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random #1: Walnut Wood - I just need to know...

02-26-2009 01:51 AM by Gary Fixler | 19 comments »

Does anyone else – when working with black walnut – think it smells delicious? I just want to eat it whenever I’m cutting it. I was recently cutting out a ball blank from a glue-up of walnut, maple, and wenge, the latter two of which don’t really have a smell when cut. But the walnut! My dull band saw blade was more burning than cutting, and I was just about drooling all over the table. It smelled like warm cinnamon chocolate bread pudding. I almost ran to the bakery i...

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Motorized Router Lift - wiring video

02-25-2009 10:52 PM by John Nixon | 7 comments »

Hi Everyone, Over the weekend, I made two videos on how to do the wiring for my Motorized Router Lift. If you were thinking of making one for yourself, this video series should help you along a bit. The electronics are pretty simple, so don’t be intimidated. I also show how to make a cool looking and functional control panel for the Motorized Router Lift:

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Rocking Chairs I Love #10: Rocking Chairs I Love: Digest of Makers

02-25-2009 10:47 PM by Furnitude | 0 comments »

The final post of my rocking chair series is a digest of the makers I featured. I hope you enjoyed the series.

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Jewelery Box

02-25-2009 09:07 PM by Paul | 5 comments »

Click on Thumbnail pic for larger view Haven’t posted for many moons. Working an a reverse negative of a box plan in the October 05 issue of WOOD. Plan calls for curly maple for the carcase and wenge for the accents. I rummaged through the cut offs and used walnut for the carcase and maple for the accents. Got some seriously out-of-tune and dull tools, so there’s a good bit of fussing and gap filling to do. ;)

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I Never Use Plans

02-25-2009 06:52 PM by Rogue | 28 comments »

I started woodworking seriously when I was in junior year of art school. I was sick of my profs telling me how to do this and that, and mostly what this and that meant conseptually. I knew to continue in my career after school I had to find something that was mine. Something that I could express myself in that they hadn’t destriod with their rule. To be able to have the level of fluidity in wood that I needed however I knew I had to build a knowladge base that transended plans. Once th...

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001: maple lazy susan #3: finishing work begins

02-25-2009 02:34 PM by Gary Fixler | 3 comments »

Getting close to the end here, and I finally locked down my simple finishing schedule. Here’s how it’s looking right now: It looks a little blotchy, and it is, but that will be healed up soon, I believe. Here’s what you’re seeing so far, and what I did tonight: 1) light sanding to break the edges a bit, refine a few things, tack-cloth away the dust2) very light foam brush coat of Zinssler® Bulls Eye® SealCoat™, w/ 45 minute dry time3) light sanding with 150-g...

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Attention! Steel City cabinet saw issue

02-25-2009 08:27 AM by Speednork | 23 comments »

Hi all. I wanted to pass on a concern about an issue I had with my Steel City cabinet saw. I bought a new granite top saw in January. I bought a stacked dado set a few days ago and decide to try it out. Long story short, when I tightened the nut down the arbor broke right in the middle of the threaded area. This cracked spot had not been an issue up to this point running only a single blade. After a few moments of amazement I called Steel City and they took this very seriously. They sent me ...

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Turning slippery slope #9: Working on pens

02-25-2009 06:26 AM by Betsy | 7 comments »

I’ve mastered the simple straight line pens. Now I’m working on the European style pen. Must say I’m disappointed in my attempts. Part of my issue is I’m quiet sure I need to get better lighting and probably stronger glasses. Seems I have some trouble seeing the details. Of course, I can feel the tubes with my fingers – and I’ve come close – but when I take the pens off the lathe I end up with some divit or high spot. Lots of practice ahead of me. But...

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The Craftsman's Path #57: Sculpted Rocking Chair - Coopered Headrest and Ripping Thin Rocker Strips

02-25-2009 05:06 AM by Mark Mazzo | 0 comments »

After completing the rough out of the seat and rear legs for the chair, I moved on to the headrest and rockers. This post details coopering of the headrest and cutting thin strips for the rockers at the table saw. Take a look and let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading!

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Setting up dedicated woodworking shop #1: Fighting for every square inch

02-25-2009 04:55 AM by Scott Wigginton | 3 comments »

Since the last time I posted a pic of my workshop, things got a lot worse (cramped) to the point of being virtually unusable. Automotive and Landscape tools were mixed in with my power handtools. Holiday storage was overflowing from the back rooms. My lumber rack was beyond capacity and things started to pile up on work surfaces. I was spending more time moving stuff than working, and sometimes I just couldn’t find the tools I needed. Finally I had enough, and got serious about kicki...

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