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Spiers Smoothing Plane - To Restore or not to Restore?

03-15-2009 03:38 AM by johnnz | 1 comment »

Hi Lumberjocks, I have a Spiers smoother that I am not quite sure what to do with. Thought that someone out there might have some good ideas? (I have a photo of the plane in “My workshop” as I haven’t had a play around with the photobucket function yet.) It needs some work if it is to become functional as a smoothing plane but how much work is too much? I would like to have a functional Spiers plane but admitedly have several good Stanley and Norris smoothers so don...

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Greene & Greene design adventure #2: The Greene Bed

03-15-2009 12:53 AM by John8059 | 3 comments »

I have the fun part (figuring out how to do it) of this project done and its all plain work now. I suppose that is why its been sitting in my shop like this for 5+ years now. I think you can figure out how I did the checker board detail from this picture: Under what is really one of the bed’s side rails is a sheet of the patterns I used to cut out the L-shaped do-dads and drill the holes for the dowels. Maybe I’ll never finish this? I still don’t have the embellli...

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Craftsman Bungalow Restoration #19: Must... make ...doors ...fit.

03-15-2009 12:02 AM by gizmodyne | 5 comments »

If you remember the last time I fit the doors in…..They were all dinged up and “beyond repair.” Well a hammer and saw later(see last blog) and they were ready to stain. Procedure: Washcoat, two coats gel stain, shellac, poly. FrankenHingesNothing comes easy around here. I knew the shape of the original hinges but could not find a supplier. So I order two different types of hinges from rejuvenation… Check out the video of how I mixed the two hinges. Not rocke...

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Greene & Greene design adventure #1: Virtual Greene & Greene

03-14-2009 11:50 PM by John8059 | 1 comment »

Maybe this comes a little late, but I just stumbled upon the pictures so here is my contribution to the recent interest in the brothers Greene. Six years ago I saw a chair they made in furniture book I bought. I always liked the arts & crafts look but this was really special so I set out to build some furniture of my own. I rented the shop I have to this day and started buying equipment. I have a lot of that now, but still not a single piece of finished furniture of my own. I plann...

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Table Saw Workstation #1: The router wing

03-14-2009 11:32 PM by raf | 9 comments »

Well, I’ve been working on this project for a little while now. It’s far from complete…I still need to finish adding drawers to the router cabinet, and also decide what I’m going to put on the right side of the table saw (I’m thinking a downdraft table right now, but we’ll see). I’m not working off of any particular plan…There are quite a few of these workstations on this site as well as out on the web, so if I see something I like, I incorpo...

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techniques #1: Found a way I like to cut straight-end, non-through rip and crosscuts in plywood

03-14-2009 11:18 PM by Gary Fixler | 0 comments »

This is probably a common technique, with a name, but it only occurred to me today. I gave it a shot, and it worked out really well. I’m going to use it from now on for non-through cuts, and by that, I mean rips and crosscuts that don’t go from one end to the other, but do cut through bottom and top of the ply. Basically, once I set the blade height, and fence, I run the cut up to a 2” mark I make from the leading edge. Then I back it out, flip it over, and measure the di...

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Carving #1: Linenfold 1 of 4

03-14-2009 05:18 PM by willwall | 1 comment »

Hi everybody, This carving blog will show part of carving projects that i’m working on. This linenfold is a part of a Gothic Style. Just below you can find an example of this ornement. You can see more sample just here: http://images.google.ca/images?q=linenfold&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:fr:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=fr&tab=wi Reference : Traité d’Ébénisterie, Lucien Chanson, Édition H.VialI bought this book at...

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Wood Shrinkage/Expansion

03-14-2009 05:17 PM by John8059 | 7 comments »

After seeing a few blogs about wood shrinkage, I thought I would throw in my 2 cents. I was considering building a 44”-wide solid maple countertop in my non-air-conditioned shop. It had to fit snuggly over an existing island countertop made of granite. I was concerned with what would happen when the wood acclimated to its new air-conditioned environment. I needed a ballpark answer to what I thought was a relatively simple question. How much shrinkage did I need to account for? I found...

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Office Desk #1: .to be cont.

03-14-2009 04:55 PM by willwall | 0 comments »

comming soon….. (i’m doing some tests with my pictures)

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Router table reclaimation #1: Concept, design, and taredown

03-14-2009 03:23 PM by RandyMarine | 3 comments »

Well, this is my way of getting my ideas out and get some solid advise. About 3 weeks ago my daughter, who is 2, tore the false fronts of her $60 Walmart dresser. This is just what I needed. I started thinking about building her a good dresser. However, to this point I have only built one project (my drafting table that I will post soon). As I started looking at designs for dressers, I discovered all called for dove tail joints. This revelation scared the crap out of me. So, I call...

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