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New "Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture"

04-27-2012 11:30 PM by BobLang | 3 comments »

I’ll be spending the weekend proof-reading the new compilation of three of my books, “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”, “More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”, and “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Inlays & Hardware”. Then the book heads to the printer, and I should have copies available to sell this summer. Details on this blog post

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Roubo bookstand #2: Chopping the "hinge"

02-17-2013 01:21 AM by Rob Drown | 3 comments »

Done with the first side. This piece of walnut is a full inch thick which means the knuckle has to be chopped down a full 1/2 inch in figured walnut.

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New Workshop #1: It starts...

10-14-2013 10:21 AM by NinjaAssassin | 3 comments »

I’ve wanted to build a workshop for about the last 5 years now. Well, the time has finally come to make that happen. I’m not this guy, and my house only sits on just shy of 1/4 acre so this can’t be some monster 40×60 shop. Instead, it will be a 12×16 gable shed. I don’t have a shop to speak of right now and this is bigger than an I was expecting my wife to approve so while this isn’t a dream shop for most, it’s a dream come true for me...

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"Art-Full Color" --by RusticWoodArt

10-26-2007 03:40 PM by frank | 3 comments »

Art-Full Color Color that is felt, is in essence the pigments of shadowed hues brought to life, by an imaginative handwork, of the artist…. —-all creation awaits the expression of color, that the artist feels rising up within his//her makeup, and so when color explodes with strokes of warmth or coldness, there is the drawing or expelling of those who come to watch. —-color was never created to just be watched, but to be felt! —-it is in the feeling of color...

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Reviews #2: Lee Valley Bevel Up Smoother Plane - Heaven!

01-13-2008 06:42 PM by Tim Dorcas | 3 comments »

There was a recent thread where someone asked about buying used hand planes and refurbishing them to save some money. There was also some talk about buying inexpensive planes to do the same thing. I did both. First I bought some cheap Grotz planes. They were terrible. No matter what I did or how hard I worked to sharpen the blades, they would mark the wood or they would simply not feel good under hand. I had the same results when purchasing an old plane that I tried to refurbish. For the long...

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Finally Finished!

11-14-2008 04:33 PM by KnickKnack | 3 comments »

So.The outdoor bench thing is finally finished. Shame it isn’t summer anymore!It’s quite comfortable, but the arms are a bit low.It’s a very simple design (see below) – I think I saw something like it during research (posh name for surfing), but I don’t know where.What did I learn?Lots… Most importantly – do NOT buy completely unfinished boards – I estimate that about 80% of the time making this (about 3 weeks beginning to end, but I don’t work hard) was spent simpl...

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14'x26' deck

07-12-2009 04:10 AM by JMG | 3 comments »

Just finished up my third day on my newest project, a 14’x26’ deck. I have been trying to remind myself to take a few pictures but keep forgetting. Should finish up tomorrow so I will post some pictures of the finished product

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Chimney Cabinet #1: A GREAT Glueup

09-21-2009 03:35 AM by thiel | 3 comments »

As someone for whom glueup never goes well, I have to crow about what happened to me last night. I had a glueup so smooth it was like a religious experience. I’m building a tall thin cabinet (based on “Chimney Cabinet” from PW) in Spanish Cedar. The main door will have a mirror set in it, and the large main compartment will be subdivided into cubbyholes etc. Basically, it’s going to be a huge valet for ties, jewlery, belts, etc. I am not planning to finish ...

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Puzzles - A Gift Meant To Be Regifted - How To

05-11-2010 02:12 AM by DonW | 3 comments »

Several LJs have asked for a blog entry sharing how I made the mini-puzzles that I use to encourage “re-gifting”. They are really very easy to do for those comfortable with using a scroll saw. Here are the steps… 1. Select the subject of your puzzle. I use business card sized cards that are available at Christian bookstores. They are bright, colorful and have inspiring messages. However, you could do the same project with sports or non-sports trading cards, etc. They woul...

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Tool Musings - Thoughts about tools and working with them. #4: Oddball tools to love and hate.

07-20-2010 05:48 AM by David Kirtley | 3 comments »

I hate some of my tools. I love some. It doesn’t really follow any pattern. It is not the most expensive or the cheapest. I picked up some oddballs in my “collector” days and never really used them. Now, I am actually using them and see them in a different light. Here is a short list: I hate my Stanley 45. It is the proverbial jack of all trades and master of none. The adjustments suck. The seating for the cutters is pitiful. It chatters. The screws shake loose unless you...

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