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Workbenches in Denmark

11-22-2013 05:21 PM by toolmike | 4 comments »

Here are some photos from a recent trip to Copenhagen and the Open Air Museum – some 200 year old workshops and benches.

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A Sliding Door #2: Milling maple lumber

11-01-2014 08:38 AM by Mark Kornell | 4 comments »

Milling lumber is pretty uninteresting. It gets a bit repetitive, but you need to do it on every project. And truth be told, you don’t want it to get interesting. Maple is a species that can get interesting, and I don’t mean discovering that a board has curly figure. It often has reaction wood so some caution is in order. I picked up three large boards to make the rails and stiles, and let them acclimate in my shop for 6 weeks or so. Didn’t seem to move much, if any, so I...

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French Polishing class #3: Here are some pics of the looks

03-01-2009 05:14 AM by RichClark | 4 comments »

Here is a share site there is blog junk, the “french” entry shows me goofing around with some black walnut and Brazilian Cherry. The after or polished looks are unfilled but leveled with 1200 (were talking 30 seconds of sanding) then spritzed with water and rubbed for about 3-4 minutes with 3-O steel wool to get the satin finish (Got a comment about patientce and such.. and I have NO patience I do have and want a perfect finish… each o...

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Sharpening a Card Scraper #1: I learned how to sharpen a card scraper today - the easy way

03-18-2009 04:01 AM by CXD | 4 comments »

Between T-Chisel and The Wood Whisperer I have been convinced I need to learn to use a card scraper. So, I bought 2 on One I figured I would mess up beyond repair, and one to be able to actually use. I don’t know if anyone else has had problems with sharpening card scrapers but its been a pain in my butt. I’ve just had a hard time justifying the purchase of a burnisher, about $25, and sharpening stones, a lot of dollars – or sandpaper. Then you really need...

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turnings #2: turnings - some failures as prelude to some successes

07-28-2009 12:26 PM by Gary Fixler | 4 comments »

Earlier this week I ended up with some scrap baltic birch ply, and cut it into squares with the band saw. I sanded the faces a bit and glued them all together overnight with Titebond III and a Bessey K-Body clamp: A little turning later: And I was starting to get a wine glass shape: That’s probably where I should have stopped. I knew that going thin-stem with the plywood in this orientation was asking for trouble, but I just kept going anyway, mad with power: ...

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House Built-in #1: Finally Making Some Progress

11-08-2009 02:15 AM by Jimi_C | 4 comments »

I started planning this about a month ago, including starting to mill the wood. I kind of goofed though, and cut the rails too short, as well as making the bottom rails too narrow (I wasn’t sure if on a face frame you kept that rail the same thickness or not, turns out you do). After that, I got kind of busy with life. As I’ve mentioned before, my wife is in nursing school, and she was accepted to go on a humanitarian trip to Brazil to do volunteer public health work. So, need...

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A Buyer for my Jewelry!

12-08-2009 08:45 PM by Blair Helgason | 4 comments »

For the last month or so I’ve been making rings and pendants to make use of some scraps I had around the shop. They’ve actually been turning out pretty well ( so I brought a few pieces to a local boutique called Chi Chi Home. They were very happy with what I showed them and said they’d be interested in selling them. I feel really lucky to have my stuff in this type of store. The owner has a very keen eye for design and I take it as a hug...

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Workshop Build #7: Floor/Ceiling Joists

02-27-2010 10:53 PM by ~Julie~ | 4 comments »

In order to be able to have a 40’ building without interior walls other than one right down the middle, we needed to have joists that would carry across the width of the building and give us room above for storage. Regular trusses don’t allow for much empty space for storage, so we had joists designed with our particular needs taken into account. The joists are I beam style, 40’ long and sixteen inches deep. They needed to be placed 16” OC, so that meant an order ...

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fancy painted bookcases #1: bottom cases

03-30-2010 06:40 AM by jeffreymbdavis | 4 comments »

I’m getting into a new project. My wife found some fancy bookcases in a local store to replace our plain old bookcases. Each one cost…$16,000. That’s right. And we need two, for a grand total of $32,000. So I’m building some fancy bookcases in my garage. I figure if I can build them for $500 in materials, I’m in the black by $31,500. Which is a lot of power tools. Pictures to follow… I have a question (will be more obvious when I post pic...

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Workshop Ramblings #7: What a year!

09-09-2010 02:09 AM by brianinpa | 4 comments »

Been gone for a while and haven’t been too busy in the “wood” shop. Too much time spent on a new old hobby of mine. Before: After: When I was diagnosed with MS I decided that I had to do the responsible thing and sell my motorcycle: boy what a mistake. This Spring I decided it was time to get back in the saddle. I had a deal that was too good to pass up fall into my lap so I bought a 1981 Goldwing that needed very little work. I have been enjoying it so much tha...

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