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Split-cutting tenons

09-20-2012 05:09 PM by Paul Sellers | 15 comments »

I thought that this new YouTube video we did on split-cutting and pare-cutting tenons rather than sawing them would help others to experience an alternative that works really well on most any wood type. I have done it this way for decades now and just realised that I hadn’t shared it as widely as I would like to. Try it in any wood you like and see how it works for you. Some woods, Sapele, ebony, mesquite and such, may not always split straight, but it shows how to cross-grain pare as a...

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Shishi-odoshi. A bamboo fountain.

08-31-2012 07:50 PM by Stevinmarin | 20 comments »

The first time I saw a shishi-odoshi was in the movie Kill Bill. It is also called a “deer scarer”, intended to frighten deer and birds from crops with its slow, rhythmic knocking.

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Exercises in Artisanship #22: Rustic Renaissance Trestle Table: Part 5

07-24-2012 08:00 PM by jjw5858 | 14 comments »

Sawdust, shavings, and a lot of water in these heat wave shop exercises has brought me to my newest updates on this Rustic Renaissance Trestle Table. This project has been a lot of fun and also filled with challenges along the way…..the biggest is the heat we have been enduring these past weeks….YIIIKES 100 degrees??......bring back the fall! So when I have been able to sneak out and get some more decent temperatures to work with I set about my task at adding side piece...

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Tool Mod #1: Handscrew Dogs

06-15-2010 06:10 PM by swirt | 19 comments »

If you have 3/4” bench dog holes on your bench and a couple of handscrew clamps then in 10 minutes you can merge the two into a very flexible and powerful clamping system that works with small boards, long boards and even irregular pieces. I’ll let the photos tell the story … and keep in mind, the modification to the handscrew does not prevent you from using it as an ordinary handscrew too. I use them on my workbench and my sawbenches. Clicking on any ...

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Sitting Bench Step Stool #3: The Finish!

07-20-2012 05:21 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 6 comments »

It’s time for everyone’s favorite topic: finishing! I plan on using polyurethane to finish my Sitting Bench Step Stool, and this time, I’m not going to use an expensive specialty varnish. Instead, I’m making my own wiping varnish by diluting some good old Minwax Polyurethane 50/50 with mineral spirits. But before I apply the poly, I need to apply a single coat of Zinsser Bullseye SealCoat Dewaxed Shellac as a sealer. This is a good precautionary measure for just abo...

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Finding woodworking stuff on Amazon- A less ponderous way

07-13-2012 02:04 PM by bluejazz | 6 comments »

If you’ve looked on Amazon for tools and parts you know you can find them, but you will sometimes find boogie boards and ipods listed with your hand planes. Some may know (and some may not) there is a woodworking specific site within Amazon and it certainly is a better place to start looking for woodworking stuff. But even it is a little cluttered and no doubt designed to maximize sales of high dollar items, not ease finding things. Certain things- like say drill bits – are d...

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My dovetail journey #1: My first hand cut Dovetail

07-07-2012 07:06 PM by George_SA | 7 comments »

I made my first hand cut dovetail today. To get me started I decided to start of with “the five-minute dovetail”. I don’t know how long it took me, but it wasn’t too long (a bit more than 5 min). Here is my first attempt: At least it is a nice tight fit Lessons learned:1) A cheap dovetail saw does not help in making nice dovetails2) Your chisels need to be very sharp.3) Hogging out the waste with a hacksaw does not give very good result.4) Don...

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2-step step-stool

07-06-2012 10:29 PM by Stevinmarin | 15 comments »

Easy-peasy step stool you can make in a couple hours. If you’d like to make this design, here's a PDF template.

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The EZ mitre technique

07-26-2010 10:55 PM by BritBoxmaker | 79 comments »

Hello all. Well I seem to have whet the appetite a bit so here goes for a ‘novel’ technique for making mitred boxes. Its a bit like making a box out of paper, like they showed you at school, using a ‘net’. Only in 3D, with wood and a tablesaw (not sissors). Well first comes the board Its made from alternating strips of Maple and Rosewood of varying thickness. I won’t bore you with the details on how to make it suffice to say that all the corners must b...

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