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Router bits #1: Paint or no paint

09-02-2010 01:12 PM by grosa | 9 comments »

Anyone here ever talk about painted router bits ? I have used many types of router bits over the years and bits without paint seem to last longer than the painted ones. I have unpainted bits that are 3 &4 yrs old, still in good shape. I get most of my bits through Magnate or custom made bits from Wood worker’s tool supply. They don’t paint there bits at all. I was told the paint acts as a blanket and dose not let the bit disperse heat as well, that makes the bit get dull quick...

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A little advice

09-02-2010 11:58 AM by BigTiny | 16 comments »

Greetings all. Since I’ve been actively adding to my shop lately, cost has become an issue and has set me to thinking… Just how much money do we have tied up in our tool collections? I think many of you would be surprised at the total. One of our own had a fire in his shop recently and luckily it didn’t do too much damage to the tools, although the shop is in need of major repairs. Now to my point: if (heaven forbid) you had a fire that destroyed your shop, how ...

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Just for Fun... #31: It ain't Z Z Top...

09-02-2010 11:27 AM by littlecope | 13 comments »

...But she’s got Legs!!Yesterday was a really good day!! My objective for the day, was to put some legs on this small table I’m building… Of course, I have no clue how to do that correctly, but nonetheless I proceeded… My vision was to have the legs splay out slightly, not only from side to side, but from front to back. First, I checked visually what angle looked appealing, and determined that a conservative 6° was in order… The number, shall be six…Began b...

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Secret Soss: A simple Soss hinge jig #1: Just add Soss

09-02-2010 07:25 AM by newTim | 4 comments »

In two recent projects, the Copper Patina box and the String Box II, I installed Soss hinges. I had once thought of a way to adapt a regular square hinge jig to make routing the mortises for the Soss hinge easier. It turns out, with this jig, it is very easy, and fast, and accurate. The Secrets of the String Box Revealed blog showed some photos of the jig and described how it works. I’m sure most folks on LJs could see how this was built, but I thought I’d do a more detailed b...

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Workbench #2: Milling the Wood

09-02-2010 05:29 AM by Clay Ortiz | 6 comments »

I have just started and am already realizing that this is going to take a looong time. This is the first large project I have taken on that requires all the material to be milled. I usually use a good bit of plywood because the real stuff is so expensive. On top of that, when my buddy Anthony asked me what size I wanted I said “just make it all 5/4”. I quickly realized how dumb that was ‘cause now I have to glue three pieces together for all the leg assemblies instead of two...

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Carving a corbel #1: from start to finish

09-02-2010 05:04 AM by grosa | 11 comments »

Let’s see if this works AGAIN , No It did not! IT ONLY SHOWS HALF THE PICTURE. Sorry guys I have done this 15 different ways, 50 times This is it. I will leave this one on here but I will not do this again. It is to much work with all these pictures. And the outcome is always the same. CRAPPY. Better pictures at: ...

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Extremely Average #240: An Update...

09-02-2010 04:24 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I sold my first tiny box yesterday and decided to put up another one today. I also cleaned the shop and did some more finishing to the boxes I have now. There are lots of pictures tonight. Brian

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09-02-2010 04:21 AM by canadianchips | 3 comments »

Who out there has a crafstman model 137.279590 band saw. I went to the auction and got this one for $120. It comes with 3 new blades, 1 1/2 hp motor. Heavy as heck. To me it is larger than my rockwell Beaver that I bought WAY back. So far I am happy. Will it rip 5” cedar logs ?There is a small picture of the new band saw when the guy bought it from sears. It sold for $799.There were 2 bands saw there .One outside, a little rusty, only 1 extra blade. It sold for $240. Mine was inside, cl...

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Guitar Build Progress Report #6: Update for 9-1-10

09-02-2010 04:04 AM by knotscott | 4 comments »

This is the 6th post in a series about this guitar build. 9-1-10: Well, it’s finally starting to look like a guitar. I spent today mounting the neck and the pickups. It appears that I still need to develop some sort of “string-thru” system for this type of bridge system…a realization I wished I’d had prior to adding a finish, but we’ll figure something. There’s always risk with anything that penetrates the finish at this stage, but it is the back,...

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Workbench #1: Getting Started

09-02-2010 03:46 AM by Clay Ortiz | 3 comments »

My son and I are finally getting started on our workbench. I have been dreaming of one forever it seems. I originally wanted to collect enough dogwood for the top. But, after a while and a lot of effort I gave up on that. Then last year I ran into a guy at the lumber yard that said he had a band saw that he milled lumber with for some local guys. I explained how I liked to do some woodworking and that I would be interested in some walnut or maple. We exchanged numbers and not to long after th...

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