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From the "Little Good Pieces" Blog Archives #3: Shutdown - Sometimes Stopping is More Important Than Starting

10-19-2010 12:53 AM by TheGravedigger | 0 comments »

This article was originally posted on the Little Good Pieces blog on September 15, 2010 ”Sometimes stopping is more important than starting.” After my wife’s adventure with the mower, we did an after-action analysis. This practice is a good idea after any sort of mishap to determine if anything can be changed to prevent a recurrence. She kept saying, “If I could have just stopped the blades…”. <address> </address>I made the suggestion that s...

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Log table from maple with floating barn board top

10-19-2010 12:51 AM by ~Julie~ | 13 comments »

I finally decided to use some maple logs that I had kept from when we cleared space for our garage/workshop. I read books by both Doug Stowe and Daniel Mack about working with logs and bought a tenon cutter from Lee Valley. I found some old 1” thick barn board, complete with bug holes, for the top. The legs are from logs that are a diameter of 2 1/4” – 2 1/2” and cut at 15” long. I used two horizontal rungs between the side legs. Mine are about 1 3/4R...

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Table saw blade height #1: Setting up for through cut

10-19-2010 12:15 AM by momiji | 7 comments »

Maybe there is something I don’t understand. I can’t figure out how setting blade height to barely clear the gullet of the blade above the piece of wood being cut is appropriate. I can, however, figure out two good reasons not to set the blade anywhere below its maximum height: First, considering that heat dulls the carbide tips and that heats builds up with friction and friction is proportional to the lenght of travel of the teeth in the material being cut, setting your blade low, let’s s...

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10-18-2010 10:24 PM by Martin Sojka | 69 comments »

As you probably noticed, we have hit an impressive milestone just a few hours ago. Total number of comments on LumberJocks exceeded 1,000,000 – yes that’s ONE MILLION! This number has been reached in 1694 days since the February, 2006 when the site was launched. That’s around 4.6 years of steady growth. As they say, picture is worth a thousand words.. well in this case it’s a nice little chart: I’d like to thank all of you for making this happen and I hope...

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Quick plane makeover

10-18-2010 10:22 PM by hannes | 5 comments »

I was away for a long weekend in August on the garden route, just relaxing and taking a break. While driving around my wife wanted to check out an antique shop near George. Antique shops are not really my thing, but sometimes you see interesting furniture and always interesting to see how it was made. Anyway while checking out some cool old furniture I spotted an old Stanley no.3 plane. It was rusted and a bit neglected and apart from a small chip in the body seemed to be in good shape....

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Slow close drawer slides?

10-18-2010 09:54 PM by applemandan | 7 comments »

I am in the process of building my own kitchen cabinet. The issue I am having is that I am looking for self close drawer slides and there are so many different ones. The weight will be under 100lbs. I just want some links to ones that are around $20 or less per set. The last item is I am open to the under mount vs the side mount it does not matter to me. Can you please help.

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Hand Tools #2: Got my Wenzloff Large Tenon Saw!

10-18-2010 09:48 PM by MikeInPenetanguishene | 5 comments »

Ordered it from LV on Friday and received it this afternoon. Couldn’t wait to open the box and start cutting! First impression – BEAUTIFUL!! It was much heavier than I expected, most likely due to the thick brass back, but the handle was very comfortable in my hand (three finger grip). It’s much heavier than my other back saws (an old Disston and a no-name) but also much easier to saw with. I’m just a beginner and still need to practice on technique, but I fir...

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130 - Halloween Router Bowl

10-18-2010 06:37 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 16 comments »

Right Click to DownloadRight Click to Download in HDSubscription Options When most of us think of a wooden bowl, we think of the lathe. But you can also make bowls using the router! All you need is a template for the desired shape and a pattern bit to remove the stock. And fortunately Eagle America has holiday-themed kits for making some incredibly cool bowls. These make great gifts and they are super easy to make. The video shows you not only how to make a router bowl, but also ho...

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Sliding Miter Saw

10-18-2010 06:32 PM by OregonBurls | 18 comments »

I need your help! I am getting ready to purchase a Sliding Miter Saw. What is the best. I need accurate 45 degree cuts so I am looking at the Dewalt, Maketa, Milwaukee, Hitachi, and Ridgid. Any thougths? Even reconditioned or used. ThanksGreg Dahlwww.oregonburls.com541-450-9499

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Our timber frame house

10-18-2010 06:01 PM by timberframedave | 10 comments »

We are currently building a passive solar timber frame home in the woods out in Port Orchard, WA. My wife & I worked with my dad (who is a very experienced Architect) come up with the floor plan & site orientation of our house back in the summer/Fall of 2006. It took a few months to draw up the final plans, have them engineered & drafted in auto-cad. Our timber package was delivered to the job site in mid 2007. My dad helped me & my younger brother Mi...

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