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Turning slippery slope #11: knobs and light pulls

03-03-2009 04:35 AM by Betsy | 6 comments »

OK – so now my lack of knowledge of turning comes out—- yeah right – like it wasn’t out there already! I’m thinking that since I can turn a key chain and do OK, not great, but OK on some pens, I’m wondering about turning knobs for my cabinet project and making some light chain pulls to replace the ugly, plastic, lifeless things currently hanging from my light fixtures. First the light pulls. It seems to me it would be easier to turn the pull then dril...

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My woodworing ideas and tips #16: Keeping track of that pesky little part and a little sanding tip

03-03-2009 04:04 AM by Betsy | 7 comments »

Sometimes I have to remind myself just how much common sense goes into making my woodworking enjoyable and less tedious. As most of you know I’m making a small cabinet for a friend’s Wii/TV set up. Well, I’m going to finally use that set of CMT rasied panel cutters. That, of course, requires a 1/2” collett for my router table. The bits and the router table were quite easy to find (once you clear away the dust). That pesky 1/2” collet, however, was not. In fact...

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Shop Class #5: There is a First for Everyone

03-03-2009 04:03 AM by Tooldads_apprentice | 1 comment »

Well, as a shop student there are many projects that are new to me. I recently made my very first nightstand, I turned my very first pen about a month ago (and about 10 since), finishing up my first picture frame as well. My next project is going to try and build a unique clock. So, maybe the LJ crew can help me out. I am starting with a 3 1/2 inch diameter clock insert. Kind of simple, but still for my first one it should work. I am hoping to make it around a foot tall and maybe around 8R...

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My Business #1: starting up and looking for a name!

03-03-2009 03:39 AM by ccpenco | 14 comments »

I’ve thought carefully and done a heck of a lot of research on marketing, and brand building, and all that business related stuff. I’ve raised enough money to get started. I’ve built up an inventory. And now, FINALLY, i’m almost ready to start a business selling turned pens. It’s just going to be a side job. An additional source of money, and a bit of practice in the world of business.i still need to do some things though. #1. I NEED A NAME : iR...

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French Polishing class #5: Cheating - and commentary

03-03-2009 03:01 AM by RichClark | 0 comments »

OK – Your have a huge something and want to “do this cool process” but your into instant gratification your raized at the nipple of the box store! NO I say! We can do a French Polish on the quick! Its the learning and the whys and hows that are trouble! This method is really fast with great results! (but you need to practice a bit! Common ya can do it!) This was done – Water Filled to Done done (no polishing that is tomorrows blog time permitting) but great ...

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Joinery School? #1: I need advice on Joinery Education.

03-03-2009 02:22 AM by MrJust | 2 comments »

I am just getting into Joinery and I was looking for programs that offer Joinery. There is a school that offers Joinery in my area (from what I was told that is rare enough) and I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on if its worth it to go here.Quite an investment I must say.I was looking at and they have links to the programs I was looking at attending.Thanks in advance for your help. Just

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Handplane Notes #1: Modified

03-03-2009 01:49 AM by Francisco Luna | 14 comments »

October 26, 2001 4:39 PM

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French Polishing class #4: OK fixed picture issues and they are here

03-03-2009 01:33 AM by RichClark | 0 comments »

Here the pictures I mentioned I have not a clue how they went off into a blog that doesn’t exist… anyway… more to come

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Experiences #3: My first woodworking experience

03-02-2009 11:58 PM by TampaTom | 1 comment »

It’s been said that you never forget your first time. If that’s the case, then I’m really scratching my head as to why I got into woodworking as a hobby. Let’s hit the rewind button on the way back machine. The year, 1982. There I was, a skinny kid growing up in Bloomingdale, New Jersey. I was in seventh grade at Walter T. Bergen Middle School. The big time. You see, in sixth grade, things were just like they were in elementary school – you stayed in your classroom most of the day...

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Arrow of light #3: Did A LOT better today

03-02-2009 11:41 PM by i82much | 1 comment »

I got most of the pieces fit and glued in on the wood that was rightHere is a close up of itI also got some of the pieces cut and fit for the wrong oneI had made some template plugs awhile back, so I take a compass and scribe around it, use a jig saw to rough cut it and then sand to fitI leave the “rays and feathers” long so when I rout the arc and arrow shaft, hopefully they’ll be a perfect fit.When I made the templates (1 for the rays and 1 for the arc. I made some alignme...

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