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Wood advice for Newbies like me

07-29-2009 12:55 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 13 comments »

I’ve made a few things, a bed, my first raised panel cabinet, and so on with the help of the net, and a select bunch of extremely patient people here. My wood came from the local Home Depot or Lowes. This week I got three orders at once, a furniture quality box for keeping wood pellets for a pellet stove. A small computer desk, and a modern styled wall bookcase for lamps. The first two will be poly’d red oak the third is to be painted so I opted for poplar. Good wood is ex...

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scroll saw basics part 2

07-29-2009 12:14 AM by kosta | 3 comments »

In this video I continue what I started in the last episode 34. I also cut out some shapes to show how easy it is to use a scroll saw. This scroll saw is a task force scroll saw and I got it for around $90.

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My First Bench #1: Bench Construction Begins

07-28-2009 10:43 PM by IkeandBerry | 2 comments »

Up until a few weeks ago I have been using a thrown together bench made of some 2×4s and a sheet of plywood. I finally decided that I should have a proper bench if I am going to be serious about woodworking. I have a huge shop that I am finally getting setup and decided as my first project that I would build a bench. It is a very basic bench that is 6.5 feet long and about 25 inches deep. What I really like about is that it does not use any metal fasteners at all. It is completely b...

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Big Honkin Maple Burl

07-28-2009 10:05 PM by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler | 14 comments »

For years, passing by the big maples on the corner near my house, I’ve been coveting the burls that grew on them. I even fantasized slipping over in the night with a bow saw. This summer is the power utility’s time to cut back on everything that is near the power lines. They asked my neighbor if he wanted the trees cut back severely (which would have likely killed them) or would he like to have them cut them down entirely at the power company’s expense. Well these monste...

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found wood #11: O frabjous day! Free Jacaranda!

07-28-2009 09:55 PM by Gary Fixler | 10 comments »

In yesterday's dramatic episode, Camille – the homeowner who’s Jacaranda mimosifolia street tree fell over due to fungal rot at the base – was very concerned about a whole host of things that might happen if she allowed me to cut up the tree and take a bunch with me. She was rather justified about some of it, perhaps much of it, but that didn’t help eager me, of course. This morning, after waiting a whole day for the street crew to come by as promised, she’d h...

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Belsaw for Sale

07-28-2009 06:43 PM by country55 | 1 comment »

I have inherited a Belsaw planer and have no use for it, it has 3 hp motor – rpm 3450. I am asking 450.00. Email me at for photos. It is in good shape.

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rough lumber

07-28-2009 04:09 PM by bobbo1963 | 3 comments »

I know have all the lumber that I need for the project and more than enough wood. The question I have is when dealing with ten year old air dried wood, is thier a preffered time of the year to build with it? Should I bring the wood indoors? Should moisture be a concern? I will not have any panels to deal with and the widest I am going to have is about ten inches. I am building a cradle.

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Oak Wall/Canopy #6: Final Assembly

07-28-2009 03:35 PM by Chris Davis | 3 comments »

It is dyed, stained and sprayed. Now for the final assembly. There is a lot more on this project, as in final assembly, then on most of my projects. I had to add the lights in the piers, headboard and header. I usually use curio lights behind the shelves, but I wanted to try some long florescent lights this time. I am still waiting for the glass for the top and the smoked glass doors. They should be ready today and I can post the finish project. Here are a couple pictures: Fo...

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turnings #2: turnings - some failures as prelude to some successes

07-28-2009 12:26 PM by Gary Fixler | 4 comments »

Earlier this week I ended up with some scrap baltic birch ply, and cut it into squares with the band saw. I sanded the faces a bit and glued them all together overnight with Titebond III and a Bessey K-Body clamp: A little turning later: And I was starting to get a wine glass shape: That’s probably where I should have stopped. I knew that going thin-stem with the plywood in this orientation was asking for trouble, but I just kept going anyway, mad with power: ...

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Big move to the country

07-28-2009 12:21 PM by daltxguy | 25 comments »

I know people move every day but I don’t suppose it is everyday that people move out of the city and back to the country. Well, maybe there are plenty of people who do that as well but for me it’s not even ‘back to the country’, rather to the country for the first time, ever. It’s the culmination of many years of dreaming and scheming. Some 30 years ago I heard myself say that I wanted to buy and live on 200 acres of forest. I can’t remember where I go...

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