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001: maple lazy susan #2: unclamping, cleanup, and sanding

2014 days ago by Gary Fixler | 12 comments »

The edge-band/rim glue-up dried well, but it was about an hour of work to chisel, scrape, and sand away the glue squeeze out, especially where I couldn’t get to it under the strap clamp while it was drying. I cut the rim/edging myself from the same maple to a 3/16” thick strip, though finish sanding has brought it down a bit. I’m leaving it a little rough for a more matte/utility finish, though I see areas that need some finish cleanup, and I want to ‘break the edge...

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Thanks for the warm welcome

2014 days ago by ljh2 | 1 comment »

I just want to thank all the jocks that offered their welcome in response to my newly created profile. I grew up doing a little woodworking in my Dad’s basement hobby shop and then in High School, I started sculpting wood with a chainsaw. There were a couple of local carvers that served as good examples and I learned quite a bit from them. I tried my hand in a few competitions and didn’t do too bad in the amateur class. When I tried moving up to the pro class, I was out of my ...

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Valances #1: Getting started

2014 days ago by DavidH | 4 comments »

In the front area of our house (the formal living and dinning combined) there are two windows that we decided need valances above them before we purchase window treatments for them. I found a picture similar to what we were looking for: The couple that I am going to build will be painted white. Normally i would start with rough lumber and process it, but because this is a painted project i went to my local box store to pick up some yellow pine as well as some molding. It...

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Another day, another nickle #14: End of The Journey

2014 days ago by Thos. Angle | 18 comments »

Well, Tony Berrett just bought my shop machinery. I told him joining Lumber Jocks was a must. I hope everyone here will make him welcome as I know you will. I also told him that you would all be more than willing to help him out when he has questions. Since I won’t have the internet for a while, I took this liberty for all of my friends here on LJ. I wouldn’t do that but I know you’re good for it. LOL I still have custody to finish some things I need for the move. Good luc...

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"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #49: Awakened In Your Gobi

2014 days ago by frank | 5 comments »

Awakened In Your Gobi ....it seems as if i am teller of tales that bears your beauty forth,why am i so woodly anomic when all your warmth of hue surrounds me,culler of the art that comes from hand-tooling your existence of being,while faith-fully noted are the cracks of character that provide story…. ....planed from the start by gouges that wrought some sense of stability,your spoken desire was what soon caught the attention of my ears,and what if my hands started breathing wi...

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Jewelry Box #6: Finishing is truly the final frontier.

2015 days ago by Jon3 | 9 comments »

I’m always wary of finishing. I really don’t like it, as I often feel it is such a voodoo black art. And often I think its overdone. (c.f. people with posts that include ‘then I put on 293 coats of french polish, blah blah blah.) I apologize in advance for the lack of in-progress photos at this point. With finish on my hands and latex gloves on, I was in no position to be touching my nice camera. I used my leftover stock and prepared some various finishes. I tried...

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Jewelry Box #5: The mistake train is leaving the station. All aboard!

2015 days ago by Jon3 | 1 comment »

Rather than fiddle with the hinges, my Lie-Nielsen 4.5 came out, and I just shaved to suit. This kind of thing is where the power of hand tools really has no equal in the power tool world. What would you do without a hand tool here. Jam the whole box up against a belt sander? Notice in this real closeup photo you can also see my biggest dovetail fix. Had to get out my biggest kerf saw to get that giant gap filled. I noticed that from the back, with the hinges in place, this gap ...

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Jewelry Box #4: Hardware, the next hurdle.

2015 days ago by Jon3 | 1 comment »

Looking good so far. Now its time to mangle the pretty box up with hardware. I used a jig and routed out the quadrant hinge form. Which fit nicely. Only to provide me a box with a 3/16 offset the first time around. I assumed I messed up the jig, so I planed the top and bottom flat again, and re-read the manual before attacking some scrap wood. 3/16th again. A few emails back to the manufacturer, and I got a new one. (Beall, best service in the biz!) Now, the next ro...

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Jewelry Box #3: Gappy like your gran pappy's teeth after 80 years of sweets.

2015 days ago by Jon3 | 3 comments »

Of course, some of the dovetails looked straight out of a book. Some did not. Most were average. But there is hope! Tails are so very fixable. First, you cut a nice clean kerf with your dovetail saw. This makes the gap a uniform size. You shave off some nice thin and thick slivers and prepare some wedges. Slather glue liberally. I’m talking Democrat with a bailout plan style of liberal. Push/jam/pound wedges in (but don’t break em.) Oh...

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Jewelry Box #2: Pins first. A Klausian Journey.

2015 days ago by Jon3 | 2 comments »

Let there be layout marks! Here come the pins. I am a Klausian dovetailer. Yup, those were merely eyeballed. Out comes the Lie-Nielsen chisels from my fabulous wife (given to me when she was a Fiance). First we chop lightly just shy of the line. And relieve the light cut. This means when you use your strike line later, the shape of the chisel won’t push you back into the workpiece. Path of least resistance now works in your favor. And the other side ...

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