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random #6: Suffolk Machinery band saw blades - helpful folks

03-06-2009 12:17 AM by Gary Fixler | 3 comments »

I made the mistake of ordering 1 each of their 1” thick (my saw’s max) 103PC (3TPI) and 102PC (2TPI) swedish steel blades in the wrong length. I went by info I found online when ordering, instead of walking out to the shop to check for sure. Online places said 133”. The machine says 135”-137”. It just wouldn’t go on, even at the bottom of the top wheel’s extension. I called Suffolk just now, and they said 133” is a common length, so no re...

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random #5: Ouija Router

03-06-2009 12:09 AM by Gary Fixler | 4 comments »

I just had this idea after commenting on roman’s Bosch laminate trimmer review. I need to get a group of woodworking pals over to help me channel the spirits of past woodworkers by lightly laying our fingertips around the base of my Porter Cable 7518, running at 21k RPMs. Then we’ll just see what happens :) I’m hoping the spirits will see fit to channel up some fine inlay work for me.

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1st Step In The Spoon Making Process #1: Introduction To The Process

03-05-2009 10:42 PM by osageman | 8 comments »

I can be contacted at: I wanted to start this series of “How To Make A Wooden Spoon” with a basic introduction. Someone asked me the question about my choice of wood for utensils. As I thought about it, the more I reallized the choice of wood, is the most critical step in the spoon making process. First I want to start with what woods I recommend and what I don’t. After you learn some basics, then expand the wood you use. But, start out...

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Garage Overhead Cabinets #3: Bought Wood -- Where Can I Buy Time?

03-05-2009 10:22 PM by MyOldGarage | 1 comment »

(Found at So last weekend we were forecasted to get a big snowstorm here in KC, and this time the forecasters really did know what they were talking about. I anticipated this and went out for a couple of sheets of 3/4 Baltic Birch plywood and two 8 foot 1×8’s. I figured that would give me the materials to keep working through the weekend, because I wouldn’t want my 2wd Dakota out and about in the snow. I got ...

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Shark Pole

03-05-2009 08:47 PM by Patrick Jaromin | 3 comments »

This past Christmas, Santa brought me a Shark Guard. I used it to complete Nathan's crib, but knew I’d need to get it properly mounted before the next project. So I bought a 6’ length of 1” square tube steel, a metal cutting blade for the jigsaw, and a bag ‘o 5/16 nuts, washers and bolts. I would have much preferred to weld it together, but since I don’t own the equipment or know anyone who does, that just wasn’t going to happen. The overarm design is a...

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Complete Shop Remodel #3: Inching Closer...

03-05-2009 07:56 PM by jackd942 | 7 comments »

Well, since it’s been awhile since very much progress has been made, I figure I’ll give an explanation…We had a major ice storm here at my house on January 26th and were without power until February 17th. Needless to say that pretty much killed my work on the shop for over three weeks. What’s worse is that I am off for 3 months during the winter and that little storm all but killed nearly a whole month of my vacation:( Since the power has been back on I have gotten back into the shop and am w...

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Complete Shop Remodel #2: Getting There

03-05-2009 07:44 PM by jackd942 | 2 comments »

This post is as of January 20, 2009 Well, here’s a quick update on the remodel. I’ve got all the walls insulated with r19 batts. I also have all of the rafter vents installed and the wiring roughed in. Tonight I’m in the process of stapling all the flaps on the insulation to form the vapor barrier. You can already tell a major difference with just the walls insulated. I wasn’t sure what to do about the void between the top plate of the wall and the rafter vents, until it dawned on me to ju...

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Sketchup Shorts #1: Zoom-Zoom (and Keeping it dialed in)

03-05-2009 07:06 PM by PurpLev | 9 comments »

I see a lot of great Sketchup tutorials online (here and there), and while they do discuss different techniques, tools and what not – you really have to follow through from start to end, and go along a somewhat complex path to get the hang of things. one more thing – while on that road – one’s eyes are focused on the end result, and sometimes one can miss the fantastic little tips along the way. This tutorial is one of many short – tip/tool specific – tu...

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Aurora Night Stand #5: Ebony details

03-05-2009 08:35 AM by Topapilot | 5 comments »

I’ve made some progress on my nightstand, so I thought I’d post some pictures of the ebony splines and plugs. I bought the ebony when I walked into our brand-spanking-new woodcraft in Ventura and they had pieces on sale. I figured I could get it at my hardwood dealer, but decided a new business needs help, and they’re close (next closest store is two hours away; go figure with all the people in SoCal) I got one that was about 3×3x14 inches and covered in wax. I re...

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Name that Turn - and the Winner is...

03-05-2009 07:21 AM by trifern | 24 comments »

WOW! I am overwhelmed, honored, and truly humbled by all the response to this contest. Lumberjocks is a wonderful community made of some of the world’s finest workers of wood. I feel blessed to be a part of it. The quality of responses is just another example of the creativity this community represents. It is evident a lot of thought and consideration went into the majority of entries. Picking the winner was one of the most difficult decisions that I have made in a long time. I wish I coul...

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