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One More Week!! Arizona LJ Picnic! Nov 7th

10-31-2009 09:49 PM by scrappy | 5 comments »

Only one more week until the LJ picnic in Arizona on Nov. 7th. Hope all of you can come. Please let me know if you are going to attend, so we can make sure there are enough chairs, food, drinks, etc… Have confirmation from; Gene Howe and wife, SEER and wife, JohnnyMo, and Mike85215. Still waiting to here back from everyone else. Also we will be haveing a Bar-B-Que with, hamburgs, franks, potato and pasta salads. There will be condiments and water, plate cups napkins silverware....

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Adventures in Finding Cheep Quality Wood

10-31-2009 05:24 PM by AllTen | 7 comments »

Let me start off by saying; yes the title is a bit of an unreal statement at times, but some times you can do it. About a week or two ago I found a deal on for some cheep red oak. Now I have been trying to get around the price of finishing off one of my friends projects for him on the cheep seeing how its cost him a lot of money all ready. So two days ago I called the gentlemen from the add and he said he had a deal for me. He has about 30 or so 2×12 and 8 to 12ft long pieces o...

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Pangapanga sideboard #2: Starting in the middle

10-31-2009 05:50 AM by RobertHorton | 6 comments »

I’m already a bit into this project and I’ll be nibbling at it for several months. Here’s a recap of what’s happened so far:This is what it will ultimately look like. We’re not particularly big wine drinkers, so a small bay will just about hold our entire stock of booze. I haven’t decided what to do with the doors, but this got me far enough for a cut list on the carcase and veneers. The point of this project is a.) to showcase some Pangapanga that the ...

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Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics.......... #1: My antic plans for the weekend........

10-31-2009 03:52 AM by Jim Bertelson | 3 comments »

I am into “shop antics” this weekend, or at least I think thats what Mike Stefang from Norway would call it. One of Mike’s comments gave me that part of the title for this series. I decided I was not going to use my TS (nearly 20 year old Delta contractor’s saw) any more until I fixed the on-off switch and position. You can’t find it half the time, and to look, puts your face in front of the blade. Bad deal. So I have pretty well designed my new switch…...

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American Hanging Cupboard #4: 3D Rendering/Texturing in Sketchup

10-31-2009 01:51 AM by Mark D. | 4 comments »

So after the tip from Jack regarding Kerkythea I decided to download it and play around. I found some amazing wood textures at Arroway Textures of different wood species(they have a sample available for each species for non-commercial use) and started applying them to the model… below are some shots of the results. If you click on the exploded view it will open a large version rendered at the highest available pixel setting in Kerkythea. There are a few spots where the texture is app...

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Going to Woodworking School #4: Wood Technology: Day Two part one

10-30-2009 11:59 PM by John Fleming | 3 comments »

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2009Topics covered in this section listed below: Terminology Wood scienceHardwoods and SoftwoodsSeasoning and DryingWarps and DefectsBoard FootageGradingUrban Lumber Parts of a tree: Sapwood is the new wood as newer rings of sapwood are laid down its inner Cell lose their vitality and turn to heartwood. Heartwood is the essential supporting pillar of the tree. Although dead it will not decay or lose strength while the outer layers are intact. The Outer bark...

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Giving back ... maybe a little?

10-30-2009 11:33 PM by NBeener | 39 comments »

All, As glad as I am to have found this hobby, I’m equally glad to have found this group. It’s doubtful that anybody here (who can walk upright, rather than swing through trees) is any newer at this than I am. I’m hopeful that I can give back … in some small way … by… telling this little story…. .... Our hobbies are like our relationships. If—like me—you’ve been with the same wonderful spouse for a while, then you kno...

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A journey into the workshop. #24: My head hurts for good reason...

10-30-2009 11:26 PM by dbhost | 9 comments »

So last night, I took one of my bowl blanks, I believe this stuff is Camphor due to the smell (it smells like Vicks), but I wouldn’t testify to that in court. The wood came from a tree that had been storm fall from Hurricane Ike last year. So anyway… Like I said I took one of my bowl blanks, about 6” in diameter, and mounted it to the face plate, roughed it out, and created the tenon on the bottom of the blank. Removed it from the face plate, and mounted it on my chuck...

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Going to Woodworking School #3: Safety and more Safety

10-30-2009 10:49 PM by John Fleming | 3 comments »

Our first day of class was reviewing the safety rules and procedures for the entire school curriculum. As you can imagine with over 180 new students using power and hand tools safety has to be an important part of the training we will receive. Each student must complete the safety test. This test is 200 questions covering all safety issues. Since it is an open book test the 50 page companion Safety manual will guide us through each power tool. It is a lot common sense tied to specific rule...

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Tablesaw Workstation #9: Slow Going Lately

10-30-2009 10:45 PM by JohninSD | 2 comments »

Well no progress to speak of for the past several days. I got distracted when I found a bunch of shed wings in my dining room – drywood termites had swarmed – called the exterminators and the house will be fumigated next week. This entails some prep work on my part so the Workstation is on hold for at least another week – will post again when I get something done.

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