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Wood IDs #4: mystery ornamental branch identified

03-18-2009 04:12 AM by Gary Fixler | 4 comments »

After some online snooping, it looks like the branch I found the other day is of the Juglandaceae Family, which is to say it’s a walnut. Here’s some evidence… The chambers in the middle, seen here in my sample comprise what is known as a “chambered pith” (a pith being the center of a tree/branch/twig). Here's how it happens (in elaborate, if brief science talk). When it comes to chambered piths, it seems the only two choices spoken of online are black walnut (...

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Begining the craft #1: Background

03-18-2009 04:03 AM by Ken Wright | 3 comments »

Hey folks. I decided I was going to get into the carpentry hobby. My background has been military, law enforcement, journeyman electrician and HVAC tech. This is new challenge so here we go. I just bought a Ridgid TS3350 tablesaw, Ridgid DP 15501 drill press and a Ridgid R29301 router combo w/benchdog extention table. I already have a vast collection of hand tools so I think I’m through until my project calls for another. I’m goin to just play with scrap wood that I have laying...

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Sharpening a Card Scraper #1: I learned how to sharpen a card scraper today - the easy way

03-18-2009 04:01 AM by CXD | 4 comments »

Between T-Chisel and The Wood Whisperer I have been convinced I need to learn to use a card scraper. So, I bought 2 on One I figured I would mess up beyond repair, and one to be able to actually use. I don’t know if anyone else has had problems with sharpening card scrapers but its been a pain in my butt. I’ve just had a hard time justifying the purchase of a burnisher, about $25, and sharpening stones, a lot of dollars – or sandpaper. Then you really need...

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03-18-2009 03:42 AM by Dan'um Style | 12 comments »

Anyone else collect the Fine woodworking design books ? I personally have all 8. My all time favorite is Design Book Three. Bought Design Book Eight last week.

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Lots of air

03-18-2009 12:33 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 4 comments »

I’m so pleased. I’ve got two air compressors. One of them is one of those little ones with a small tank that is good for a nail gun but any air tool that runs continuously like a grinder or air sander it can’t handle. I’ve had a used 5hp air compressor in the garage for a long time. I’ve never used it. It works great but was miserably out of adjustment so it wouldn’t turn off by itself. Pressure would build up and the bus fuses would blow in my shutoff b...

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Lean-To Shed

03-17-2009 11:14 PM by Kevinr214 | 5 comments »

I posted pictures of a lean-to shed that I built over on HomeRefurbers… This will hold most of my small tools while I build my workshop over the next few months. It will be about 15ft by 15ft. I know thats not too big, but I only have a 1/3 acre lot, so it will have to do. I will post more on that soon. Thanks,Kevin

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The Craftsman's Path #60: Sculpted Rocking Chair - Leg Joinery

03-17-2009 10:13 PM by Mark Mazzo | 2 comments »

Last time I worked on the seat joinery. This time I complete the Maloof Joint by performing joinery on the front and rear legs of the rocking chair. There are some complication due to the fact that the rear legs need to cant at a six degree angle. Take a look at this post to see the details on how this is solved. Thanks for reading!

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Flooded out!!!!!

03-17-2009 09:55 PM by Davesfunwoodworking | 18 comments »

I went to work yesterday and came home to a big mess. My house and shop was flooded out. I know this isn’t about woodworking, but it is about wet tools and alot of wet wood. I had about 3 inches of water in my shop. No pictures of that. Thats a good thing because I don’t want to see it again. But I will post a few of the creek that flows right behind the house. Only about 75 feet from are back door. Anyway any help on keeping rust from over taking my tools would be great. I know t...

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Happy St Pats. Day

03-17-2009 09:51 PM by Karson | 8 comments »

To all of you Irish Lads and Lassies and wannabees Happy St. Patrick’s day. My Soda Bread I just made. The corned beef and cabbage, the potatoes are at the bottom. Enjoy your day. I’m wearing green.

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03-17-2009 07:37 PM by rikkor | 58 comments »

As of 10:51 AM, CDT, I am no longer tired, I am retired. Today was my last day on the job. I hope now to have more time to spend in the shop (and here, of course). Oh the projects!!!

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