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Trio of veneered boxes #3: Personalization

11-21-2014 04:51 AM by jmartel | 0 comments »

Next up on the veneer work was to inlay initials into the veneer that will go underneath the lid. I was able to get 2 of the 3 letters done tonight. Here’s a little how-to on how I accomplish this. First, I print a template, and tape it to the veneer that I want to cut. I spend a few minutes trying to figure out the best grain orientation before taping it down. For the Walnut burled boxes I am using straight grained Walnut for the letter. Sometimes I also put a full layer of t...

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Rediscovering Woodworking #2: Adding a multi-purpose Machine to our limited space

11-21-2014 04:28 AM by revrok | 0 comments »

I am keeping this entry brief as I am a bit limited on time. I have heard many critiques of the Shopsmith over the years. I have always found it to be an ingenious woodworking tool for someone with very limited space. The tablesaw has it’s issues, which have been talked about in a million forums, but I have a tablesaw that I am happy with, what I do not have nor have space for is power sanding, a bandsaw, a lathe and a drillpress. The primary strengths of a Shopsmith in my situation ...

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Building a wall hanging tool cabinet #8: Roller catch details #8

11-21-2014 02:01 AM by exelectrician | 0 comments »

Thanks to a few requests from fellow LJ’s terryR, Smitty cabinetshop, bandit571, CL810, RickM, DocSavage45, Brit, Bsmith, chippewafalls, Bogyguy, scarpenter002, MT Stringer, stefang, ToddJB, and Luke, and a whole lot of other great guys,, here are the detailed close-ups of the roller catches repurposed to hold tools.I ended up holding the little devils in my vice while I filed the back mount part as shown here.Some of the tools needed grooves put in to them to make sure they don’t...

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Somehow it all came together #30: Woodworking and Our Global Economy

11-21-2014 01:40 AM by Mike Merzke | 0 comments »

What do you guys have to think about this volatile subject?

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My Workbench #1: Initial "Finished" Product

11-20-2014 08:25 PM by Dirk Van Essendelft | 4 comments »

I am a woodworker, an engineer, a maker, and a tinkerer. I built myself a workbench that height adjustable and completely solid that will last for generations. The full project description is here. But if your like me, you will find that a project, though completed, is never really done. I started this blog to document my starting point for any modifications and upgrades I do to the bench. See a video of the project by clicking here if you don't have flash or watch below:

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How to Choose The Right Wood For Your Woodworking Projects

11-20-2014 06:01 PM by TableSawDoctor | 1 comment »

There are many different and high quality species of wood accessible for your woodworking projects. The useful tips in this article will help you to make the best decision. Many species of wood are available and each has its own properties. With all the factors involved, including quality, grade, cost, grain, color, durability and availability you might get lost. If you’re not sure about how to choose the right wood for your next project you should keep reading. The type of wood you choose de...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1448: Different Strokes for Different Folks

11-20-2014 12:30 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

I had a very busy day yesterday. But it was the kind of day that was also a great deal of fun. (I have had a lot of those lately!) I spent the majority of it decorating my new SLD485 Holiday Lights Damask ornaments that I previewed to you yesterday. I had cut several sets of them because I knew I wanted to play with them and experiment with many of the wonderful finishes that I had here from DecoArt and hot fix rhinestones from Rhinestone Canada.  I had several ideas of how I wanted to d...

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Designing a Christmas Wreath #3: Selecting Colors for the AmbersBear Inlay

11-19-2014 11:32 PM by KomputerMan | 0 comments »

I chose the types of wood I’m going to use to build the AmbersBear inlay I’m putting on the Festival of Trees wreath hanger. This slice of burled maple I found will make an awesome hanger and provide the perfect place to highlight an AmbersBear inlay. I’ve already built the Yellow Heart / Bacote and the glitter filled Purple Heart ornaments for the wreath so I laid them out with the hanger to see what it all looked like. Placing all the various colors together helps...

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A Tale of 3 Screwdrivers (and a Level)

11-19-2014 07:48 PM by Dave Rutan | 3 comments »

[Above] A long time ago I bought this Craftsman 5 in 1 screwdriver. It’s the kind where the shaft is reversible and holds a reversible screwdriver bit in each end. The shaft can also be used as a 5/16 inch nut driver. I like multi tools and this screwdriver is the one I would always grab to do general around the hose stuff. [Above] But I’m a sucker for hand tools that have a brass aspect and last year I found this true bargain. Some cable company (which I currently can...

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Current Project #22: Jesus Cradle

11-19-2014 12:14 PM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

Last year I promised my pastor that I’d make 2 manger cradles for the baby Jesus. Why two? Well, the one we have is a little rickety and our preschool borrows it to rehearse their Christmas program. That gets a little inconvenient when the display is outside. Here’s the first of 2 in glue-up.

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