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Joints #1: SPalm and SMaloof Joint work

15 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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From board to bowl #1: 12" Scroll Saw Bowl Blank

1279 days ago by SASmith | 19 comments »

This blog will show how I make a 12” bowl blank from 1 BF of lumber. Cut a 12”x12”x3/4” square and draw an X from corner to corner to find the middle. Using a compass draw a circle in the middle of the board the size you want the bottom of the bowl to be. In this case around 4”. Draw concentric circles spaced the thickness of the board (in this case 3/4”) Drill 1/8” holes at 45 degrees on the 4 inner circles to insert a scroll saw blad...

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Boxland: Work Stations and Boxing Tips #5: Mortising Piano Hinges In a Box (An Easy Method)

783 days ago by Boxguy | 16 comments »

Overview: In the last blog I detailed how to separate the top from the box and how to start with a long piano hinge then size, cut, polish, round, crimp, smooth, and paint the hinge so it will fit any size of box. In this chapter I will explain how to install a piano hinge in a box. We will go through how to mortise, fit and fasten the hinge. The essential tools are: router table, small try square, vix bit, drill and impact driver. If all goes well, it should look like this when you ar...

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Staggered Steps Endgrain Cutting Board

1487 days ago by SPalm | 42 comments »

This is a new style of cutting board (at least new to me). I was thinking about 3D designs on the way home from work last week, after Martyn’s Blog and Steve’s Video. So I came up with this. Kind of Sinister, kind of Tumbling block. Once I drew it out, it reminded me of Staggered Stairs (which are kind of cool), and reminded Karen of the Steps on the Row Houses in Baltimore. So that is how the name came about. I started with 6/4 walnut cut into 10 inch strips. This small length makes ...

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Another Cutting Board Design

1472 days ago by SPalm | 26 comments »

I am in the process of building another board and thought I would share my thinking process along with some build pictures. When I came up with the design for the Steps board, I was thinking about how one draws a 3D box on a piece of paper. You draw a large square, and then add small mitered edges to one corner to give the appearance of seeing it slightly from the side. Making these miters out of two different woods adds to the shadows, which adds to the effect. I did this for the Steps b...

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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #8: Splayed Back Legs and Stretcher

742 days ago by Mauricio | 44 comments »

Hello Friends, I’m long overdue for an update so there are a lot of pictures. I’ve made quite a bit of progress but the ending is not so happy I’m afraid, after reassembling the parts last night I discovered an error I will have to fix. The great thing about woodworking is that almost anything is fixable, it’s just frustrating. You’ll see what I mean at the end. As usual, I’ll let the pictures do most of the explaining: Cut the shoulders on the angled te...

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Scraper shaves my way #2: Shape up the body

1174 days ago by mafe | 17 comments »

Scraper shaves my wayShape up the body With my favorite Supersander I now get the chance to shape the handles, this is my favorite part.I choose to go a little more organic than they usually look, this for two reasons; I like it and find it beautiful, and second I find these organic shapes wonderful for the hands to use.I guess it could be called bone shaped. After the details with smaller sander wheels. Flattening the sole. Also the small soles. And here we are next step.My Go...

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"Art Box" Tutorial #5: Cut the lip for the lid

1851 days ago by Andy | 11 comments »

Updated 1/15/12 At this point we have a box body with corner splines.Our lid is still oversized, so we can stop here and just use it to make a traditional box,one where the lid sets on top.DO NOT CUT THE LID TO SIZE UNTIL YOU ARE SURE OF THE STYLE OF BOX YOU WANT TO MAKE! For some, this may be the best option. They may not have all the required tools or may feel their skills need a little more honing.Or, you could leapfrog over the next few stages and pick up the project again when we d...

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"Art Box" Tutorial #8: The Handle

1833 days ago by Andy | 8 comments »

Updated 1/15/12 At this point we should have an assembled box, with corner splines, a recess cut into the body for the lid to set down into 3/8”, and a recess for the medallion cut into the lid that is also 3/8” deep, and the medallion cut to fit.DO NOT glue in the medallion yet! Next thing is to make the handle.I like to attach the handle by cutting a mortise in both the handle and the edge of the lid and slipping in a thin strip of wood, aka a spline. The spline is a scrap...

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"Art Box" Tutorial #3: Making the box

1856 days ago by Andy | 25 comments »

Part 3updated 1/15/12 Regarding size:Size and proportions are important…to a point. We will be building a box that will start out at 11 1/8 W x 7 D x 4 1/2 H. (After shaping it will finish out at about 10 3/4’’ x 6 3/4’’ x 3 1/8 h depending on how much shaping is done.) I like the proportions of this box, they just look good to my eye. They are loosely based on the Golden Ratio which is a ratio of 1.618. There is much more to it than that, but simply put, here is how it works in rela...

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