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Torque WorkCentre #4: Officially Up and Running

10-11-2010 01:21 AM by dustbunny | 18 comments »

She is all aligned X, Y, and Z.It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be to align.I was dragging my feet because I don’t enjoy calibrating machinery.Alignment was simple and only took me less than 45 minutes. The table top is two sheets of MDF stacked. I left the lower one 8 ft and cut the upper one to the length of the bed 79” and butted countertop to it over the cabinet.I routed the lower table with slots to fit the width of a carriage bolt head with a washer....

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Tapered Display Tower - beetle-kill pine #5: False tenons (Mahogany) with wedges (beetle-kill pine) ?

10-11-2010 01:00 AM by NBeener | 21 comments »

Today, I took some scrap African Mahogany (what a nice thing to have. It’s like saying you have “traveler’s checks left over from your vacation !”), and re-did the false tenons for the display tower. Rather than use templates, I just laid everything out on the stock, took two 3/8” passes with the dado stack, then ripped to length, cut the bottom at 3*, cut out the tenons, routed the chamfer, and lightly sanded the notches. Here’s the result: N...

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Builtin Fireplace and mantle

10-11-2010 12:36 AM by Bluepine38 | 1 comment »

When we bought this house it had an old cast iron fireplace on a big rock hearth backed by a rock wall witha halfwall on the right side. I got tired of the monstrosity and tore it out, without taking any pictures of it.The removal included taking out the old stove pipe through the attic and roof that leaked every time it rainedand replacing it with a new one that exited through the side of the house. I do not have and pictures of thedestruction or construction, but here is the finished prod...

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to my fellow Canadian LJs

10-11-2010 12:12 AM by BigTiny | 11 comments »

Have a safe and happy thanksgiving. My own thanks are headed up by the many friends I have made here at LJ. Thank you all.

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Old Sears Craftsman Shaper

10-10-2010 11:59 PM by Bluepine38 | 4 comments »

I found this Sears Craftsman Shaper Model No. 103.23920 at a garage sale for $50.00. My first thought was,even if I can not fix it the 1 HP motor is worth more than that on Ebay. It was made for Sears by the King-Seeley Corp about 1953 and came complete with rust and 5 sets of cutter heads that needed sharpening. The shaper was made to use either a 1/2 or 3/4 HP electric motor, the original misguided owner decided to makeit heavy duty by using a 1 HP motor. The base of the motor was...

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Old Delta Jointer Rebuild

10-10-2010 11:17 PM by Bluepine38 | 2 comments »

I found this Delta Jointer at a garage sale for $50.00 complete with rust. I only had a serial no. 2-561 on it, no Model number, but it resembled the model 37-307 (old style) 6” jointerwithout the stand. The plywood stand was in sad shape and the motor was enclosed by the plywood and wasso full of sawdust that no more would fit in. I replaced the electric motor and cutter head bearings and builtthis dust chute and steel base, cutting the steel with a special steel cutting skil...

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The Nightstands Build #4: Slicing the veneers and making the half-blind dovetail drawers

10-10-2010 11:17 PM by Eric_S | 5 comments »

Life got in the way again and it took me a few weeks longer to get a lot more done with the nightstands. I hope to have the stands finished by first or second week of November now. All thats left are the tops and fitting the drawers. There are a few lessons I learned along the way, as always. 1) Don’t plane veneers thinner than 1/8” or you’re asking for trouble.2) Before chiseling half blind dovetail pins, its best to sweep up the surrounding area in case you chip a ...

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Wall Mirror/Shelf/Drawer Unit #5: Magic Mirror on the Wall

10-10-2010 10:16 PM by plantek | 0 comments »

Well It’s done! At a total of $130.00 in materials I’ve finished the project I wanted when I first saw it the March 2010 issue of Wood Magazine.It’s also the first project I’ve done working with Cherry. I really enjoyed it even though I found Cherry to be a bit unforgiving.The grain pattern through out the piece is really eye catching:

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The grease box story #3: What is a grease box.

10-10-2010 10:04 PM by mafe | 21 comments »

The grease box story.Chapter three: What is a grease box. I admit this should perhaps have been the first post in this series…Medieval Latin pyxis, from Latin, box, from Greek, from pyxos box (shrub). First a list of the names I have met for this little fellow:Grease box, grease pot, tallow pot, lard pot, carpenters grease box, joiners grease pot.And these can be combined to even more versions, so do not get confused, it’s the same thing, except the trade of the user, or contend of the...

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Quick Tip - Extending knife blade life

10-10-2010 07:32 PM by BritBoxmaker | 13 comments »

I use an Xacto Knife for veneer and fine cutting. The tip of the replacement blade wears out all too quickly This is the problem drawn for clarity The top two drawings show a side and top view of a new blade. The middle two show a worn blade (exaggerated). The fine point is now a larger flat (or more accurately rounded) point and will also be burred over slightly (not shown) making it even duller. What I do to restore the point is grind the back of the blade off, at a slight ang...

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