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My New (old) Hobby #1: Getting back into it after taking lots of time off!

05-19-2009 07:36 PM by jdwood | 2 comments »

Okay…this is sad! I’ve only had 12 posts on LJs in almost a year! I think I am working too hard and not taking enough time for myself and my hobby! My wife and I own a toy store and we are in the process of launching a new website My wife is busy because on top of the store she also teaches Dance and they are getting ready for their recital. I am busy because on top of the store I am also the General Manager at a sports bar in our town as well. So...

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the humble house workshop #6: Cheap saws bad, cheap planes good

05-19-2009 01:45 PM by kiwi1969 | 9 comments »

Only did about two and half hours today which meant I got the dovetails and all the mortises for the slat done. Is this time about right for hand tool work? Love to know if it is as I felt I could have done better. ....Another thing that i,ve discovered since I started doing hand tool work is the importance we place on the handplane seems to be a little overdone. My previous postings show piles of shaving that have come from out of the box Stanleys but in these simple projects once the initia...

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Interpreting Design #3: Asian Jewelry Box

05-19-2009 07:54 AM by DocT | 6 comments »

Here is my second completed interpretation of our jewelry box project. To restate the challenge, I am trying to stay somewhat true to the original subject while exploring various design aesthetics. I was brainstorming some genres of design, and “Asian” came to mind. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about Asian design. Maybe that is for the best. My interpretation is purely off the cuff. I immediately got an image of a pagoda and couldn’t shake it. I was intrigued by the challenge of...

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Living in Costa Rica #1: Hollow log

05-19-2009 07:20 AM by Occie gilliam | 17 comments »

HiThis is my hollow log story. Im retired from the construction business, about eight years ago. I moved to Costa Rica about the same time. I bought and remodeled a couple houses and built the one that I live in. It took over two years to build. It’s a little bigger then a house; it has five separate living areas including the one that I live in. I live here with my wife and her fourteen year old daughter. We use the others for family and friends. More about us later.Now the hollow log st...

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From Logs To Lumber #2: Might of got a Curly Hard Maple log today

05-19-2009 05:24 AM by alaskan79 | 1 comment »

Today was mostly firewood but got one log that might be a Curly Maple. It is a little on the small size for a log but it had a lot of funny looking bumps and when I cut off a block from it the grains is going in a lot of different directions on the end from the chains saw cut. I only got a log 9 feet long and is only 10 inchs on the small end. If it won’t of had the funny looking grain I would of just cut it up for firewood. Henry

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Setting up Workshop #2: Continuing the Workbench Stool

05-19-2009 04:13 AM by Walt33 | 3 comments »

I began a stool to go along with the workbench several weeks ago and it has been coming along very slowly due to other things getting in the way and my limited time to work on it during the week. Over the past few weeks I have been marking out pieces for the stool, as well as having to stop working to go purchase this tool or that tool to allow me to progress further. Today I made a large leap in progress due to a friends help. I took the pieces that had already been cut and the piece that I ...

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Allyson's Nightstand #1: Introduction

05-19-2009 01:06 AM by Thomas Keefe | 3 comments »

My five year old daughter Allyson was complaining one night that she had no place to set things when she went to bed. As I was getting ready to begin a woodworking class I offered to build her a nightstand. She enthusiastically accepted. I showed her some pictures of different types of nightstands that I thought I might be able to build. Immediately, she began giving me requirements including that it had to have two drawers and a shelf on the bottom. I have been working on it now for a little...

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Mad at Grizzly - excuse my bad mood

05-18-2009 11:38 PM by loupitou06 | 13 comments »

I’m sorry if my bad mood is contagious but I’m really mad at Grizzly right now. On April 10th, I’ve ordered a band saw since they are offering the free shipping deal, I’ve selected the G0513X2. Two days later, after a call to find out the status of my order, I found out that the saw was on back order until “approximately, May 18th”. I said to myself, ok they build it in China and then they ship it, in order to minimize the cost, they have low prioirty...

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Episode 1 tool life audio podcast

05-18-2009 11:32 PM by kosta | 7 comments »

<div> Click To Play </div>

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Shot Glass Display Cabinet #4: Ready to hang on a wall...

05-18-2009 10:57 PM by scopemonkey | 9 comments »

It’s finished! I am still waiting for the interior lighting to arrive before I deliver and install it. There will be a battery powered LED light system in the top to shed light throughout. With all the glass, I hope it won’t be too reflective. I will post it as a project.

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