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Tips for Picking Saw Blades

12-15-2009 10:42 PM by knotscott | 57 comments »

-updated 2/4/2015 Good blades on a saw are analogous to good tires on a high performance car…they can ultimately determine or limit the resulting end performance. There are a number of different factors that should be considered in saw blade selection. Decent quality is essential or you’re sunk from the beginning, so skip the cheapos even if they’re a “good deal”. Two inferior saw blades that cost the same as one decent saw blade are still inferior. It’s sort...

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3D Stars #1: Program for Calculating Dimensions and Angles for 3D Stars

12-11-2012 09:14 AM by Aggie69 | 10 comments »

Have you ever seen a 3 Dimensional star that you really thought was pretty – perhaps on the side of a barn, in someone’s house, or even a Christmas decoration? As a woodworker you may have thought “I’d like to try making one like that.” When you research 3 dimensional (3D) stars on this forum or on the internet as a whole, you’ll be disappointed in what you find. If you’re lucky, you may find a project or two that talks about a specific sized star ...

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Saw Talk #28: Sharpening Western Saws - Full Length Instructional Video

06-04-2013 01:03 AM by Brit | 117 comments »

Aimed at those new to saw sharpening, this instructional video is 2 1/4 hours long and covers the theory, the tools and the practice of sharpening western saws. You get to look over my shoulder as I sharpen four saws – two backsaws and two hand saws. I’ll explain the saw sharpening process and how you apply it to different scenarios. I really hope you find it useful. As to the production quality, I’ve done the best I could. I had to record it outside, so there is a bit of...

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

05-18-2012 11:40 AM by Boxguy | 17 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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Making a Texas Star

01-15-2012 04:56 AM by iltws2 | 19 comments »

I would like to start out by saying the projects listed on this site really show some of the best talent and creativeminds ever amassed on one website. Makes me jealous. Any way I have been asked to show how I make a Texas Star, so I decided to share this with everyone. There are a few things you need to make before starting. First thing is to make a pattern making fence for your table saw. It is real simple. I usually make mine 4-6 inches wide out of 3/4”plywood. Rip a scrap piece o...

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Sharpening: Looking close with a USB microscope. #1: USB Microscope the first test pictures

12-04-2011 07:02 PM by mafe | 38 comments »

Looking close at sharpeningUSB Microscope the first test pictures Before I even start I have wonderful news to share with my friends and others here:I finally got my pension case settled this gives me a huge smile on my lips since it has been a fight since 2007 that seemed to never get an end, but now finally did. This combined with other factors in my life that smile to me in these days are making me a very happy man, and this is why I’m a little off LJ.As soon as I am back to ̵...

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Adirondack Chair Class #2: First things first

12-16-2011 05:48 AM by Betsy | 1 comment »

The chair for this class was designed by Wood Plan and brought to you by the editors of Wood Magazine. I’d like to think of this class as the BASF of these plans. “I don’t make the plans … I make them better.” Okay I’m tooting my horn just a little. But we will make some improvements on the plans and hopefully you’ll come out with a much better chair. Cedar or cypress are much better woods to use for Adirondack chairs because neither one requires any special coatings to last a lifetime. Ho...

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The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #1: Part 1 - Restoring a Brace to 'Like New' Condition

08-15-2011 10:41 PM by Brit | 67 comments »

In a recent tool gloat, dakremer showed off three lovely braces he’d purchased and said “Now I just have to learn how to restore this kind of thing”. WayneC was first to congratulate him and then proceeded to drop me in it (only joking) by saying “Brit has lots of experience in restoring braces”. Later in the comments dakremer said he would love to restore at least one of them to like new condition. Always a sucker for punishment, I agreed to do a blog on restoring a hand brace and I’ve...

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The Rust Bucket - Cleaning and refurbishing old tools

07-23-2011 07:28 AM by Lockwatcher | 3 comments »

This article first appeared on my website, Lockwatcher's Lair – I am duplicating it here to share my experience using this system with my fellow Lumberjocks. While not specificly “woodworking” this system can speed up the process of reconditioning old tools without destroying them. The Rust Bucket Let me first thank my good friend Dave, of Pearce Woodworking for this great idea. Dave had some used hand tools he needed to clean up and had located this method th...

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Planely speaking

05-23-2011 09:59 PM by Paul Sellers | 58 comments »

Disputes about planes have gone on for about three decades now, to my knowledge anyway. Before that, craftsmen just used them. From my personal experience, following the men who trained me way, way back in the last century sometime, most craftsmen enjoyed many planes. I would look inside their toolboxes and see a variety of planes we generally call bench planes. I thought that their chests looked like a nest of gathered eggs, each placed so carefully alongside the other. The lids were ...

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