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This week in urban logging #13: Still milling, just not blogging much...

08-01-2009 02:54 PM by Daren Nelson | 11 comments »

But I thought I would take the time to show a couple pictures. I got a call from a buddy of mine who takes care of a local cemetery asking if I wanted an ugly log they had been pushing around in the mud for a month doing an expansion. I asked what is it. He said “It’s just an old elm, but it has alot of forks like you like (crotches) and bumps all over it that look like big strawberries with twigs growing out of them (burls)” So maybe my buddies don’t know the terminol...

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12 Small Deck Design Ideas

08-01-2009 09:53 AM by EricWrights | 2 comments »

A small deck does not necessarily have to remain a small deck. There are a number of techniques to make that less than large area increase in size and become more comfortable. The key to small deck design is simplicity. 1. Create the illusion of one big area from 2 smaller spaces. If your deck is bordered by the backyard lawn then allow this outdoor living area to spill out into that open space and it will create the illusion of being larger. 2. Create colorful flower or garden beds on ...

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How to Cantilever Deck Beams and Joists

08-01-2009 09:52 AM by EricWrights | 1 comment »

Deck building is a polular do-it-yourself project with homeowners who can take advantage of how-to-do-it clinics and tools rentals at home improvement retail outlets to construct the decks of their dreams. Cantilevering is a deck construction technique that can be used by do-it-yourselfers on almost all decks. It allows the builder to add several feet to the width of the deck without increasing the maximum span rating for the beams or the joists. This is especially true when homeowners are...

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Sqeezing more shop into small space continues #3.

08-01-2009 07:17 AM by dbhost | 5 comments »

Okay so I kept working on the shop tonight. The old Shop Vac Sawdust Collection system that hasn’t been quite working right is coming out, a commercial fire extinguisher went in, the router bit cases got moved to utilize space more efficiently, and the small parts bins got moved… The bins are starting to fill in as well… The brackets are in for the next shelf addition, as well as the ladder hanger brackets for hanging up my folding sawhorses and miter saw stand…...

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Limbert Lamp Table - Stickley #240 #3: Jigs & Dry Fit

08-01-2009 05:38 AM by CaptainSkully | 2 comments »

Following TreeFrog as closely as possible, I cut out the blanks for the sides. I cheated a tad and used the wedges from the prototype to establish the tapers on the sides. One one side, I used one wedge, on the second side, I had to use both to compensate for the previous taper. These were cut with the blade at 90 degrees to the table saw to give me a point of reference when I’m cutting the miters. I created the jigs to hold the sides stable while I cut them at a 44 degree mit...

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Workbench #6: Twin Screw is almost finished

08-01-2009 03:57 AM by Rob Drown | 4 comments »

The front face is mounted. I need to attach the chain cover, then disassemble everything, drill dog holes, finish plane the jaws then apply the oil finish. The tolerance on the holes was much larger than I thought. I put way to much effort into straightening the holes. There are 3/8ths pins that keep what ever you clamp from resting on the screws. The instructions indicate that you are to drill holes for these pins on the inside face of the rear jaw tangent to the screw hole. The sc...

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Emergency Toilet Door-My Solution

08-01-2009 03:21 AM by Grumpy | 10 comments »

Some time ago I posted a blog asking if anyone had any ideas on a two way opening door system for a toilet entry. got some good ideas from that & also chased the World wide web. Many thanks to those who responded.There are manufacturers that make systems just for this purpose but they are generally expensive & some require considerable modification to the door jamb structure which was what I wanted to avoid.After a lot of thinking & not muc...

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Website contest

08-01-2009 03:18 AM by kosta | 0 comments »

Voting has begun at for the website contest IF YOU WEBSITE IS NOT THERE you have until Wednesday I extened. If you want to vote for your website you can and you can vote for multiple people

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squareness #1: Math doesn't add up

08-01-2009 12:37 AM by JoshO | 7 comments »

I just upgraded my craftsman fence to a Delta T2 system and the install went very well. The blade on this old machine is within .008 to the miter, and the fence is within .002 TIR to the miter which are both within reasonable limits for my projects and skill. But I noticed one thing – as I am ripping my birch ply workbench, the material as it approaches the end of the fence will be riding out almost 3/8 of an inch from the fence. I try to keep the sheet goods flat and square, but this s...

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House Drafting Project! #1: Drawing my dream house

07-31-2009 11:47 PM by Beginningwoodworker | 20 comments »

Well guys I am trying to make myself a draftsman, I am drawing my dream house plans. Its going well so far but I need lots of practice well here it is. Any tips would be helpful Here is the first verison Second Verison

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