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steelcity granite top cabinetsaws

12-13-2009 04:39 AM by john mayorga | 2 comments »

really wondering if anyone has a review or opinion on these types of tabelsaws?

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simple cnc software

12-13-2009 04:02 AM by woodlackey | 0 comments »

Hi, I am looking for simple cnc software to create irregular shapes. It must be compatible with Fanuc controller or standard G-code output. I would prefer that the system be inexpensive or shareware. It would be great if offered input/output in other formats to read in and out of this system to other systems or to access data directly. It doesn’t have to have nesting. I have previous experience with programming and G-code so it doesn’t have to be aimed at beginners but if ...

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General Comments #1: Festool Envy

12-13-2009 12:37 AM by DonFaulk0517 | 12 comments »

I was at my local Woodcraft store today watching various demos of Festool projects. I am amazed at the reliability and feel of the tools. Their performance seems unmatched… the only problem is having to take out a mortgage to pay for them. Since I am in the process of putting heat into my garage workshop, I can not afford these tools… yet! The heat is important since the first snow/freeze of the season here in Michigan hit this week, at 14 degrees F… reminding us that winter...

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Tool Life audio podcast episode 14

12-12-2009 11:07 PM by kosta | 2 comments »

In this episode of the tool life audio podcast I talk about some shop improvments and some problems that need to be fixed. I also do a review of Neil Lamens Furnitology 101 dvd. If you havent seen his dvd then you should get a copy.

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Drill Clutch, Use them or lose Them?????? #1: Drill Clutch, Use Them or Lose Them?????

12-12-2009 09:21 PM by Tony Z | 25 comments »

Here’s a quick poll for everyone. Almost all cordless drills now come equipped with a clutch with up to 20+ settings. Does anyone out there use them???? I keep mine set on the most powerfull setting, or on my drills, the setting with the picture of the drill bit. If I need some finesse, in driving a screw for example, I just take my time and feather the trigger. What are your thoughts? I will post the results after I get enough responses. Please answer with the following answers: A. ...

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Hand Tool Journey #10: First Hand-Cut Dovetails

12-12-2009 07:58 PM by Blake | 14 comments »

I finally got a chance to practice hand-cutting dovetails. This is the first time I’ve made a cut with my new Japanese dovetail saw and use my new bench too. I started out with a couple scrap pieces of pine: I drew the tails: First cut… didn’t follow the line so well. It will take some getting used to. Here are all the cuts. Some are pretty good and some are pretty far off the line. This photo is AWESOME. Because as you can see, I did a beautif...

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Segmented Christmas Tree Ornament

12-12-2009 07:04 PM by darryl | 11 comments »

After completing the Segmented Vessel, I decided I’d make the segments on my next piece a little thinner than the 3/4” previously used. Since we are all in the Christmas spirit, I thought I’d make a new ornament for our tree this year. The segments in this piece are 1/4” thick, and this piece includes a total of 92 segments. Here’s the before picture of the ornament blank glued up on the lathe. After turning, sanding and the first coat of wipeon polyurethan...

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Chicago Lumberjocks Meetup/Woodworking Show December 2009 #6: The First Day

12-12-2009 04:48 PM by kshipp | 10 comments »

That is our booth setup. Keith Shipp (no relation but it sure is a small world) was able to bring a big TV and laptop from work so we could show people LumberJocks. We had a Powerpoint presentation we could run all the time to try to draw people in. We also figured out the Internet thing… Anyway, we were able to get on the site live and show people around also. We had a lot people stop by and pick up buttons. Some people that stopped by said they had been to LumberJocks before b...

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The Craftsman's Path #65: Sculpted Rocking Chair - Rough Shaping the Arms

12-12-2009 06:26 AM by Mark Mazzo | 4 comments »

With the shaping of the legs completed. I moved on to working on the arms. The rough sha;ping is done with a jig at the table saw and a cove-cutting process. Take a look at the post at my blog for details and a bunch of pictures of the process. Thanks for reading!

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Torsion Box Assembly Table #4: Finishing the Box

12-12-2009 05:58 AM by Morton | 2 comments »

I put on both skins, the hardboard top and even picked out some rough-sawn cherry to finish the project! I created 3/4” plywood squares to just fit inside of the torsion grid. I placed a row of them in line with my front vice in order to have more depth for potential bench dogs (1/2” MDF + 3/4” Plywood). I also attached a double stack (1.5”) to the bottom skin, where the bench vice lag bolts will attach. This should give plenty of support for those pieces. I...

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