-22-2013 08:40 PM

The lights are pretty bright. The reason I have two on the lathe are to see well over a long work piece. Also, some of the parts I was making had deep valleys. Having lights from two different angles helped in that. I only have one on my band saw.

-Chase

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#4 posted 03-22-2013 09:45 PM

Ah, makes sense. Thanks!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 03-23-2013 01:49 PM

Welcome back. Good to have more people with working experience to talk to. As far as saying I will never make certain mistakes again, well sometimes it just sneaks in there.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 03-23-2013 02:21 PM

Welcome back Chase,thanks for the tips.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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