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Morris Chairs #9: Getting ready to upholster (finally)

04-26-2010 05:28 AM by Dave T | 1 comment »

The wood working part of this has been done for awhile. I’ve finally got moving on the upholstery. Had a couple of local shops come out and look at the chairs to do the cushions. Lots of nice comments, but high estimates on the cost of cushions. One was close to $500 per chair, ouch. Needless to say it was put on the back burner for awhile. After a few weeks of walking by the chairs every day I thought I would check back with Woodsmith where I got the plans to see how they did the...

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Extremely Average #114: I bought some Stanley stuff...

04-26-2010 05:26 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello All, I have been really wanting to get my first real plane, and today I bought 3 of them and a spokeshave. I haven’t done anything to them yet, except photograph them, but I am eager to tune them up. The Stanley Jack actually had the original box and a cool advertisement for Stanley 4 Square tools. My post today was mostly done in photos. Pictured are Stanley Jack plane, Spokeshave 51, Stanley 110, and Stanley 220. Brian

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Bench #1: The idea and project start

04-26-2010 05:15 AM by Dave T | 0 comments »

This is going to be a small display bench to fill in a small wall between the dining room and living room. Not really designed to seat a person, more for display items (ie. my wife’s dolls or bears, something along that line). I drew up the plan in Sketchup, it’s going to be about 34” in height floor to top rail, about 26” wide and 13” deep. The seat will be hinged and a small compartment will be framed in under the seat. Have no idea what is to be stored the...

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Kids Rocking Chairs commision #2: 3 more

04-26-2010 05:02 AM by Dave T | 1 comment »

The client liked the prototype and wants 3 more. So I have been working on this lately. Have all the pieces turned and fitted, made a couple of small changes from my prototype per the clients request. Finally into the home stretch on these and getting them all assembled. Chair 1 and 2 are still in clamps, chair 3 I have to remake the crest rail for. Had a couple of goof ups I just couldn’t fix on it.Chair 1Chair 1Chair 2Chair 3

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production time and big mistakes

04-26-2010 04:28 AM by sawblade1 | 1 comment »

This weekend was a lesson in taking your time and not rushing through a job :(This Saturday started off with getting the usual four chairs worth of lumber and in bounding it through my wood planer all went well except I started getting antsy trying to get production time under two hours per chair, well that was impossible considering I had already spent 35 minutes milling lumber :( The haste makes waste principle accelerated as I made more mistakes and tried to rush to fix these, only to mak...

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Router Table Gloat!! - Bosch RA1181

04-26-2010 04:20 AM by Mark Whitsitt | 5 comments »

Going to have to write a review another time, but just wanted to gloat about the deal I made on the Bosch RA1181 benchtop router table at Home Depot I discovered that this item was being clearanced in my local store for $129 (regularly $179 – $190), plus I had (yet another) Harbor Freight 20% off any single item coupon, which HD honored (your mileage will vary…). So, I picked up a fairly nice starter table for $103 + tax. Plus, it’ll work great with my Bosch 1617EVSPK ...

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Garage Workshop Transformation #1: A Loooong Way To Go

04-26-2010 04:03 AM by John Steffen | 11 comments »

Today marks a good day to start documenting my garage’s change into a work space. My table saw finally arrived. It has been sitting in my dad’s machine shop for a few months. While it was there he built a rolling base for it. My dad and I (mostly my dad) spent the day wiring up the garage for the 220 needed for the saw. So here it is… To call it a mess at this point would be a gross understatement. When we moved in the fall it was a catch-all for things we couldn&...

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Multi-use clipboard box: Woodworking in iambic pentameter

04-25-2010 09:08 PM by Stevinmarin | 28 comments »

Hi guys, This is a neat little clipboard that holds stuff. Not sure what to call it! Reminder: There’s still time to enter the Mere Mortals Sweepstakes!

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Prep for Finishing

04-25-2010 08:48 PM by HighRockWoodworking | 2 comments »

the years I had many different methods and idea about how to get a project ready for finishing. Like any other part of woodworking we all have our own way of getting to the finishing stage. Some smooth every part and piece with a drum sander, others use a jointer to clean the face of boards, and there are those that prefer hand tools and use a smoothing plane. The smoothing plane takes some practice and I do enjoy using hand tools on my projects but it is definitely a lot more work. No...

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From wood butchery to wood workery #3: Getting closer without doing as much - that measure twice cut once stuff works!

04-25-2010 03:55 PM by Woodbutchery | 0 comments »

So I’m on to the next project for my wife, a set of benches to fit around one nook of the back patio. After some discussion we settled on three benches, two approx. 5 foot and one 7 foot (Hurricanes here in Houston, when we get ‘em we turn the benches over so they present a low profile behind the brick wall). I set up the design on Sketchup, then started the build. A few things to note: First, I replaced my old cross-cut sled with a new version. It’s simpler, sits...

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