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Basement Workshop: Revised #1: Flooded Shop, What a Mess!

06-04-2010 11:15 PM by Blair Helgason | 4 comments »

Well, even though my shop was functioning just fine I’m forced to reorganize. Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t perfect by any means but since I’ll have to clear out the basement completely anyways I might as well re-assess the situation. Idealistic Plan of Action: #1. Fix the root of the problem: I had problems with back-up from the drain as well as some leaking in the foundation. My plumber Brother-In-Law is going to help me out with the back up problem and I&#...

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Shop Update #28: Won't be cutting much this weekend, time to test Grizzly's service...

08-21-2011 03:25 PM by TheKingInYellow | 4 comments »

Spent a little while in the shop yesterday setting up the saw. Got both tables installed and aligned within a thou, and everything is dead flat and smooth. I had to do five rounds of Mineral spirits to clean the top. I don’t think it was cosmoline, but it was tough to get off despite a very thin coat. Followed that with three light coats of TopCote and then two of paste wax. Smooth as butter and they aren’t kidding when they call it a mirror finish. Got the front rail on a...

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Put a cork in it?

12-07-2011 12:00 AM by nobuckle | 4 comments »

Hello all, I am doing coasters for Christmas this year. Actually, these are last years Christmas gifts that were put on the back burner so I could finish one of the pedestals that go to our dining room table. Talk about a bad time to start a new project. The only people who received coasters were my folks. So, here I am, back at it. This brings me to the question, should I apply my polyurethane to the coaster before putting on the cork, OR should I put the cork on before I apply the poly? Whe...

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Building My Roubo Bench #1: Why I Decided to Build This

01-17-2012 03:13 AM by Andy Panko | 4 comments »

So after reading Christopher Schwarz’s book Workbenches: From Design and Theory to Construction and Use, I decided it was time I built myself a “real” workbench. I’ve had various bench-like structures that I’ve used as assembly tables, clamping areas, clutter storage, etc. My current “bench” is basically a large custom cabinet base with a formica top and an integrated Kreg measuring fence built on it that I use for making cuts on my miter saw....

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03-05-2012 12:34 AM by Jake Brain | 4 comments »

After seeing a number of setups and procedures on the web that are used to set jointer knives. I thought that the best methods were the one that used a dial indicator. I designed a setup using two precision 1-2-3 blocks and two dial indictors. These precision 1-2-3 blocks are ground and cases hardened and are used in precision machine setup and precision measurements. The blocks are 1” by 2” by 3”. They are parallel within 0.0002”, flat within 0.0002” and square ...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #712: A New Project in the Works

05-25-2012 09:59 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

It feels good to have some solid directions to move again. It isn’t that I haven’t been busy, but being able to focus on pushing forward a new design is probably my favorite part of the whole process. There is something about taking a vision that you have in your mind and slowly seeing it come to life. I know you all understand that because I have seen the same thing happen to many of you. There is something exciting when we transpose an idea to an actual tactical piece that ...

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Birthday Baby Doll Bed #5: "Operation Tiny Mattresses"

02-01-2013 06:19 PM by JohnnySplinterfinger | 4 comments »

So after a couple more botched attempts at staining since my last blog update I went out and got some Krylon Brown Leather and this is what I have now…. What have I learned you may be wondering? Well you’re probably not wondering, but I am. Lets See: Since I’ve started my endeavor of posting and keeping a blog on projects I actually got one (near) done. Building even something cheesey (well I think it is) like this makes me feel good. I use far to many int...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1022: Chasing Butterflies

04-30-2013 11:26 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

As I am getting ready to work this Tuesday morning, I find myself trying to stay out of ‘muddle.’ I spent most of the day yesterday thinking about and considering the next designs that I would be creating, and I found myself in a place of disarray and disorganization. Not physical disorganization, as I tend to keep my environment around me relatively neat, but rather a mental disorganization where my thoughts are all over the map and I can’t keep the train of thought th...

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Homemade Air filter

01-14-2014 02:04 PM by Garth | 4 comments »

I made an air filter using a series of filters and then also a fan from an AC unit. Below are two pictures of it and more on how I made it. Here is more on how I made it.

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1260: Time to Plan

03-04-2014 12:14 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I woke up this morning to bright sunshine. I think it is a good indication as to how the day will be. I have so many ‘irons on the fire’ that I need to watch myself so that I can keep on a good track and accomplish as much as I can. So many times if I have a lot on the go, I get overwhelmed and find myself spinning my wheels in place trying to decide which direction to head first. But mapping out a plan and keeping my thoughts organized is truly necessary for me to keep making...

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