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Pizza Paddle FInish

12-29-2010 02:38 AM by WoodArtbyJR | 5 comments »

My daughter received a pizza paddle for Christmas (not from me). She went online to see how to season it and found suggestions to use tung oil. She called me to question this. She said that the article also stated that it would take about two weeks to get it finally seasoned using tung oil. It also stated the hardening tung oil would also help the pizza slide off the paddle easier. Not having a clue I told her I would submit this the you all (THE EXPERTS IN ALL THINGS WOOD). OK, here...

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Trying My Hand At Inside Out Turning

12-29-2010 02:20 AM by OttoH | 0 comments »

Well I have had my lathe for 39 days now and am continuing to experiment with it. I decided to do an inside out turning yesterday and since this is an experiment not a project, I decided to do a short blog on it. For those of you nor familiar with inside out turning you quarter a block lengthwise and put it together so all of the outside corners are now the inside corners that touch each other. I used double-sided tape to do this and then wrapped the ends with a heavy-duty tape. I then mo...

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Donna's DragonFly Harp Project

12-29-2010 02:18 AM by Donna Menke | 13 comments »

Hi Guys-I’m starting to make another harp and I thought some of you would be interested in seeing how it goes- as it goes.Why am I designing my own harp? I wanted to see if I could modify the Limerickplans I used for the Rainbow harp I made in 2007. I wanted the soundbox smaller,and I wanted it to be self-supporting and as tall as the Heartland DreamWeaverthat I have and like. I took aspects of lots of different harps and put them alltogether and this is what I came up with. I also want...

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What's the big deal about a riving knife?

12-28-2010 09:25 PM by Furnitude | 5 comments » With thanks and apologies to Purplev:

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Grandchildren's Christmas 2010 #5: Bjorn's Master Control

12-28-2010 09:12 PM by Lee Barker | 7 comments »

He’s the only boy in this tribe’s generation, and boy howdy does he like guy stuff. Trucks, construction equipment, and being around his dad’s job, which is operations manager of a resort water park. Big valves and gauges and switches! The only money expended on these five projects was $5.00 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to score some switches and knobs and stuff. That made up about 1/3 of the dashboard; the rest was just around the shop in boxes and drawers. ...

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Grandchildren's Christmas 2010 #4: Breyer's Horsey Books need a home

12-28-2010 09:02 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

Maya has taken a shine to the Breyer series and needed a place to keep them. A little leather embellishment seemed just the ticket to enliven the blandness of the maple plywood. The boots are figured maple. The inside piece of the boot is horizontal grain in contrast to the outside piece, just for visual interest. Maya is not a cowgirl but that could happen down the trail. Right now the broader interest is animals so I didn’t want to overdue the western theme, but just a bookcase...

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Grandchildren's Christmas 2010 #3: A Magic Box for the Princess

12-28-2010 08:54 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

Lily was born a princess; Walt Disney just provided a little context. The box is clear eastern pine, the feet and top are figured maple. The coin on the top is set in epoxy resin, as are the key and the jewels in the bottom. Some of the jewels are costume, others are fresh water pearls.

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Grandchildren's Christmas 2010 #2: Juni's Step Stool with Special Compartment

12-28-2010 08:49 PM by Lee Barker | 1 comment »

Juni’s over 2 and is a climber. Having spent a couple of months in a spica cast, she is compensating by being everywhere at once. I thought, as a grandparent, I ought to help her get new places, taller ones! The material is juniper solid stock, waterborne poly finish. Dimensions: 16 inches wide, steps 6 inches high, tread 6 inches as well.

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Grandchildren's Christmas 2010 #1: Emily's rocker

12-28-2010 08:45 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

First, a warning. For some reason this year the kids got into the dressup clothes and so a lot of the pictures in this series show people, tall and short, with some adornment, sometimes bizarre. Emily: Fourteen months old, barely toddling. I decided on a rocker, and in the construction two things unfolded: It became an exercise in materials-at-hand which translated to a nice tour of some hardwoods, and (2) it didn’t have a farm animal head (rejected early on) or a nic...

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A Favorite Tool...The Wixey Digital Angle Gauge

12-28-2010 08:19 PM by Bob Simmons | 13 comments »

We often read reviews of tools at the time when the tool is just released. However, this review is of a tool I have steadily used over the last 2 years and it is quite simply a joy to use. The Wixey digital angle gauge has the ability to take the woodworker’s skills to the next level because it is easy to use along with being very accurate. No longer does the woodworker have to rely on the less than accurate gauges of a table saw or a miter saw to approximate the angles to be set. One c...

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