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Tool Musings - Thoughts about tools and working with them. #3: Thoughts of the Tool Orphanage.

07-03-2010 08:40 AM by David Kirtley | 2 comments »

Cleaning tools is a very thoughtful time. It doesn’t take any brain power. If your mind wanders, you don’t lose a finger. It can be a very restful state. You look at what you have and see what needs attention. You take stock of what you have to work with. As I go through things, I see what picked up in the past. What I rescued. I used to be on the hunt all the time looking for tools. Specifically old hand tools. There were some I kept and some I passed along. Then there are the o...

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Woodworking scams. What you need to know to fight back.

07-03-2010 05:58 AM by Stevinmarin | 22 comments »

Hi guys, I was inspired to make this video after a recent discussion one of the forums about woodworking plans being pirated and then resold on compilation DVDs. This is an important issue that is bigger than I thought. Woodworkers who spend a lot of time and effort creating projects are getting seriously shafted by scammers selling “thousands of plans on one DVD.” I have written a rather lengthy article about woodworking piracy to accompany this video. I strongly urge you t...

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Tool Mod #2: Cambering the Iron for a Scrub Plane

07-03-2010 04:59 AM by swirt | 5 comments »

[Appears in its entirety here: Cambering a Scrub Plane Iron but what follows is the short version.] If you have a true scrub plane, like the Stanley 40, then you probably already have an iron with the right camber (curve) on the cutting edge. If you are in need of a scrub plane for flattening a twisted board there are a lot of good reasons to use an old wooden, transitional plane (the ones half wood with a metal carriage on top) or metal bench plane. Personally I like my Stanley #5 Jack...

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Extremely Average #182: An Update...

07-03-2010 04:24 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello LJ Bloggers, Tonight’s post is an update about using StumbleUpon to drive traffic to one’s blog. I have been using it steadily for a few weeks now and decided to publish the results. I hope you find it interesting. My weekly update about Stumble Upon and it’s impact on Traffic. Exciting Graphs. Brian

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Keeping Busy

07-03-2010 03:20 AM by Troy | 3 comments »

It seems time to post another entry, even if I haven’t been working specifically on any client projects. On occasion, I like to take time to do some recreational woodworking or shop upgrades/maintenance. I also take care of some of the smaller projects too, like a couple more Alaska metal sculpture bases or plaque blanks. After following Matt’s podcasts throughout the hand plane series, I decided to take care of mine.   Hand Plane Cabinet My planes deserve a better place for st...

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Wood Species #1: Name This Wood

07-03-2010 02:56 AM by WoodArtbyJR | 27 comments »

Rick (schlemoe, Roseburg OR) placed a picture of a piece of wood on the Projects page and asked for help in identifing it. At last count we had 26 comments trying to help identify it. We had some real interesting thoughts posted. So, I thought I would post a picture of a piece of wood and see how many correct identifications we could log. The difference in this case is I DO KNOW WHAT IT IS. Let’s just test our wood identification knowledge. This should be an easy one for you. ...

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Adventures in Spraying #2: First Spray Job Done (sort of)

07-02-2010 10:57 PM by PurpLev | 13 comments »

We had the day off today at the office, so I figured this is as good a time to spray some finish. Fist thing first. I had to setup a way to spray while keeping the area somewhat separated from the rest of the basement in fear of contamination of the rest of the things. I also wanted to have a way to rotate the work so that I can spray all sides without having to walk around and being in the direction of the air flow (I have a box fan in the window to pull out the overspray etc. I initia...

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New to Wood Carving #1: I have never attempted to do wood carving.

07-02-2010 10:50 PM by sandhill | 5 comments »

I have never attempted to do wood carving other than some chip carving but lately I have been fascinated by some of the work I have seen. I watched a guy in Savannah Georgia doing carving in front of a consignment arts shop and was captivated by his skill. My wife and I are looking for a motor home to travel the US and I was concerned I would not get to do any wood working which made me not want to do any traveling but now I think wood carving would be the ideal thing for me to do while on lo...

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Plywood for Construction Formwork #1: Birch Plywood

07-02-2010 10:26 PM by groupenerji | 0 comments »

As I trade in constructional plywood I will try to bring few issues that construction people face when they are using this kind of plywood in construction sites.For full pictures you can visit my site at

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Yard Gate #1: Side Gate Mounted

07-02-2010 10:17 PM by MostlyHarmless | 4 comments »

So the wife demands gates for our new home, and being a 7 year marriage veteran, I knew this to be my opportunity to purchase some cool toys and get my hands into this exotic world of carpentry. Unfortunately, I only have the slightest of ideas on the intricacies of building with wood. But as luck would have it, I know how to find the answers I need. And so began my quest, which after stressing friendships, watching videos, reading magazines and lurking forums, leads to where we are today....

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