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Cutting Board: How To's #1: Zig Zag Cutting Board - How To:

1389 days ago by McLeanVA | 50 comments »

For those of you who asked me for a tutorial on how to make the zig zag legless vegetable death table (cutting board), here is my best shot. I am far too impatient to take photos when I work, so I decided to illustrate the process using some good old Adobe PhotoShop. I hope you find this useful and informative. I will outline the process in 10 steps below. I have assumed that when viewing these steps that basic woodworking skills are familiar to you. If you have questions, or run into snag...

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Adventures in Finishing wood

1540 days ago by Bob #2 | 13 comments »

From blotch controlIt seems one of the most difficult tasks for woodworkers is finding a stain and finish system that’s capable of giving consistent and durable results.For many years I had used nitrocellulose lacquer for my projects with appropriate oil and or water-based stains. One of the problems with lacquer isit is extremely volatile and subject to vaporize organic compounds that could be dangerous from a health perspective. With this in mind, I set out to try and adapt my syste...

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How to use a Kerfmaker (trying to help out!) Blog.

1402 days ago by mafe | 37 comments »

How to use a KerfmakerOk, many asked me this question, and I have seen it again and again on LJ. If you need to find out how to make one, you can see my Kerfmaker 'Brass'n wood'. Another fun gadget is the tenonmarker:http://lumberjocks.com/projects/39236 I’ll try to explain, as well as I can, feel free to ask questions if I do not make myself clear (I’m only human): Collect what is needed, in this case a base stock and two thinner side stocks, and of course a Kerfmaker...

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Wood finishing tips

1408 days ago by Redford1947 | 8 comments »

I have develped a technique that has worked on several pieces now with outstanding results. I first sand to 150 (more or less depending on wood and how dark I want the stain) then apply a wood conditioner. I have found that the conditioner is critical regardless of the wood.Then I apply the stain. After drying I apply a first coat of poly, I like Minwax Semi-gloss, then sand with 320. After drying I apply a second coat then sand with 400 grit wet dry automotive paper. At this point I use...

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Super Duper Sled #1: The Sketchup Plans

1419 days ago by AttainableApex | 11 comments »

Well here is my latest sled design. This sled is a combination of many sleds that i have seen in the past. One sled that really influenced it, is the super sled by john nixon at eagle lake woodworking. I like the t track on the sled part (the sheet part) but i am going to use real t track. I also liked the t track on top of the fence, which i incorporated, but it stops there. This sled should be able to do just about everything. You can cut 45’s ( blade tilting at 45 deg ) and every o...

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Shop Tricks and Tips

2438 days ago by GaryK | 84 comments »

I thought I would start a blog for shop tricks and tips. We all learn things just as a matter of course. Why not share some of your favorites. Here’s one I learned a long time ago. I just used it a little while ago and that’s what got this going. Suppose you have a piece you are cutting to length for a perfect fit. Not thight not loose but perfect.Say a piece of trim for something. Well, if you are like me you cut it a little long and nibble away at ituntil it’s per...

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How to Create Dentil Mouldings on the Dado Sled

1434 days ago by Bob Simmons | 11 comments »

Dentil mouldings are a distinctive member of the classical moulding family. Often you will see a distinguished building and then when you look up to view the architectural moulding of the cornice you will very often see dentils as one of the cornice members. The same holds true for furniture. Visit a museum that features fine woodworking from the past few hundred years and you are sure to find a furniture piece with a cornice that includes dentil moulding. So, if you were building f...

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Home Made router lift #1: Home Made Router Lift

1642 days ago by remsen | 13 comments »

This was my attempt at a homemade router lift. Working with a router under a table has always been frustrating to adjust to just the right spot. That’s why I decided to research doing my own. I wish I could take credit for the design, but I found a really bright guy from Canada named Matthias whose example I copied. I cannot stress enough the enormous help his site was for ideas. Let me know if anyone wants a link to his site. Here is what it looked when I first cut the plywood an...

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Let's Build a Dedicated Dado Sled for the Table Saw

1439 days ago by Bob Simmons | 6 comments »

The following is an addition to The Apprentice and The Journeyman woodworking video series, Let’s Build. The dedicated dado sled for the table saw is a highly versatile woodworking shop fixture that can expand the woodworking approaches used by many woodworkers. Dado blades are used on the table saw instead of a typical saw blade and the dado blades are often said to be “stacked.” This term implies that the dado blades, chippers, and shims are combined to create a cert...

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Let's Build a Drill Press Table

1453 days ago by Bob Simmons | 14 comments »

The drill press is a terrific tool in the woodworking shop especially when it has a drill press table that conveniently clamps the work, provides a fence for repeatable and accurate cuts, and also offers a safer working environment. The drill press was originally set up for metal working and most tables that come with the drill press are small metal tables. As a result, the metal tables can be rather awkward for use in the woodworking shop. A better solution for the woodworker is to buy...

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