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Kiefers Little Tapper build

10-01-2014 02:38 PM by kiefer | 24 comments » is the the build process of the little tapper that I use.I start by sourcing most pieces I need from the scrap bin and cutting them to size .Next I mark out the centre layer of the head and cut it into three pieces using my sled on the table saw .Note the little handy bevel gauge that my buddy Paul made for me and it is just a great little tool .If you look back in my projects you will find the post of my sled http:...

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Simple Jigs and Techniques #7: Veneer Matching Mirrors

06-11-2014 12:55 AM by shipwright | 15 comments »

There’s certainly nothing new about using mirrors to check veneer matches but this week, when I needed to do some matching I had an idea that some of you may want to try. I hate having glass around all the hard steel tools and I hate even more the idea of suffering seven years bad luck for breaking mirrors. (At my age that could be a large percentage of what I’ve got left…...) So here’s the plan. I decided to try acrylic mirror stock and make half cuts in it to elim...

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Collet chuck comparison with good news for Shopsmith owners.

06-01-2014 06:47 PM by horologist | 1 comment »

Collets or collet chucks are an excellent way to hold small pieces and with good tools the work can be removed from the collet and reinstalled with little loss of concentricity. The split wire chuck was developed by US watch manufactures in the mid-19th century and is quite accurate but requires the work piece to fit the collet very closely. If the object to be turned is of a larger diameter or more than a few thousands smaller than the collet ID then the collet can be damaged and accuracy...

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Knock Down Storage for Under My Harbor Freight Lathe

11-09-2013 10:18 PM by luv2learn | 26 comments »

Let me begin by saying that I am not a wood turner but I am curious. That being said, I bought a Central Machinery lathe sold by Harbor Freight (Item # 34706) This particular lathe had a 4 out of 5 star rating so I took a chance realizing the old adage ”that you get what you pay for.” However, with a 25% off coupon and the lathe on sale I walked out the door with a $218.00 investment. Several of the raters comments were that this lathe needed some ballast so I set out to...

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Various shenanigans #9: I thought this was supposed to be fun!

11-06-2013 10:02 PM by JeremyPringle | 8 comments »

Life has been too busy… and the woodworking I have been doing has not been very fun at all.. more like a second full time job. I spent that last 2-3 months getting ready for a show this past weekend. It went … ok. Then when I got home and unpacked, I got a message from a corporate contact who… (I was talking to a month ago but I could not produce exactly what he wanted) and now they are in a bind and don’t have any other options than to settle for what ever I can ...

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Shop Stool

10-27-2013 04:14 PM by kaerlighedsbamsen | 9 comments »

For my workbench i needed a tall stool for more accurate work and just a place to rest. This is a descripition on how i made this project. Searching LJ i found these two fine projects:- Having a fascination with all-things-Japanense (having both worked in a sushi restaurant and done karate for several years) these Singer-songrwriters chairs by Junji impressed me.- This post on shop stools by shipwright described a interesting method for dying oak black with steel wool dissolved in wineg...

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Why I like Vintage Tools #4: The Alien Planer

10-13-2008 04:19 AM by brianinpa | 14 comments »

A few years ago I saw one of these planers listed as for sale and knew that I wanted one. From the first time I saw one, I knew I was going to get one. For the next several months I looked for the one for me at the price I wanted to pay. I saw several, but you would have thought these things are gold plated. This past week I had one fall into my lap for $40.00. It was a bit “aged” and needed some work, but it cleaned up nicely. With the purchase of this tool, I thi...

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Playing Around with Carving #8: Mads Inspired Spoon Horse

08-11-2011 02:00 AM by WayneC | 22 comments »

I’ve been playing with spoon carving and thinking that being able to use a spokeshave and drawknife will speed the shaping of the handles. I have clamped the work to my carving bench with some success, but Mads's shave horse has inspired me to think about making a similar solution. I really do not want to tackle a full sized shave horse at this time and I did some thinking about how I could come up with something to use on my carving bench. I am thinking of making a jig simil...

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MDF Spline Cutting Sled #1: The Sketchup Chronicles

03-19-2011 07:43 PM by Brad_Nailor | 16 comments »

I was flipping through a catalog the other day and happened upon a spline cutting sled that this company was selling. I really liked the design of it, so I went on their website and learned all about it, watched videos etc. The only problem was, I didn’t want to pay the (what I thought was) high price for something that I could probably make myself…not to mention I’m broke, and cheap, and have enough scrap materiel’s lying around that I can make it almost for free. I...

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Carving a pipe - smoke signals to US.

07-26-2013 05:58 PM by mafe | 16 comments »

Carving a pipeSmoke signals. Some time ago I had visitor in my shop, Eric the artist and traveler.You can read about that here: . Just before his visit I had bought some vintage pipes and found out both Eric and I have a love for beautiful things.So I ordered two predrilled pipe heads and two mouthpieces, it was the idea that we should have worked on them in my shop, but time was short, so it became a farvel gift, one for Eric and one for me.Then ...

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