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Building My First Cedar Strip Canoe

03-26-2009 08:27 PM by buckfill | 3 comments »

Hi everyone!!!I have just started on my first Cedar Strip Canoe. I have purchased a set of plan from LeeValley for a 17.5’ RedBird Canoe. I have completed cutting out the molds and almost completed milling the strips. This weekend will be setting up the strong back. Then the stripping will start. You can check out my other blog at: or My FaceBook page at: Building a Ceda...

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A solid foundation to build a future - A New Workbench.

03-26-2009 08:14 PM by bfd | 15 comments »

It has been a while since I have been able to contribute much to Lumberjocks as life has been very hectic over the past few months. Anyway I have just embarked on my next project…building my own bench finally! I have been tossing ideas around for more then a year now. I have seen several examples of beautiful benches from many of you (Gary Sharp, Damian, John Ormsby and several others). I think I have read Lon Schleining’s The Workbench three times cover to cover and have change...

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03-26-2009 05:26 PM by tex27 | 13 comments »

Hi LumberJocks,I am finishing a piece and doing the sanding all by hand. Usually I use a sander for this and have had a nice finish when all said and done. But after watching and reading some, I am being told that hand sanding gets the best results. I have finished about half the project by hand sanding (boy does my arm feel like it’s going to fall off) and am not seeing any difference. I was looking for your input on how you guys and gals go about deciding whether to hand sand or m...

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Jointer clean-up #2: Teardown---sort of

03-26-2009 05:05 PM by charlton | 4 comments »

I began removing individual components of the jointer. The paint on the jointer looks to be in good shape though I’m a bit concerned about it having lead content (call me paranoid). The biggest hurdle at this point has to do with the shaft of the cutterhead. The keyway is worn and the pulley and shaft have a huge gap so it’s not clear to me whether or not the pulley bore was made bigger somehow or if the shaft was turned down. Here are shots of the worn keyway on the shaft: ...

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Michigan Picnic

03-26-2009 02:56 PM by Rustic | 2 comments »

Alright Michigan Lumberjocks. I only have 2 responses so far. My 1st announcement a few months ago had about 12-14. Lets get moving on this. I am planning some fun things for us to do. If anyone wants to bring carving tools to show off your craft or teach us how to carve, that woul be awesome. The same could be said for scroll work. I will bring my Kreg Rocket pocket jig. Which I have used for the first time and I love it. So lets go go go. Looking forward to seeing a great turn out.

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random #11: What a way to test out my new lumber rack!

03-26-2009 01:35 PM by Gary Fixler | 12 comments »

Last night I ran to home depot for 4 pressure treated 4×4s, 8 2×4s, and 5 sheets of 23/32” construction ply. Today, in bursts of uncharacteristic stick-to-it-ness, I actually put together the whole rack. On my lunch break from the office, I ran home and cut out 8 4’ 2×4s, 8 23-7/8” 2×4s, and cut the 4×4s not only to height (about 69”), but also cut in a 10° angle, and used Sketchup to plot the angle on the front leg to meet up with the back. I&...

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Circle cutting #3: Jig Pics

03-26-2009 08:48 AM by degoose | 5 comments »

Here are a few of the pics of the JIG I promised. sorry bout the size, camera settings are skewwiff Notice the Dovetail Slide, all cut from one piece. at the end closest to the bandsaw is a 5/16 bolt to use as a pivot and another bolt in a T-nut to secure the slide when you have adjusted the blank to the blade.You drill a matching hole in the centre of your square blank. mount it on the bolt and spin through the bandsaw blade,. sorry if this is a bit sloppy. and I hope you ca...

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Circle cutting #2: About to start

03-26-2009 07:31 AM by degoose | 3 comments »

This weekend I have 5 days off from work so will be starting the Lazy Larry. The timber I have chosen for this is Queensland Maple. I am Dressing a couple of 1×8 s this afternoon and will biscuit join them although this is not really necessary for structural integrity. [ Long grain to long grain] but as an aid to aligning the boards thereby reducing the amount of time required for sanding. I am thinking that size does matter so will be making this one about 27 inches diameter. I am incl...

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Wine Rack Expedition #3: Dowling and.... more dowling

03-26-2009 07:26 AM by Demowen | 2 comments »

Well, unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot of content to go through for this step since it is pretty much doing the same thing over and over again. I marked out on the legs where I want the rails to go. I had to alter some measurements from the plans since the rails are now 3.5” instead of 4” wide. I wanted to get all of the front and side pieces out of the same board and this was the price I paid. No biggie, will look about the same in the end. So the lines were all...

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Circular trays with Dished centers on the Router #1: Getting started

03-26-2009 03:25 AM by HeirloomWoodworking | 12 comments »

Hello Fellow Lumberjocks! Welcome to my very first attempt at a blog. Let me open this discussion by letting you know that I am a self taught carpenter, with a humble collection of tools and a humble little workshop. I truly enjoy the Lumberjock community because we are all made to feel as an equal participant of the group, regardless of our individual skill levels. An important part of my growth in the wood art is to work hard at improving my skills and learn valuable new techniques ...

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