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Daily Update #9: December 03, 2009

12-03-2009 05:02 PM by Chris Davis | 0 comments »

What’s happing in the shop for December 3, 2009 . Working on Bartlett’s Contempo murphy bed and bookcases for a local school. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at or Watch us live:<div></div>

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The Craftsman's Path #64: Sculpted Rocking Chair - Front Legs and Initial Leg Shaping

12-03-2009 04:17 PM by Mark Mazzo | 3 comments »

How do you put a round-over on a leg with as many curved and non-flat surfaces as those on this chair (hint: it’s not all done with a router)? Take a look at the most recent post on my journey to build a Sculpted Rocking Chair. This time I tackled the front legs and initial shaping of all four of the legs. As a result, it’s really starting to look like a chair!

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Pre finishing parts with Waterlox

12-03-2009 03:55 PM by John | 3 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I started finishing parts prior to assembly because it would be impossible to do a good job getting in between the spindles. I’m trying Waterlox medium sheen for the first time and so far so good. I have about three coats on it right now and I used an extra fine nylon pad in between coats to remove high spots and dust nibs. I seems to be slow in building a film. Any one have any experience with Waterlox? It’s a wiping varnish and I’m not sure if I have u...

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Fiberglass reinforced plastic

12-03-2009 03:41 PM by PASs | 6 comments »

O.K. I know I’m going to catch some flack on this on the LJ side. But I’m new to LJs and believe that if you limit your materials you limit your capabilities.I started playing with FRP sheeting a few years ago. You know, the stuff with the bubbly looking surface that you see in restrooms in the finer truck stops sometimes.This stuff is GREAT for some work. It’s almost indestructible, cuts well, and will just plain outlive most wood in really bad environments. I redid a laund...

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Filing Cabinets in the Shop

12-03-2009 03:26 PM by PASs | 5 comments »

Didn’t find any related content so thought I’d throw this out.I keep a lot of my tools and hardware (o.k. and old magazine issues, and reference books, and sandpaper, and…well you get it) in filing cabinets.I don’t use the cheap ones, if they aren’t commercial grade, full extension, heavy duty slides I won’t get them.I don’t pay retail, it seems the new paperless business has a lot of companies getting rid of thiers. I get them at thrift stores, garag...

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Document box #2: Measurements and important drawings.

12-03-2009 01:55 PM by erkkki | 1 comment »

Hello again! This time, I give dimensions and most important drawings of the components.I have a strip of plywood in my previous project (15×20mm) so I use this.All dimensions are in millimeters. here is the drawing for fitting the side of the box Next time, cut out parts:)

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12-03-2009 01:34 PM by Tim Dahn | 3 comments »

Last night I disassembled the drill to prepare it for cleaning. The handle on the crank was bent and loose so I decided to take it off to try and staighten it. Removed the flanged roller and eccentric. With the roller removed the main gear can come off. The drive gear is held in place with a pin and needs to be driven out. This allows the rod and chuck to come out. The handle is pinned and threaded, I drove the pin out the unscrewed the handle from th...

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Apartment Projects #4: Paying the Bills

12-03-2009 12:30 PM by littlecope | 14 comments »

Yeah, Everybody’s got to do it! About 8-9 years ago, I was doing exactly that, paying the bills, when my Girl Friend casually told me about her “system”. She kept her Checkbook in the same box that the envelopes come in, and put all the Deposit Slips, ATM Slips, and Sales Receipts where the ATM Card was used, behind the envelopesMaybe a lot of people do this, but I had never heard of it and really liked the idea of keeping the whole procedure, and records thereof, in one pla...

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Garden Gate III #5: One good mortise deserves a tenon

12-03-2009 07:52 AM by newTim | 1 comment »

The stiles and rails are connected with pairs of tenons. Or is it mortises? Or morties? Yuk yuk… yeah well you use the same set up for the side mortises as you use to make the arch. Call it the lazy man’s way to woodworking. Actually I went ahead and cut the mortises in the stiles and bottom rail while the glue was drying on the arch. Then all I had to do was four quick mortises on the sides of the arch and the gate frame was ready for glue up. There are 20 mortises in al...

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Baby Cradle #4: Creating the jig for the top rail

12-03-2009 06:10 AM by Bob Giovannini | 0 comments »

It has been a couple weeks but tonight was able to get back to the project. The top rail is going to be a flowing curve, so needed to create a jig for the glue-up. Step (1): glued two 3/4 inch plywood pieces Step (2): cut into oval to match top railStep (3): cut 2×4 into pieces to create curve to which the top rail will be glued I still need to cut the angle on each of the pieces and affix them to the base. Next step: turning the spindles!

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