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Grumbles from the shop #11: Buy American?

04-27-2010 12:15 AM by dennis mitchell | 10 comments »

Just got another buy American (insert Local for my foreign buddies) Email from someone I know who just buys the cheapest crap. I figure if half the folks who believe in “Buy American”, bought American, one quarter of the time, and an eighth of the time it was of decent quality, woodworking would pay a good wage and I’d have a real job!

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Teardrop Camper Rebuild #4: Canopy is up!

04-26-2010 09:06 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 9 comments »

I know a lot of this is getting away from woodworking. I started the blog so I’ll try and finish it in a few big chunks as some people are still following it. I managed to finish the electrical conduit frame and put up the canopy. It will rain tomorrow and will be windy so we’ll see how it fairs. I expect it will do fine. It’s pretty sturdy. As you can see the pipes fit together like an erector set. I welded four posts on the front platform that will act as a fenced in ...

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Idea To Give Manufacturers and Retailers a "Fair Trial" or a "Trial By Jury"

04-26-2010 07:51 PM by northwoodsman | 4 comments »

Being a member of this site for just over 2 years, I have noticed that every once in a while someone unintentionally starts a blog about a retailer or a brand that turns into a bashing frenzy. In most case that wasn’t the intended purpose, they just want to vent, or have others see their side of the story and seek advice. Perhaps they are looking for validation that they were right or wrong. We have a review section at the present time. The site guidelines state “post your p...

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Haidyn's Crib #2, Curved Molding and Trim Jigs

04-26-2010 07:40 PM by ND2ELK | 8 comments »

There are 10 curved pieces needed for this crib. I needed one jig for the end assembly and another jig for the headboard assembly. I used 2 sheets of ¾ inch particle board to make these jigs. The first thing I needed to do was make patterns out of poster board. I then taped them onto ¼ inch masonite and cut them out. These templates were used to rout the first board of each size. Then the first boards were used as a template for the rest of the boards. I put the template on...

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WHAT IS IT? #1: old tool

04-26-2010 04:44 PM by woodsmithshop | 13 comments »

I found this tool among my Dads’ or Grandfathers’ things, I don’t know which, the handle is spring loaded and returns on its own after being pressed down, the jaws are serrated, and do not close together, there are no markings on it of any kind. does anyone have any idea what is for? it does have a wood it is wide open another view

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Dust Control

04-26-2010 03:49 PM by Justin | 9 comments »

Hello all, It’s been a while since I posted anything but that’s because I’ve been super busy. I just inherited a new shop and I am having a heck of a time with dust control. Basically the shop is 4 years old and has never been cleaned before I got it. Really want to smack the guy who was in there before me. I gave it a massive cleaning, fixed the dust collector, but I am still dealing with a healthy settling of dust on the floor every morning. I am getting an air f...

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Ridgid R4511 Vibration

04-26-2010 03:47 PM by falegniam | 8 comments »

Hello,About a week ago I purchased this great Ridgid R4511 Tablesaw. It’s an unbelievable upgrade from my 20+ Sears 10” tablesaw. It’s all set up, and squared off. I purchased a piece of phenolic so i can make zero clearance inserts. I have searched for high density plastic faces for the rip fence, but have been unsuccessful, so i will order a piece of high density polyethylene from One problem I’d like to resolve is the vibration during speed down of th...

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End grain counter top.

04-26-2010 03:11 PM by paplou | 5 comments »

Has anyone ever made or seen a counter top made like an end grain cutting board. I am thinking of trying it. Counter top would be 34 square feet minus the built in cook top and sink. it will be about 4500 square inchs. i would like to make it in a herring bone pattern with 1 1/2×4 pieces. What glue would i have to use? It would be in oak, cherry, some walnut and maple. I figure it to be 1” thick set on 3/4 inch plywood. Any ideas from you guys would help. Or should...

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Son's Art Box Project #1: An afternoon in the shop with my 15 year old.

04-26-2010 01:58 PM by docholladay | 1 comment »

This is my first attempt at embedding photos from PhotoBucket so hopefully, this will work. My youngest son (my 15 year old) is a bit of a budding artist. He is quite talented as a sketch artist and is branching out into painting. He also enjoys tinkering in the woodshop and is showing some talent there as well. He needed a means of containing and organizing his art supplies. My wife found a wooden box that, in another life, was probably a wooden brief case. The outside of the box was...

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Just Another Day #3: Father and Son project

04-26-2010 07:02 AM by johnnymo | 9 comments »

Well, I finally finished the display cabinet last week and I was thinking about moving some stuff around in my shop. That’s when my son asked me about teaching him about woodworking. I tell you, there is nothing like the feeling of your son or daughter wanting to build something with you. That just made my year. So I happily postponed my redesigning my shop for this!He decided that he wanted a little stand for along side his bed. Something he can put his phone and an alarm clock on...

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