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Woodworking vacation #19: Day four - dovetailing with Frank Klauz

10-02-2009 02:18 AM by Betsy | 5 comments »

I realized today that I’ve failed to mention the multitude of things that we have been discussing during the day beside dovetails and box making. Frank is a wealth of information. Actually that is really an understatement. Frank has more to teach than he possibly has time to share. I whole heartily recommend taking a class with Frank if you ever get half the chance. Some of the things we have discussed are sharpening, finishing, sanding, scraping, planing, different types of dovetail...

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Gettin' fixina tune up my Unisaw #15: It's not as bad as I thought

10-01-2009 11:00 PM by Bothus | 1 comment »

In yesterday’s video I rechecked the runout on my arbor and blade after cleaning them. I was concerned because the runout at the blade was .003”. Turns out that’s not too bad. I couldn’t stand not knowing so I did the math.This is a scaled drawing I did in AutoCAD. Point A represents the bottom edge of the arbor flange. Point B is a point .001” out from the top edge of the arbor flange. Point C represents the top edge of the blade. I extended a line from poi...

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Tools ... #1: New (Used) sander ... What a Deal !!!

10-01-2009 08:32 PM by RavinHeart | 6 comments »

I recently picked up a 16/32 drum sander. I found it on craigs list … it works great. All I had to do was put new paper on the drum … Best part of all it was $35 … Now I just have to rearrange the shop a little to find it a spot It was luck … I was out there looking at a jointer for a friend and clicked on the wrong link … I figured the guy forogt a zero at the end (still would have been an ok price) ... I went and looked at it and he siad it was $...

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Making of the Wallpaper* Chair Arch

10-01-2009 07:18 PM by jlsmith5963 | 1 comment »

chair as arch

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LJ Get together again #3: Date and locatiob have been set

10-01-2009 07:01 PM by Rustic | 5 comments »

Hey Michigan Lumberjocks The date is the 25th of October the place is Hawk Island County Park on East Cavanaugh Road Lansing. If you are coming from Grand Rapids area take I-96 to exit 104 toward Holt/cedar st, merge on to I-96 Bus, turn right at s pennsylvania ave. the turn right on cavanaugh rd. For those coming from other areas. Just type in Hawk Island County Park Lansing to google and get directions. Or if you would like pm me and I will get you the directions. Start time is 1 pm. Aft...

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Learning to design #3: Next sketchup version - thanks DaveR!!!

10-01-2009 01:36 PM by mtkate | 11 comments »

Dave’s suggestions from my very first post on this gave me great ideas – and simply trying to replicate what he did was a fantastic learning experience. You can click on the image to get the whole thing. I was able to play with sketchup on my commute to work back and forth yesterday, and woke up early this AM to fix some errors I made. The key to success was making groups which I wasn’t doing before. I was very pleased when all the pieces finally fit together. M...

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Throwing in the towel #4: Found a job today!

10-01-2009 07:40 AM by Myron Wooley | 20 comments »

My old employer threw me a bone today and hired me back. It’s a contract position for a year or so, at a lot less than what I was making when I left, but believe me, I’m grateful for the job. Now I can look at my shop as a hobby again, instead of the reason for my misery. It’s a whole different outlook. Providence.

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Low Entertainment Center #4: Prefinishing and Final Assembly

10-01-2009 07:19 AM by thewoodwhisperer | 5 comments »

An important aspect of building furniture that many new woodworkers overlook, is the importance of finishing BEFORE the project is completely glued together. That’s the primary focus of this part of the series. A few of the topics covered in this part: How to deal with color differences between plywood and solid wood trim. Raising the grain and applying water-based dyes. Theory and application of wiping varnish. Creating shelf pin holes for adjustable shelving. Applying ang...

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15 minute dust separator #1: Idea and initial test

10-01-2009 05:31 AM by clasher | 5 comments »

I recently purchased a Dust Deputy to add to my shop vac so I wouldn’t have to spend as much time emptying and cleaning the filter on my vacuum, I’m very happy with it and was considering purchasing another for my father’s workshop when I started wondering whether I could build something cheaper. The Thien Cyclone Separator Lid was just about what I wanted but I couldn’t help imagine I could make something even cheaper and simpler (willing to sacrifice a little effic...

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tragedies #2: National Lampoon's Economic Downturn Vacation

10-01-2009 05:02 AM by Gary Fixler | 20 comments »

I work in video games, and it’s seemed this year to be pretty immune to the recession. Kids always want their video games, and when you can’t do much else, like building that addition, or moving to a new place, picking up a game or two to play away the misery is a comforting alternative. Or so we thought. Looks like it’s finally trickled up, or down, or sideways, and as such, we had The Meeting today. While not officially laid off, I’m on ‘forced vacation&#...

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