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10-25-2010 12:33 AM by knotfree | 16 comments »

I decided to build a better workbench that would be more conducive to the way work. I like to make furniture and cabinets and needed something that would handle clamping case goods, cabinet doors, assembled drawers and all the other assemblies that go into my work. I did a LOT of research on workbench design, read all the books, perused the many websites and eventually decided on a design. The workbench is the Holtzapffel design from Chris Shwarz’ book, with some minor modifications t...

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Raised Garden Fencing #5: Finally - Done & Installed

06-29-2010 08:39 PM by BlankMan | 9 comments »

Wow. I can’t believe I started this project a month ago almost to the day and this took me a month. Granted I got sidetracked with a few other projects along the way but still. It was kind of the kind of project I don’t really like. Repetitive. I like making one, or maybe two of something, to make twelve of something got a bit boring at times. Too much like an assembly line. Doing the first of each operation on the first one then the second was fun, on the twelfth, not so fun. But...

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The Impossible Staircase

06-27-2010 10:19 PM by Div | 48 comments »

Sometime last year I was approached by a client who wanted a very unusual staircase for a new house he was having built. It had to consist of a single beam with the treads straddling the beam. To make matters interesting, the beam had to have the shape of a compound bow when seen in plan view. To make matters even more interesting the beam also had to have concave sides when seen in section, wide at the top, narrow at the bottom.No structural plans were available and the architect had only pr...

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Table saw island #6: Finished parts/hardware trays

06-15-2010 05:35 PM by 559dustdesigns | 4 comments »

Here you see some of the trays with the drawer fronts completed.This picture is a close up of the drawer fronts with custom wood pulls. Not sure what to call this style pull but it worked great for this application. I needed to make them low profile in order to clear the cabinet doors that they reside behind.More pictures of the parts trays.On the left side of the front of the Table saw island, I had two pull out trays behind cabinet doors. These trays now have drawer fronts to match the part...

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Cutting board build blog.

04-12-2010 04:10 PM by Sinister | 32 comments »

I recently uploaded pictures of a cutting board ( and several fellow LJs asked me to show how it was put together. Subsequently, Patron quickly deduced the process and wrote a nice blog showing the step by step process for how to achieve the pattern. I encourage anyone who is interested to take a look because he has some nice pictures outlining the process. I thought I would add a short amendment to his blog de...

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Starting Upper Cut Woodworks #12: Router Dado Sled

02-19-2010 08:31 AM by Matt (Upper Cut) | 3 comments »

The blog post is here, and I’ve added some pieces below. I got about 2 hours of shop time tonight. I was working alone so I wasn’t going to try to push any big pieces through the saw. I need to cut the top, back, and bottom to their final sizes, and also rip the front into the strips that will make up the front for the drawers. I’ll have to do that when I have help. Knowing that I’ll have to make some dados in the sides for the drawers, and knowing that I’ll want those to fit the ...

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My Workbench #1: I made a choice

03-03-2010 04:51 PM by Prisirie | 6 comments »

Well since, I am new to this I figured that after having bought some tools the next thing for me to do is make a workbench. We have a small cabin/storage room on the yard which is filled with all kind of junk (forgatton gold). Barbeque set, old furniture, tools, all types of garden chemicals, old oil cans, concrete blocks, empty beer bottles, etc. It’s about 5 by 3 meters, about 50 squared feet. I figure it’s more then enough for me. (for now)Still I find it’s going to be...

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Dan's Blackbutt Roubo Bench #2: The Design Process

03-01-2010 10:46 AM by DoctorDan | 4 comments »

The decision to go RouboAfter my initial research, I like many woodworkers, fell in love with the roubo. My old benches were designed to be portable or were made from old desks. They never stood still. Planning, even chiselling would cause them to move about. There’s something rather solid about having 5”x5” legs. SizeOriginally, I thought I could do most of my work on a 3’x3’ bench. All my heavy chopping/sawing on a solid base and use work horses to support l...

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Building a roubo workbench in my apartment #1: Making the top

02-15-2010 07:04 AM by brklnguy | 27 comments »

I never want to hear anyone complain about their shop… anything has to be better than a tiny living room in a 400sqft apartment. This is my first project with hand tools. I worked as a cabinetmaker for 6 years, and then moved to NYC 3 years ago and changed careers. I’ve been wanting to get back into building furniture, and after a few months of reading everything Chris Schwartz has written and pretty much every other hand tool blog on the internet, I feel like I know everything...

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Pine Country Cabinet #5: Doors and Hardware installation

02-15-2010 12:43 AM by David Murray | 3 comments »

I made the raised panel doors, dry fitted them and glued up this morning. Sanded doors and mounted hardware. Mounted all the hardware and doors to make sure everything is as it should be. I have a little more finish sanding to do, then I’m going to paint it with Federal Blue milk paint and then clear coat it. Inside cabinet. Here’s a better picture of top.

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