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Note about Cajon & New Sander

10-22-2014 07:26 PM by Dave Rutan | 4 comments »

Just a random blog this time. The cajon I’m working on has chosen which side will be the bottom. When I began rounding over the corners with a 1/2 inch roundover router bit, the grain in the plywood began splitting away from the surface. I caught it in time to minimize it on the rest of that edge, and I managed to eliminate it on the rest of the box. I also made the damage very unnoticeable using some wood colored epoxy that I had. That, plus making that side the bottom will be the f...

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State oscillating spindle sander #1: A new way to run a 3 phase motor

10-22-2014 07:12 PM by gpastor | 6 comments »

I found this sander on Creaglist a few weeks ago—-Old state spindle sander, 3 phase, needs repair (bearings?) $300.00 I have been looking for an oscillating spindle sander but I didn’t want one from the big box stores. This one fit the bill but not running and it has a 3 phase motor. Not to good… My thought was to replace the motor, I don’t have 3 phase power in shop anyway. So once I got it all tore down I found that just need cleaned out and new oil added to the...

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History #1: History of Woodcarving

10-22-2014 06:39 PM by VobliX | 2 comments »

Woodcarving has been around just about as long as man has been upon this earth. Due to wood being a material that will not withstand the test of time, woodcarvings must be protected and taken care of if they are to endure. Unlike stone carvings or sculptures that might be buried for thousands of years, due to wars and conquests or for whatever the reason and survive, imagine what would happen to a woodcarving or woodsculpture under those conditions. Between the elements and the insects, in a ...

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CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS #6: The Devil's Bow-ties

10-22-2014 01:07 PM by stefang | 9 comments »

Today I have been working on the basket bottoms. They are made from 2 pieces with a glue joint down the middle. The wood is pretty thin, about 5 mm, so I want to reinforce them with bow ties, or butterflies as some call them. These can be dispensed with if you use a panel for the bottom instead, but I think the bow ties are an attractive feature and people usually comment on them and so I think it is worth the extra time it takes to cut put them in, but only if they are functional as IMHO...

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Scissor horses are all the rage... right?

10-22-2014 12:13 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 3 comments »

These scissor horses are popping up here and there on LJ’s since their introduction. And like many, I thought… a great idea. I do a lot of work with molding and flooring here. I usually bring in my old horses, put a piece of plywood over them and set up shop where the work is. When I saw these horses I decided that they were a great thing and especially since I use a miter saw a lot. To make the I actually started by outlining both parts of the scissor legs on a large piece of pa...

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Another Pause, But For a Good Cause.

10-22-2014 12:12 PM by BrockF | 0 comments »

Hello again fellow woodworkers. It’s now officially 1 year since the new shop/garage was built. I should be completing my big bench build this week and bringing the car back in at night, but sometimes things get put on hold. It just so happens we helped a friend with an elderly parent and the entire front of the shop is filled with bags and boxes to be donated to the Chicago Epilepsy Foundation. Gives us a wonderful feeling to be able to help them in their cause. A lot of people se...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1429: Busy Times

10-22-2014 11:56 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

With the holidays quickly approaching, I can see all of my creative friends kicking things into high gear. Many people are not only doing items for craft shows, but also for thie own holiday gift giving. I find that more people are looking to make gifts rather then buy them from the store. This is great news for designers and crafters alike, as not only does it keep us busy, but it helps perpetuate our hobbies and small businesses as well. Yesterday I didn't get as much as I would ha...

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Walnut Slab Coffee table #4: All Done

10-22-2014 03:26 AM by ilyac | 0 comments »

Finished with the table and very happy with the way it came out. Finished with 4 coats of Watco Danish oil and a final coat of Clear Trewax Paste Wax, and attached 3-rod hairpin iron rod legs. I posted to projects here:

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Basement Workspace / V8 Mini Workbench #9: Mistakes...

10-22-2014 01:53 AM by rhybeka | 2 comments »

I’m one of those folks who agonize over every detail when something happens, trying to overanalyze the whys,what’s,how’s, etc to completely reverse engineer why I made the mistake, the reasoning behind it, and engrain it into my memory so (hopefully) will never repeat it – or any semblance of it. Yeah – I have the catholic guilt to go with it and I’m not even catholic! Anyway… so I got some time in the shop this weekend to see where I am at. All my pi...

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Shop Storage

10-22-2014 01:21 AM by Todd Swartwood | 5 comments »

I have been in my new shop a little over a year now, but it seems to have a mind of its own.I have been rearranging equipment and adding new storage. Most all of the Items are close to finished, Most of the shop cabinets still need drawer faces. I am quite happy with the way they are working out. My main bench has a 5” thick maple top, with a Chestnut base cabinet. Also directly behind my main work area are my Tool Chest, and my Cutter storage/hardware storage Chest. As well as st...

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