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Slant Front Secretary #1: Kickoff

11-12-2010 06:06 AM by DavidH | 1 comment »

I have been a subscriber of Charles Neil’s woodworking show (Mastering Woodworking with Charles Neil) since its inception in October of 2009. To this point I really have not had time to follow along with a build; I’ve put one or two on my bucket list to come back to at some point in time. However, this time I just can’t help myself. A project that has been number one on my bucket list for sometime is a slant front secretary. It just so happens that the next project will be j...

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Workshop Upgrades #2: Ridgid 4511 table saw fence upgrade

11-12-2010 05:57 AM by jcwalleye | 3 comments »

Since opening the door into the new shop I’ve been without a router table as my old one was built into a bench anchored to the wall that was cut through. I needed to get that replaced and have always liked the idea of building a router table into a table saw wing. So I made plans to upgrade my Ridgid 4511 granite top table saw. The first thing was to upgrade the rails and fence. The Ridgid fence has a few limitations, but actually works pretty well once its adjusted properly. I’ve been...

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Out with the old, in with the new!

11-12-2010 04:52 AM by nobuckle | 0 comments »

Table saw tune up is something that no matter what seems to take me forever. I spent probably four hours making the various adjustments neccessary to make accurate cuts. Granted the bulk of that was removing my TS fence rail in order to reposition it a little (I only raised it 1/8”). When I originally put the fence rail on it was too low. This caused my fence to bind and it really became a pain. So off it came so I could elongate the mounting holes. I’m pleased with the resu...

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Why I like Vintage Tools #10: Completed Shop

11-12-2010 04:26 AM by brianinpa | 9 comments »

In the last two weeks, I have bought the two pieces of equipment that I have been looking for and now I think my shop is complete as far as vintage power tools are concerned (until I see something else). I have a Rockwell/Delta drill press, but for me it just wasn’t old enough. I walked into the auction house as a way to get away from Trick-or-Treat night. Wasn’t really looking for anything but then I heard this little beauty calling my name: It is a Companion (Com...

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Dust Collection AKA pain in the ass

11-12-2010 03:09 AM by Manitario | 9 comments »

So, in my continual quest to squeeze every inch of space out of my shop I moved my DC to a far corner. Rather than have 15ft runs of 4inch flex duct, I thought I’d upgrade and have a short run of 6 inch metal duct and then take off 4 inch flex duct for each machine. In theory, this sounded perfect. I’ve heard a lot about the advantages to using larger ducting to keep from choking the CFM of the DC, so I hooked it all up and prepared to bask in the mighty suction power…. Wha...

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Stone Inlay - a tutorial for the "Birches" #3: Finishing the Piece

11-12-2010 03:01 AM by swirlsandburls | 10 comments »

Hi, all, and thanks again for reading. We left off with the piece having had its “first” grind. The idea at this stage is to get the stone almost, but not quite, flush with the wood. This reveals unfilled voids in the inlay that have to be filled. This is where the finer material, especially the powder, comes in. The trick is to fill in the gaps and voids with the powder, then carefully fix it in place with water-thin CA glue. I have found applicator tips to be a must-have...

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Built-In Bed #3: All These Sandwiches Are Making Me Hungry

11-12-2010 02:44 AM by Scott R. Turner | 1 comment »

With one large panel built-up (if not finished), I moved on to the other panel of the same end. This is essentially just a 24”x96” bookshelf side, although like the large panel it is made up of a sandwich of two 1/2” sheets of birch-sided plywood with 1/2” plywood spacers in between. This shows what the sandwich looked like just before gluing on the second face: I fastened the second face of the large panel on with screws through the face. For this one I deci...

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More PICS of Michigan Lumberjock Conference edited

11-12-2010 02:40 AM by Rustic | 7 comments »

Here are more pics of the Michigan Lumberjock Conference

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Making a Violin #3: Sides, or 'Ribs' ~ Bending & Gluing

11-12-2010 01:24 AM by RonPeters | 7 comments »

Ok, I’m back… Had a bit of an issue with the bending iron. It seems it is rather delicate and putting it on high (10) is a no no. It’s a Watlow ‘Firerod’ embedded in the aluminum tower. The current flow at 10 apparently burns out the element? It requires about an hour to get to bending temperature – and had I read the sheet that it came with… It was repaired free of charge and henceforth I will be careful to mind the dial! Nothing past 5 from no...

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Culling the Herd

11-12-2010 12:39 AM by poopiekat | 7 comments »

While working on my current project, I realized that there are some tools in full view, within easy reach, that I NEVER USE! Or, at least, I reach past them for my favorites. For example, I have lots of C-clamps varying in size, but some have machine-threads. It takes an eternity to open or close them, very inconvenient when you’ve got glue setting! So, I think I’ll consider getting rid of any C-clamp that does not have Acme threads, those so-called ‘square threads’...

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