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Building a Goat Barn #8: The Circle Is Complete

22 minutes ago by David Bareford | 0 comments »

This post is a bit celebratory: the wall frames are completely up and the retaining walls are built! Here is the state of the project: And finally complete: And here is a long shot, showing HALF of the distance and elevation gain from my driveway: So now, on Aug 9th, I’m inviting friends and family over for a barn raising to add the rafters!

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Building a Goat Barn #7: The Henges Go Up

2 hours ago by David Bareford | 0 comments »

To start building the lower retaining wall, I needed to have two of my wall posts in place as the outer anchor points. I quickly realized that I couldn’t just drop a post in a hole: I needed to build the whole henge and install it as a unit. Why? Because of the mortise-and-tenon diagonal braces, I had to make sure that the mortise was the right height and angle to mate with the overhead beam and its adjoining post. Even though timber framing doesn’t have to be to the thousand...

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Building a Goat Barn #6: The Retaining Wall Saga Continues...

3 hours ago by David Bareford | 2 comments »

So as I finished digging the hill back to the necessary perimeter for the barn, I also continued trying to find an alternate kind of retaining wall a bit less heavy than seventeen tons of stone. My trusty Home Depot Outdoor book included the suggestion of a post-and-board wall. Since I happened to have a fair amount of treated 2×6 boards from my friend’s demolished deck, I decided to sink my upper four posts into the ground (rather than sitting on padstones), cement them in place, ...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #14: Making the Connection

3 hours ago by Gary Rogowski | 2 comments »

Tools are meant to be used by humans. I think that we learned to think by using them. By using tools, our hands made a connection to our brains and then our curiosity gene dove in and our minds grew because of this. We discovered so much about the world poking about in it with our hands. And by using the power of the wedge, we learned to do all sorts of things from carving to cleaving to sawing and planing. We are humans and that means we need to keep making that connection between hand an...

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Simple project- small three legged stool

12 hours ago by cpine | 0 comments »

I did a project just because it looked like fun and it will help me learn for a coming project. This simple three legged stool out of some maple. “Three Legged Stool”: Thanks so much for your support! Best RegardsChris

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The three photo blog update

13 hours ago by Philip | 3 comments »

Way back in the day when I “finished” my bench, I found that the wood vises I made were extremely difficult to use, since they are made with wooden nuts and threads. Because of this I have made excuses not to use them and when I have used them I have paid the price…twisting…and twisting, a quarter turn at a time and getting very strong forearms in the meantime but not much woodworking done. I finally read that someone used paste-wax on their vise (probably from ...

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Improved two stage dust collector mod

14 hours ago by Praedo | 0 comments »

I wanted a dust collector for my garage workshop. A single-stage collector just wouldn’t do it: I had to have a dual-stage with a large bucket for chips. I have a two-car garage and two cars to park in it, so all of my equipment must be mobile and have a small enough footprint to fit around the perimeter at the end of the day. I didn’t have the budget for a true cyclone, so I decided to modify a regular single-stage dust collector. I wanted the chip bucket to have a large capac...

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Dulcimer #2 Build 1st entry #1: July 30

16 hours ago by poospleasures | 4 comments »

Some of you all asked for this, hope you are not sorry. You can look back to my projects to see my first which is a teardrop style. This will be a hourglass style made from walnut and maple.Started the day by drawing a plan then cutting and planing some walnut for the sides 1 7/8 by appx. 34 by .130 which will be .125 after sanding. Since this is a hourglass style you need a form for the steam bent sides I made the form from some 2×4’s glued side to side for the width and added a p...

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Best Traditional Woodworking Books & DVDs: “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” by Christopher Schwarz

19 hours ago by WoodAndShop | 2 comments »

In my above video I share a must-have book for new and seasoned traditional woodworkers: “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” by Christopher Schwarz. You can see the original review on my blog post here. “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” is one of my absolute favorite books on the subject of traditional woodworking. Chris Scwharz displays his unfiltered humor, and no-nonsense approach to modern day woodworking anarchism: (1) build your own quality furniture instead of buying throw-away furniture...

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Building a Goat Barn #5: Retaining Wall Setback...

20 hours ago by David Bareford | 2 comments »

The site for the barn is not dug far enough back into the hill. The ground is not yet level, though the slight slope that remains shouldn’t be a huge issue. The barn is going to have a dirt floor anyway (on the goat half, at least), and the slope might help drainage. Once I establish my lowest post footing, I can use that as a reference datum point to calculate the heights of all the over posts in order to get a level rings of beams despite the irregular ground surface. However, in r...

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