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Shop #6: Hand Tool Till

02-24-2011 10:54 PM by Big Ben | 3 comments »

My next shop project was suppose to be my Band Saw but that was pretty boring to talk about. I did the basic tuning, new cooling block, adjusted guides. I have yet to make the mobile base but that will happen when I need to move it around. What have been working on is a hand tool till. I decided I wanted to do more advanced joinery and having my tool spread out was a real pain. I will be adding more at time goes on but here it is at this point.The till holds my #8, #7, #6, #5, # 4 and LA...

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New rear deck #1: Montana Sawmill

07-30-2012 03:56 AM by Bluepine38 | 3 comments »

My old rear deck was falling apart. The ledger board was not treated lumber and had been installed withouta drip cap and was half rotted, since it is the first thing put up and the last taken down, the entire deck hadto be torn down. No pictures of this, it was just too badly built. The county building inspectors said that 4X4 post would be OK as supports, but then they wanted more 4X4 post bolted to the sides of the deckas guard posts to support the railing. I decided to simplify life and...

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Tool thoughts #30: Suffering from 'what-next?'-itis... time for a shop cleaning update

08-13-2012 05:44 PM by NedB | 3 comments »

Here I am about a month into my shop renovation and clearing… and I find myself in a bit of a quandry: What should I do or build ‘next’? I’ve got ‘all’ of the major tools at least marginally functional now, but I keep thinking of new ‘aha, that would be cool’ projects. that keep popping up. for example, I just got my lathe area in ‘order’. OK, that’s nice, but now I’m thinking there are more ‘organization&#...

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half blind dovetails

12-08-2012 03:58 PM by bigbullets | 3 comments »

I am sure that this has been discussed before in other posts, but I am making a box for my father in law for Chrismas and making half blind dovetails for the joints. I am using the Porter Cable jig and my dovetails are way too tight to even put together. what is the fix?

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Need advice finishing a burl slab

03-19-2013 04:56 PM by jfk4032 | 3 comments »

Need some help in finishing this piece LJers! The actual burl piece I’m using is wrapped in plastic as it still has a little more to go to dry out, but I’d like to finish it off in the next week or so. It’s been unexposed as a 3.25” thick slab for several months which I resawed over the weekend to 1.5”. The cracks for the most part were sawn off leaving the middle of the slab relatively crack free. What’s posted here is a similar slice that̵...

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Truth in Advertising

07-18-2013 06:38 PM by MrRon | 3 comments »

When a new product hits the street, some initial advertising is necessary to introduce it to the public. After a time, if sales go well, less budget needs to be spent on advertising, but if another product generates more interest, the advertising budget goes up to tru to combat the competition. This can go on and on for as long as it takes for that company to prevail. If advertising is kept up long enough, a company may no longer be able to compete without raising their price. This is a visci...

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SYP Spilt-Top Roubo Workbench #6: Plane Cabinet

11-25-2013 09:49 PM by grfrazee | 3 comments »

After getting tired of cleaning sawdust out of the nooks and crannies of my planes, I decided to build a little cabinet for them. It’s just a basic scrap plywood box with plywood drawers. I got a couple pairs of 100# full-extension drawer slides off Amazon for the drawers. I’m not the greatest at building carcasses (i.e., making them square), so I had to do some trial and error getting the fit right. For the drawer backs I just screwed on a couple pieces of scrap O...

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Beall Polishing System #3: It does polish wood

01-04-2014 01:46 PM by PASs | 3 comments »

I was talking about sanding mops and other things and only referenced that I’d polished things with it. On all these pieces my finishing regime is the same: 1. Sanded to 320 grit. I don’t have anything finer that I care to use on a piece that’s going to be polished, and I’ve found that 320 grit seems to be perfect for getting a smooth finish. (Side note: I’ve polished some unsanded surfaces. It doesn’t smooth them, but it will polish the high spots. )...

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Keep up the wood work! #1: A simple and effective message from Mike Rowe.

03-28-2014 05:35 PM by Philip "Pip" Storm | 3 comments »

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Various shenanigans #24: Wood body moulding planes...

06-22-2014 03:31 AM by JeremyPringle | 3 comments »

I had a great opportunity today to buy some wood body moulding planes…. and a saw. Here is the saw… I suspect that the medallion has been replaced with one from another saw, but as far as I can tell it is a D12 rip saw… the tooth line is dead straight. A little rust remover and this thing is ready for work. Here is the rest of my haul.. Left to right….3/4 rabbet, 1/4 groove, 1/8 bead, 1/2 bead, 3 different sash planes, #12 hollow/round, #10 hollow/round, #8 h...

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