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The shop #6: moving on up

05-31-2010 04:08 AM by scottb | 5 comments »

I’ve been long in need of a decent drill press. Trying to get a bench top model with decent quill travel – for drilling out pen blanks, without getting another cheap one to replace the VERY cheap one I have. I don’t think I need, or want something so large as a floor model. The capacity seems great, horsepower certainly outstrips the rubberband motor on the $30 POS I bought online (before I knew better). But we’re in a rental, and I shouldn’t bolt anything to the...

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Wood identification help

05-31-2010 03:34 AM by twokidsnosleep | 13 comments »

I posted my first project in another blog and wanted some opinions on the wood type.I have photos of the log, bark, end, cut grain and finished board. The guy cutting it down said it was a black walnut, but no way is it that as the wood is too light. I have a ton of squirrels (aka rats with furry tails) in the yard who plant all kind of nuts and dig everything up so god knows what it could be. My Mustang keeps sneaking into the pics :)Opinions appreciated > This is some oak ...

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Charles Neil build along mahogany lowboy "series" #10: week

05-31-2010 02:48 AM by a1Jim | 31 comments »

Charles Neil lowboy build-along, # 10I’m now ready to start the scroll board. I begin by using the pattern of the scroll board Charles sent along with the wood he furnished . Guess what? I looked all around my shop for more than an hour, moving things, and picking up things. I went to some locations three times, but no pattern. My only alternative was to go to the “Mastering Woodworking “ website and print the PDF file, and I did, but in checking the printed PDF, I found the printed pattern d...

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Patio / Deck Bench #2: Frame just about complete

05-31-2010 02:43 AM by Blinky | 2 comments »

It was so much fun gluing the frame of the bench together (!#$%^&* *&^%$#) = need more clamps , I forgot to take pictures.I like how it’s shaping up though.This is after glue-up, before finish:To glue up, I wiped all mating surfaces (including the dowel holes), with acetone. I used TiteBond III; hope it goes well.To finish, I sanded down to 220 grit, wiped clean. I then wiped with acetone, and applied Penofin. I had to take it outside to see how it looks in its future ‘...

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05-31-2010 02:42 AM by Jared | 2 comments »

thanx 2 everyone for the kind welcome! i look 4ward 2 sharing ideas with u all!

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Happy Memorial Day?

05-31-2010 12:12 AM by Stevinmarin | 12 comments »

Years ago when I was a designer working at an exhibit company in San Francisco we had a Memorial Day party, complete with beer and barbeque…my favorite things. The wife of the shop foreman brought in a cake that she had decorated. A beautiful flowery design in icing on top of the cake read, “Happy Memorial Day!” Major faux pas on my part: I looked at the cake and said, “Happy Memorial Day? That seems kind of weird, considering the holiday.” Not knowing where the cake came from (I tho...

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Baking Soda and Vinegar bottle rocket launcher

05-30-2010 11:56 PM by Dan Lyke | 14 comments »

The 3rd grade boy across the street is pretty smart, and his mom is doing her best to make sure he’s got some pretty broad horizons (He goes to a Waldorf inspired charter school, I went to a Waldorf school through 7th grade, so we’ve got some similar background). Anyway, he and his mom came over to ask if I had some scrap wood for some raised planters, then he found an inner tube we’d cut up for some project, and started playing with the valve, and that led to us launchin...

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Charles Neil build along mahogany lowboy "series" #9: week

05-30-2010 11:05 PM by a1Jim | 20 comments »

Charles Neil lowboy build-along, #9 Back in episode #6, when Nell was about to be run over by the train…I kid! When I left you last time, I had just cut the tenons and was in the process of fitting them to the mortises on the legs. I continue with a little more cleaning up of the tenons with the pattern makers file and check the leg mortises for proper depth. I continue with the fitting of the mortise and tenon, being careful not to force the tenons, and make sure there ...

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backyard deck #1: floor done---working on railings

05-30-2010 10:01 PM by dmoney | 9 comments »

Building a deck for my backyard. It had one on when we bought the place but it was very old and wobbly so we ripped it down. Fast forward 2 years and now we are putting up a new one. Decided to go with green treated wood primarily due to the cost and easy availability. I also had been making adirondack chairs and found out all of the cool colors they make stain in now! the deck is 13’x12’ this was also my first attempt at making stairs, only ruined one extra 2×12 :)...

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Trestle Table for Dining Room #5: God & Nature conspiring against me...

05-30-2010 09:28 PM by scopemonkey | 1 comment »

Unfortunately, it has been a while since I did any meaningful work on the table. I was hoping to take the top to a friends workplace to use their widebelt sander, but a family tragedy occurred and I didn’t want to impose myself during their time of grief. My daytime job has me working weekends and it has been raining non-stop. Oh, so is life. Since the last update, I hand planed the ends flush to the top and hand sawed them flush to the edges, then routed a roundover profile aroun...

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