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Shop Expansion #2: Walls are up!

2014 days ago by Les Hastings | 12 comments »

All the concrete work is done, Sidewalks and a small slab was poured on Thursday. Friday all the walls were framed up and sheeted. On Monday the truss’s are suppose to arrive. Should have a roof this next week and siding at least started. Won’t be long and my part of the project will begin. I’ll need to get a meter and 200 amp panel installed and then I can started on the inside. Click on the pictures to see a full view.Thanks for looking!

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Evolution #3: Digging yourself out of a turner's rut

2014 days ago by StevenAntonucci | 5 comments »

I’m in a rut. I’ve gotten to the point where I can usually produce a hollowform in an hour of two, which means I can make 2-3 a day if I want to, but I really don’t want to. Why? Beacause I don’t want to do “production work”? What is production work? To me, it’s work where the creativity is decided one time, and then executed many times. We need production work- spindles for staircases, utility bowls- for our every day lives, but it doesn̵...

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001: maple lazy susan #1: everything up to, but not including the finishing work

2014 days ago by Gary Fixler | 6 comments »

This is a very simple one. I was hired by our office manager to slap together a lazy susan in maple, to match the cabinets at work in the kitchen. It’s going to hold coffee cans, filters, spoons, and other coffee-time trappings. It can’t get much simpler. I biscuit joined 5 17” lengths of jointed 1×4 maple from the same 8’ plank, making a roughly 17” square, cut out a 16”+ circle, sanded it up and routed the edge to clean it up to a more perfect 16&...

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Tree IDs #2: collecting wood

2015 days ago by Gary Fixler | 13 comments »

I’m overwhelmed by the love shown in my last post in this series, asking if anyone was interested in learning with me (more like teaching me) about different woods, and the trees from which we get them. You were! I’ve found my people. Let’s get started! cracks knuckles I thought I’d begin not with a tree, but with something very much related and interesting that I recently stumbled upon in one of my habitual all-night online woodworking research sessions: the IWCS, ...

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Shop done. Let's build something #1: Sister wants a corner cabinet

2015 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 1 comment »

The shop is finally done per my other blogs. I’ve just posted my finished new fangled workbench. I fired up the jointer for the first time in 30 years. I don’t have it connected to my new dust sucker yet. I’ve got a pile of shavings on the floor about 24 inches high. Amazing how much shavings are produced. So, tomorrow is a thorough cleaning of the shop. Put it back together after the bench build. My sister just got a new 19” flat panel TV for her kitchen and is cur...

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Curved Panels - adding another dimension to woodworking. #2: Building "flat" curved cabinet doors - 101

2015 days ago by John8059 | 3 comments »

Note that this is Part 2 of a series and you may want to look at Part 1 to make some sense of it. I don’t have any pictures of the form I built for the flower boxes or any construction pictures so I am skipping right to the 2nd project I introduced in Part 1. If I explain the flower box panels at the end of the series, it will be much easier to understand. Further, it was very similar to making the panels for the last project I’ll cover – the curved vanity doors. The entertainment cen...

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Hand Tools #1: An Unexpected Joy Using a Hand Plane

2015 days ago by slooper | 12 comments »

I didn’t see it coming, not at all! But alas, it came and it conquered. I thought it was so far off from me that it would never be within striking distance. But there it was right in my hands, and out of the blue it came. What I had before me was a mere scrap piece of wood, a throw-away from someone else’s project. The task I had was, as I saw it, simply a necessary evil; hand-planing a rough surface so that I could get a good look at the true grain of an unfamiliar wood. My hope ...

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Kitchen Re-do

2015 days ago by fredc | 5 comments »

Like most of us in the northern clime who don’t have a heated work shop I’ve really been chomping at the bit to get started on my projects. The big project I have set for myself is to build and install new kitchen cabinets. A very ambitious and somewhat daunting prospect for someone of my limited experience, but exciting too. I’ve spent most of the winter researching cabinet building on the internet, which is what led me to LumberJocks, lucky find. Now tho, I think that ...

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my workbench in the making #1: the lumber

2015 days ago by christhetalentedone | 9 comments »

sorry for not having any pictures of the actual process, i didn’t get my digital camera until i had already planed down most of the wood.my workbench is being made out of a dark oak. it is going to have 4×4 legs, and is at least going to be at least 3 1/2 inches thick. that is the wood for the top. those are the 4×4s for the legs. that is going the stretcher (or whatever you call it) for in between the legs. here is a picture of the nice oak ...

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What tool to get? #1: Hand tool Advice

2015 days ago by MJWaldner | 9 comments »

I’m looking for some advice. I need to get a good hand saw for cutting dovetails, tenon and whatever else I find it useful for. I just need a high quality saw that I will be happy with for years to come. Also to the same standards. I’m in need of a good all around hand plain. I will take any suggestions.Thanks,

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