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Woodcraft in the Philipines #1: Carving in the Philippines

03-18-2009 02:54 PM by kiwi1969 | 6 comments »

People in the Philippine archipalago have been carving simple images for millenia, but it was the arrival of the Spanish that really created the traditions and style that we see today. The simple “Bulol” carvings of the Cordillera have become the latest trend for interior designers in Manila and are believed to be either rice gods or meant to help in curing illness. Now they clog up the tourist traps of Baguio and the rice terraces, which I still haven,t seen after all this time.W...

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Tips of Chinese plywood

03-18-2009 12:02 PM by anotherbrick | 36 comments »

I’m from China and I come to this forum for a long time.The reason I coming here is I’m interesting in woodworking though I don’t have any woodworking technique.There are many beautiful millwork and furniture in here.I just love to view you woodworker’s project and learn some woodworking knowledge.Sometimes I would have read some posts about chinese plywood.I work in Chinese plywood industry and find there are there’re something not same as what I know.So I think...

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Making Sofa table by handtools #4: Side panels / Restoring defects

03-18-2009 08:13 AM by Jaeyoel Park | 4 comments »

I put a symbol of bat on side panel using hand scroll saw. as I told in my previous posting, It is Korean traditional one. At sketchup, I printed the matched section in real scale.and sticked it on dimensioned panel. then, I sawed and sawed … and tenons for joining with the apron which will be located between top and side panels…I tried it with hand planes.after marking with a knife, I used my small plow plane to cut off the shoulder first. next, #4 removed out off th...

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The Romance of Shea Handplanes

03-18-2009 06:16 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 7 comments »

It was a good day in the shop. I was really in the zone. I had a good rhythm going and knew every move I was going to make before I made it. The icing on the cake was to pull my Shea handplane from the shelf and make the necessary adjustments to the material for a pro fit. It slides like it is on wet ice and it just feels good in hand. I did not try the make the thinnest and longest curl for the record. I simply needed to shave some wood and the plane did it willingly. It was an exte...

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Making Sofa table by handtools #3: Making stretcher

03-18-2009 04:39 AM by Jaeyoel Park | 2 comments »

making sequence : 1.dimension 2.make dadoes 3.saw curvature I cut some boards for the rest parts. The longest and narrow one was for the stretcher. After dimensioning, I had to make dadoes first. If I did make a curvature first, I could not get any reference face for dado.After I sawed down to pencil line, I plowed out with router plane. Finally, I made a curvature with my own made frame saw. With a little of shaving, I got the completed stretcher …. See you aga...

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Wood IDs #4: mystery ornamental branch identified

03-18-2009 04:12 AM by Gary Fixler | 4 comments »

After some online snooping, it looks like the branch I found the other day is of the Juglandaceae Family, which is to say it’s a walnut. Here’s some evidence… The chambers in the middle, seen here in my sample comprise what is known as a “chambered pith” (a pith being the center of a tree/branch/twig). Here's how it happens (in elaborate, if brief science talk). When it comes to chambered piths, it seems the only two choices spoken of online are black walnut (...

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Begining the craft #1: Background

03-18-2009 04:03 AM by Ken Wright | 3 comments »

Hey folks. I decided I was going to get into the carpentry hobby. My background has been military, law enforcement, journeyman electrician and HVAC tech. This is new challenge so here we go. I just bought a Ridgid TS3350 tablesaw, Ridgid DP 15501 drill press and a Ridgid R29301 router combo w/benchdog extention table. I already have a vast collection of hand tools so I think I’m through until my project calls for another. I’m goin to just play with scrap wood that I have laying...

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Sharpening a Card Scraper #1: I learned how to sharpen a card scraper today - the easy way

03-18-2009 04:01 AM by CXD | 4 comments »

Between T-Chisel and The Wood Whisperer I have been convinced I need to learn to use a card scraper. So, I bought 2 on One I figured I would mess up beyond repair, and one to be able to actually use. I don’t know if anyone else has had problems with sharpening card scrapers but its been a pain in my butt. I’ve just had a hard time justifying the purchase of a burnisher, about $25, and sharpening stones, a lot of dollars – or sandpaper. Then you really need...

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03-18-2009 03:42 AM by Dan'um Style | 12 comments »

Anyone else collect the Fine woodworking design books ? I personally have all 8. My all time favorite is Design Book Three. Bought Design Book Eight last week.

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Lots of air

03-18-2009 12:33 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 4 comments »

I’m so pleased. I’ve got two air compressors. One of them is one of those little ones with a small tank that is good for a nail gun but any air tool that runs continuously like a grinder or air sander it can’t handle. I’ve had a used 5hp air compressor in the garage for a long time. I’ve never used it. It works great but was miserably out of adjustment so it wouldn’t turn off by itself. Pressure would build up and the bus fuses would blow in my shutoff b...

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