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Inexpensive But Very Functional Shop Made Router Table

02-06-2012 05:55 PM by gfadvm | 16 comments »

I built this 3 years ago and it gets almost daily use so I decided it was worth posting as I’m sure there are others out there who can’t afford an expensive router table with all the bells and whistles. I have less than $100 invested in the whole thing (including the router). The top is 48”x22”. The table sits on my bench and is ‘locked’ to the edge with a cleat. The fence is square to the table, has stop blocks, a feather board, and...

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Free Wooden Smoothing Plane Plans

04-27-2013 05:57 PM by Caleb James | 10 comments »

So here we go again. It looks like you folks are having fun making some wooden planes so lets add to the fun. Here is a great little coffin shaped smoother for your collection. This is a fantastic size and a great introduction to making a wooden bench plane. The construction of the parts is a very typical arrangement and the size of wood needed to make this is much easier to find. Here are the plans in several different layouts. The download has four pages. First one is for shop reference ...

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Making a Crosman 1377 Pump Arm...

10-17-2012 05:14 AM by Brett | 0 comments »

... in three parts. This is the first of three videos showing how to make a pump arm for a Crosman 1377 pump pistol. These pellet guns are relatively inexpensive to purchase, highly modifiable and just plain fun to shoot! A Google search for “Crosman 1377” or “Custom 1377” will come up with a bunch of images of some amazing 1377s that have been customized. I have made two other stocks with pump arms and I thought that some non-woodworking or new to woodworking ...

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Shop Tips & Tricks #4: Centerlines - Finding, Marking and Using Them! (Part One)

12-06-2012 09:35 PM by GnarlyErik | 8 comments »

When working with non-squared and oddly shaped things – like boats, you generally need starting and reference points. The most convenient usually being from the “centers” of something. One general approach is to ‘work from the centers out’, which seems to work well overall too most times.  For a simple example, suppose you must install a seat in a boat (or, a seat bottom in a chair). You may know the seat width or depth, but ends are not squared to that. Working fro...

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Shop Tips & Tricks #1: Shop Tips

12-03-2012 10:03 PM by GnarlyErik | 13 comments »

In the past, most old guys like me jealously protected their shortcuts and tricks to guard their job from competitors. I’ve seen many old fellows actually turn and place their bodies in front of their work to keep someone else from seeing how they did something, and they were not too bashful about doing so either. But, a lot of the old knowledge is disappearing now and some hard-learned things may disappear forever. I’ve learned a few tricks in my six decades of work related experience, and w...

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Hand Saws #5: Hand Saw restore references.

09-10-2011 02:48 PM by Don W | 22 comments »

NOTE: I edit this and add sites from time to time. Also note I am not associated with any of these in any way. Also, just because its listed, Its not a referral, some I’ve used, some I have not. Use it as if you found it on your own. My Saws, using collecting, cleaning and buying threadAnd Andy's Saw Talk A MUST SEE Andy's Sharpening Western Saws - Full Length Instructional Video Other Reference Sites lumberjocks blogs...

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Split Roubo Workbench #3: Milling, gluing and clamping - The Legs

04-10-2012 04:35 AM by lysdexic | 32 comments »

Progress is slow. But this is what is going on. The pics will do most the talking but the title says it all. Some of the maple for the top was not wide enough so I glued some cut offs from the bigger pieces to make them useable Next I turned my attention to the cherry legs….... I decided to make a sacrificial, practice leg from 2×6 “white wood” from lowes. The Cherry boards are ready for glue-up but before a procee...

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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #3: Tap for Wooden Nut

03-14-2012 04:06 PM by Mauricio | 21 comments »

Hello again, On the last blog I made the guide block that guides the tap. Here I’ve made the tap and cut my first nut last night! I’m very excited about this accomplishment, this is really the most challenging part of the build and I think cutting the screw to fit will be pretty straight forward. If you’re like me, you like looking at pictures more than reading so here are some pics showing the process I followed with a brief explanation. Laid out thread pitch on paper (2...

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