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Extremely Average #56: No Surprises

02-27-2010 03:46 AM by Ecocandle | 16 comments »

The timer on my iphone was set to 16 minutes. I hit start and it began counting down. My belt sander went to work on the piece of walnut. Slowly it began to remove change the board’s face from rough cut to a smooth surface. I focused on even strokes back and forth and let it do the work. When the deep cuts were mostly gone, with seven minutes remaining, I switched to my mouse sander. The mouse sander did a nice job with various grits for the remaining 7 minutes. The follow three ...

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free lumber

02-27-2010 03:21 AM by Marius | 0 comments »

i just got 40 2×4 8’ and about 20 2×6 8’ FREEthey had lots of staples and a few nails and screws in them2 hrs later a nice lumber pile in the back shed bonusperhaps ill make 2×2 with them and laminate them into 2×12 and use them for drop leaf table legs….. chat room is active btw

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triton 2 1/4 hp rounter templace guide kit

02-27-2010 01:41 AM by rowan | 2 comments »

There’s no such thing.! You need to buy the kit for the larger Triton router and then call HTC (new Triton owner) and ask them for the adapter bushing that lets you not have to mount the oversized base plate that comes with the guide kit. Don’t let them charge you for this. They shoud have provided it in the kit or, better yet, make a kit that’s designed for the 2 1/4 router. Just a nuisance. AND here’s another problem with the template guide setup in general: W...

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Tool Life Episode 22

02-27-2010 01:38 AM by kosta | 0 comments »

In this episode I talk about the shoe rack that I am working on. Then I talk about sanding.

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First Rehab - The Disston Backsaw

02-27-2010 01:06 AM by jcontract | 3 comments »

I’m headed to the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop next weekend to take a class on Handcut Dovetails. The first day, we practice saw sharpening. So, rather than practice on one of the “good” saws, I found an old Disston that was in need of some serious help. I figured what’s the worse that can happen. So here she is: Really rusty for sure, but surprisingly the handle is in good shape, and the saw plate is straight as well. I might just be able to get a working sa...

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Mahogany Kitchen Stool Project #5: Laminating Seat Back and Back Rest

02-27-2010 01:03 AM by sras | 7 comments »

Once I have my strips sanded to thickness, I can cut them and get the five pieces I need for gluing. I have enough material for six so I’ll have a strip left over. There are a couple of cases where I ended up with damage on part of a strip and that sixth piece was nice to have. First, I sort my six long strips and find which end I want to have in the final part. I look for color, grain direction and any character that I might want to have on the outer faces. Then I mark for cutting. ...

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Floating Magic Wand

02-27-2010 12:40 AM by Stevinmarin | 15 comments »

Another quick little project kids will have fun with. A friend of my son’s had a $20 store-bought version that intrigued me. After examining it, I thought, “Hell, I can make that! It’s just a weighted stick!” After a few minutes of practice, any kid will master the floating wand and amaze their friends!

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Bedroom Set Bed #2: Copper Paneling

02-27-2010 12:26 AM by BradHess | 0 comments »

So I spent sometime on my workshop last night cutting the copper panel for the bed to size and laminating it together. The copper was pretty banged up from being ripped off a roof, folded up and then transported 600 miles, so I had to spend a bit of time with a rubber mallet, deadbolt and hammer to flatten it out enough to use, but I am happy with the result. I found that starting in the center and working my way out in circles worked the best, however it curled the corners, so I would th...

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midi lathes

02-27-2010 12:24 AM by Gousty | 4 comments »

I am wanting to buy a midi lathe – would certainly consider used equipment in good condition – also not sure what make would be recommended. I want to make turned pieces (finials) and door decorations for regulator wall clocks. Would appreciate any advice regarding machines you think are the best – and what are the chances of finding good used lathes. Thanks Bob

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A Tall Router Table Fence for Lock Miter Joint & Tenons

02-26-2010 11:44 PM by stefang | 33 comments »

I needed a special fence for routing lock miter joints. I found one designed by Norman Ellis who sent it in as a tip to another website. The fence I made below is 7” tall. It can be clamped to your regular router table fence. I jointed the top and bottom edges of this fence making sure that they were parallel. Click to enlarge photos ““ Here it is with the sliding fence mounted and another pic with a workpiece clamped onto the slider. When you rout it you should hol...

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