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Adirondack Chair #1: Mock Up

11-23-2013 07:29 PM by Scott R. Turner | 3 comments »

My father-in-law has been a long-time builder of Adirondack chairs. He’s retiring this year, so I decided to build him a custom Adirondack chair for his retirement. I looked around a bit for inspiration, and really liked this chair by Michael Brown: The lines are nice, and I like the idea of the bentwood slats for the back and seat, to be more comfortable than the traditional Adirondack design. I posted a question about it on one of the forums, and Andrew Kopac of 24HourDesign...

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Salvage #1: Getting the wood

01-17-2014 04:17 PM by larson1170 | 3 comments »

Sooooo, I’m married. That means I am forced to look at a few pics every night from Pintrest of peoples “brilliant” ideas. After I got it through my wife’s head that I wasn’t gonna just nail a pallet to the wall and say I made something, I decided to see what I could really do with scrap wood. First step, break down some pallets that we get at work all the time. Next, yesterday at work I brought in my sander and borrowed my bosses 12 1/2” planar. Yes I ...

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My Small Business: Spud Wood Works #15: 2013 a Trail blazing year, 2014 already breaking records.

02-17-2014 07:34 PM by Ethan Harris | 3 comments »

Hello Readers, It certainly has been awhile since I have last shared about my small woodworking business (Spud Woodworks). I have been very blessed over the past year and I wanted to share some of those things with you all. 2013 2013 was my banner year. I started Spud Woodworks as a all around online retail store on Esty, expanded to selling on my own website and made a few sales to local stores. My first 12 month year started slow, and grew to a 5 digit revenue company in my fir...

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A journey into the workshop. #89: Prepping stock for the mission ish dog kennel... My jointer is WAY too small...

03-25-2014 07:50 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

I put up a post about this yesterday on my personal blog site at” A few years ago, I gues probably 4 years ago now, I came across a great deal on some farm harvested walnut from Craigslist. I think I paid less than $2.00 bd/ft for what he called 4/4, although according to my measure it is just over 5/4. The stuff has been sitting in my lumber rack waiting for a project. I am filling the cracks and securing loose knots / bark inclusions getting it ready to joint. However I am running...

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04-13-2014 02:43 PM by Pshi97 | 3 comments »

SO I saw a few jigs on youtube of homemade spindle sanders. They make them by using a hole saw and glue the pieces together forming a cylinder. I attempted to make one in class but I used a lathe instead of cutting out separate circles with a hole saw and gluing them together. It was off center so I plan on making a new one. The finished product is attached to a drill press. Has anyone ever made one of these and how good do they work?

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Disc sander

05-07-2017 05:43 PM by Dutchy | 3 comments »

Some have asked what disc sander I use. It is a big 50cm (20”) disc mounted on my lathe. It’s easy to mount and also easy to disasemble with two bolts. The speed regulation is done by a inverter. This inverter is 230V. The input is single phase but the output is 3 phase. The motor on the lathe is a 1.5 KW , 750 Upm. There is also a triple V belt transmission. The sanding disc can only be mounted when transmission is at it lowest. This means that the revolution of the disc is hal...

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Dining table inspired by the Greene & Greene Thorsen table #13: Final Table Edge Routing

05-29-2017 10:55 PM by TungOil | 3 comments »

With the table edges assembled, the next step is the final pattern routing of the outside profile. I route the final shape after the edges are assembled to be sure the ellipse is smooth and continuous. I start by leveling any minor misalignment between the edges with an 80 grit disk on the random orbit sander. The assembled table top is about 1/16” larger than the outside pattern to allow for the final shaping. I use a solid carbide spiral upcut bit to get the smoothest finis...

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Learning to Restore Saws #1: Taking stock of the haul

01-06-2015 06:06 AM by luckysawdust | 3 comments »

Two years back, I graduated from college, got a ‘grown up’ job, and finally had some very limited discretionary income to devote to hobbies. I wanted, more than anything, to get into woodworking. In polite company, I describe it as ‘therapeutic’—a productive and beautiful way to give my hands something to do after a full day of ‘knowledge work’. Among friends however… I let on that, to me at least, the smell of sawdust and shavings is darn near nar...

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Woodturning #3: Tools for woodturning - Purchased Rockler Full Size Carbide tools and Sorby SpindleMaster

02-04-2015 04:54 AM by DW833 | 3 comments »

I researched several lathe tools to use on the new lathe. I thought the carbide tipped tools would be great for a beginning turner. Reviews of these tools were mostly positive. The easy wood tools were my first choice. But do not have the budget for them. Shop made versions are popular and many LJers have made them. I started making plans to purchase materials to make my own. Since I haven’t worked with metal much, I was concerned about the end result if I made them. However,...

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PVC Dust Collection Blast Gate - self cleaning design with a detent feature

02-17-2015 05:23 PM by GlassImpressions | 3 comments »

I filmed the build on my YouTube Channel. Please check it out! Please like, share, and if you enjoyed the video subscribe! I recently added a Clearvue Cyclone dust collector to my shop. I plumbed it completely with 6” and 4” PVC piping. I needed a way to close off each branch to maximize the performance of the dust collector. Commercially available plastic blast gates are way to cheap and clog easily. The metal blast gates that solve this issue are p...

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