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Building a Bandsaw Fence #2: Cam

05-25-2017 06:49 PM by Rick M | 2 comments »

Next part is making the cam and what I’m calling the “shoe” (as in brake shoe) for lack of a better term (suggestions welcome). The original cam template. I made this and it didn’t look right. Probably should have tried it first but I decided to tweak the curve a little and used a logarithmic spiral template by Marius Hornberger. Tweaked curve, much better looking in my opinion. Getting the cam to work proved a little trickier than expected. Marius...

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New Sharpening System.... Maybe? #2: Initial Tests

05-25-2017 12:18 PM by HokieKen | 10 comments »

You know how sometimes you buy a tool kinda on impulse and regret it later? I half expected that to be the case with this WorkSharp. I figured I would find that it was kinda finnicky and that when all was said and done I would get a better edge faster using my diamond plates and I would end up selling the WS. I was wrong. I was really wrong. Maybe I’m lazy. Maybe I just really suck at sharpening on stones. Or maybe, just maybe, this thing is a friggin’ gem. Now, I ca...

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Building a Bandsaw Fence #1: Making the rails and gluing up the fence.

05-25-2017 03:41 AM by Rick M | 8 comments »

You can also follow along on Instagram. My fence will be adapted from the the bandsaw fence built by Paul Fiebach, published in the Oct 1974 Popular Mechanics. Calling this a “plan” is generous. Like many old “plans”, it is just a sketch, an idea. There are a few dimensions but once you start, it quickly becomes apparent how much information was left out. Step One: I cut 3 pieces of 3/4” birch plywood, 2.5” wide by 16” long and face glued th...

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Workbench #11: Assembling the Base

05-25-2017 01:18 AM by Dan Wolfgang | 0 comments »

At this point I had the base components complete and had dry-fitted several times, but I didn’t want to assemble it until the leg vise was complete. Now that the leg vise was done, I could get everything assembled. Wait. I’m getting ahead of myself. Before I can assemble the base I needed to make the shelf ledgers that would fit into the base stretchers. A groove in the stretcher would support the pressure from the ledgers. Ok, now that the ledgers were made and the ...

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Shop Tips & Tricks #21: Jacking sideways, or "Walking the Jack."

05-25-2017 12:38 AM by GnarlyErik | 6 comments »

Here’s an idea you may find useful some day. This trick uses a jack to safely move something horizontally. You can turn most jacks on their sides, but then must have something solid to jack against. Did you know you can use a jack by itself to move something sideways without needing a side purchase at all? It’s a pretty simple notion, but it may not occur to you. This requires a jack with a rigidly solid, flat base like a bottle jack. Other types of jacks may work too, but most will carry ...

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Easy DIY Mirror Frame

05-25-2017 12:12 AM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 0 comments »

Our mirror was very plain and boring to look at. It also looks makes the entire room look bland. Framing in the mirror really spruced up the room and was a very simple and quick project. Check out how I did this weekend project. Stop by my channel and subscribe for more content.

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A Few New Old Things

05-24-2017 10:16 PM by Ocelot | 14 comments »

Two months ago – mid March actually, a fellow LJ – Combo Prof posted a photo of a Stanley 71 1/2 that he’d seen at a antique mall (I think it was). A few messages were exchanged, and he picked it up and sent to me. It was a good deal for me and I much appreciate it. He (Combo Prof) on the other hand, is probably regretting it and thinking me an ungrateful fellow for not following up on the acquisition. Well, here it is, thanks to a very helpful LJ! Now I had not pre...

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Pine Pantry Cupboard #2: Webframes....

05-24-2017 07:33 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Ok, part 2. Those 1xs with the sawn edges, they were smoothed out and jointed this morning….made a bit of a mess on the floor.. Wanted to get the parts as close to matching each other as i could. Laid out for some tenons to be cut on the ends of the short parts.. Again, I wanted all of these to match each other. Set up a jig on the bandsaw, and then reset for the rest of the cuts. That “thing” sitting beside the tenons? Is a mortise jig I use. Attached t...

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New Sharpening System.... Maybe? #1: Less Plugging in Leads to Plugging in

05-24-2017 12:44 PM by HokieKen | 6 comments »

This will likely be a couple-of-entry series but I thought it might be of interest since sharpening, love it or hate it, is a necessary chore for most of us. So, here’s the background… I’ve gotten serious about woodworking in the last 3 or 4 years. My background is as a machinist so working with wood is a very different medium. In the last couple of years, I have learned to use, and appreciate, hand tools more than ever before. I’m not a galoot purist by any str...

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Plantation Shutters #6: Using Summit HVLP sprayer for 1st coat of Poly

05-24-2017 02:47 AM by Holbs | 3 comments »

I bought this Summit HVLP sprayer over a year ago (ok..maybe 2) when it was on sale, knowing one day I will jump into the spraying of finishes. I used it for the first time ever today. I’m glad to have purchased this easy no frills HVLP sprayer kit because the upper echelon advanced (Earlex, Fuji, etc) sprayers have a lot of options that are beyond me at this time. It’s only 1 stage and everything made of plastic but it works and is a great introductory device. Longevity is n...

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