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Joints #1: SPalm and SMaloof Joint work

2 days ago by robscastle | 6 comments »

I was into more joints today inspired by the post of SPalm’s “Shop stool to table”. I read Steve’s blog on how he did the joints, and frankly it looked a little too easySo I raided my reycycled timber supply and ripped some stock to do a test run. I didnt expect to get anywhere near the quality joint I finished up with, and I was a little disapointed after the fact that I had not used some better quality materials. Any way here is a pictorial sequence of the...

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Working with recycled timber #32: PTLT fixed section and hinge rework

31 days ago by robscastle | 3 comments »

I decided to get on with the rework on the Pallet Timber Low Table, this weekend so after dismantling everything and cutting off the ugly vee grove at the hinge joints I found I would have to re manufacture the fixed section of the table top due to so much material being removed. I replicated the fixed section as close as possile to the dimensions of the larger tilt up section. Here it is about to get the edges profiled. Due to the material being removed from the edge of original...

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Working with recycled timber #27: Making tapered legs

59 days ago by robscastle | 3 comments »

Whilst waiting for glue to dry I decided to make some tapered legs, well 1 tapered leg to be exact. Step 1.Select your timber. I used a piece of pallet base again, cut off the rubbish and skimmed it with the table saw for uniform thickness then cut two identical lengths. Step 2.Set the table saw to 45 deg and cut each leg at 45 deg. Step 3.If all is OK use some glue on the cuts and its into the miter clamp jig. Step 4. Once the glue has set its then time for the ripping to sta...

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

450 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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Shop Notes #3: "No End In Sight" The documentary.

291 days ago by vipond33 | 20 comments »

This is a trick that many, if not most of you, already know. But it’s a good one and bears repeating. Quite recently I read this: “but I am still working on trying to make a box with no start and no finish and thus far have only been able to wrap my boxes on three sides”. (noted on KK’s fine project). The process has been around for a long time, but I remember independently figuring this one out a while ago and thinking what a smile it would bring to the aver...

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Making Mouldings #5: Rebating Round Stock on the Shaper

317 days ago by robscastle | 4 comments »

A bit of an Introduction I had a request form my wife Aurora. “Can you make me a box to put my lunch gear in the car so it doesn’t tip over?” Of course I can dear was my automated reply! So I set to work measuring everything up and making a design, I decide to use some ply sheet and cut it up initially with my power saw, what a horrible edge it left! I wanted to do something special so I decided I had enough round moulding stock I had made previously.All I nee...

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My Favorite Glue Scraper

485 days ago by Todd A. Clippinger | 21 comments »

​Hey everybody! I have been very busy between working on my client’s projects, squeezing in a project for another contractor, and rebuilding my website. As if that wasn’t enough, I decided to shoot a video to share with you what my favorite tool ​is for scraping off dried or semi-dried glue as I worked on one of those projects. I am really excited to bring another video to the woodworking and DIY community, so I hope you enjoy and find it helpful.​ ​Your friend in the ...

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My Home Made Thickness Sander #1: The Drum

903 days ago by lew | 11 comments »

When making my rolling pins, I use the thickness planer to bring the thin strips down to 1/8” thick. Unfortunately, if the grain in the wood is not uniform- or there are knots- the strips shatter. This wastes a lot of wood and doesn’t do the planer any good either. It seemed to me a thickness sander would be perfect for this process. Well, Craig’s List wasn’t producing any results and I couldn’t afford a new one. Time to take action!Starting with what seemed to me to be the most critical/diff...

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Chisel Mallet Angles Made Easy

1197 days ago by swirt | 26 comments »

I’ve seen several posts here on LumberJocks related to someone making a mallet for chiseling (not the round ones for carving) and wanting to know what the best angle is to put on the head. I put together a complete mallet making post that includes an angle method recommended by a few old Timber Framing Books as well as some woodworking magazines. Here is the complete source of this post which includes making the mallet from start to finish, and in case you are only interested in the...

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