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Blog series by Ocelot updated 08-22-2014 08:07 PM 10 parts 37521 reads 113 comments total

Part 1: Starting Point

03-07-2011 04:51 AM by Ocelot | 8 comments »

Hi folks! From time to time I’ve read posts on the LJ forum, but this is the first time I’ve posted, or rather blogged here. A bit of background about myself. My father was at one time a high-school shop teacher, but for reasons I can only guess (and I have a pretty good guess), he never taught me woodworking – and did little woodworking during the years I grew up. The only shop/stationary power tools that Dad had were a Craftsman, model 100 RAS, dating back to the...

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Part 2: RAS side table with Incra Rail and Stop

03-07-2011 06:26 AM by Ocelot | 0 comments »

Over the past couple of weeks, as I’ve found time, I’ve built a 8-ft side table for the old Craftsman Radial Arm Saw so that I can easily cut things to length and do crosscut dados. I have a bookcase project that I started before this – during which I realized that before I cut all those dados I need a precision length stop. A few thoughts (mini-review) on the Incra track. Had I realized that this is the old-style Incra track (non-flip-stop), I might have considered t...

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Part 3: 1961 Craftsman RAS with added crosscut stop rail

04-17-2011 06:43 PM by Ocelot | 21 comments »

Finally, I’ve pulled the photos from my camera. I neglected to photograph it as I built it, but here it is in finished form. It gives me 8’ of stop range for precisely measured crosscuts. I can use it for through cuts as well as crosscut dados. The extension table top and fence are made of a partial sheet of 18mm (3/4”) oak veneer plywood that I’ve had laying around for 10 years or so. The legs are of ordinary 2×4 stud material. There is no finish on it...

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Part 4: I ordered a bandsaw - Grizly G0513X2

05-02-2011 12:40 PM by Ocelot | 3 comments »

Friday, I finally fired off an order for my bandsaw. All this wood on the ground inspired me. Can any of you folks who can advice me on how to mill up green stuff on a bandsaw (if that’s a good idea)? I’ve got a small walnut triee that has a section maybe 10’ long that is straight and should fit through the saw. Also some cherry, not so straight, but I haven’t really looked at it yet. Branches off of a couple of huge oaks that should fit but from what I’...

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Part 5: Tenoning Jig - with add-on digital readout

09-10-2011 07:12 AM by Ocelot | 14 comments »

I had in mind to make a rail and stile sort of thing, with what I think are called box joints in the frame. After I took a whack at using the fence on the table saw to guide some pieces on end to cut the box joint notches, I decided that I really needed a tenoning jig. So, after reading a bit on-line, I ordered a tenoning jig from Rockler. I think you can get the same jig for $20 less from Grizzly, but I didn’t notice that til after I ordered it. To obtain the maximum range...

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Part 6: Harbor Freight 6-inch Jointer - Model #30289

01-09-2012 06:14 AM by Ocelot | 3 comments »

Probably 3 or 6 months ago, I picked up a little Jointer at Harbor Freight. I had a 20% off coupon and it was on sale too, so I got it for about 2/3 of list price. I didn’t have anywhere to put it so it sat in the box until sometime in December. Finally, more than 3 years after the shop was built, in early December, I got the attic floor completed, and moved hundreds of boxes of stuff upstairs – so that now I have room to work down below. So, opened the box and set up the ...

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Part 7: Harbor Freight 5 Speed Bench Top Wood Lathe - Model #65345

01-09-2012 06:25 AM by Ocelot | 3 comments »

I picked this little lathe up in early december, again with a 20% off coupon and on sale, so I paid about $155 for it. My wife gave me some turning tools for Christmas (which were on my list and expected). So far I turned a couple of little spindle tests out of pine. It’s fun and the lathe seems to work well. More later.

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Part 8: Lumber Racks (and some lumber)

02-07-2012 07:38 PM by Ocelot | 14 comments »

I was eating dinner with my old retired pastor back a few weeks (I think it was in December), when he mentioned that he was interested in selling the rough-cut lumber that he has collected for many years. He said he already had a taker on the walnut, but he had almost 2000 bft of air-dried cherry, some more than 30 years old, that he was interested in selling. Now this fine man has reached 80, and he’s realized that he’s not going to use all the bounty he has saved up. A day...

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Part 9: Things you can do with a tiny Drill Press - by making a few jigs

11-25-2013 04:55 AM by Ocelot | 3 comments »

It seems that every time I use my drill-press I have to make a jig. I have often thought I need a bigger, better one, but I haven’t yet figured out exactly what the advantage is. What do you think? Here’s the kind of things I do. Drilling holes centered on cross-cut dados. Drilling doweled lapjoint frames at an odd angle. Drilling the ends of struts at an odd angle. Notice that I had to rotate the head of the drill-press relative to the base so th...

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Part 10: I got bit by the handplane bug

08-22-2014 08:07 PM by Ocelot | 44 comments »

I’ve been reading all you guys extolling the virtues of old Stanley Bailey planes for awhile now. Hey, I’ve got a 20 inch spiral head planer and a little 6-inch (power) jointer. I thought I didn’t need any of that grampa’s old iron. But, one day, something snapped. Two weeks later, here’s where I am. The photos here are straight from ebay. I’ve given them all a basic cleaning since them, but have taken no new photos (no 3 is not here yet). My...

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