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Board center gauge - wood version blog

205 days ago by mafe | 16 comments »

Board center gaugewood version Ok I know I just posted the brass version, but since I could see there were great interest, I thought it would be fine with the wooden version also. Forgive me! This is a gauge I have seen boat builders use to mark center on both sides of boards when splitting them in half.The grooves will serve as a guide or the saw cut.So this was the wooden version that I made before the brass and dark wood, both work well.(This was made February 2011, just never posted...

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Secrets of the String Box Revealed #1: Intro and Invitation

1428 days ago by newTim | 14 comments »

This summer’s projects have been boxes. Lots and lots of boxes. Somewhere along the way I got the idea of combining the wrapping technique with a simple inlay to see how hard it would be to align the lines all around the box. In other words, at the corners. Turns out it is not that hard to do. So I’ve been experimenting. I’ve posted the first completed boxes as a Project and will post more upon completion. The photos below give an overview of this technique and the pi...

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First Sketchup model

448 days ago by Alongiron | 8 comments »

I wanted to share with you all that I have been working on learning the techniques and tricks of Sketchup. I followed the directions from this training website: http://sketchupforwoodworkers.com/ From watching these tutorials, I was able to make this model of a new bathroom vanity that I will be building in the near future for our 1/2 bath off of my newly remodeled kitchen. I also have attached a screen shot from my laptop of the software Here is detail that by followi...

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Shop Tips & Tricks #12: Making Long, Round Things in Wood - with the Norwegian Dowel Cutter

464 days ago by GnarlyErik | 5 comments »

Sometimes you need long round parts made from wood. Prior to the 19th century, specially made wooden dowels often served where nails, screws and bolts are used today. For instance, in barn building and shipbuilding, ‘trunnels’ were used to fasten timbers together and planks to a ships ribs. Outside of lacking the strength of of metal, trunnels are not affected by electrolysis and do not rust, important considerations in ships – although of course they can eventually rot. The word ‘trunn...

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Easy. Elegant Wooden Box Hinge #1: I could kick myself

1126 days ago by shipwright | 58 comments »

A few months ago I spent many many hours trying to perfectly align a set of “box joint hinges” for my project ” A Little Cabinetree” After I finally got them working I installed them on the edges of the MDF sides and doors and then veneered over the whole works. The only good part was that there were enough left over prototype parts that I could make a hinge for my next project from the cast-offs Then this week I was making a tea box for a friend and when...

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Boxland: Work Stations and Boxing Tips #8: Cutting the Corner 45 Degree Angles

499 days ago by Boxguy | 17 comments »

A Quick, Accurate Way To 45 Your Corners If you build boxes at all, eventually you tire of cranking your blade from 90 degrees to 45 degrees and back…I did. So I built this simple jig, and now I can cut all 8 ends of a box accurately in about 5 minutes, AND STILL LEAVE MY TABLE SAW SET AT 90 DEGREES. Assumption: I am assuming that you have already laid out the board for your sides and have cut all four sides of your box to length. Short side, long side, short side, long side...

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Boxland: Work Stations and Boxing Tips #3: Cutting Spline Slots

796 days ago by Boxguy | 15 comments »

Boxguy’s Spline Slot Cutting Jig Want to add corner splines like this?,, You need a jig like this!..This hard working (and dusty) jig is used on almost every box I make, and is quick and simple to build. It has a wide plywood board for a base, a long “trough” supported by 45 degree triangles cut from a 2X6 and a handle so you can pull it back to you. (I just made the handle out of a forking branch.) The long trough lets me use this for boxes that are large or smal...

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Bandsaw Resaw Method

554 days ago by Bob Simmons | 17 comments »

This is a bandsaw resaw method that I much prefer over the traditional method of resawing. In the following article I share the advantages of this resawing method. How to Cut Great Veneer The Apprentice and The Journeyman ...Learn more, experience more!

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Japanese tools #18: Japanese cutting gauge

569 days ago by mafe | 17 comments »

Japanese cutting gaugeby mafe’san So we are back on the Japanese road.I decided that on the day of New Year’s Eve I needed to make and finish a little wood project that would make me smile. Here first a drawing I made the night before and then made it after. This blog starts here.A wonderful piece of wood from our LJ friend Jusfine Randy.And not just a piece of wood but also a little message on it for me.Here you can read about the gift story.Thank you Randy, and a happy ne...

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Setting precision angles #3: The framing square

579 days ago by Boatman53 | 8 comments »

The framing square The bevel board and the sine bar, as good as they are, have one drawback, lack of portability. One was big and the other is a bit awkward to set a bevel gauge. Enter these little tools. I used them for many years they are good, two of them being Starretts,but they are too small to offer any real accuracy. The scale is only two inches from the pivot and the width of the index lines is almost equal to 1/4 degree. The late Dan Sutherland, a boatbuilder, produced a st...

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